Townsend Horseback Lessons

Townsend Horseback Lessons

5.0 (4)
3 hires on
1 employee
3 years in business

About this pro

I am a previous student at Lake Erie College in the Equine Facility Management field. I have had 10+ years experience riding and training in most disciplines, specializing in English.  I have taught and shown in western pleasure, western horsemanship, contesting, hunt seat, hunter over fences, showjumping, and in hand classes. 

I enjoy getting to work with multiple horses and disciplines, and getting to see how other people work with their horses. There is always more to learn both on the trainer, and the trainee end during lessons. I enjoy seeing both horse and rider grow during my time working with them, and enjoy learning better ways to teach both horse and student.

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Brandon, FL 33511
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4 Reviews


  • Steve

    Jo has really been great to work with. She is fun, knowledgeable, and just overall makes it enjoyable.

  • Jessica Chiaino

    We love Jo!

  • Emma

    Josie always takes the time to understand horses and riders as individuals. She recognizes that training horses and riders can't be done by a "one size fits all" method and will work to find the best teaching style for both you and your horse! If you want to learn to ride while having fun and developing a better connection with horses, I highly recommend working with Josie!

  • Caleb Sweet

    I highly enjoyed my lessons. Jo is a very attentive instructor as well as informative. I’ve learned and improved so much during my time working with her.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to evaluate the new student and their horse briefly, and talk about what their goals are, some of their main issues or points of concern, and how they handle their horse. Once I have seen them work together for a bit I like to talk over what I see and start a plan together to work on their key points.

For new students I introduce myself and introduce them to the horse. I evaluate their level of knowledge and help them grow as not only a rider but as a horseman or horsewoman.

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

I was an Equine Facility management major at Lake Erie College and have 10+ years experience riding and training multiple breeds and disciplines.

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

Lessons vary on level of riding, length, and amount of students.

A beginner flat lesson (any discipline) starts at $35.00 an hour, and for a group of 3 or more $20.00 an hour per person.

More advanced flat lessons are $45.00 an hour, and groups of 3 or more are $30.00 an hour per person.

Jump lessons are $50.00 an hour, and groups of 3 or more are $40.00 an hour per person. 

Me riding your horse varies depending on the distance I need to travel, but base price is $35.00 an hour, and goes up depending on distance.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching 3 years ago when a family friends daughter bought a horsw with no riding experience. I helped her learn, and eventually took her to her first shows, where she wont multiple first places in her beginner walk-trot classes. I have been working part time with local families ever since.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with mainly young adults, and some children just starting into riding. I have also worked with a few more advanced students. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Most recently I was working for a family friend riding her 3yo barrel horses and I bonded well with one in particular who was rescued from a kill pen. This mare came to us with no handling, and just recently won her first local 4d barrel race. Watching her learn to trust people and learn so much and be so happy about all of it was amazing.

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

Do your research. Make sure you talk with your potential trainer, and that you feel comfortable with them. The most expensive trainers are not always the best, and you should always choose the person who you feel fits right with you and your horses personality.

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

What is your goal from taking riding lessons for both you and your horse as individuals? How frequently do you want to take lessons? What do you look for in a trainer?

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