Happy Trails Horsemanship And Literacy Program LLC

Happy Trails Horsemanship And Literacy Program LLC

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1 employee
13 years in business

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Happy Trails promotes reading and writing through equine related learning of horsemanship skills. The students progress at their own pace through lessons covering safety, ground work that includes haltering,grooming, leading and lunging. As the skills are mastered , they progress to cart driving and riding. The students are encouraged to read and write about their experiences. I am a certified riding instructor with PATH, International and have worked in therapeutic horsemanship programs in El Paso, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona, Conroe, Texas, and now located in Cedar Park, Texas. The Happy Trails Program has served many students in developing horsemanship and literacy skills. 

Helping people know horses- a very special relationship that inspires insight, confidence and a magic that will be useful throughout life. 

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Cedar Park, TX 78613
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10 Reviews


  • ODelle Hall

    I was contacted by a great instructor within 12 hrs

  • Sue Hargreaves

    As a fellow PATH instructor, I hold Nina's innovative program, Happy Trails Horsemanship and Literacy Program, in the highest regard. She uses her gifts and talents to blend a love of literacy and passion for horses into a unique opportunity for children of all ages. Having ridden horses for 63 years, I experienced the joy of driving. Under her expert guidance, I am learning to harness and drive a horse and cart. What a sheer delight!

  • Kimberly Goad

    My kids loved all the hands on learning Nina have and the care for each kids Is individual need. They looked forward to working with sasha and learning what it took to work with her and learn to drive and everything in between. They also looked forward to checking out horse books and then writhing a short report in order to get extra sasha time!! I highly recommend working with Nina and Happy Trails program! !!

  • Mary Fox

    Nina Turley has been an amazing instructor and teacher for my two children. Her love of horses and sharing all there is to know and experience with them shines through at every lesson. The horses are super sweet and patient. I definitely recommend this program to all young horse lovers!!!

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

We talk about the mind of the horse and how they think. This leads to the topics of safety and bonding with the horse . This builds confidence and leadership skills.

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

I have been a  PATH certified riding instructor since 2004 and have a lifetime of knowing, riding and driving horses. I am a retired school nurse and have 26 years experience of working with children of all ages.

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

The cost is $75 per lesson. The lessons are 2 hours long and include a discussion and vocabulary list with each topic and practice of the skills with the horsed until the student masters them before moving on to the next one. Scholarships are available. I can take 2 students per lesson and the price is not increased.  I have often taught siblings and friends. 

How did you get started teaching?

When I  volunteered with Therapeutic Horsemanship of El Paso, in 1996, I fell in love with the healing power of horses. I Became certified in 2004 with PATH and worked with Horses Help in Phoenix , Arizona. I also worked in the Leap of Faith Therapeutic program in Conroe. I have developed Happy Trails Horsemanship and Literacy , LLC over the past 13 years and served many students. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Anyone who wants to know and enjoy horses. I have  also taught driving in camps with children of all ages, abilities and challenges. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

When students complete the lessons and can ride or drive with confidence and skill we go on a trail ride. Watching their confidence is such joy!!

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

When I take lessons, which I do regularly, I look for an instructor with good communication skills, patience and a passion for all things equine!!

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

Goal setting is a must, both short and long term and evaluation of progress should be on going.