Our riding lessons always start with basic horsemanship. Our students learn grooming, tack cleaning, leading and bathing. Advanced students have the opportunity to learn skills related to competition and to compete as well. Participating directly in the care of the horses teaches communication, increases confidence and promotes leadership. The most experienced students learn to become junior instructors themselves.
Our lessons are usually between 45 minutes and 1 hour. We use our all-weather outdoor arena, our round pen, a trail course with obstacles, as well as our trails around the property for lessons. This approach gives our students a wide range of experiences on horseback. The youngest children love the trail course, as the obstacles provide a chance to improve balance and strength while giving them the feel of stepping up a bank, descending a hill and weaving through poles.