Being a small private barn, we are able to put 100% of the focus on you or your child. We like to make it as safe and fun as possible! The biggest goal is to enjoy the bond and partnership you can achieve with these amazing animals. I am here to help nurture that!
My biggest passion in life, since I can remember, is riding horses. The fact that I can share that passion, is something that I am humbled and grateful for. Seeing that same love I have for horses start in someone else and being a part of their journey is one of my favorite things to enjoy!
Kellie is so patient with my daughter! They are both horse crazy girls-so Kellie "gets" her passion about everything horsey! Jolene is learning so much about riding, communicating with her horse and being the lead.
My daughters had a blast! They loved the horses, the instructor made it fun, and they are learning a lot. Beautiful quiet place.
I like to do a meeting before lessons are booked. It's not necessary, but I do prefer it. It is a good time to discuss goals, expectations, rules, experience and comfort levels, sign waivers, and go over any questions you may have.
Our first actual lesson, there will be a lot of talking and explaining of some big safety rules. There will be ride time, but it's more of a walk and talk (on the horse). This is also where I will critique your position and show the correct one. We might get to do some trotting, if the position is right! Really just letting students get to know myself and the horse they are on!
Being in the horse world almost my entire life, I've shown competitively in the hunter/jumper ring (IHJA) as a kid and into adulthood. I was Champion and Reserve Champion in our region a few years for the Jr Metals finals and Adult. Also in Equitation and Green Hunters. Dabbled in the jumper ring, only to 1.3m classes. I took a break from showing to finish college and while I was not showing, I wanted to learn other disciplines. I took Dressage lessons and even learned Western Pleasure. I went a little further with the dressage though. I've also ridden under some very well known trainers and participated in numerous clinics. I continuously study and watch countless hours of the biggest show classes in the world. I've also taken first aid/cpr classes for both people and horses.
45 half hour
I grew up in a horse loving family. I started to seriously take lessons around 6-7yo and started showing competitively at 11. My trainer (when I was 14-15) would give us grooming jobs or rides (horses to exercise) in exchange for lessons. From there, I earned my way to be a "junior instructor" with her. Meaning I'd get to teach very beginner lessons to kids younger than me in exchange for more lessons and rides. That's when I knew loved teaching. Fast forward 25 years and I'm still at it!
Beginners to advanced, kids to adults!
Renovating my property for horses and riding versus working for someone else at their farm! I'm very proud of my small riding school and farm.
Look for someone who teaches safety first. Then the horses safety comes second. They need to be well taken care of. Are the horses your going to learn to ride on happy and healthy? Happy horses=happy riders!
Id also look at qualifications. What experience do they have to pass on to you or your child?
I'd recommend they ask how long they actually get to be at the farm for a lesson. Many bigger facilities that operate a larger lesson program, the students don't get much time with the horses before or after the lesson. You pretty much show up and the horse is already tacked up. Once your done, you hop off and that's it. I like to offer time before and after lessons to help tack up, untack, and care for the horse. I believe it is a huge part of learning horsemanship. If the student ever wants to own a horse or work in the industry, they will need to know this stuff anyways. Plus, I strongly believe it is a good bonding time for rider and horse. So hour lessons are more like an hour and a half. Half hours are more like 45min-an hour.
Another question I'd ask is how long has the instructor(s) been teaching and if they are currently riding. What are there qualifications? Do they have show experience?
And lastly, I'd ask how many lesson horses they have and how often they work them. Horses that "work" need to be cared for properly. That means they should be fed more, as they are burning more calories and days off plus rest time. I am a big believer in taking phenomenal care of working lesson horses. If they are lacking proper feed and rest, they can get bad habits or worse, dangerous habits. You (or your child) want to be on happy healthy horses. Not on sticks of dynamite ready to explode. Accidents happen, no doubt, especially dealing with 1200lb prey animals. But, we try to limit accidents as best as possible which includes good horsemanship and care of the horses!