I specialize in western riding, mostly a focus on pleasure (fun) riding. I’m currently teaching beginner-intermediate riding with my own horse. (I am open to students who have their own horses already as well.)
There is the OPTION to work on riding gymkhana (speed events) AFTER the basics are done, if desired. My students learn not only how to ride the horse but also how to care for it, how to tack, body language, and ground work.
I’ve been personally riding for almost 17 years. I’ve taken my own lessons from about 5 different trainers to gather the most information I can. I also have worked for a professional horse trainer for a few years as an assistant. I have taught lessons for the last 6 years and have been training the horses themselves for those 6 years as well. I compete in gymkhanas currently. And have previously competed in cow horse shows as well.
My current age restriction is simply 5 years and older. I take on all ages of riders otherwise with any or no experience.
I really enjoy sparking a passion in new riders. Seeing the student happy and smiling and enjoying the horses is a big deal for me. Horses are a wonderful outlet not only for simple enjoyment but stress relief, therapy etc. helping others is something I really enjoy.
Katie really worked with me when I was getting nervous. She doesn't force me to get past it but she helps me work through it. When I first started with her I had bounced around a lot with trainers and couldn't find one that worked with me the way I wanted them to. With Katie it was a great connection on a social level but also on a teacher/student level. Eventually I ended up helping her with her other students after a while. She was really personable and kind through the whole process. The horse she uses for her lessons is great! Katie talked to me about Legacy and the horse honestly adapts to whoever is on her back very well! This horse can do just about anything if you ask for it. Overall I loved working with Katie and her horse!
We will start with our Meet and greet usually. This is an appointment free of charge, where the new client comes out and can get a feel for the facility, the horse, and me as the instructor. It also gives a client a chance to ask any questions or for us to discuss the true goal of riding and what you hope to accomplish. No riding is done during a meet and greet. The First lesson will be talking about the goals of the lessons as a whole and how we are going to start off. Not every first lesson will include actually getting on the horse depending on how much time we need to work on ground work and safety to be Able to accomplish moving further safely. We will talk about tack and body language and how to groom to start with. Every lesson will build on from the last.
I have about 17 years of experience of being around and riding horses. I have been training horses and teaching lessons for about 6 years. I have personally worked with multiple trainers to further my own knowledge and experiences.
My lessons are $45.00/hour. I typically schedule my lessons for an hour a piece. If you want a longer lesson (max 2 hours) the pricing will change to match how much longer. An hour and a half is $60.00, 2 hours is $80.
Growing up my mom had her own lesson/summer camp business that I would help with. At a young age I realized I really enjoyed and excelled in teaching both young and older riders.
I have worked with a wide range of clients. This includes 5 year olds all the way through 50+ year olds. Age is just a number when it comes to riding. I have also worked with a handful of mental illness cases where the student needed a positive outlet. Horses are amazing for therapy.
Make sure you like who you’ll be with. It’s totally okay to just not get along with a teacher. And make sure you feel comfortable talking to them, with riding communication is a huge deal. As a teacher I need to know if I’m pushing you too much, not enough or if you’re nervous. It will help me help you.
As the teacher I’m not here to baby you or to treat you like royalty, this means you will be pushed and ignoring me is not accepted. Make sure this is okay with you before you start.
How often are you wanting to ride?
What is the end goal for taking lessons- will you be maybe want to start competing? Get your own horse? Long term lessons? What type of riding- trail, arena, gymkhana, barrels, rodeo etc?
Is this something you feel passionate about already? Is it something you want to become passionate about?