Longeing Beginner/Kids Lessons
Longeing lessons are good to establish trust, feel, balance, coordination 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.
Grooming, tacking up and basic ground work are part of each lesson and important to safely handle, get to know and enjoy horses.
Horsemanship Ground work, Longeing and In Hand work
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 on a cavesson or halter should 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 at that time. 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 of the bit to the horse and one can closely observe the horses expression and what his body is doing as well as learning to differentiate the actions of the bit.
Riding Lessons based on the French principles of Lightness in combination with patterns over poles
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 partner.
The basics are suitable for all disciplines as we aim to teach the horse the language of our aids while he stays relaxed, focused and happy to work with us.
As a continuation the work is based on Dressage movements and different figures and patterns. They do have the purpose of building correct muscling, create flexibility, impulsion, balance, straightness and prepare for collection. Many different disciplines profit from this training to keep their horses balanced, even and sound, relaxed, supple, responsive and light (Dressage and Western Dressage, Working Equitation, Jumping, Endurance, trail horses, driving horses, Western event horses...).
For variety, fun and to improve the horses coordination and muscling I enjoy using a variety of exercises over poles and raised poles in combination with dressage movements.
Low gymnastic jumping is also a great way to add variety and challenge coordination, balance and different muscles for horse and rider!
Lessons are 1 hour long
*$70 private lessons ($60 for boarders)
*Semi private lesson for 2 people $45 per person
*$80 private lesson with a school horse
*Kids lesson with school horse $60
*Pen board is $25 per night self board, please bring your own feed and water buckets.
Camping is included (outhouse, no power, you will have to bring your drinking water, our water is good for horses though), with power hook up additional $10 per night, use of arenas included.
3 day Weekend Clinics in Clinton 2023
$350 plus GST for the clinic weekend (includes 2 days of private lessons or 1 semi private poles/cavaletti pattern lesson instead on Sunday, evening trail rides Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 3 nights camping and pen, potluck BBQ and theory session).
Camping with power hock up is additional $10 per night.
I also have a big shared room with 3 beds, living room, dining table and shared shower/washroom/kitchen for $35 per night.
6 riders max, spectators are welcome free of charge.
2 Camp spots can have power hook up, there is an outhouse, you will have to bring your drinking water but water is fine for horses.
Dogs are welcome too if they are good with other dogs and animals (chicken, cats and horses).
Monthly Lesson weekends in Quesnel
Please contact me if you are interested in participating.
*Private Lesson $70
*Semi Private lesson $45
Plus arena and haul in fees where applicable