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.
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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.
Not believing everything you think may be one of the...
Fear is counter-productive to horse training.
To minimize fear, you need to learn to recognize subtle signs of arousal, and adapt your training accordingly before it escalates. Many horse people can only recognize the obvious signs of fear - flight or 'fight' behaviors, like pulling away, bolting, rearing, swinging sideways to avoid the fearful thing, balking, kicking, striking and so on.
When a horse has reached this level of fearful arousal it's really too late in the game to train anything. At this point horses aren't capable of learning the good things we want them to learn, and they can also become dangerous to handle. This usually results in people then applying more pressure, or resorting to punishment to attempt to get the task done and to try and keep themselves safe. People may also feel they need to follow through with the task otherwise the horse will 'win', but no one wins in this situation: the horse isn't learning to do the task, he's just learning to escape; the human hasn't taught the horse anything other than to fear them and the training situation.
But this is not necessary. It's just not necessary to trigger fear in order to train a horse to do ANYTHING. Triggering fear in training situations also carries a very real side-effect of worsening the fear, or having the horse start to become fearful sooner in the training process.
Thanks to The Equine Observer for the satirical commentary on this important topic. ... See MoreSee Less
Horse Wonders What he Needs to Do to Demonstrate Fear "I hate going in that trailer”, said a visibly shaken Mack. “I get all tense, my eyes are out on stalks and my poo turns to liquid but they just tell me I’m being stupid rather than scared. What more do I have to do?” A recent poll of human onlookers confirmed that Mack was indeed naughty and stupid. Spokesman, Terence Digby-Jones, said, “If he was really scared then wouldn’t he bolt or something?" Mack ruefully shook his head. “Well, hindsight is great isn’t it? But right there in the heat of the moment I’m not exactly analysing my options in a thoughtful and logical manner. I did try a rear and that scared them for a moment. But then they went back to standing at the top of the ramp with a bucket of chaff and someone else with a broom up my arse. Pegasus wept…. In the end I caved, but I will try to remember the bolting thing for next time."
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