Learning how to ride is a joy that can last a lifetime. Learning how to understand and respect the horse is also part of the unique education at Good Horsemanship.
Riding should be enjoyable, for both horse and rider. Katie, our teacher of beginners, can help your child learn the basics of good riding, while also having fun, of course!
Horses are wonderful animals and we at Good Horsemanship look forward to helping you learn more about them.
Book a no-obligation phone chat to learn more about our lesson program.
Good Horsemanship offers on-going weekly lessons, as well as seasonal day camps for children interested in learning all about horses. Lessons are one-on-one, emphasizing safe riding and handling, and empathy for the horse. Lesson ponies and horses are available on a limited basis
Our goal at Good Horsemanship is to teach the next generation not only how to be fair, effective riders, but to also instill a lifelong appreciation and understanding of horses and horse behavior.
Horses are a totally different species from us humans, and the family dog! A large and powerful prey animal who usually chooses to flee when faced with perceived danger, horses can be dangerous in their efforts to escape if misunderstood by those handling or riding them.
In light of this innate quality, from the very first lesson children are taught how to observe and understand horse behavior and communication.
Alongside learning horse behavior, children are taught the building blocks required to become competent, effective riders. Lessons incorporate exercises to challenge and develop the child’s balance, coordination, and confidence in the saddle.
Lessons progress at a pace appropriate for each child, and the confidence of our Good Horsemanship learners is of utmost importance.
Her students learn the importance of being soft and consistent with their horses for better communication and a stronger partnership.
She uses games, patterns and other fun exercises to teach her students basic riding skills, as well as improving balance, motor skills and proper positioning.
Katies excitement is both evident and contagious throughout the learning process of her students and their mounts. Whatever the discipline of interest to the horse/rider combination, Katie can help bring clarity to your partnership and excitement back into training and learning.
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Help For Horse Behavior Problems - Fraser Valley
May 11, 2016, 9:00am - May 11, 2016, 6:00pm
Lauren is available for private consults every week in the Fraser Valley, to help you solve your horse's behavior problem. Why Do Horse Behavior Problems Occur? Horse behavior problems can be frustrating, annoying, or even downright dangerous. Behavior problems in horses happen for a number of reasons, including pain, fear, or confusion during training. Other unwanted behaviors, such as poor ground manners or being ‘hard mouthed’, may be accidentally taught. Horse behavior problems can occur under saddle – bucking, bolting, spooking etc – or when being handled – aggression, refusing to trailer load, being needle or farrier phobic, cribbing, biting, kicking etc. Punishment is often used to try and stop unwanted behaviors, but the use of punishment can create additional behavior problems in the horse (e.g. aggression), and can even make the problem worse. The use of punishment can also damage the trust between horse and trainer. In light of these potential side-effects, horse owners and trainers are wise to seek out other ways to resolve behavior issues. What Help Is Available For Horse Behavior Problems? There is effective help available for horse behavior problems – without any unwanted side-effects. Horse behavior consultants use a ‘Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive‘ (LIMA) approach to solve horse behavior problems. What this means is that consultants carefully assess and address the many factors that can contribute to the problem behavior. They also choose retraining techniques that will be effective, and which carry a very low risk for creating further behavior problems. Some of the ways in which consultants address problems include: ~identifying and managing exposure to the ‘triggers’ – things that have to occur for the behavior to happen ~addressing any issues with management that may contribute to the problem ~using counter-conditioning and desensitization to change a horse’s response to triggers (e.g. needles, farriers, the trailer, being ridden) ~using reinforcement-based training to teach the horse new and wanted behaviors, vs. using punishment-based training to try to stop the unwanted behavior ~teaching the horse what he or she should do instead of the unwanted behavior Consultants use their knowledge of behavioral science and horse ethology (natural behaviors) to resolve horse behavior problems in ways that are effective, low-stress, and also enhance the bond between horse and owner. To learn more about how Lauren can help you and your horse, watch this recent interview filmed at Equitopia Center in California: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulXKBoseSlI PM Lauren here for more details.
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