Lesson Methodology

Horseback riding is a true balance sport and is often been compared to ballet dancing and to downhill skiing which are activities that require an extreme amount of balance.  In horseback riding the balanced position requires that your ear, shoulder, hip and heel form a straight line.  Open and relaxed joints will allow the rhythm of the horse to flow through the rider.  This proper position unites the balance of horse and rider which will present the picture of a team moving as one.

Natural aids are the tools that you are born with that allow you to communicate to the horse what you want him to do while you are riding.  These natural aids are seat, legs, hands, voice and eyes.  All these aids should be used in unison and should always be connected by the use of the seat.  It is not just one aid that gives a cue to the horse (you do not just kick to go or just pull to stop) but all aids working together will guide the horse to the response you want.  It can be a long process to develop the coordination that creates a balanced, relaxed seat with open joints and connecting all aids.

There might be limitations that prevent you from achieving the proper balanced position, or using the aids in a coordinated manner.  These limitations can be emotional such as fear, or physical, like back problems, knee surgery, etc.  Knowing what your limitations are is an important part of learning how to ride.  Horses are amazing creatures and have the ability to compensate for the riders limitations.  Limitations should never prevent you from enjoying your horse.  They should be recognized by you, your horse and your instructor.



I have experience in working with beginner, intermediate and advanced riders in different disciplines and offers private lessons on any subject matter. My experience, skill and knowledge encompass the following areas, but is not limited to:

I can also help develop you and your horse mentally, emotionally and physically for advanced horsemanship in the following areas: