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Burned during recreational horse riding is about 250-810 per hour, and competitive riding can be up to 450-1,080 per hour.
We keep our class sizes small so each rider has the optimum learning opportunity.
Am I too old or young to start riding? You are never too old to learn to ride. Riding is a great, low-impact cardio workout. Let one of our instructors know if you want to create to hang as an adult. Based on their attention span, we recommend that kids start at 5/6 years old. With younger children, you will sometimes see that the lesson does NOT go a full 30 minutes because they might not be ready.
The Child Curriculum is designed for ALL Levels of riders. It promotes physical fitness and improves balance and coordination while learning proper riding techniques. The riders will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated.
The adult curriculum is designed for riders of ALL levels.
It promotes physical fitness and improves balance and coordination while learning proper riding techniques. Adult riders will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated.
What kind of apparel should I get…& how should they fit?
Wear long pants (jeans) and closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes). Stables have helmets to rent. Dress according to the weather. Stables are heated!
BUYING THE RIGHT Helmet
Are you buying Riding Boots?
Good used boots can be okay for your child, especially in the beginning stages. If you buy used, you should know a bit about the brand and model of the boot. Ask your instructor for suggestions on what to look for. Sometimes, a good used boot. Correct fit - The foot has to fit in the boot so that there is no extra room, especially in the heel. A small rider doing a lot of riding and progressing fast may need higher-quality boots than a same-size rider who puts in less riding time and less aggressive practice.
Are you buying Jodphurs (Riding PANTS)?
You want the pants to fit in the waist so they can sit down. Knee patches with suede work excellent and have better grip. The length of the pants for practice is not too long. Showing is different; you want longer past the boot, 2-3 inches.
Can I get used to riding apparel?
Yes, there are many consignment places.
What kind of Tack Equipment should I get…?
We have Show Saddle Rental for the Show Season!
You buy the stirrup irons and leathers and rent our saddle.
When will I have to buy a saddle?
In the lesson program, we offer the ability to use the school saddles. But if your rider is considering potentially showing or becoming serious about their riding, purchasing your saddle is a great idea. You can buy irons and leathers for your rider to prevent time wasted by constantly adjusting the length.
How do I support my child?
Your Responsibilities in Supporting the Sport As a parent of a rider or rider, you want the best for your child. This page should help you do much more than survive your child's riding experience. It should equip you to enjoy it to the fullest and help you make it fun and valuable for your child. To do that, you first need to understand your responsibilities as a riding parent:
1. Encourage your child to ride, but don't pressure. Let your child choose to ride if they want to. Riding multiple times a week helps to continue to grow.
2. Understand what your child wants from riding and provide a supportive atmosphere for achieving these goals.
3. Put your child's participation in perspective. Don't make riding everything in your child's life; make it a part of your lifestyle.
4. Ensure the instructor is qualified to guide your child through the riding experience.
5. Keep winning in perspective and help your child do the same.
6. Help your child set challenging but realistic performance goals rather than focusing only on “winning.”
7. Help your child understand the valuable lessons riding can teach.
8. Help your child meet the instructor's responsibilities.
9. Discipline your child when necessary.
10. Turn your child over to the instructor at practices and competitions – don't meddle or instruct from the sidelines.
Why don’t you want me to help teach my rider during their lesson?
We ask for no side instructing because you would not do it if your rider were in dance, football, basketball, or any other sport. The instructor is your rider’s coach, and we need them to be focused on them for their safety and to learn. If you want to help, video your rider's lessons and have them review them before the next lesson.
Helping Your Child Enjoy Riding You can help your child enjoy Riding by doing the following:
Developing a winning perspective
Parents' decisions should be based first on what is best for the child
Second, what may help the child to win? Building your child's self-esteem – Building self-esteem in your child is one of your most essential parenting duties. It is not easy and made even more difficult in sports by the prevailing attitude of “Winning is everything.” Athletes who find their self-worth through winning will go through tough times when they lose. Emphasizing fun, skill development, and striving to win – The reason you should stress fun is quite simple: without it, your child may not want to keep skating. Children don't have fun when they feel pressure to win and don't improve or learn new skills.
Conversely, they do have fun when riding lessons are well organized, when they develop new skills, and when the focus is on striving to improve. Helping your child set performance goals – Performance goals, which emphasize individual skill improvement, are much better than the outcome goal of winning because they are in the athlete's control and help the athlete improve. Being a Good Role Model Children learn behavior from many different people – coaches, teachers, other adults, and peers - but their parents learn the most from them. Your child not only soaks up what you say; they soak up what you don't say. Non-verbal messages often speak louder than words. Your attitudes toward your child and other people are not as easily hidden as you may think. Telling your child to respect others is excellent, but the message is lost if you don't model that respect. As your child skates, you'll have many opportunities to model good behavior and attitudes. By putting your child's development and welfare ahead of winning, you'll be better able To display a healthy attitude toward sports and life – as will your child. Modeling Good Sportsmanship: you must model good sportsmanship for your child. “Being a good sport” is much easier said than done – just look at the examples of specific professional and collegiate coaches and athletes who do the opposite. You must maintain a cool head and a healthy attitude toward sport if you expect your child to do the same. Here are ways to model appropriate attitudes and behavior when you are at your child's practices and competitions: Encourage all riders, Control your emotions in frustrating situations, Respect and accept judges' decisions, and Congratulate other riders when they win.
