What I Offer With Lessons.

I have a lot of folks asking what I offer for lessons! So I figured I would give a description of how a typical lesson goes.. let’s give this a try!

Today, Stella came for a lesson! She normally would have to catch the horse she is riding for the lesson but I decided I would wade through the mud and catch a few. She showed up and took off his blanket to reveal a muddy horse! Off to the back of the trailer she went to gather the grooming supplies! She began to brush off the mud and prep him to saddle. Next, she gathered her saddle pad from the back of my trailer and her saddle. She knows where to place the pad because I have taught her! Next she attempts to swing the saddle on to the horse. She is short and he is tall so I did help! Next time, she will figure out how to use the mounting block to swing that saddle! Once she had Spider saddled (I watch like a hawk and have taught her how to safely move around horses that are tied or loose) she gathered his leg gear and his bridle. Leg gear on, she then dropped the halter to his neck and bridled him (with help from me) and off to the riding area we went!

Before we begin to work on turning, the horse needs to be warmed up! She began with a walking lap each direction then proceeded into trotting 3 laps each direction! Of course I’m telling her things about her posture, hands and feet to help her to work with the horse for this step!

After a good warm up, we worked on how to turn. No, I don’t have a barrel pattern set up. I personally own a full set of poles and 7 barrels. I set up random things for the students to work around. Sometimes it’s figure 8’s. Sometimes it’s a giant rectangle. It just depends on what we are targeting for the day. Today Stella was working on turning at a trot then driving him to lope after completing the turn! Working on control etc. After we have completed our goals and everyone is working nice, we quit. Then Stella dismounted, loosed the the saddle and lead spider back to the trailer. There she un-tacked him and put everything away. She brushed him and would have turned him loose if I didn’t have another kiddo on the way. All in all, she was at my house almost for 2 hours!

Sometimes our lessons are an hour. Sometimes two. Heck, I have a few that are learning how to do ground work. Sometimes that is 4 hours. My price is the same no matter the time. I charge $50 a lesson. I do my best to clear two hours per student. Sometimes I will have two students ride together but only the ones I know will work together! They usually really enjoy having a partner to ride with and learn from each other!

When you sign up to take lessons with me, it’s a full meal deal. I teach horsemanship first. We build from there! Also, since I don’t have a covered arena, we have to be respectful of Mother Nature! I hope this helps!

ITS HOT YALL!!

Normally, during the summer, we switch to 7-8am lessons and 7-8 pm lessons. However, this July is excessively HOT. We are supposed to get a cool down after the 14th of July.

I have edited my work schedule to reflect this excessive heat. I don’t want to pause lessons. After watching my morning lesson student get sick after her 8am lesson and seeing that it is 105° at 7pm, I cannot put my students or horses at risk in this extreme heat!

Please pray for rain! Thank you for understanding. Remember, I’m keeping my riders and horses safe.

I See The Light!

I promised I would update before and after my surgery! The surgery was for sure needed on my shoulder. I had some tearing of my labrum and my rotator cuff. I had bone spurs on my clavicle that was, in fact, wearing on my rotator cuff. If this situation is like my left shoulder, I assume that when I was kicked in the chest last September, inflammation then formed in my shoulder on the side I was kicked leading to persistent irritation! Same thing happened in my left! They also removed my bicep tendon and anchored it to the bone vs the joint capsule!

Anyhow, it has been a little over two weeks and my shoulder is still in a sling! I do get out of my sling on May 6. I will be limited on weight. Right now, I’m not allowed to lift anything with my right arm. Eventually I will work up to five pounds etc. But, I’m doing pretty good! As long as I don’t physically use my right arm, all is well!

For lessons— I am wanting to start back the first week of May for those that can saddle the horse! If the rider cannot swing the saddle, I will either need parental help or message me so we can make sure Hannah can be there! I won’t be able to handle more than one student at a time. If there is a family with two riders, message me so I can have Hannah there! I miss my students! This will be a slow process and I will be feeling my self out to see what I can handle so please be patient! ❤️