*Beginner Longeing Lessons
For beginners or for those who are getting back into riding (at this stage it does not matter if you aim to specialize in Western or English riding later on), longeing lessons are good to establish balance,coordination, trust, feel and a secure seat without having to worry about directing the horse. Later off the longe line you will learn the aids to control the horse in the arena and on the trail.
Ground work and horsemanship are part of a lesson on how to safely handle and enjoy the horse's company and attention.
*Horsemanship exercises on the ground, Longeing and In Hand work Lessons
Are the basics of training young horses and are skills that will benefit most riders.
Horsemanship comes first for me, setting a base for safe handling and boundaries of what is ok and what is not ok for the horse to do around us. The interaction on the ground with the horse sets the stage for anything else we want to do with him and who is going to 'make who's feet move' which is one of the pecking order facts in horse interaction.
Longeing can be creative with straight lines, larger and small circles, over poles and even jumps without the use of auxiliary side reins and is great as a warm up in cold weather, explaining our voice commands to the horse, to get familiar in new places and to let the horse express himself if he is tense or nervous and riding doesn't seem like the safest thing to do. Longeing is not used to 'make the horse tired' but to communicate with him and see what his mental and physical state of mind is.
In hand work can be a little challenging at first but is a great way to explain the aids for the different actions of the bit to the horse and one can closely observe the horses expression and what his body is doing as well as learning the differentiate the actions of the bit.
*Dressage lessons based on the French principles of Lightness in combination with work over poles, cavaletti and basic gymnastic Jumping
If you are interested in riding your horse with lighter and less aids, developing good muscling and balance, improving and keeping the horse flexible so he enjoys being ridden, doing our best so he stays sound and healthy for as long as possible and finding a clear language of aids both rider and horse understand, the principles of Philippe Karl's Legerete training can greatly help to improve your riding and partnership with your horse friend.
The basics are suitable for all disciplines as we aim to teach the horse the language of our aids while he stays relaxed and willing to work with us.
As a continuation the work is based on Dressage movements which do have the purpose of building correct muscling, create flexibility, impulsion, balance and prepare for collection. Many disciplines also profit from this type of training to keep the horses balanced, relaxed, supple, responsive and light (Dressage and Western Dressage, Jumping, Endurance, trail horses, driving horses....).
For variety, fun and to improve the horses coordination and muscling I believe in using a variety of exercises over poles and raised cavaletti in combination with dressage movements in between.
Low gymnastic jumping is also a great way to add variety and challenge different muscles for horse and rider!
*Weekend Clinics in Clinton
Come and camp here for the weekend, 5 pens and 3 stalls are available, private or semi private lessons, group sessions for groundwork and in hand work at the start of each day, evening pot-luck BBQ get together and one evening theory session. See the events and dates page for dates.
*Clinics and Lessons in Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Quesnel and Lillooet
See dates and events for this years schedule and contact me if you would like to participate!
Lessons are 1 hour long
Lesson with your own horse
$45 private lesson or semi private lesson for 2 people $30 per person
Lesson with a school horse
Longeing and groundwork lesson $55, Kids lesson 30-40 minutes $40
Private lesson $55
Group Lessons (2-4 people)
Groundwork / Horsemanship and In Hand lessons $20 per person
Gymnastic poles, cavaletti and low jumping $35 per person
Clinics in Clinton
Based on the above lesson prices
Pen or stall board is $10 per night, please bring your own hay and water buckets.
Camping is free (outhouse, no power hook ups, you will have to bring your drinking water, our water is good for horses though)
*Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Quesnel and Lillooet
Private Lesson $50
Semi Private lesson $35
Group Horsemanship and In hand (2-4) $20
Semi Private lesson incorporating poles and possibly low jumps $35
Plus arena and haul in fees where applicable.