Beginners Horseback Riding
This class is for students that little to no riding experience. Students that rode as a child, but do have a strong recall of what they learned, may want to sign-up for this level.
We encourage students to purchase a few basic items, including helmet and appropriate footwear (hard sole with a heel - NO SNEAKERS). Long pants (preferably breeches and/or leggings, but jeans allowed) are required as well.
Students learn the basis of handling a horse, grooming/tacking and walk/trot. By the end of the semester some students are introduced to trotting over groundpoles and possibly the canter. Throughout the semester their are two trail rides planned, so students can utilize their skills outside the arena.
Along with the mounted lessons, students receive 1-2 unmounted lectures throughout the semester that cover various topics such as: "What is Dressage and Eventing?" and basic management topics (colors, markings, etc...)
Intermediate Horseback Riding
This class is designed for students that are competent at the walk/trot, with in introduction to the canter. An introduction to groundpoles and/or jumping is great, but not necessary.
Students at this level are required to purchase their own helmet and wear proper riding attire: including breeches and riding boots (paddock or tall, synthetic or leather are all okay). Please email Amy for more information regarding attire (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Students will receive a refresher course in grooming/tacking and riding basics at the walk/trot. We will then move onto the canter and develop a good canter seat. Then jumping is introduced. By the end of the semester, most students are competent at navigating 2'-2'3" jumps.
Intermediate level students have the opportunity to show off-site in dressage and possibly jumping competitions. While showing is not mandatory, it is a fun way to show off skills acquired throughout the semester.