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Weekday Classes:

Monday 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Friday 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Weekend Classes:

Saturday or Sunday 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Students can sign up for a 5 week class during the week, or a 4 week class on the week end anytime. There is no beginning class so one can join any available class. Class sessions are an hour and a half. The students are taught how to groom the horse.

Safety helmets and boots are required in the classes, there are loaners available until the student acquires their own. The best place to buy new equipment is The Broken Horn. A good resource for used boots is Out of the Closet. There is a tack store on the premises that sells riding helmets at a good price called Stephen’s Hay and Grain.

The classes teach the students how to care for horses, in addition to learning how to ride. Informal lectures cover topics such as: safety around horses, sensory perception of the horse, equipment, breeds and colors of horses, stable care, dietary needs of the horse. Ground manners are incorporated into each lesson.

The students learn the safest way to mount and dismount, how to adjust equipment, how to control the horse at the walk, jog, posting trot and eventually, the canter. After learning the basics the focus is on the transitions between gaits. The classes are not taught in a ring (corral). The students ride on the trail in an open field.

The classes have students of varying abilities, everyone learns at their own pace. Each student’s needs are considered when selecting the horse for them to ride. There are two teachers for each student, the instructor and the horse. Each horse will teach the rider something different.

Classes with the Riding Coach are also offered through Glendale Community College, Community Services Education. These classes do have beginning and ending dates. Check their website for offerings.