Independent C Farms

Independent C Farms

5.0 (7)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
17 years in business

About this pro

Sarahjoy has been teaching students of all ages how to ride horses for over 25 years. Beginners to advanced levels welcome. 

One of Sarahjoy’s biggest joys is watching her students grow as equestrians. She strongly believes that horses are much more than just riding. Seeing her students passion for this amazing sport expand is a beautiful thing that she strives for. 

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Ferris, TX 75125
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7 Reviews

5.0

  • Sarah Durrer

    Sarahjoy taught me for years. She was wonderful. I always learned so much from her. She is very creative coming up with new ways to teach concepts while always being kind and thoughtful and mindful of safety for horse and rider. I have always looked up to her and am proud to call her one of my most inspiring trainers growing up.

  • Ellie

    Sarah Joy taught me when I was younger and just learning to ride. She gave me a great foundation and showed me the importance of really know the basic skills before moving up. She was also patient when I made mistakes and worked through them with me. One of my favorite things is that Sarah Joy was super encouraging and gave me a lot of confidence when I was learning new skills.

  • Layla Harris

    Sarahjoy gives my young horse such outstanding, individualized attention! My mare has improved on every single level in her care. Ground work, manners in and out of her stall, even trained her to put her own head in the halter :). In 2 short months (and countless glorious more to come) she has taken my baby and mentored her into young, respectful mare who ENJOYS her job! Her topline has improved dramatically and naturally (not forced into false collection). I am not always an easy client in that I’m very opinionated in what I’m looking for... a very holistic approach in ALL aspects, giving her a solid foundation... and Sarahjoy is right there with me and supports our journey in every way and offers TONS of wisdom and experience to add in and suggest and I’m truly truly blessed to have my mare in full training with her. I sleep well at night knowing that she is with Sarahjoy. I can’t say enough about the amazing person and trainer she is and I highly recommend her as trainer and coach!!!

  • Ingrid Fease

    Sarahjoy is a wonderful trainer, rider and all around person! The way she treats both horses and people is inspiring. She is always a joy to be around and is so much fun to watch in the ring. Her training style is extremely educated and kind for both horse and rider.


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FAQs


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

Students are taught everything from haltering the horse in its stall, to grooming and tacking the horse up to ride, and finally riding. Students will learn the full range of knowledge about the horse, becoming comfortable working with the horse before riding begins. 


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

Sarahjoy has worked with, and for, many top professionals in the hunter/jumper industry for 30+ years. 


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

Lessons on my horse are $65. Each lesson is one hour of instruction time. As students progress in their knowledge and confidence they are encouraged to arrive early. That way they can do everything they feel comfortable doing on their own, saving their lesson time for what they need help with and enabling them to be able to ride for longer!


How did you get started teaching?

Sarahjoy started teacher little beginner kids when she was just 15 years old, while still a working student herself, for a trainer in Southern California. 


What types of students have you worked with?

Sarahjoy has worked extensively over the years with riders of all levels and ages. Bringing riders from beginner, up to advanced and coaching them at local and National competitions. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Beginning in 2019 Sarahjoy started competing without a bridle on her primary show horse. Although rather unconventional Sarahjoy is excited to expand her skills as a rider in this new and very challenging direction. 

(Sarahjoy does not encourage all riders to ride bridleless.)


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

It’s extremely important to find an instructor you feel comfortable talking with, and especially ask questions to. Riding horses is an inherently dangerous sport, that should only be entered into when the rider is able to fully trust their trainer. There are many people that call themselves a horse trainer. Ask a ton of questions, if they are only able to give you short answers, keep looking. It’s very important to find the right trainer that as a rider you feel you can rely on the knowledge, and experience of, unquestionably. 


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

What are your goals as a rider? Do you want a backyard horse that you can feel safe riding on trails? Or do you want to compete at horse shows, and grow as both a horseman/woman, as a true equestrian?

How much time and energy are you as a rider willing to invest into your goals? Do you want to casually take one lesson a week? Or do you want to work up to leasing, and eventually owning your own show horse?


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