Horseback Riding Lessons Near South Bend Indiana
Great Fun! Hunters, Jumpers, Western and Dressage Welcome
Learn to Ride with Confidence and Comfort
Hunt Seat, Jumping, Western Pleasure, Equine Gaming Sports, Trail, etc., all riding disciplines are approached through solid principles. Our goal is a balanced, supple, forward, and cheerfully cooperative horse: desirable traits in any riding endeavor. We encourage our riders to pursue riding disciplines that are suitable for their skill level and horse’s abilities. Jumping lessons are available to riders with appropriate skills and experience. Our goal is to help you develop skills necessary to realize your equestrian interests and potential.
Lessons with Tina Prout
Your horse or ours. We have lesson horses available.
Lesson duration 45 min. to 1 hour.
What are your riding goals? Are you looking for refinement of the skills you currently have or are you new to riding and looking for an enjoyable first experience? How may we help you?
Proper Hunt Seat Equitation
1. General position. The rider should have a light and supple seat and hands, conveying complete control, ready for any unexpected events.
2. Hands position. Hands should be positioned over and in front of horse’s withers, knuckles thirty degrees inside the vertical, hands slightly apart and making a straight line from horse’s mouth to rider’s elbows. Method of holding reins is optional and bight of reins may fall on either side. However, all reins must be picked up at the same time.
3. Basic position. The eyes should be up and shoulders back. Toes should be at an angle best suited to rider’s conformation: ankles flexed in, heels down, calf of leg in contact with horse and slightly behind girth. Iron should be on the ball of the foot and must not be tied to the girth.
4. Movement position. At the walk, sitting trot and canter, body should be a couple of degrees in front of the vertical; posting trot, inclined forward; galloping and jumping, same inclination as the posting trot.
5. Mounting and Dismounting. To mount, take up reins in left hand and place hand on withers. Grasp stirrup leather with right hand and insert left foot in stirrup, toe in girth and mount. To dismount, rider may either step down or slide down. The size of rider must be taken into consideration.
We offer the lessons for all riders in the following categories:
In Beginning Equitation, the rider is instructed in the following: proper handling of the horse, mounting and dismounting, and correct body position. Control at the walk and trot is taught, including posting and two point. When the rider is ready, cantering will be introduced. In addition, students will learn horse colors, body parts, and proper terminology in Hunt Seat equitation.
In this lesson, students learn the following: safe handling of the horse and correct body position for optimal balance and jumping. Control at the canter and knowledge of leads are introduced at this time. Riders learn to jump a single jump, no higher than 18″. Additional terminology is also taught, including parts of the bridle and saddle.
In Beginning Jump, the same concepts are taught in Walk/Trot/Canter, but at a more advanced level. Riders learn to negotiate a course of jumps no higher than 18″.
Basic skills introduced in previous levels are practiced at a higher level in Intermediate Jump. Correct leads and lead changes are introduced, while maintaining a controlled canter. Students learn to negotiate a course of jumps set at 2′.
Riders will advance to higher, more complicated jumps and be taught the more technical aspects of riding.