ADULT BEGINNER RIDING CLASSES
Grooming and equine body parts|
Saddling, saddle fitting and bit fitting
Equine body language and behavior
ESCT - Equine Stress Control Therapy
|Human body language and behavior in riding sport|
PEAT Energy Psychology in Sportsmanship
Walking horse in-hand on halter and lead|
Backing up horse
Disengaging hind end
Moving horse to side
|Lunging the horse|
Intro to lunging|
Practicing walk/trot lunging with cavesson
|7 steps of training horse and rider|
Intro to classical seat|
Improving classical seat
Balance and rhythm - gait footfalls
The back and pelvis
Achieving the seat
The legs and stirrups
The hands and reins
The seat in action
Riding long and low
On the bit
The leg yield
The half halt
The rein back
The posting trot
The sitting trot
20 minute workout
Introduction to canter on longe
Commitment: We ask for committed students, beginners who are interested in self-improvement through working with the horse, students who realize that riding is more than a sport - it is a way of discovering the best in one's self and growing in all directions as a human being through interspecies bonding and communication and the development of body strength and mental and spiritual focus.
Fees and payment: Lessons are $45 per group session limited to 3 riders and 3 horses. Private lessons are $60 per session. A session includes time for you to prepare your horse with grooming and tacking up as necessary before the session begins, so you will be here longer than an hour allowing for preparing your horse. For those sessions that do not involve the horse - such as sessions with humans and PEAT energy psychology prior to riding, a session lasts 1-1/2 hours. These longer lessons are groundwork, theory and lunging lessons. Riding sessions last 1 hour. Payment can be made via credit card, online using your credit card and PayPal on our products page and pay as you go payments are accepted. We give a 15% discount for those who pay for ten lessons in advance whether group or private. It is recommended you take the complete course from beginning to end and make the commitment to see yourself through the beginner level.
Liability: You will be asked to sign a liability waiver and undertake the sport at your own risk. The appropriate caution sign mandated by Colorado law is posted on the premises. Riding and working with horses is a risky business and trainers and instructors are not responsible for injury to horse or human when safety measures are in place.
Gear and tack: Students will be required to wear a helmet. These can be purchased at Murdoch's on Santa Fe or ordered from www.horse.com. Student helmets are fine, nothing fancy is needed. Safety riding vests are also recommended but not required. They help with impact protection in the case of a fall to protect the ribcage. Hard soled riding boots are required, no sneakers. Boots can be western or English, high or low. If low, half-chaps are recommended to prevent chafing on the inside of the leg. Riding gloves are recommended for use on the ground and in the saddle to prevent rope burn. Comfortable pants - jeans are fine if not binding (we don't need to see rear-ends hanging out of jeans). Dress for the weather at all times. When lunging a horse on the ground, boots, helmet, lunging whip and gloves are also required.
Preparation: You should have a basic fitness level that includes good stomach muscle, flexible neck and shoulders, strong arms, inner thighs that do not cramp, and flexible knee and ankle joints. If you have back pain or balance problems, riding is not your sport. Riding emphasizes the core strength of the torso and we recommend stretching before each lesson to limber up your body and mind. We will prepare you with PEAT energy psychology to clear your performance issues before you undertake actual riding, but we ask you do an honest assessment of yourself for suitability for the sport which is demanding physically and involves another sentient, unpredictable being - a 900 to 1200 lb. flight animal.