Out Of The Box Stables

Out Of The Box Stables

4.8 (6)
Best of 2023
8 hires on Lessons.com

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I am able to personalize a students riding experience after teaching the very first lesson. My love for the sport of riding and my care of my happy  horses is evedent. Here at out of the box stables you will get 1 on 1 assistance with haltering your horse for your lesson, you will also learn how to groom the horse and tack it up ( means putting the saddle and bridle on). The student will also un tack the horse and turn it back out to its field. I am able to coach my students at local competitions, if that is there desire.  Here at Out of the Box Stables we have a all weather footing outdoor lighted riding arena, so we are able to ride in most weather conditions. We also have a pre-Novice X-country jumping course, and a show jumping-stadium course on the property. If you are coming for a lesson after work and need to change into your riding clothes we have a large bathroom-changing room with a shower for your convenience. 

I am passionate and energetic, I enjoy teaching students to learn how to be confident riders who can safely tack up there horse's, mount up and get riding. I love to see the progression in there ability to ride out on a trail ride knowing they have complete control over there horse or pony. I also take pride in my students when they are competing, I have also coached student's at shows  from 3 years old to 63 years old. No matter the age they are all smiles at the end of the day.

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Gaithersburg, MD 20882
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  • Patricia W. Smith

    Lisa was amazing working with my autistic niece. Lisa has an extensive knowledge of horses and animals and was eager to share with Mariah, my niece. We love Lisa and her teaching style. Can't wait for the next lesson.

  • Sherry breeden

    My daughter and myself both take lessons at Out Of The Box, our trainer is very professional & knowledgeable, you can see the passion she has for all horses & animals. All the horses are healthy and happy. She has a variety of sizes, breeds, and advancements, after our 1st assessment lesson, she pairs us up with the best match. She is incredible with confidence building. From the 1st lesson on, we start at the very beginning, from putting their halter on, leading, grooming, tying, tacking up, teaching respect for the animals, ourselves and others. I loved that it's a very welcoming barn, the layout, the admennities, the horses paddocks, the riding ring, beautiful trails, and everyone there is so friendly and willing to help each other. My daughter takes lessons also and i know she is always supervised. Taking lessons here by far the best places I've ever ridden, out of the box creates a wonderful experience for all their riders, of all ages and abilities. & best of all. We have fun.❤

  • Patricia Helsel

    Lisa is very nice. She works with the student to achieve their goals. She really focuses on riding position and how it translates to the horse's movement. She spends a lot of time with the student and doesn't rush the lesson at all. She is always very positive, understanding and welcoming.

  • Dorothy Lear

    I feel like Out of the Box is an extended family. Lisa gives me confidence not only in my ability to overcome my physical impairments (a spinal condition where I need to use a walker mostly to walk) and contributing what I could as a volunteer but also to get myself up onto horses for Therapeutic Riding and Trail Rides. I plan on taking lessons from Lisa and once I’ve lost more weight (I now ride a sweet Draft Horse) but also to learn Dressage on a Standard size horse. She’s a great Trainer and Teacher and I feel I can trust her in har knowledge in Disabilities and Riding. All the people who live there (her family) and her hired help has been wonderful to me.!! Out of the Box Stables is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for me!!!

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

A first lesson for the student will first get a helmet thats fits them properly observe me catching the horse, leading the horse to the stable to groom and tack up. We will go the the all weather footing riding arena and learn how to mount up on the horse. After adjusting your stirupps to fit you, I will then demonstrate how to hold the reins in your hands and go over  your leg position You will learn to do some leg exercises while mounted on the horse. If the student is progressing in the walk it is possible for them to try a trot. It does depend on how each student learns and if they are confident. 

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

I started riding ponies when I was 5 years old, a friend had 2 ponies that lived at the end of her street on a small farm, I would walk to her house and then we would  walk down to the farm where the ponys were  kept,  and after we cleaned the stalls  we were able to ride the ponies for a bit. That's what started  my life long dream. I asked my parents if I could take riding lessons where my friend Andi took lessons, and I remember my mom saying she will probably stick with it. Through middle school and high school I continued to take lessons,  and got my first pony when I was 13. I joined the United States Pony club when I was 15, and was active in all aspects of the sport, show Jumping,  Eventing Rallies  Dressage, practical, stable management, minor ailments and some veterinary care.  Howard county Iron Bridge Hounds pony club. After graduation  1982 I went to a Riding Academy  in Somerset England, Porlockvale Equitation Centre,  and received my  British horse Society's Instructors certificate, and Degree in Horsemastership.. I have competed in 3 phase Eventing successfully on my horse to the Preliminary  level. I have coached my students at local shows and Events and still do presently. I have attended clinics with Olympic riders such as Bruce Davidson, Stephen Bradly, Grant Schnidmean, and also trained with dressage judges. I am still Eventing locally in pre novice level Events, I have a small farm with different types and breeds of horses. I have spent over 30 years re schooling Thoroughbreds off of the race track. I also owned and bred a Hungarian warmblood stallion for 20 years, raising and training several of his off spring. 

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