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Horseback Riding LessonsLesson GirlsThe mission at Maple Ridge Farm is to provide a safe, fun, premier learning environment to help students of all ages and levels reach their riding goals and become proficient horsemen. The first step in our lesson program is to master safe and proper horse handling practices on the ground. During riding lessons, students learn the "feel" and technique of skilled horsemanship. Each lesson focuses on building and mastering fundamental skills before moving to more advanced maneuvers and patterns. Students are encouraged to follow their passion, set goals, practice their skills often (in lessons or by leasing a lesson horse), and participate in local horse shows and farm clinics. Our lesson program is equipped with proven, quiet, show quality horses that make excellent teachers. We carefully match horses and riders, to encourage the perfect fit and best learning environment. We currently have 10 lesson horses and over 30 lesson students. Approximately one-third of our students are adult riders, the other two-thirds are youth ages 6 to 18 years old.

Please contact us to discuss your individual needs and schedule a time to visit the farm. Lesson students may enroll for lessons weekly (highly recommended) or twice a month. Additional lessons can also be added. One-time lessons and clinics are also available. A lesson handbook and fee schedule is available upon request. We offer private (30, 45, or 60 minute), semi-private (1 hour), and small group (1 hour) lesson formats. All beginners are started in private lessons. Click here to meet our lesson horses

Introduction to Riding
Introduction to riding is taught alongside beginner riding lessons. Students learn horse safety, catching, haltering, leading, grooming, tacking (English & Western), mounting/dismounting, and lunging. Additional topics include basic horse management and show preparation.

Introduction to Riding Lessons

Beginner Riding Lessons (English or Western)
Beginner riding lessons are taught alongside introduction to riding. Students learn the fundamentals of English and/or Western disciplines. These lessons cover riding safety, correct riding position, steering or neckreining, transitions, speed control, the fundamentals of proper horsemanship, and the basics of equine body control (headset, side-passing, pivots) and training. Students begin on the lunge line and move to the round pen before advancing to the arena. This allows us to teach one fundamental skill at a time, building upon skills each lesson. This teaching format creates highly skilled, confident, proficient riders.

Beginner Lessons

Hunter/Jumper Lessons
Hunter/jumper lessons are available for students that have completed or mastered the skills taught in our introductory and beginner riding lessons. Students master flatwork and equitation and learn equitation patterns and begin jumping. We like to make each lesson fun and unique by learning different equitation patterns, coursework, individual jumps, jumping gymnastics, lower level eventing, and more.

Hunter Jumper Lesson

Working Western & Pattern Work
Working Western and pattern lessons are available for students that have completed or mastered the skills taught in our introductory and beginner riding lessons. Students master railwork and learn horsemanship patterns and trail obstacles. Students can also progress to western riding (patterns), ranch riding patterns, and western dressage.

Trail Lesson

Reining Lessons
Reining lessons are available for students that have completed or mastered the skills taught in our introductory and beginner riding lessons and preferably obtained further experience at the intermediate or advanced level in English or Western disciplines. Students learn reining patterns, reining maneuvers (spins, sliding stops, rollbacks), and advanced skills (flying lead changes, control at high speeds, and advanced training).

Reining
Training Lessons
Learn how to train a horse. Students are taught proper handling on the ground, teaching a horse manners, how to lunge and how it helps prepare a horse for riding and certain skill sets. Depending on each student's level of riding experience, mounted exercises will also be performed. Basic fundamentals (neck reining, body control, headset, stopping on "whoa," etc.) to more specific skill sets for various disciplines (jumping or sliding stops, for example) will be covered.

Reining
Gaming & Barrel Racing Lessons
Learn and practice fun mounted games, including learning how to barrel race. Additional fun games such as pole bending, speed barrel, and TX barrels are also taught.

Reining

 
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