I'm looking for new students to share my love of horses with. I've worked with mostly younger children around the ages of four to fifteen.
Lessons with me start from the ground up. We first groom the horse so that they are ready to be tacked up. While this process is taking place they will learn about safety and how to behave around horses. They will learn about different parts of the horse and how to care for them. Once they and Amaya are ready the riding begins. All riders will first start out with hand leading, then lung lining, and finally independent work. There will be times that a rider might have to go back to "controlled work" for different learning stages. I can also provide "homework" for them and you to work on if you would like to learn more about horses that is not taught in a basic lesson. Ex. colors, different riding types, tack info, and more. My main focus in my teachings is to instill the basic knowledge, skill, and confidence they will need to move on and up in they're riding and horse management. I'm a beginner instructor, so when they've learned all they can from Amaya and I, I'm more then willing to help you find another instructor to continue their learning.
For those that are thinking of leasing or owning a horse in the near future, I can provide more in depth lessons on horse care. Topics ranging from grooming, stall management, ground work, and more. I can even travel to work with you and your own horsey companion. Prices for this type of instruction are not listed since what each person needs will vary. Please feel free to ask about this service if you are interested. Please also remember that every horse, stable, and owner are different and might do some things differently then I do. This is a matter of preference and option, so always be sure to do your research before you lease, buy, or board a horse.
Please contact me for lesson availability.
* 1 hour $40 per lesson
*SPECIAL* Prepay for 4 one hour lessons and get a fifth free
Notice: Prepaid packages are nonrefundable, but can be rescheduled. Please give at least 12 hours notice if you need to reschedule ANY lesson, from our package deal or otherwise. Thank you.
All riders must have a liability waver signed by a parent or legal guardian before any lessons can start. I start lessons for children at the age of 5 years old. Must be able to support themselves for an extended period of time and execute basic fine motor skills. There is no age limit after the age of five, but we do have a weight limit for my horses safety. Her limit is 180 lb. Please also be sure to wear appropriate "barn clothing".
As for equipment...
1) You will need a helmet that fits. A bike helmet will work till you can get a riding helmet, but is not recommended for long term use. The Tractor Supply on Route 4 has helmets normally under $30 that are great for lessons.
2) You will need flat bottom foot wear. You can buy riding paddock boots for under $40 off of sites like Dover and Smartpak. Though, any flat bottom shoe or boot can work as long as it covers the ankle area.
3) Clothing wise, I do not require breeches or polos. Just clothing that is weather appropriate and flexible. Long pants is a must at a barn no matter the weather though. Saddles can pinch a bear leg and bugs bit during the warmer weather. Remember that when you walk into a barn that you will get dirty some way, somehow. Clothing that is ok to get dirty is recommended.
4) No items that dangle or that could get caught should be worn to lessons. Example: long necklaces, loose bracelets, loose belts, etc. Fashion is wonderful, but safety first.
A little about us....
I'm a part time pharmacy tech and have been riding for as long as I can remember. I've worked with all kind of horses and all kinds of kids on my current horse. We are coming back from a year long break giving lessons due to barn changes. I'm 23 and Amaya is 10. We've been a team since she was about six months old. We are all arounders, which means we ride and show in a variety of disciplines and styles. Our main work is done in dressage, but we also do western horsemanship, contesting, jumping, endurance racing, trail riding, and are working on learning to cart drive. We've taken part in our local 4H program when I was younger, as well as in local show circuits.
Company / Farm: Cassie Forest's Beginner Equine Instruction - I'm a part time pharmacy tech and have been riding for as long as I can remember. I've worked with all kind of horses and all kinds of kids on my current horse. We are coming back from a year long break giving lessons due to barn changes. I'm 24 and Amaya is 13. We've been a team since she was about six months old. We are all arounders, which means we ride and show in a variety of disciplines and styles. Our main work is done in dressage, but we also do western horsemanship, contesting, jumping, endurance racing, trail riding, and are working on learning to cart drive. We've taken part in our local 4H program when I was younger, as well as in local show circuits.
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