When should I pay for Private Lessons?
Private Lessons are one rider with one instructor. Every once in a while, it helps to have a private lesson to help with your situation. Set up by appointment. neva@Lstables.com
Which instructor is suitable for my child?
Finding the Right Riding Instructor-- Many factors are involved in selecting an instructor. Personality, learning and teaching styles, experience, and technical know-how are things to consider. You know your child and have the best idea of who might make a good fit. Consider your child's personality and needs when interviewing and selecting an instructor. Characteristics of a Quality Instructor
A quality instructor makes riding fun by being:
A Coach’s View of Leadership
How do Tack the horse?
An instructor will help you/or the child put the halter on the lesson horse and lead them to the grooming stall to get them ready to ride.
While your rider is prepping to ride, you will most likely be standing to the side watching. Please feel free to take pictures (no flash) at this point. It is essential to have this moment captured. The instructor will go over the grooming tools and their proper use; they will then disappear into the tack room to gather the saddle, bridle, pad, and other gear to ride the horse.
Tack Room – Large room where the Equipment is.
Saddle - a seat fastened on the back of a horse for riding, typically made of leather and raised at the front and rear.
Bridle - the headgear used to control a horse, consisting of buckled straps to which a bit and reins are attached.
Bit – Metal device (HUMANE!) that goes into the horse’s mouth to control the horse when mounted.
Pad – Cloth square that goes under the saddle to prevent sores and comfort the horse.
How do I learn to Ride?
Learning to Ride a horse is relatively easy and fun. It requires a little determination, practice, and no fear of falling! Before you know it, you will be steering around -- forward -- able to show off to your family and friends what you can do on the horse. Whether your goal is to learn to go fast, about the horse, or self-awareness, we've just the place to start! Remember, every champion had to begin with a few easy lessons...just like you. Values Kids Learn Through Riding. Your child can benefit greatly by participating in riding, but those benefits are not guaranteed. They result from a cooperative effort among instructors, officials, and parents. Those benefits come more readily when adults put the interests of children first and leave their egos and desires about winning at home. Through riding, your child can Acquire an appreciation for an active lifestyle.
Develop self-esteem, self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-reliance by mastering and performing riding skills. Learn to manage stress, perform under pressure, and test emotional and physical balance. Develop social skills with other children and adults —the first riding lesson. Your son or daughter or even you will be chomping at the bit to get to the barn, but as soon as they arrive at the stable, you will most likely see a small flash of nerves and fear mixed in with sheer excitement. Don’t WORRY. This is normal. This is where you come in as a parent…your rider will need a little encouragement and positive motivation not to let their fear take over (even though you are shaking like a leaf at the thought of your baby on a 1200lb animal!!). Your rider has successfully learned to put everything on their horse and is now off to the arena to mount. From here, the instructor will teach them how to check their equipment prior and safely climb (either a mounting block or a leg up). Your rider’s instructor will likely start them on a lunge line while teaching them how to balance, steer, and communicate with their horse through cues.
The end of the lesson will come much quicker for your rider than for you. For you, it will feel like 4 hours of sweating and nervousness. The instructor will then teach your rider how to dismount and safely lead their horse back to the grooming stall to remove the tack and cool their horse down by grooming and putting them back into their stall. Your rider must take part in helping as much as they can. This will make them more comfortable around the horses and will also increase their confidence in themselves. You made it!! You survived the first lesson, and now you are hooked for life!!
Please look below at the most commonly asked questions we, as instructors, hear.
Information Lesson Scheduling:
How should I do it?
We ask that you choose a time that works for you and your rider and keep it weekly. Without consistent scheduling, it is hard to guarantee that your rider will get the same time each week. Discuss your lesson times with the instructor.
How long will it take my rider to look like that rider?
We encourage everyone NOT to compare themselves or their riders to other riders in the barn. Some have been riding for 20 years, while your rider might have been riding for two months. Every rider learns at their own pace, and we want this to be fun for your rider.
Why do I need to join a Membership Club?
Horse Club helps to understand horses, promotes and meets horsey friends, plus you receive discounts.
How often should my rider take lessons?
We like to see it as the same as dance class and other sports; at the beginning, once a week is a perfect start. We try to avoid doing it every other week or less because the retention of the previous lesson is often less, and most of the lesson is spent reviewing the same information from the last lesson.
What will my child learn during lessons?
Great question! What does your child want to learn during their lessons? Following the Introduction Package of lessons (4), we will sit down and have a RIDER REVIEW with you and your rider. At this point, we will discuss goals and set a timeline of what we want to accomplish. We recommend Rider Reviews every six months BUT encourage you to share with your instructor if something changes. We will treat your rider the same whether they want to learn how to trail ride safely or show at the World Championships. Our goal is to teach your rider how to be safe and confident.
Do we have to show at Horse Shows?
When should we chat about Showing?
Again, this is when the Rider Reviews and communication will be essential for your rider’s success. Several shows offer Academy Classes (classes for beginners on school horses). We will help you decide what shows you should go to based on skill level and location of the show.
What is the purpose of the Showdown Fun Series?
When do I buy a horse?
I am setting up an appointment with Neva to discuss the future.
First, you have made the most significant step and signed up for lessons at a clean, safe educational facility.
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