Mountain Horse School offers private, semi-private and group riding/ horsemanship lessons. We use english style tack, but integrate insights and techniques from across all disciplines to provide an environment where the students' enthusiasm, interests and confidence can lead the way. From riders looking for a first experience/encounter with a horse to more seasoned horse people looking to further their awareness and connection with their mounts, let us guide you to something unforgettable.
Our way of teaching adapts to follow the students and their horses into the present moment, and includes the whole experience: your lesson begins the moment you arrive a the barn which includes greeting, catching, and getting your horse ready to ride. This helps us learn equine body language, behaviour and psychology, and gives our nervous systems and psyches time to settle and come into resonance with our horses. Think of it as an opening ceremony for your ride.
This can be booked for any level of rider 3 years old and up. For riders under 6, a parent must be present and able to assist with the hands-on teaching elements of the lesson.
Same guidelines as 1hr privates.
For semis, riders must be at least 6 years of age and both riders must be comfortable steering at a walk and riding a few strides of trot without assistance. Both spots need to be booked at the same time, which makes them perfect for members of the same household or friends who want to ride together.
This lesson includes an introduction to being around horses, a grooming session, and a fully supported ride for each child, taking turns on the same horse. The minimum age for participating in the riding portion is 3. Younger children may attend, but are not able to ride. The price includes up to 4 riders and their parents.
This class is for riders 3-6 years old who are wanting an introduction to the world of horses. The hour includes meeting and learning to groom their horse or pony, visiting time with the animals, and a 10-15 minute pony ride. A parent is asked to assist with all the hands-on elements of the lesson.
The kids' group class series gives you a 2hr lesson each week, over the course of a month. Any new students wishing to register for any class other than beginner need to take 1 private lesson for assessment purposes. The classes are grouped into the following levels:
This is an introduction to horses for those meeting them for the first time or with very little experience. The lessons are run in the same format as our camps with 2 students paired together with one horse, so they can work together and assist each other as they're learning.
Riders are expected to be able to catch and get their horses ready with some assistance, and be able to control their horses independently at a walk and trot.
Riders are expected to be able to get their horses ready with little to no assistance, be confident and stable riding at a trot and ready to begin to ride the canter.