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 natural horsemanship, positive reinforcement, intrinsic motivation; different skill development focuses — such as husbandry, riding, ground work, safety; different knowledge development angles — such as diet, anatomy, natural behavior, tack, hoof care, breeds, and general horse know-how.
Sooooooo what does this mean? Well, if you are looking for purely riding lessons, we are obviously NOT the right fit. If you wish to get to know horses holistically so that one day, when you adopt your own horse, you will feel competent and stress-free (or well, as stress free as horse-owning can be :P), then you are in the right place!
If you don’t have any ambitions of owning a horse, but just want to learn everything and anything about horses…or want to be a part of horses’ lives in every way possible…this is DEFINITELY for you too!
We have horsemanship classes for all ages (Child, Teen and Adult) and levels (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced), and new students can access them after attending New Student Orientation.
Child Beginner Horsemanship Goals
We have a checklist for our Beginner Horsemanship Students (of all ages). It is a constant work in progress but we are happy to share where we are at with it as of now. Once any student is able to cross these items of the list, they will be able to move to our Intermediate Horsemanship Classes!
Here it is:
✓ Stay safe IN the track
✓ Haltering independently
✓ Gate protocol
✓ Multiple cinchings
✓ Lead from the ground, understanding despooking in situations full of distractions
✓ Courtesy bubble
✓ Courtesy bubble, hind-quarters yield, forequarters yield at liberty
✓ How to feed & how often to feed with Positive Reinforcement
✓ Calm Default Stationing with Positive Reinforcement
✓ Emergency dismount; one-rein stop (from horseback)
On-Line & At Liberty
✓ Lead “horse of the day” in the track, to the gate, to tie rack and to the arena
✓ Lead from the ground in different situations (arena, obstacles, trail)
✓ Basic liberty behaviors with Positive Reinforcement
Care and Tack
✓ Performing body-scans to assess potential pain or injuries
✓ Grooming independently (including hoof-picking)
✓ Tacking up independently, English or Western
✓ Posting trot
A note on variability
“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!”
Happy place”! Our 8.5 year old daughter has loved riding with Giorgia this fall. Already having two years of riding experience, she’s learned to slow down, read the horse’s body cues, and has improved her confidence while riding. She has a lot of fun there each week!“
No matter if you are completely new to horses or if you have previous horse experience, we have a prerequisite for you to attend our Horsemanship Classes!
That prerequisite is New Student Orientation! If you are a graduate of Orientation, then go ahead and book away! If not, then talk to us!