Essential School Horse Skills

student kissing school pony

You want new students to stay, which means you want them to fall in love. Helping your horse become a lovable solid citizen is one of the greatest investments you can make in your lesson business.

Ride Where You Can

student learning Red Level Horsemanship in open field with cones

I had to figure out … how the Learning Levels system could work without the steady school horses, groomed arena, and spacious indoor workspace that blessed the rest of my students.

5 Goals for Teaching Yellow Horsemanship

We want to give our beginners a strong foundation that keeps them safe in the excitement to come. Along the way, we hope they’ll learn to appreciate the little stuff: better balance, improved communication with their horse, and the ability to ride joyfully without going fast.

Back to the Barn

unmounted barn lesson teaching students to clean pasture waterers

The road to success is paved with hours spent wrapping legs, cleaning tack, soaking beet pulp, and holding horses for the farrier – an experience that many students, sadly, just don’t get.

Education for Everyone

English and western riders playing mounted games

We believe that many fundamentals of horsemanship and horse care are universal. A rider with a secure and balanced seat should be able to ride effectively in any saddle – or none at all!

We have been blessed with many talented photographers over the years: students who voluntarily stood out in a sweltering/ freezing arena – or slogged up and down our hilly pastures – capturing lifelong memories of camps, clinics, and shows. We’re grateful to all of them!

One such student, Delaney Witbrod, is now a professional photographer with a gift for animal portraits – see more of her fine work here.

You’ll also find illustrations throughout our online courses and printed materials (like study guides) graciously donated by Rhonda Hagy, who is a student and lifelong friend. Contact us for information about her work.

Are we lucky or WHAT?!

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