Welcome to SunHorse Stables! We offer private lessons for dedicated students (children and adults) who want to learn a solid foundation of horse knowledge and riding skills in a relaxed, supportive barn environment. If you're looking for one-time trail ride, a birthday party, or a show barn, we're happy to recommend some of the other local barns that offer those services. But if you're ready to ride and learn everything from basic horsemanship to rodeo and gymkhana events to classical dressage, we'd love to meet you.
We have a little slice of country living in the middle of the city, and it keeps me grounded, every day. And to get to share that with our students, knowing that we're building a community of like-minded horse people -- it's amazing. On top of that, I get to see the smiles when students arrive and see their horse, and the big grins after someone who was struggling to master a concept finally breaks through and makes a perfect figure 8. And, of course, I get to be around horses every day. They bless us with their patience, their understanding, their forgiveness, and their gracefulness.
Our lessons are flexible depending on the needs of the student and the horse. But we generally follow this pattern for new students:
Intro to Horsemanship
Two classes to introduce you to our barn and to go over the basics, including catching a horse, putting a halter on, leading, grooming, tacking up, mounting up, holding the reins, stopping, turning, and horse terminology.
Private Lessons (7yo and up)
Generally, students will groom and tack up for about 10-15 minutes, ride for about 35-40 minutes, and the final 10 minutes are to untack and learn to take care of the horse. Students will first practice basics (mount, walk, trot, turn, stop, balance, correct posture) and then progressively advance to learning patterns, negotiating obstacles, cantering, and more.
Leadline Lessons (6yo and under)
Littles will learn to groom and tack up for 10 minutes and will ride for approx. 20 minutes, learning balance, correct posture, and getting comfortable with how horses move.
Laura began competing in junior rodeos at 3 years old. She started her first young horse when she was 12 years old. She has since worked with many trainers and coaches and competed in multiple disciplines, including rodeo, dressage, equitation, and reining, which gives her a well-rounded approach, and many, many tools in her equestrian toolbox.
Laura has taken that experience and passed it on to new riders. Beginners and kids are her specialty. She has taken hundreds of beginners on trail rides, often on their very first ride. She truly enjoys seeing their doubts transform into joy. But she also has the ability to help more advanced students improve and continue to learn. Her multiple areas of study allow her to continually offer something new to prevent monotony for students and horses. Learning across disciplines is also a chance to gain new tools and to create respect for other types of horses, riders, and riding philosophies.
In her 3 decades of years of equine experience, Laura has started dozens of horses, ridden and learned from hundreds, and has created a well-rounded training program that combines the best of cowboy groundwork and self-sufficiency with the finesse of dressage and the benefits of biomechanics.
We offer monthly tuition as well as drop-in lessons.
Monthly tuition (1 hour lesson per week) is $200. 1 hour drop-in lessons for $60.
For the little students (under 55 pounds) we offer monthly tuition (1/2 hour lesson per week) for $150, or 1/2 hour drop-in lessons for $45.