LEARN TO RIDE

INDIVIDUAL 2 HOUR SESSION ~ $140 (MULTIPLE VISITS)
ALL SESSIONS ~ $600 (4-NIGHT STAY)

 

The Learn to Ride program was developed to give our guests a safe environment to take their equine intrigue one step further. Join Coach Kareylee White at the Stables where you will work toward gaining the confidence to ride. You will also be able to take some of the communication skills you learn with your horse back home to enhance important relationships in your life.

 

You can now choose to book consecutive 2-hour sessions each time you visit the spa – working toward your certification or you can book a 4-night stay and include 5 sessions in your schedule – whichever works for you.

 

The Finer Details

Learning at your own pace, you will be guided through eight distinct horsemanship levels. Each level may take one or more sessions, or in some cases, you may work through multiple levels during one session  – it is truly dependent on the riders’ ability. Our trainer will issue your certificate of completion for each level after you have mastered the level and passed a test. These structured levels will be taught at Ste. Anne's Farms, in the safety of a round pen.

 

Level I: Getting to know your horse

If you've completed Grooming Time this level will be a quick review

• Introduction to the horse that you will be working with

• How to put on a halter and attach a lead rope

• How to lead a horse to the cross ties

• How to attach cross ties

• What brushes to use and why

• Brushing your horse

• Picking out hooves

 

Level II: Tacking up your horse, whoa and go

• Introduce the student to the horse that we are going to work with

• Groom the horse

• Introduce the saddle and bridle

• Learn how to lead a horse

• Turn the horse

• Whoa and go

• The student learns how to mount a horse

• Adjust the stirrups

• How to hold the reins

• Being lead, allow the student to feel the motion of the horse at the walk

• Picking up the reins, practice turning the horse

• Practice whoa and go

• Practice turning around cones and/or performing turns at certain letters around the arena

• Walking over poles

• Dismount

• Untack the horse

• Groom the horse

• Put back in the stall or field

 

Level III: Controlling your horse

• Introduce the student to the horse that we are going to work with

• Groom the horse

• Tack up

• Practice leading skills

• Mount

• Learn rein aids; Direct rein, open rein, indirect rein, neck rein

• Practice turning, whoa and go

• Mounted stretching exercises; touch toes on same side, touch bridle, touch tail, stretch up high, and stand up in stirrups

• Stand and sit at a halt

• Walk with out stirrups

• Walking over poles

• Learn the horse foot falls at the walk and how to work within the motion to control the horse

• Dismount

• Untack the horse

• Groom the horse

• Put back in the stall or field

• Put away all equipment and clean up area

 

Level IV: Learning Gaits and 2-point position

• Introduce the student to the horse that we are going to work with

• Groom the horse

• Tack up

• Mount

• At a walk, practice turning, whoa and go

• Learn how to back up

• Learn basic school figures such as; long diagonal, short diagonal, centre line, across the arena

• Stand and sit at the walk

• Slow walk, fast walk (changing the pace within a gait)

• Mounted stretching exercises; touch toes on same side, touch bridle, touch tail, stretch up high, and stand up in stirrups, around the world

• Walking over poles

• Introduce 2-point position

• Walking over poles in 2-point position

• Dismount

• Untack the horse

• Groom the horse

• Put back in the stall or field

• Put away all equipment and clean up area

 

Level V: Introduction to Trotting

• Introduce the student to the horse that we are going to work with

• Groom the horse

• Tack up

• Mount

• At a walk, practice turning, whoa and go

• Practice the back up

• Mounted stretching exercises

• Practice some basic school figures, using changes of pace within a gait

• Introduce the trot

• Trot for a few strides, then ask for a walk

• Sit the trot for a few strides, then 2-point position for a few strides

• Dismount

• Untack the horse

• Groom the horse

• Put back in the stall or field

• Put away all equipment and clean up area

 

Level VI: Practicing Trotting

• Introduce the student to the horse that we are going to work with

• Groom the horse

• Tack up

• Mount

• At a walk, practice turning, whoa and go

• Practice the back up

• Mounted stretching exercises

• Learn some basic school figures such as; Circle, serpentine, loop, figure 8

• Change of pace with in a gait

• Practice the trot, sitting and 2-point position

• Practice the trot using basic school figures

• Dismount

• Untack the horse

• Groom the horse

• Put back in the stall or field

• Put away all equipment and clean up area

 

Level VII: Mastering Trotting

• Introduce the student to the horse that we are going to work with

• Groom the horse

• Tack up

• Mount

• At a walk, practice turning, whoa and go

• Mounted stretching exercises

• Practice the trot using basic school figures

• Introduce rising trot

• Introduce more basic school figures such as; Turn through a circle and half circle

• Introduce trotting over a pole or poles

• Dismount

• Untack the horse

• Groom the horse

• Put back in the stall or field

• Put away all equipment and clean up area

 

Level VIII: Diagonals

• Introduce the student to the horse that we are going to work with

• Groom the horse

• Tack up

• Mount

• At a walk, practice turning, whoa and go

• Mounted stretching exercises

• Practice the trot using basic school figures

• Explain diagonals in rising trot and how to change it

• Practice diagonals and changing them using basic school figures

• Dismount

• Untack the horse

• Groom the horse

• Put back in the stall or field

• Put away all equipment and clean up area