The horse does not do all the work! Horseback riding is a sport, featured in three different Olympic disciplines. The rider maintains their balance by constantly engaging most of their muscles to some degree. Even grooming and tacking up burns lots of calories and engages many muscles, core and others. Plus there is a cardio element as well - cantering is similar to running or swimming at a fair clip.
Horseback riding is completely engaging. Riders minds are directing their body, communicating with the horse, and getting comfortable with the side of their brain that guides with instinct and intuition. Riding is dynamic, requiring the rider to anticipate, act and interact with an animal that has independent ideas, initiatives, and preferences. Possibly the ultimate opportunity to stay in the moment.
Working with horses impacts us on so many levels. Being in the outdoors and dealing with the change in elements. Having our senses impacted with smells of horses and leather and the sight of dappled horseflesh. Establishing communication with a thousand pound animal of prey. It is pretty much guaranteed you will leave the stables with a deep feeling of well being and satisfaction that will stay with you for a surprisingly long time ... a mental touchstone of happiness that you will keep reaching for.
Please borrow from us, the equipment you will need to get started riding. Helmet, boots, halfchaps and gloves. Once you are committed and if would like to buy your own, please discuss with your instructor so we can offer advice on what and where
Private lessons are required for riders just starting out. Safety is key as the rider establishes practices that allow them to operate safely and effectively. We offer and Introductory Riding Package of six private lessons at a discounted rate. Once you can post trot and steer on your own, you may choose to join a group lesson with one or two others. $340/6
Riding weekly will start you on the way to becoming a horseman. Learning all the skills required to groom, tack up and work with a horse on the ground, dovetail with skills learned in the saddle. Enjoy riding by yourself, or with other riders with similar interests and skill sets $60/$70
The more you ride, the better you get. The better you get, the more fun you have! Buy two lessons per week, and receive a complimentary practice ride each week, at a mutually convenient time, and with your instructors approval. Practices may not be "saved up".
Chat with your instructor and discover some of the possibilities! Part leasing a horse that is a good match for your skill and temperament can provide tremendous satisfaction by building a relationship with just one horse. Enjoy many of the benefits of "owning" a horse, without the expenses and responsibilities associated with ownership. Lessons are in addition to - $300/mth for up to 3 rides/week.
Have a busy lifestyle, but love to ride when you get a chance? A riding opportunity even once or twice in a month can have a positive effect on your sense of well being. Don't be shy to contact us for your "horse fix" even if your riding opportunity is only on occasion. $65
Perhaps you are enjoying your lessons, and would like the opportunity to practice on your own. Practice rides available available with your instructors approval and at a mutually convenient time. $35