Lesson Rates:       $40.00 for one private lesson

       Lessons at Elder Row Stables are offered to all ages and skill levels. Lessons are unique in that they are designed for each student to learn horse behavior, language, and communication. Students learn to safely control the horse and work the horse from the ground before getting on the horses' back. This helps instill confidence and an opportunity for the student to develop a relationship of trust and leadership with the horse.

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        Beginning Students Learn:

  • How horses use their bodies to communicate
  • The role of "head mare" and how to become "head mare"
  • How to safely approach, groom, and tack up a horse
  • How to safely "move a horse's feet, move them in the direction desired, and move them at the speed desired"
  • How to lunge a horse at the walk, trot, and canter
  • How to ride the walk, trot, and canter in a Western saddle

        Novice Students Learn:

  • How to show all the above skills to competency
  • How to properly lunge in side reins
  • How to safely take horses through an obstacle course on ground
  • How to bridle a horse
  • How to deworm, clip, and load horses in a trailer
  • How to ride the walk, trot, and canter in a English saddle

        Advanced Students Learn:

  • How to show all the above skills to competency
  • How to safely "long line" a horse
  • How to hitch the horse to a cart and drive a cart
  • The difference between desensitizing and sensitizing a horse
  • How to ride a "balanced seat" regardless of style of riding
  • How to safely negotiate "trot poles" and cavaletties
  • How to safely negotiate obstacles
  • How to safely take horses out on a trail ride

        Dressage Students Learn:

  • The importance and levels of the training pyramid
  • The objectives of the levels
  • How to ride the level appropriate to the horse and rider
  • How to ride in a light, quiet and non-obstructive way to the horse
  • How to develop and bring out the natural qualities of each horse

       Lessons insure that students learn in a safe and skill based order. This is important whether the student aspires to the competitive show ring, a safe and leisurely pleasure ride, or trail ride.

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