With private lessons, we teach the student many things about the horse. Students learn how to halter a horse, lead a horse safely, brush and saddle their horse. This approach is structured so the student can learn sequencing in a fun way. They also learn new terminology and techniques. When brushing and tacking a horse, students work on large and fine motor skills. This can be challenging for some individuals at first but is ultimately extremely rewarding. We also have a clock on the wall in front of the hitching post to help the student learn time management and practice telling time!
Once the horse is ready to ride we head into the arena. There we have the student practice leading their horse, turning, stopping and backing. Everything they learn on the ground is translated once they are up on their horse. Then the lesson is tailored to the student’s individual goal. After stretching we will review previous skills, teach a new skill, practice that new skill in a game with that new skill in mind. If possible, we will go on a short trail ride then conclude with the student helping to untack the horse before their lesson is done. It’s a very busy, fun 1-hour lesson!