My aim is to give students the tools needed to ride on their own anywhere or even one day own their own horse, which means I teach everything to do with horsemanship: grooming, tacking, health care, behavior & communication, and of course, riding!
Many riding instructors are not certified because you don't have to be to teach. However, to get the most out of your time and moneyfinding a certified instructor should be a priority. I am certified in English & Western disciplines through Certified Horsemanship Association (cha-ahse.org). Their goal is to provide a "safe, effective, and fun" experience to anyone who wants to ride. This is exactly what I strive to give my students. I accept all ages, from 6 to 86! Lessons can either be privates (1 on 1) or semi-private (2-3). I look forward to working with you!
I love the differences I see in my students after they've been riding for awhile. Not only does riding provide physical benefits but students also learn to communicate and problem solve more effectively, gain confidence, and establish a connection with a 1,000 lb animal. I am also a huge horse lover and I'm always happy when I'm around them. I love doing something I'm passionate about every day. I love the relationships I gain with my students!
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After signing the release, I get to know the student, asking questions about what they expect and what they like about horses. Then, I introduce them to their training horse and vice versa as horses are curious creatures. If the student is a beginner, we'll spend time on the ground so they can learn the basics of horsemanship. After that, the student will get on the horse and ride.
I'm certified in Western & English disciplines through the Certified Horsemanship Association (http://www.cha-ahse.org).
Private lessons: 45$ per hour (each lesson is one hour)
Semi-private lessons: 30$ per student, per hour
Like most girls, I fell in love with horses at a very young age. I used to fantasize riding my imaginary horse to school and to the store. As I got older and began my own riding lessons, my appreciation matured and transformed with experience, increasing my desire to help others enjoy riding, too.
I've worked with children 6 and older, teenagers, and adults.
Ask questions; see if the teacher is certified, ask how they handle young children, ask if they like what they do.
Be honest—a lot of kids and adults love horses but might be fearful of them. That's completely normal. Ask as many questions as you can- I love that!