The Equest Farm Riding Academy provides a safe and wholesome environment for beginner through advanced riders. The riding program has been carefully designed to progress riders through a structured curriculum, providing consistent step-by-step instruction across the program. An ongoing evaluation of the student's abilities allows for advancement at an individualized pace. Through this program students are able to develop into competitive riders, building confidence, motivation, discipline, coordination, focus and camaraderie, while still having fun and developing a compassionate bond with horses.
Along with riding skills, the riding school program incorporates safety procedures throughout the lessons. Safety at all times is our first priority.
Factors such as age, coordination, strength, frequency of lessons and attention span will impact students' advancement. Progress is best achieved through riding consistently; we recommend riding at least once a week regularly for best results.
Regular lessons are offered for ages 6 and up.
All students of age or parents must read and sign the Equest Policies and Procedures document. Please bring the signed document to the Equest farm office.
- 1. First Lesson, little to no experience with horses
- 2. Able to steer, learning to trot and different riding positions. (has the ability to steer around others, must be able to post, learning two point, diagonals, Able to line up and trot a straight line over a pole, two pointing in the correct timing and form)
- 3. Trotting confidently and Learning to trot cross rails. (Once they can do a 'course' of poles, they then learn to do small x's. By now, there should be at least 4-5 horses they can ride.)
- 4. Learning diagonals, tacking for themselves and riding without stirrups; able to jump a course of cross rails. (they need to be able to trot x's with good corners, and good two points. Then start learning to ride without stirrups. Riders CAN NOT canter until they can post two laps around with no stirrups and can confidently tack for themselves. And it has to be done well, not weak. It takes most riders 6 mo to a year to get to level 5)
- 5. Learning to Canter. (When they learn to canter, they do not canter all at once, but one at a time. They need to be able to canter on 3 different horses before they move on.)
- 6. Able to canter confidently, cantering poles. This is where they learn how to count. Teach them how to count to the pole, and start how to see a distance. They do not move on until they can do this on 3 different horses, not all the same from level 5.
- 7. Cantering cross rails. Continue with counting, and timing of two points. They need to be able to canter a course, and be next to perfect every time. They should see their distances, and start to understand when to whoa, and when to go.
- 8. Small verticals. The vertical needs to start on the first hole, the second fence in a line. It should be at least 4-5 weeks of doing this on the first hole before they move on. This is long slow process, and should not be rushed. Slowly build up to jumping a line of small verticals, then start going up one hole higher, 4-6 weeks of that, then up one more hole, 4-6 weeks etc.
- 9. Jumping 18" courses. They should be able to ride at least 5 different horses at this level. The corners and their equitation should be very strong.
- 10. Jumping 2'
- 11. Jumping 2'-3"
- 12. Jumping 2'-6" courses, able to ride green horses
Note: Our school horses jump up to 2'-6". If you wish to continue jumping higher, or would like to begin ownership at any time, we also offer our services in finding the best horse for you to own!