Springs Equestrians follows CHA standards for all lessons.
We define rider levels as follows:
Absolute Beginner riders are defined as those with limited experience or no horse experience at all. They do not know how to halter, bridle, saddle or mount and dismount properly. They do not know the proper cue to make a horse go, stop, turn, or understand the basics of horse behavior.
Beginner riders are defined as those with limited experience. They may have had a few lessons but need help saddling, bridling, and mounting na dismounting a horse. These riders do not know how to post and make a riding trot (Still bounces at the trot), and is not completely comfortable on a horse. The rider can control the horse at the walk and can halt but they do know the basic cues to make a horse halt, walk, turn and go.
Advanced Beginners are those who can halter, bridle, saddle and mount and dismount unassisted. They are in control of their horse and are able to start to trot in a rising trot and correct posting diagonals. They are also relaxed on a horse and without anxiety or fear.
Novice Riders are defined as those capable of applying all the tack on a horse mounting an dismounting and are comfortable at the walk and trot, They can post with correct seat and leg position and have complete control of the horse. They are also able to canter the horse with control and stay balanced in the seat. They can ride all 3 gaits without stirrups and understand change of direction with diagonal changes, lead changes, and are able to rate a horses speed and control a horse in a canter and trot in a circle.
Intermediate Riders are sure, steady, and comfortable in the saddle. They can control all gaits and movements. They ride regularly and know how to ride. They have soft hands on the reins, good seat, hand and leg position. They are able to control the horses speed, make flying lead changes, as well as being able to ride a horse that is a bit green. This rider has many years of experience and can influence a horse's speed, tempo, and responsiveness. They are confident and correct in all their movements.
Advance Riders are defined as someone who has ridden all their life and on a regular basis. They have ridden young, untrained horses as well as highly trained horses. They compete at a higher level and possible show regularly. They have taken advanced lessons and have the ability to give lessons and can start and train horses.
At Springs Equestrians, beginner riders are required to take private lessons.
This is our policy because beginner riders, by definition have limited experience with or on a horse. We believe that a rider will make better progress in private lessons with one on one instruction. These lessons may be a lunge line lesson. This is a lesson where the rider is on a horse who is on a lunge line and in control of the instructor. This enables a rider to be able to concentrate on their riding instead of control of the horse. As instructors we still take lunge line lessons to improve our riding and skills.
Group lessons are reserved for those who are defined as advanced beginners. These riders will be grouped together in a lessons so that each one will find success and advancement with their riding.
Riding is NOT an easy sport! It takes a great amount on concentration and determination to learn to ride well. It also take time in the saddle to be proficient. We like to tell our riders that it take 10,000 repetitions to own a skill, be that in horseback riding or any of sport.
Please contact us if you would like to schedule a lesson or discuss options that we have available for your riding goals.