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Building Confidence Within Yourself While Learning Riding Skills
Riding is secondary to teaching our students about the care & handling of the horses in the safest way possible. We base our program on natural horsemanship and use techniques from many natural & classical horsemen, past and present, that we’ve studied for over 35 years.
We tailor our program to people’s individual style of learning.
(Some learn by watching, others by doing, some by reading, etc.) At our farm we have a way of teaching that incorporates these styles into easy-to-remember riding & ground handling simulations as well as riding techniques.
Learning how all aspects of your body’s balance affect the horse’s movement & attitude is the key to successful riding. This is how we teach the mechanics of riding BEFORE getting on a horse’s back, allowing the rider to be successful while in the saddle! Our program is unique as we use methods from Centered Riding(TM) for body balance, rhythm, & responsiveness while using Natural Horsemanship Training (Parelli, Anderson, Hunt & others) helps with ground handling skills to give people an overall understanding of the basics of why horses do what they do, insights into how they are motivated to be with humans, and simple ways to keep safe while being with these lovely creatures.
IN ALL SESSIONS: For your safety you MUST wear boots with a heel, long pants, and an ASTM/SEI approved helmet. Helmets are provided by LPF or you may purchase your own at local tack and farm stores.
Adults are encouraged, but not required, to wear ASTM approved helmets.
* Tie a rope halter knot (learn why rope halters are most useful)
* Lead the horse with confidence
* Keep horse from invading your “hula-hoop” of personal space
* Lead the horse in and out of gates
* Properly tie lead rope for grooming
* How to walk around horse safely while grooming and tacking
* Proper & efficient grooming techniques (tools & order of use)
* Be able to touch horse all over with hands
* How to pick the horse’s feet up
* Know what the horse’s mood is by reading his body language
(Happy, curious, nervous, obnoxious, bored, cranky, etc.)
* Be able to keep your horse at a safe distance from other horses
* Parts of the horse’s tack
* How to saddle the horse
* Proper girth tension before mounting
* Setting correct stirrup length
* Mounting from both sides of the horse from mounting block/bench
* Understand about “energy up & down” to change speed/gaits. (stop to walk to trot to walk to stop only)
* Steering Progression Cues at the walk & trot- (1) look with both eyes, (2) hand softly directs rein in direction of eyes while (3)opposite leg helps “push” horse in the desired direction.
* Adding other body, vocal, & rhythm cues to motivate a reluctant horse.
* Stopping & backing horse 4 steps (‘hot potato’ rein release)
* Emergency stop (disengaging the hind quarters)
* Emergency dismount (vault off & push away)
* Introduction to ground games 1-7 (Parelli method) for warm up communication between partners before riding
Bonus Moments! (promotes confidence)
Learn how to:
* Safely give horses treats
When the beginner level is passed, the student is welcome to start leaving the arena on guided trail rides at the farm!!
More proficiency at all the beginner skills PLUS:
* Mount & dismount from fence & other obstacles (w/saddle)
* learn sitting & posting trot
* trot & steer around objects smoothly
* able to trot straight lines and large round circles
* learn 2-point / half-seat (for up-hills on the trail or small jumps in the arena)
* trot without stirrups
* Start the Canter (on the lunge line progressing to a large circle by yourself off-line)
These skills promote better balance & rhythm and are added to the program at this time to accelerate progress:
* Ground games 1-7 with a focus on 5 & 6 for ‘pick up’ rider skill
* Mount & dismount from fence & other obstacles using ‘pick up’ rider technique (w/bareback pad)
* ride bareback at the walk, halt, circles & serpentines
* ride ‘short bursts’ at the trot bareback (15 steps or less with bareback pad)
Bonus Moments! (promotes bonding)
Learn how to:
* graze horse on lead line
* mix horse’s grain and give it to them after the riding session
When the Intermediate Level is passed, the student is allowed to trail ride on LPF property with an approved guide.
VERY proficient at the walk, trot, canter in the arena. Able to traverse easily around and over small obstacles. Understands Parelli method Ground work and fluent in games 1-7 on a 12 ft line & some games on a 22 ft. line for warm up communication or trouble shooting problems while riding.
This level is working on the following:
* Leg yields at the trot (posting & sitting)
* Know canter leads
* Know the correct diagonal when riding posting trot
* Learn Counter Canter
* Change canter leads through the trot (bow tie exercise)
* Flying lead change exercise (canter circle to halt in center, leg yield in opposite direction , lift to ask for new lead)
* Extend the trot through the diagonals
* Learn more collection in horse at all gaits
* Jump 2 consecutive jumps not over 18” (trot in- canter out)
* Trot around the arena in 2-point / half-seat
* Canter the arena in half-seat
* More proficiency in body control & arena etiquette to be able to start competing in shows & competitions