My Little Pony
Enjoy quality time with one of our sweet ponies. For 45 minutes, participants are riding and grooming while two parents or side walkers (must be age 13 or older) are by their side. Children ride in the arena with assistance from one side walker, while the other leads the pony. If the group is able, one lesson is a trail ride. Class limited to six participants.
Level 1 Western - Saddle Up (Four Sessions)
Level One introduces the student to an enjoyable riding experience. Riders learn basic skills including: leading, mounting, walking, stopping, steering, maintaining proper spacing, and dismounting. These basic skills are the foundation on which all upper level lessons will build.
- Horse/barn safety rules and four natural aids
- How to approach, lead, mount, walk, stop, steer, maintain spacing, and dismount
- Proper body position
- Master skills of leading, walking, stopping, and maintain spacing using check and release
Level 2 Western - Bits and Reins
Level Two provides participants an opportunity to improve horsemanship skills with continued practice in Western-style riding. Riders will master basic control, learn the extended walk, and may be introduced to trotting with assistance.
- Improve basic skills of leading, walking, stopping, steering, spacing, and proper body position
- Learn the half circle and reverse, advanced steering, and the extended walk
- May be introduced to trotting with assistance
- Master the skills of steering and proper body position
Level 3 Western - Giddy Up and Go!
Level Three builds on the concept of independent body movement. Riders learn basic control at the trot, including proper position. Increased physical skill and concentration are necessary for this level.
- Improve skills learned in Level Two
- Trot independently
- More control and confidence
- Regulate speed using check and release
Level 4 Western - Trot Around
Level Four gives riders the opportunity to enhance their horsemanship skills at a trot. Students will trot as a group on the trail, practice simple patterns at a trot, and learn skills to prepare to lope.
- Master control, spacing, and body position at a trot
- Improve transitions between gaits
- Prepare for loping
- Instruction in more advanced skills such as loping/cantering is offered in private/semi-private lessons only.
Western, English, and Natural Horsemanship!
For those who prefer one-on-one instruction, semi-private (one instructor, two students) or private (one instructor, one student) lessons are offered. These can follow the basic format of group lessons, or be geared to a particular skill the rider wants to learn or improve. Instruction in advanced skills such as loping and cantering is only offered through semi-private/ private lessons. Grooming and tacking/untacking the horse may also be included in the lessons, if requested.
Scheduling is dependent on availability of instructors, arena, and horses.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Level 1 Western–Saddle Up or attended Saddle Up Camp at Lockwood Park
Call 815.987.8809 for schedule availability and prices.