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. 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 currently work for a professional trainer. 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.
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We will start with our First lesson talking about the goals of the lessons. Not every first lesson will include actually getting on the horse. 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?