We provide lessons for the beginner through advanced rider focusing on the importance of a classically correct seat. Whether you ride English or Western, we will help you communicate clearly with your horse for balanced movement.
For those starting out in horse riding, you or your child will receive a personalized lesson that includes instruction on horse care, grooming, haltering, safe leading, tacking up, and the bio-mechanics of riding. Under saddle you will learn how to balance upon your horse and communicate with your horse through your seat and legs, as well as your hands.
Exercises for balance will occur on a lunge line until you feel you are ready to perform them independently. No two students advance at the same rate, and we will work at your comfort level. For those that bring their horses to lessons, we will also work on desensitizing your horse to a variety of conditions while under saddle.
Lessons are available in all-around horsemanship, western patterns and speed events, HUS, dressage, western dressage, and hunt/jump to 3'.
One Hour Private Lesson ~ $40
One Half-Hour Private Lessons ~ $20
One Hour Lesson with a Friend ~ $30 per person
Group Lesson of 3 or 4 ~ $20 per person
call Tina @ 614-746-8327 for more info or Email
Please show up with adequate time to groom and tack your horse before your lesson and plan to spending time properly cooling down and caring for your horse and equipment after you lesson. Please wear a helmet, boots, and form fitting clothes.
Do you want to take your horse to a higher level of ability? Move up to a higher show level? Work through an issue you are struggling with? Feel safe on trail rides?
We offer single one-hour training sessions for $30. You may load in at our facility and we will work through an issue with your horse. You may combine this with a lesson to ensure your horse understands your communication.
If you are looking for a solid foundation on your horse, we can provide that as well. We will teach your horse ground manners and easy cues for walk-trot-canter that will allow you to enjoy your horse again!
Advanced training is also available from a FEI silver medal dressage rider. We also have a trainer who works on speed events and reining. Your horse can join us for partial of full training.
If your goal is showing in an open show or breed show, dressage or jumping, we can help you and your horse reach that level. Located 15 minutes south of Columbus, we are within easy travel distance to AQHA, APHA and dressage schooling shows in Ohio.
Private show coaching is available as well.
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What Should you be learning in riding lessons?
Lessons are not just about riding, you should be learning how to catch, halter, lead and work on the ground with your horse. Your instructor should teach you to approach a horse at the shoulder for safety, how to put on halter, lead a horse at an appropriate speed, and how to gain respect from the horse on the ground. The horse should walk when you walk, stop when you stop, and back up when you back up. A horse should never pull against you or step on your feet.
Your horse should stand patiently while you toss a lead line over their neck, back and hind quarters. You should be able to rub the horse all over with a riding crop or carrot stick. They should stand queitly for grooming and picking hooves. Do not make excuses for your horses - every horse can do this.
Your instructor should also teach you how to lunge a horse. Your horse should walk on a circle, transition to trot on command, remain at the trot until you cue for a walk or halt. A horse that respects you on the ground and responds to your direction is a pleasure to work with under saddle. A horse that ignores you on the ground will also ignore you under saddle.
What are the different riding disciplines?
Hunter Under Saddle - The horse and rider are judged on their form and communication in walk, trot, and canter while riding on the rail.
English Equitation - Similar to HUS, however more emphasis is placed upon the rider's skill. The class often contains patterns and the rider must transition at precise places in the pattern.
Hunter Hack and Jumping - Patterns with jumps that start at 18" and can range up to 5'. Open shows and breed shows include jumping up to 3'.
Dressage - English riding that includes judging the horse and rider on several pattern levels of schooling moves such as shoulder in, side passing, and flying lead changes. The movements in dressage are the basics of horse training for any discipline, western or english.
Eventing - Combines solid HUS skills and dressage with jumping in a cross-country course.
Western Pleasure - The horse and rider are judged on their form and communication in walk, jog and lope while riding on the rail.
Horsemanship and Western Riding - Like English Equitation, these are pattern classes and the rider is judged on the precision of their transitions. Horsemanship is walk-trot-canter. Western Riding adds the challenge of flying lead changes.
Reining - A higher level of challenge than Western Riding, Reining adds in spins, roll backs and slides in addition to flying lead changes.
Western Dressage - As the name implies, the rider is in western tack while working dressage patterns.
Trail - Horse and Rider and judged on how the horse works through an obstacle course.
Speed Events - Judged soley on time, speed events include barrel racing, pole bending and flag race.
Showmanship - A handler is judged on how they lead a horse at halter through a pattern and set their horse up for inspection. While this is not a confirmation class, grooming and presentation are judged.
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