Beginner Horsemanship Classes
As you probably realized, our program includes much, much more than pure and plain riding. We teach horsemanship, in the most holistic way we can possibly imagine. Our focus is togetherness, and we want to give our students all the possible skills and perspectives that they will need if one day they will want to own a horse, or continue in any sort of fashion on their journey with horses.
In particular, 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!
Now, onto the checkilst:
✓ Stay safe IN the track
✓ Gate protocol
✓ Multiple cincings
✓ Lead from the ground, with lead rope, in areas/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 Reiforcement
✓ 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)
✓ Hind-quarters yield, forequarters yield
✓ Calm Default Stationing, Forward at a Walk and Trot, Backup, Stay, Lead Onto the Mat, Touch a Cone (with Positive Reinforcement)
✓ Obstacle Courses at Liberty 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
A note on variability
"Giorgia is extremely knowledgeable and deeply passionate about Positive Reinforcement training. She truly wants you and your horse to succeed.
She goes above and beyond to get you there. If you have a question or are struggling with something outside of class, she is there for you.
I highly recommend Giorgia. She has made a big difference in the relationship I have with my horse and the excitement I have working with him going forward.
If you are looking for a safe way to deepen your relationship with your horse, a better understanding of your horse’s body language, and just plain FUN! - her Intro to Positive Reinforcement Intensive is for you!"
"I took a very long (15+ years) break from horseback riding from middle school on because the push to compete wasn't what I loved about horses and I felt stuck. Meeting Elizabeth was serendipitous and has been life changing for me. Her approach to horses and their humans is what I didn't know I was waiting for. Her kindness, warmth, and compassion, married with her expertise and skillful teaching make my lesson with her the highlight of my week (I wish I could have lessons everyday!).
She teaches you how to think and problem solve instead of memorizing one correct way of doing things. She focuses on the health (mental and physical), balance, and happiness of the horse and draws many parallels to yoga that now seem so obvious but never did before (as the best ideas are)! My connection and partnership with horses is so much stronger now than ever before.
Learning from her is my happy place 🙂 Growing up, lessons included a lot of yelling and shame; you will never feel anything but supported by Elizabeth as you grow. Her bright smile and exclamations of joyful encouragement have helped me reach places I never knew I could.
And all of that's just about me. My horse partner absolutely adores Elizabeth and is an incredibly strong, calm, balanced, happy dude who loves to practice yoga and strut his stuff thanks to her!"
Respect and Enthusiasm
"Trainers are amazing. I have been a student for the last two years and I cannot state enough how much Elizabeth has helped me grow through private lessons.
"My daughter Julia is three years old and goes to the Tots and Parents class! My wife, Julia and I are simply in wonder for what Elizabeth and
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!