Foundations Equestrian

Foundations Equestrian

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2 employees
6 years in business

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Foundations Equestrian is a small, family owned and operated, fully insured horseback riding facility. Jessica has been teaching riding lessons for over 20 years and focuses on safety, skill building, and all-around horsemanship while keeping things fun! Along with weekly lessons, Foundations Equestrian also offers summer camps, clinics, lease and show opportunities, and other farm animals, just for some added fun! Call us today!

Horseback riding is about so much more than just riding a horse! It teaches responsibility, dedication, teamwork, leadership, confidence, goal-setting, and so many other things. Not only do I love when my students reach a breakthrough moment in their riding, but it's also incredibly satisfying when my riders grow and blossom personally as well! I couldn't possibly be happier that I have achieved my childhood dream of sharing my love of horses!

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Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

New students start with private lessons and learn about the process of getting their horse ready for a lesson. Each lesson they will learn more skills that will prepare them for group lessons. Steering and brakes are requirements for graduation to group lessons, which can take several weeks, but students can also choose to remain in private lessons. We always move at a pace that's comfortable and safe for each individual rider.

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

With 37 years of riding experience, more than 20 years of teaching experience, several years of showing personally and several more of coaching students at shows, many years of training horses, and countless years of horse ownership, Jessica is well qualified to help you achieve any horse-related goal you may have!

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

Lessons are $150 a month for once weekly half hour private or hour long group lessons, depending on skill level and availability. You can also purchase a package of 12 lessons for $385.

How did you get started teaching?

I began my career as a volunteer at a therapeutic riding center. I loved the work and was asked to begin teaching. I taught therapeutic riding for approximately 10 years at 2 different facilities, then typical riding for another 10+ years at another facility. I became independent in 2016, bought my own farm in 2017, and have never looked back!

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with all ambulatory students ages 3 and up. My oldest student thus far was 72, but I don't have a cap! Different people have different learning styles, so I combine visual, auditory, and kinesthetic approaches to reach any type of learner. I work with beginners through intermediate students, whether just for fun or with lofty goals!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently one of my riders got her horse to canter on the right lead under saddle. It doesn't sound like much, but she had been working on achieving this goal for over a year!

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

Ask questions! What experience does this teacher have? Are they insured? What are their emergency procedures? The cheapest place is not always the best. Neither is the most expensive. Make sure you know what you're paying for!

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

What are your goals? What are your fears? Are there any special considerations we should know about?

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