All of our riders, whether they are just beginning or more advanced, are taught to do and think for themselves. With extensive focus on safely handling, grooming, tacking and fitting horses, the beginning rider will develop confidence from the start. The more advanced riders will learn to trust their instincts and make confident decisions at the in-gate, on course, or simply out hacking on a trail.
Beginning students are started on a line in private lessons before moving off the line into a smaller arena, with the trainer staying close to offer instruction.
Once riding on their own at a walk and a trot, students may move into a small group lesson. We strive to match students with others on the same level in their groups.
Advanced students are taught the finer points of flatwork and its importance for the proper development of the horse and rider. Classes over fences include gymnastics and grids, work over a variety of courses in the ring, on the turf and cross country.
Some choose to take lessons once a week, while others may ride two or three times per week. Focus is not only on the rider's equitation, but also on training and conditioning of the horse for its purpose, be it hunters, jumpers or pleasure.
More advanced students will also have the opportunity to assist our beginner riders. "Learn by doing." As a student repeats and teaches what he/she has learned it becomes second nature.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike care for their horses before and after each lesson. This may include, but is not limited to, grooming, tacking, bathing, hot-walking and tack cleaning.
We do our best to prepare you for a horse in your future.