Good Pony Inc.

Good Pony Inc.

5.0
3 employees
11 years in business

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Riding lessons for ADULT RIDERS ONLY.... no children accepted at this time.

One of a kind in the Griffith Park neighborhood, we offer early evening lesson and trail ride combinations for anyone ages 18+. You will get basic instruction in our local arena and a privately guided trail ride through The Oaks and Skyline trails, giving you the most glorious views of our fair city, with twinkling lights and the sun setting over the hills. Perfect for couple's dates, best friend reunions, or out-of-towners looking to experience a bit of Los Angeles wildlife.

Hunter/jumper,trail and bareback riding lessons for continuing students.  Specializing in 'fearful' riders. Build your confidence and let your fears melt away in a relaxed atmosphere, nestled in beautiful Griffith Park. No experience required, contact for an evaluation today.

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Burbank, CA 91506
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We meet and tour the barn, introducing you to the herd and giving you a chance to relax.  While talking about your goals, we tack up your horse together and then go for an easy walk around the neighborhood. Then, an overall evaluation of your riding abilities, just to give us both an idea of your future with us.  End on a happy note... and a future booked lesson date!


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Davee Hallinan has been riding horses since 1984 and teaching riding lessons and training horses in Los Angeles since 2000, and opened Good Pony Inc in 2011.  She has instructed and lectured clients in private, semi-private and group lessons, and passes on safety, respect, humor and love of the animal to all students. Through her career, Davee has climbed the equine ladder from working student to owner, trainer & instructor in the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, the Burbank Rancho, Shadow Hills and Northridge areas.
 
Rescued horses are her specialty. Not only is she the owner of a previously abused and neglected horse, she has worked with dozens of others and has watched them blossom. She also has a deep love for senior horses and is completely invested with their very special care.
 
She is always willing to listen to your goals, ideas, fears and thoughts. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$150 for an evening lesson and trail ride combo

$90 for a 90 minute lesson


How did you get started teaching?

Davee had the dream of being an instructor since she was a teenager, and has dedicated her entire life to the sport and art of horseback riding. 


What types of students have you worked with?

A lot of people come to Good Pony Inc so that they will have a safe, supportive environment to overcome their fears. Since our barn does not concentrate on showing, we are free to work with our students at a leisurely pace with no pressure to perform. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Any day with the horses is perfect. Even if you don't have the best ride... it's better to be there than stuck at home!


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

If a teacher makes you feel bad or stupid or insults you - Fire Them.  You are the client, paying to learn... you should never be made to feel badly for asking questions or making mistakes. If you don't understand something, a teacher's job is to explain it better... not to make you feel incapable. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

A good question would be "Am I willing to be patient with myself while learning?" So many people suffer from frustration while learning a new sport/hobby and they forget that the journey of learning is an adventure. Take it easy on yourself, commit to being a newbie.. and you will learn faster!


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