Lesson Program -

Angus Valley Stables offers Western and English Riding and Horsemanship for beginners through intermediate riding lessons.  The focus of our program is on horse care and safety in addition to horseback riding.  We do not allow you to be "just a passenger on a horse".  

We only teach riding and horsemanship skills to students who want learn,  and take lessons on a consistent and regular weekly basis.  Grooming and tacking are included in your one hour lesson.   Typically, we teach our lesson program to students beginning 10 years of age through adults, who want to learn about all the responsibilities of horse ownership.  We do teach a modified program for younger students ages 5 – 9.   Riding lessons are held daily and year round by appointment both indoor and outdoor.  

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  Professional Instruction Offered at the Following Rates:    
  Private Half Hour Session         $  35
  Semi Private One Hour Session         $  40
  Private One Hour Session         $  50

 

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What you need to take lessons?

HELMETS: It is required that all riding students wear certified helmets. We can provide helmets for new riders but strongly suggest that you purchase your own if you are serious about riding. A Troxel or any ASTM/SEI certified riding helmet similar to the one above can typically be purchased at online for approximately $35. All riders are required to sign a release form before riding.

PROTECTIVE VESTS: When jumping, it is highly recommended to also wear a protective vest. It is the rider's responsibility to purchase their own protective vest for jumping.

ARRIVAL: Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to each lesson in order to prepare yourself and the horse ready to start promptly at your scheduled lesson time. This will ensure that you will maximize your one hour lesson time.

FOOT WEAR: Paddock or riding boots are strongly recommended. At a minimum, a boot with a heel is required. The reasoning behind this is that with a heeled-shoe, you will not easily get your foot caught in the stirrup. Tennis shoes are not permitted for safety reasons.

JEANS: Breeches, riding pants, half chaps or chaps are recommended. If you do not own chaps or riding pants, then jeans are suggested.

LESSON POLICY: We can not ensure that each weekly lesson will be a semi-private lesson; therefore, if a private lesson is taught, then a private lesson fee will be due.

GIFT CERTIFICATES: If you know someone who may be interested in trying out riding, pre-paid gift certificates are available for riding lessons.

WE GO YEAR-ROUND: We teach all year as long as the weather and footing permits. We have an indoor riding area as well as an outdoor riding ring. We do reschedule when possible for weather related cancellations or teach in the indoor riding area at the lower barn.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Typically, WE RIDE RAIN OR SHINE (unless there are heavy rains, lightning or school closings). Your instructor will notify you accordingly. Always assume there will be lessons, unless you have been contacted via email or phone.

 

ONE HOUR LESSON TIME STRUCTURE:

Beginners & Advanced Beginners (Ages 10 through Adults) 

0:00 – 0:20  Groom and tack (includes retreiving horse from pasture)

0:20 – 0:25  Stretch and warm up

0:25 – 0:50  Weekly lesson

0:50 – 0:55  Stretch and cool down

0:55 – 1:00  Untack

 

Intermediates (Ages 10 through Adults)

0:00 – 0:05   Instructor's inspection of grooming/tacking (unaided prior to lesson)

0:05 – 0:15   Stretch and warm up

0:15 – 0:50   Weekly lesson

0:50 – 0:55   Stretch and cool down

0:55 – 1:00   Cool down, untack, groom (unaided)

 

Youth (Ages 5 through 9)

0:00 – 0:15   Groom and tack

0:15 – 0:20   Stretch and warm up

0:20 – 0:35   Weekly lesson

0:35 – 0:40   Stretch and cool down

0:40 – 0:45   Untack

 

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Your lesson must be confirmed by email, or by phone by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, or we cannot hold your regular lesson slot. Considerations need to be made for our lesson horses regarding how often they are used weekly.  Once you confirm your lesson by noon each Tuesday, it is an agreement that you have committed to the lesson fee for that week.

Even in inclement weather, if you have confirmed your lesson, always assume that we will be riding (indoor or outdoor), unless you have been contacted via email, text or phone.

In order to reschedule, the instructor must be contacted at least 24 hours in advance of lesson time. There is a $20 rescheduling fee within 4 hours of the lesson time. Full price will be charged for any lesson not cancelled within 4 hours of its scheduled time, including cancellations, re-schedules, no call, and no shows.

Students arriving more than 15 minutes late need to be scheduled for a make-up lesson. 

If your lesson is prepaid, any rescheduled lesson must be made up within 7 days or the lesson credit expires.   Make-up lessons are subject to availability.

Horseback riding is a healthy pastime. Even a beginner rider will be pleased with the sense of personal accomplishment and satisfaction that comes from learning to care for and ride a horse. We are very proud of our lesson horses who have the ability to suit multiple levels of riders.