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Horse Back Riding 70

My Little Pony (Ages 3-6)

Enjoy quality time with one of our sweet ponies. For 45 minutes, participants are riding and grooming while two parents or caregivers (must be age 13 or older) are by their side. Children ride in the arena with assistance from one caregiver, while the other leads the pony. If the group is able, one lesson is a trail ride. Class limited to six participants.

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Level 1 Western–Saddle Up (Ages 7+)

Level One introduces the student to an enjoyable riding experience. Riders learn basic skills including leading, mounting, walking, stopping, steering, maintaining proper spacing, and dismounting. These basic skills are the foundation on which all upper level lessons will build.

Skill Focus:

  • Horse/barn safety rules and four natural aids
  • How to approach, lead, mount, walk, stop, steer, maintain spacing, and dismount
  • Proper body position
  • Master skills of leading, walking, stopping, and maintain spacing using check and release

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Level 1 Western Saddle Up - Single Session

Introduces the student to an enjoyable riding experience. Riders learn basic skills including leading, mounting, walking, stopping, steering, maintaining proper spacing, and dismounting. These basic skills are the foundation on which all upper level lessons will build. CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS: Dress for the weather (raincoats, windbreakers, etc.). Long pants are required for riders. For their safety, riders and side walkers are required to wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes (sturdy boots with a 1-inch heel are recommended as the safest footwear for riding, but not required). SKILL FOCUS: Horse/Barn Safety Rules and Four Natural Aids; How to approach, lead, mount, walk, stop, steer, maintain spacing, and dismount; Proper body position

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Level 2 Western–Bits and Reins (Ages 7+)

Level Two provides participants an opportunity to improve horsemanship skills with continued practice in Western style riding. Riders will master basic control and extended walk.

Skill Focus:

  • Improve basic skills of leading, walking, stopping, steering, spacing
  • Discover proper body position
  • Learn the half circle and reverse
  • Experience trotting with assistance

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Lockwood Lessons2Level 3 Western–Giddy Up and Go! (Ages 7+)

Level Three builds on the concept of independent body movement. Riders learn basic control at the trot, including proper position. Increased physical skill and concentration are necessary for this level.

Skill Focus:

  • Improve skills learned in Level Two
  • Trot independently
  • More control and confidence
  • Regulate speed using check and release

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Hit the Trails - Trail Rides (Ages 10+)

All lessons will be instructed on trail rides in the scenic woods of Lockwood Park. Topics covered include trail ride safety, etiquette, and dos and don'ts of riding. If you are ready to take your skills to the next level, this is the class for you.

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Private/Semi-Private Lessons

Western, English, and Natural Horsemanship!

For those who prefer one-on-one instruction, semi-private (one instructor, two students) or private (one instructor, one student) lessons are offered. These can follow the basic format of group lessons, or be geared to a particular skill the rider wants to learn or improve. Instruction in advanced skills such as loping and cantering is only offered through semi-private/ private lessons. Grooming and tacking/untacking the horse may also be included in the lessons, if requested.

Scheduling is dependent on availability of instructors, arena, and horses.

Prerequisite: successful completion of Level 1 Western–Saddle Up or attended Saddle Up Camp at Lockwood Park

Call 815.987.8809 for schedule availability and prices.

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