Meadow Brook Stables has developed a Natural Horsemanship Program that provides a solid foundation for any discipline of riding. Your horse will look forward to the time you spend with him. Our principles and are based on the psychology of the horse, safety, fun, leadership and respect. Educational formats include private lessons, semi-private, small group, workshops and clinics where you can focus on particular skills (or “savvys”).
It all starts on the ground, you’ll learn how to read horses and to build a strong trusting relationship based on love, language and leadership. Learn the foundation for everything you’ll ever want to do with your horse on the ground. Then translate it into riding where you will learn to understand how riding without contact helps horses and humans become true partners – confident, relaxed, responsible and connected with each other.
At Meadow Brook Stables we offer instruction in English and Western riding on an excellent selection of school horses, ranging from beginner to advanced level.
For the true beginner (or if it has been awhile) we offer both adult and child introductory courses. Our introductory courses are specially designed for first time riders (as well as novice riders with little formal instructional background.) Our goal for novice riders is to teach students to tack up, walk, trot and canter. Safety is always our priority and, in addition to developing basic riding skills, students will also learn to handle horses from the ground. Stable management lessons will cover such topics as barn safety, basic equine anatomy and health, grooming, and equipment use and care.
We offer a few different programs depending on you or your childs age and riding experience:
|Junior Riders||Learn To Ride||Adult Riders|
|Designed especially for kids ages 4 through 8, Junior Riders begins to explore basic horsemanship skills; grooming, tacking, leading & basic stable management. While still parented, these riders begin developing the correct position, balance, aids (cues to ask the horse to do something) through basic arena exercises & games.Each lesson is divided into parts: time is spent learning about horse care, grooming and tack, basic ground work skills are started, and time is spent on the horse learning the basics of riding a horse.||Designed especially for kids ages 9 years and older, Learn To Ride takes you through all of the horse basics; safety, grooming, tacking, proper handling & body language. In the saddle you will explore concepts at the walk & jog (once you’re ready!); correct riding position, proper cues, arena figures, relaxation & rhythm and more!Each lesson is divided into parts: time is spent learning about horse care, grooming and tack, basic ground work skills are started, and time is spent on the horse learning the basics of riding a horse.||Designed especially for adults ages 18 year plus. We start out with Ground Work developing confidence and understanding of horse body language, and work into the saddle (where a lot of the same principles are applied). Adult classes are specifically designed to help with flexibility, dexterity, co-ordination, muscle memory & of course a good social get away, all with horses!Each lesson is divided into parts: time is spent learning about horse care, grooming and tack, basic ground work skills are started, and time spent on the horse learning the basics of riding.|
|Horsemanship 1||Horsemanship 2||Horsemanship 3|
|For riders who have completed Learn To Ride or have the equivalent experience. Horsemanship 1 begins on horsemanship principles of horse psychology, more in depth herd behavior, basic health care & stable management.In the saddle, students will be putting more emphasis into the trot, working towards developing independent aids (cues to the horse), working with obstacles, balance, rhythm & relaxation.It is all about riding on a casual rein, learning how to balance without hanging on the reins and giving your horse responsibilities such as don’t change gait or direction. It really teaches the horse to use his brain and not be a puppet. It’s relaxing and more fun, for both horse and rider.||For the rider who is ready (or has been) cantering and has graduated Horsemanship 1 or equivalent experience. Horsemanship 2 advances on horse physcology, exploring the concept of advanced aids & movements.In the saddle, students can be introduced to carrot stick riding, and advanced from the walk, to jog, to lope. More advanced patterns are introduced at faster gaits, and creating an independent seat.It is all about riding on a casual rein, learning how to balance without hanging on the reins and giving your horse responsibilities such as don’t change gait or direction. It really teaches the horse to use his brain and not be a puppet. It’s relaxing and more fun, for both horse and rider.||For the Level 3 graduate or riders with equivalent experience & understanding of concepts. Horsemanship 3 advances on horse physcology, and introduces riding with contact.In the saddle, students are taught how to build contact and collection carefully to not cause claustrophobic reactions in our horses. Patterns are advanced and will help your horse know what to do while you gently develop more precision, maneuvers and collection.This is more about riding with precision and developing collection. You ride with contact and learn how to be particular, yet more graceful and polished as a rider. It also teaches the horse how to become more physically balanced and collected, using his back and hindquarters for power and engagement.|
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