Sande provides horseback riding and horsemanship lessons for every individual, starting at four years old. Children and adults can participate in classes weekly or every-other week. Instruction time is equally split between lessons in riding and on-ground horsemanship in order to develop a solid foundation of riding, horse handling, horsemanship knowledge and care-taking abilities.
Please review the overview of lessons below and contact us to determine the best fit for you!
LITTLE WRANGLERS is our 50-min group for kids ages 4-7 which helps ensure those first horse experiences are safe and positive! It teaches early riding and handling skills as well as providing good, safe, horsey fun! Kids spend half of the lesson riding with one-on-one instruction and the other half doing hands-on horsemanship activities in the barn.
LEVEL 1 integrates riding and horsemanship to develop a solid foundation for students on and off the horse. Students learn the basics about care-taking, tacking up, on-ground control; how to trot in balance (both sitting and 2-point); beginning learning independent control at the trot and work on independently controlling four of the lesson horses at the walk. The riding portion provides a high instructor-to-student ratio to help new riders advance.
LEVEL 2 integrates more intermediate riding and horsemanship lessons. The primary focus of the riding portion is on trotting - mastering the independent trot on four lesson horses (Western and English) in all three positions at various speeds, on the rail and in patterns. The horsemanship portion focuses on more independent care-taking and handling skills, including being able to fully care for a horse on the basic level.
LEVEL 3 integrates more advanced riding and horsemanship. Students work on loping and executing more advanced patterns and lateral movements in their riding lessons and learn Showmanship, Lunging and Intermediate horse care during their horsemanship lesson. In the Level 3 Beginning Show Prep class, there's an additional focus on Showmanship and Patterns while helping prepare 4-H students to compete in Trail, Western Equitation, English Equitation and Showmanship.
LEVEL 4, or the "SHOW PREP GROUP", prepares students for competitions. It works on training both horse and rider in specific disciplines and quality of transitions between the gaits. Lesson plans are catered to the specific needs of the class. Disciplines covered may include Dressage, Jumping, Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle and Showmanship. Topics are also catered to the specific needs of the class, including advanced horse care, trailering, veterinary care & an advanced level of understanding horse instincts.