Cottonwood Equestrian Center, Llc

Cottonwood Equestrian Center, Llc

5.0 (1)
2 hires on
1 employee
6 years in business

About this pro

CEC stand out above local horse businesses for its unique ability to safely and appropriate supplier and teach riders of all ages. We are impassioned to delivery quality, experienced instruction with Jodi Olshina, USDF Bronze & Silver Medalist who if halfway to Gold. An FEI Rider and trainer, Jodi's 40 years in the show ring of various disciplines on a multitude of breeds makes her a stellar choice as a diverse resource as a well-rounded horseman. Book you farm tour for boarding/training or lessons today! 334-648-1103

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Lithia, FL 33547
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Teaching at the pace of the student's ability and comfort level is a key element progress. 

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

After having grown up in the family's horse business, I have 40 years experience in the show ring backed by training and instructing on a daily basis all the while.

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

The lessons are $60 per session and typically run 45 minutes to an hour and if the student is a child where a 1/2 hour lesson would be more appropriate then I am willing to do $30 for half hour.

How did you get started teaching?

Teaching was part of the family business so it is a privilege that went along with the other parts of the industry.

What types of students have you worked with?

My students have ranged from 4 years old to 90 years old and from never having been on a horse to being the instructor of other horse trainers.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Anytime I can help a student get the light bulb moment where something completely clicks is always a favorite event of mine to experience and share.

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

Be clear about what you want out of riding so you can get to the person who can help you the most. Everybody has something to offer because we did not all grow up in the same barn but to get the right fit, one's goals in riding.  To that end, be certain that you listen to what the instructor is telling you he or she can offer you. Go with your gut. If you do not feel comfortable and ready to start then perhaps you should continue to search for a more naturally occurring fit or ask if you can watch the individual teach a lesson as long as it is OK with that student taking the lesson.

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

Not all instructors are equipped to handle people with special needs or riders that have severe obesity issues. Do not be alarmed or offended if you are asked about these challenges. These questions are asked in the spirit of safety for both horse and rider and a quality experience for the rider and that cannot be achieved for example if the rider is 6' 2, weighs 350 pounds and the only lesson horse available is not an appropriate size or strength to carry such a person. Likewise, it takes a very special type of horse to be able to handle an individual who has special needs and will not necessarily feel like the traditional rider to that horse hence possibly making the horse nervous beyond reasonable risk.

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