Black Horse Farm

Black Horse Farm

1 employee
32 years in business

About this pro

I have been training horses and riders of all ages for years. The passion to ride and understand horses is a perfect beginning point to learn the skills and signals that keep both growing and learning together. I have worked with my horses at my farm and with others off-site, wherever the rider feels able to learn the safety, skills and the equine basics that go with the package. That being said, I have also had the pleasure of assisting riders with disabilities to some very satisfying rides. 

Although I have been a Gaited horse specialist and judge for most of my career, I know that grounding in the essentials helps to take most horses and riders to the pleasure rides they seek.I look forward to your rides this season!

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Royalston, MA 01368
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I begin with grooming as positive care for the horse in a hands-on on approach to familiarize students with the horse's personality, anatomy, sensitive signalling points, and demonstration of racking up. Many students want to progress to this point themselves when ready. Correct, humane ways ofleading, mounting and riding are invaluable to both for a safe happy experience.

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

I have been riding and training horses, both Gaited and walk-trot most of my life. Gaited horses accelerate with a 'faster walk' (most simply put) while most horses walk, then trot then canter as they go faster.

In addition to breeding training my own Gaited horses, I have qualified as a judge through IJA. The Independent Judge's Association works through Friends of Sound Horses to insure the humane training and handling of all horses with sanctioned events and educational services. I have had the privilege of judging Kentucky Mountain Saddle horses at their work shows.

I have attended and followed Dennis Reis clinics and other trainers as they have demonstrated the features most horses have in common .

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

Lessons start at $50.00 per hour and increase for length of time and events such as guided trail or other specific events.

How did you get started teaching?

I have been a teaching artist all my life. When my husband & I began to raise horses, it seemed a natural outgrowth of caring and education.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with children and adults of all ages, training their horses, training riders sometimes - ideally - both together. It has been my pleasure and priviledge to guide some riders with disabilities to skilled levels. This is an area I have plans to pursue.

I think riding is like swimming in that if you give in to the impulse to go after something that lures you, it's wise to know the basics at least.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I coached a young rider on a horse that had been left in his pasture, fed but not ridden, to a season of wins through correct use and extra knowledge about this very special horse. A special needs child growing up wit h a good horse..

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

Find someone who will teach the basics, safety and fun at the same time, and ask questions that will help you follow your dreams.

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

Students should ask questions as they come up to assure their confidence, safety and appropriate progress.

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