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.
What is shaping, and why do you want to add...
At the first Barn Club we talked about recognizing fear in horses, especially the subtle signs that people frequently miss. These subtle signs can initially be hard to see for many horse people, but it is important for owners and trainers to learn them, to avoid making the horse's fear worse.
When the subtle signs are missed, horse owners or trainers may say that the horse 'explodes out of nowhere', or describe the horse as unpredictable or crazy. Learning to see these subtle signs can decrease your risk of injury when training horses; seeing them gives you the opportunity to change your training approach (if necessary), before the horse's fight or flight system kicks in. When a horse's fear is so great he feels the need to escape, people are often injured as a result. It's also very hard for the horse to learn what we want him to learn, if all of his thinking is devoted to escaping or surviving what he perceives to be a dangerous situation. Can you imagine trying to learn how to knit while in what you perceive to be a life-threatening situation?
One of my colleagues, Justine Harrison - Equine Behaviourist has written a good article on these subtle signs, and you can find it here: bit.ly/1I5JJNJ Bonus points for anyone who can pick one of my horses out of the photos in the article.
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