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Here is everything you need to know about our lessons: what we teach, lesson formats, who our students are and more!

Our curriculum

Our curriculum goes from zero to high levels of disciplines such as dressage, colt starting, liberty, gentling, trail riding, cooperative care and more.

We’re focused on helping humans be the best (and happiest!) possible horse sidekicks, and on helping horses to feel great in the domestic world they live in, as well as making them happy and healthy mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Beginner students start from leading and husbandry, and once they know how to keep themselves safe, they start liberty, positive reinforcement and intrinsic motivation. Watch the video to know more about your journey within our curriculum! 

We accept new students (both human and equine, meaning horses in training) a few times a year. 

 

Our Students

Horses in Training

We love to support horses through their learning stages! Elizabeth specializes in physical training and rehabilitation. The horses who find her usually need to learn how to carry themselves more efficiently for a healthier and stronger body. Giorgia specializes in emotional resilience and connection. The horses who usually find her have a hard time connecting with their human, they can be spooky, emotional or sensitive about everyday husbandry tasks.  

Adults

We work with adult students from all experience levels, disciplines, and interests, but the goal for our teaching is always the same:  to help our students learn how to better support horses through connection and partnership.

Many adult students are thoughtful and heart-felt first-time horse owners.  Some are long-time dressage enthusiasts looking for a different or better way to dance with horses.  Some adults are just trying to fulfill a childhood dream!

Teens

Our teenage students love to engage with horses in different contexts and disciplines, such as dressage, jumping, liberty, tricks and trail rides. Our teenage students also find depth in the pure relationship with their equine partner/s. Horses can make us laugh, protect us, communicate strong emotions, carry us, connect or disconnect with us. Interacting with them gives us lessons for life, especially valuable in complex times such as adolescence.

Children

Children come to Hatha Equus to meet horses as holistic beings, sometimes for the first time. They learn to stay safe around these beatiful, mighty…and quite flighty beings. They learn the basics of “horse whispering” from the very beginning, through foundational horse handling, and liberty. These foundations are necessary, whatever horse-related path they might choose in the future: be it competing in a specific discipline, adopting a horse for personal pleasure, gentling a wild mustang or becoming a trainer.

Respect ad Enthusiasm

These trainers are amazing. I have been a student for the last 2 years and I cannot state enough how much Elizabeth helped me grow.

Their holistic and gentle approach goes way beyond just a simple horse lesson. You learn how to respect your horse and ask him/her permission to create a relationship, which is based on respect and enthusiasm instead of fear and submission.

Highly, highly recommended!” 

empowered

“My seven-year-old has been attending beginner horsemanship classes at Hatha Equus for the past three months.  As soon as she finishes a class, she starts counting down until the next one.  Learning how to care for the horses in addition to learning how to ride makes her feel empowered.  I love that the instructors are patient and kind and have a strong focus on safety.  We highly recommend the classes at Hatha Equus for building a strong foundation in horsemanship.  We feel so lucky to have discovered this gem!”

Our Programs

Our programs seek to accompany any human from wherever they are at in their journey with horses to “Happy Sidekicks to Happy Horses”, whatever that might mean to the human (and their horse partner if they have one).

Entry Programs with Hatha Equus

Some of the “languages” we speak and teach humans in communicating with horses (and training them kindly) are cutting edge, different, not well known. This is why we have two entry programs aimed at getting folks up to speed on those foundational principles – one more hands-off and one more hands-on. 

Horse owners and humans without your equine +1, come and watch us at work any time through the Sneak Peeks! When you feel ready to go hands-on, then we’ll see you at New Student Orientation!

Sneak Peeks

Sneak Peeks

Audit some of Hatha Equus' select classes! Three of these sneak peeks are a prerequisite for horse owners to haul in and attend a Hatha Equus Playground with their horse! This is what you'll see till the end of June: Tuesdays: Consensual Riding Wednesdays: Consent,...

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

If you are new to Hatha Equus, whether you are new to horses, or you have previous horse experience, this is your “entry” program with us!

Getting you up to speed…

After we’ve shown you (or your child) what our approach is all about, we are ready to support you step by step, week by week in getting all the tools to feel safe and knowledgeable in starting a lease, or even already “owning” your “own” horse partner. We do so through our Beginner Horsemanship Programs. 

These are mostly for folks who don’t have their own equine +1 yet, BUT over time there have been many horse-owners who wanted to come learn the tools more in detail with horses who already knew them, before hauling their horse in for playgrounds! So don’t hold back on our account!

Adult Beginner Horsemanship Program

Adult Beginner Horsemanship Program

Our FocusWe think of our horsemanship classes as the place for all-round horse-related learning. That's where we teach the skills and the knowledge to train and care for horses. Week by week, we rotate among different horsemanship frameworks — such as...

Child Beginner Horsemanship Program

Child Beginner Horsemanship Program

Our Focus We think of our horsemanship classes as the place for all-round horse-related learning. That's where we teach the skills and the knowledge to train and care for horses. Week by week, we rotate among different horsemanship frameworks — such as...

Our core training program

Once/If you have the tools to keep yourself and (your) horses safe when you play at the ranch under our supervision, as well as a good understanding and foundation of all the languages we speak when horse training, new opportunities with Hatha Equus are available to you!

You can now lease if you so wish/if the opportunity arises, you can keep working with different horses, you can haul your horse in…and attend the Playgrounds!

Playgrounds
We hold 6 single-themed playgrounds every week 

What are the themes?
1. Intrinzen 
2. Safety/Problem Solving (ground)
3. Consent and Positive Reinforcement
4. Riding
5. Trailer Loading 
6. Dressage (ground and ridden)
 

 Why would I attend playgrounds?
– Learning a theme from scratch
– Perfecting specific skills within that theme
– Exploring a theme playfully, without expectations or deadlines
– Getting Hatha Equus’ regular support in your journey towards your goals
-To become a fully equipped and well-rounded horse person.
-Playgrounds are a super fun and dynamic learning environment, with lots of peer support, great energy, and laughs!

Who are the playgrounds for?

  • Wildsong Ranch Boarders 
  • WSR Leasers who have already graduated from Beginner Horsemanship Programs (Giorgia and Kirstin will tell you when that’s the case)
  • Training Track horses and their humans
  • Adult Intermediate Horsemanship Students  (Adult Beginner Horsemanship Graduates Included)
  • Non-WSR Horse Owners (option to haul in or work with horse provided by Hatha Equus)
  • Auditors

Playgrounds are bookable from the Existing Students page. If you are learning a new language/theme/approach, please attend at least 4 weeks in a row, ideally even 6.