Saddle time is the most important thing for a child to learn, so I like to give my students time to enjoy the experience while letting the learning sink in. A lot of parents tell me they have a hard time getting their kids to ride at home, but they will spend hours every day at my barn. I think the group experience and fun atmosphere is what the kids really enjoy.
New students are greeted by fellow students introducing themselves and offering assistance. I also have a wonderful group of parents that will greet the new kids and parents as well. This is a non-pretentious barn with a "no whining" and "no snootiness" rule. My motto is unconditional acceptance, NO excuses! We’re here to ride! Part of the lessons include all aspects of care for the horses. After the kids’ safety, the care for the horses is number one. I feel all riders should learn proper care for the horses, so at this barn everyone helps.
Students have a choice to compete or not, with no expectations. The only expectations here are kindness, effort, and compliance to barn rules. I believe in producing riders, but most importantly a child that grows up functioning in this world. Most children leave here with a much better sense of where they are in the world, having overcome fears and accomplished many goals. For those who want the challenge, we are currently competing in NBHA district 08 shows, along with going to the Union County Riding Club on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. We may also attend other jackpots and runs as interest arises.
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