Lessons are designed with the relationship with the horse in mind. All lessons include the following horsemanship skills and foundation skills:
- Grooming is a great time to bond with the horse and build confidence along with learning basic horse anatomy, what to look for in health and wellness, and caring for your equipment.
- Ground work incorporates many skills, including self confidence, self assurance, focus, clear communication with the horse, etc. We combine both traditional and natural horsemanship knowledge. Skills learned include lunging, leadership with the horse, using our body language to communicate what we want the horse to do, all with the desire to create resistance free partnership.
- Riding starting with the basics of creating a foundation focused on partnering with the horse, we build a foundation from the ground up where our riders learn a deep solid seat, proper position, and the use of natural aids to communicate with the horse. We use riding surcingles to create a safe secure seat and focus on stopping with weight, turning with legs, and communicating with the voice. Than we add in the hands once we have a stable and secure rider. We focus on each rider as an individual who learns at their own pace and we follow a process of evaluating skills and safety before moving to the next level and/or skill.
- Multidiscipline – With the foundation we build, our riders can go any direction they choose, including both English and Western. Using surcingles for everyone that starts which is basically like riding bareback in a safe environment, the riders we produce are solid and secure on the back of a horse.
- Driving – Basic driving skills with the miniature driving horse.
Our riders ride for the love and passion for the horse. We focus on utilizing safe practices where our young riders must wear helmets both on the ground and on their horse’s back.