Horsemanship Program

We take pride in building confidence and foundation in basic, correct horsemanship in our
beginner riders.

Rest assured that you and your children are receiving personalized, safe instruction from a
professional, insured Instructor. We teach private or semi-private lessons to ensure the
quality of the instruction.  Our safety record speaks for itself. Safety is our number one
priority, and you will never be over-mounted. Our horses are safe for all ages and riding
levels.

All students will learn about:
- equine anatomy
- equine psychology
- equine first aid
- riding equipment
-arena and barn safety
-equine care and nutrition
-horsemanship (learning to halt, walk, trot and canter using the natural aides
of the rider).

What we're about
We utilize progressive learning techniques, positive reinforcement,
confidence-building exercises and even mounted games to make riding lessons a
fun, rewarding and safe experience! Learn to ride correctly, with a balanced seat,
using the natural aides of leg, voice, weight  and hands.

Scheduling is flexible. Weekend, evening and daytime lessons  available in
beginner to intermediate English and Western disciplines including basic
horsemanship, equitation, and novice jumping (ground poles and cross rails)
.
We also allow and encourage students to haul in their own horses for lessons.
Horses must have a current negative Coggins and vaccines.

Currently accepting new riders into our Novice Lesson Program. This
program consists of eight half hour privates lessons which will cover all
aspects of safety, horse care and riding.
Schedule an Appointment


HMA LESSON PROGRAM FAQ'S

Q: How old does a student have to be in order to take lessons?
A: We teach adult and youth riders ages 6 and up. For safety reasons we do not
teach anyone under the age of 6. We offer and recommend  half hour beginner
lessons for riders 6-12 years of age, depending upon the comfort and skill level of
the rider. The first lesson is usually an evaluation for this reason.  Adult riders
normally ride for an hour.

Q: When do you schedule lessons? How long is a lesson?
A: We teach from 10am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and Saturday from 9am
to 5pm. We are closed on Sundays. Lessons are a half hour or an hour in length.
Appointments are required for lessons and are available on a first-come,
first-serve basis.

Q: What are your lesson prices?
A: Our hour long private lessons (one rider) are $45 per hour; half hour private
lessons are $25 per hour; hour long semi-private lessons (2 riders) are $35 per
hour. We offer lesson discounts to boarders and lessees.

Q. How early should I arrive for my lesson?
A. We ask that you arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to your lesson, as there
are other lessons in progress.

Q. Where do I go for lessons?
A. Lessons are held in the new barn/indoor arena. Please follow the driveway to
the west of the house, back to the barn and horse trailers. Anyone parking near
the front barn and house will be asked to move. If the barn door is closed feel
free to come on in!

Q: What would I learn in a typical first beginner/novice lesson?
A: Upon arriving at HMA you will be given a tour of the facilities and be given a
chance to meet the horses. We will review and sign a liability/lesson agreement.
You will be introduced to your horse and will be shown how to groom the horse
and tack up, or saddle. You will be shown how to safely lead your horse. We will
proceed to the arena, where you will be evaluated and taught how to correctly
mount the horse, as well as basic commands, such as halt, walk, and steering
using appropriate cues from  you. You will then learn how to dismount and
un-tack your horse.

Q: I  purchased a Living Social package and I'm coming from far away. Will you
teach a 2-3 hour lesson?
A: For the health and well-being of our horses, we do not give any more than an
hour lesson.

Q: Does my child need to wear riding attire?
A :For your child's comfort we recommend jeans, breeches or jodphurs.  Footwear
such as paddock boots or cowboy boots with a 1/2 inch heel is preferred.  Riding
in shorts or sandals is not permitted. All riders under the age of 18 are required to
wear an ASTM/SEI approved riding helmet, which HMA provides free of charge.
You are welcome to bring your own approved riding helmet.  Bicycle helmets are
not permitted.

Q:.Do I need to bring my own tack?
A: HMA supplies all tack for lessons. If you are leasing a horse and would like to
bring your own tack, then it needs to be checked by an instructor first.

Q: What is your policy if I need to cancel or reschedule a lesson?
A: As parents, we understand that emergencies arise. However, we are extremely
busy and need ample notice to fill your open lesson time. We do require 24 hours
notice of cancellation. If notice is not received, you will forfeit that day's lesson. If
you no call/no show, you will also forfeit your lesson or Living Social voucher or
the cancellation of your lesson package without a refund.
For your safety, we DO NOT teach during severe thunderstorms, high winds or
extreme cold/heat. There will be times when HMA will be required to cancel a
lesson due to inclement weather or other emergencies. Those lessons can be
made up at the client's convenience and will not be subject to forfeiture.

Q. Are lessons offered year-round?
A: Lessons are held in our indoor arena throughout the year, including the winter
months, as long as the conditions are safe.

Q: We purchased a Living Social package for my daughter but now my other child
wants to ride. If we bring her along to the lesson would you have a horse for her
to ride?
A: We would love to teach your child to ride. However, we plan our horse
assignment in advance, and cannot accommodate a last-minute student.  We
would be more than happy to schedule a lesson for your other child with advance
notice.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: We gladly accept your personal check, cash or credit cards through Paypal.

Q: Do you offer any lesson packages?
A: We do! Our current package offers one free lesson with the purchase of six
lessons. We also offer a Novice Lesson Package for $160. Gift certificates are
available.

Q: Do you offer boarding or leasing?
A: HMA does offer boarding to qualified applicants. Please check out our Boarding
page. We also offer horses for lease to 4H members and select clients in our
lesson program. Please contact Jezzie for more information.

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