RIDING LESSONS

I offer riding and horsemanship lessons for ages 14 to adult.* If you have your own horse and are local (in or around Fauquier County) I can come to your barn and and work with you and your horse together. My lessons include learning basic horse care, grooming, leading, groundwork, horse psychology, safety, and riding from beginner to advanced. I will teach you to understand things from the horses point of view, learn how to solve problems on your own, and become the rider your horse has always dreamed of!

Dancer on The Trail!

My lessons include learning basic horse care, grooming, leading, groundwork, horse psychology, safety, and riding from beginner to advanced. I will teach you to understand things from the horses point of view, learn how to solve problems on your own, and become the rider your horse has always dreamed of!

If you are interested in learning to ride, learning more about horse care and groundwork, or looking to advance riding skills you already have, or just have more questions about how I can help you, shoot me an email and lets chat!

Like my training sessions, all lessons start on the ground (Note: If you have your own horse, established lesson students or advanced riders who are confident they can get their horse into a calm, confident, learning frame of mind on their own and wish to focus solely on riding during a lesson may warm their horses up on their own prior to the lesson time).

Even if your horse is well-trained and responsive in the saddle, they can still benefit from learning some basic groundwork and warming up on the ground is a great way to check out how your horse is feeling that day and establish a connection.

For a well-trained horse that you already have a great connection and relationship with, warming up on the ground may only take a couple minutes - just enough to see how your horse is feeling that day and get him connected with you. For horses that have other issues, like spooking, bucking, rearing, bolting, etc many of these issues are best fixed on the ground and may take one or more sessions completely on the ground before they are safe to ride.


Perhaps you already have a great connection with your horse and he or she is well trained and responsive in the saddle, but you want to work on your riding, aids, and equitation. I can help you with that too! I have a lot of great techniques and exercises that will help you become more balanced and confident in the saddle and use your body in a way that helps your horse use his body effectively, instead of hindering it. Learn to refine your aids by using subtle weight and seat cues so you and your horse truly feel like one being and your communication looks effortless!

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Your weight and balance can make a huge difference in where your horse carries his weight. If you are off balance, even a little, or have your weight too far forward your horse will have a harder time using his hindquarters and balancing his body properly.


So consider YOUR position, weight, and balance first if your horse is having trouble with something or seems to be resisting your aids - if your horse has trouble with one of his canter leads, for example, they *may* be stiff on one side of their body OR you may be stiff on one side of yours and making it difficult for him. Learning to be flexible and strong on both sides of your body equally can make a big difference in your horse's athleticism.


Regardless on what style of riding you do, or what your goals are, I can help you become a more balanced, effective rider and develop a horse who is confident, respectful, and responsive and who enjoys being ridden as much as you enjoy riding him!

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