(Helmet, Safety Certificate)
(Helmet, Boots, Arena Certificate)
(Helmet, Boots, Trail Certificate)
(Helmet, Boots, Meadow Certificate)
(Helmet, Boots, Sunset Certificate)
Smile and Ride!
Do I have to bring a helmet?
Do I have to wear boots?
Do I have to start at Safety level?
What if the lesson times don't work for me?
Are private lessons available?
How often are lessons?
How do tests work?
Will I ride on my first day?
Do you have an indoor arena?
Do we have lessons when the weather is bad?
Do you work with people with disabilities?
Safety- This level focuses on being safe around the horses and learning basic riding and grooming skills. A bit of trotting is also introduced.
Arena- In this level, we practice walking patterns, being in rhythm with the horse, and gaining good control. Some lessons are ridden bareback. Riders learn to ask their own horses to trot.
Trail- This level assumes you have enough control of your horse to go out on a trail ride. While trail rides are not currently offered in our program, riders will work on more difficult riding skills. Riding the trot is improved and refined, and a bit of cantering is introduced.
Meadow- Meadow level riders will strengthen their trotting and cantering skills. They will also build on their ability to ride softly, with improved balance and better communication.
Sunset- Students at this level will continue to practice skills at all the gaits. Trotting through patterns on the correct diagonal is expected, and simple lead changes are introduced. At this level, riders work on becoming more self-directed. Ground lessons are also practiced, which helps students to learn how to train horses.
Horsemanship- Riders will work on walking without reins, trotting over small obstacles, and cantering through patterns with flying lead changes. Students also have a chance to either teach a horse or to begin student teaching in Safety lessons.
*Ask about our secret ninja level!
Our riding program is geared toward people who want to enjoy riding. We don't do competitions, which leaves our students free to ride various styles and to learn at their own pace.
We specialize in teaching people who have never ridden before, and will work with students as young as 7 years old.
Our program has 6 levels* during which students will learn how to ride, care for, and even teach their horses. Throughout the levels, students will have the opportunity to ride both English and Western skills.
The foundation for our philosophy in working with our horses is rooted in Parelli Natural Horsemanship. We focus on building relationships of trust, leadership, and communication between our students and their horses.
Safety, of course, is the first priority of working with horses at Bridle Ranch. After that, we try to learn and have fun at the same time. Playing with horses is amazing, and we're excited to help our students reach their potential!