Fox Horsemanship

Fox Horsemanship

2 employees
10 years in business

About this pro

We focus on a relationship and partnership with the horse rather than use of force or coersion.  We strive to have the best connection between horse and human.

Horses are our passion!  We have over 10 years experience in natural horsemanship and strive to provide the best possible experience while still learning in a fun, laid back environment. 

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Aptos, CA 95001
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We like to have every new student take a 90 minute lesson their first time, so they can undestand safety and learn how to halter, groom, and tack the horse with the goal of becoming self sufficient.  We offer new students 2 90 minute lessons for $130, a savings of $80 over regular pay per lesson pricing.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Valerie and Jordan Fox have been working with and learning from horses since they were children.  Valerie was trained in classic Western pleasue, and later Hunter Jumper and Dressage, while Jordan took a more laid back approach and pursued trail rides and cow work.  Together they have over 15 years of experience they love to impart on their students. 

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

We recommend new students start with 2 90 minute lessons for $130, one per week.   

Single lessons: $70 each

Group lessons: $55 each

Packages are available at discounted rates for 4 or more lessons purchased at once.  

What types of students have you worked with?

We have worked with students from every background imagineable, from veterans with PTSD to beginner kids and adults, to those who want to make a name for themselves in the show/competition world, to those who just want to see how a ranch is run.  

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

Every teacher teaches a different way, but when looking for a teacher for equestrian sports, make special consideration for someone who treats the horse with respect but also with fair discipline.  That sort of teacher will treat the rider fairly but also help you to learn as much as possible without feeling overwhelmed.  A teacher that is unfair, rough, or unkind to their horses will likely treat clients the same way.   

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

Horseback riding is a fun way to work out and gain strength and stamina, but it also takes a lot of hard work and dedication.  It is very hard to start if you do not already have a fondness for horses to begin with.  I ask all my students to really think if they want to pursue this type of excercise, because it takes commitment to keep up with it and be successful (even if you are only pleasure riding).  But - you won't know how much you love it until you try!