Traditional riding lessons teach us about balance, strength and co-ordination. The education horses can offer us extends beyond the saddle. From the ground we begin to truly understand the wisdom and value they have to offer.
At New Leaf Farms, it is not our goal to train future Olympian riders. There are many wonderful barns with expensive, athletic horses for those lessons. Our focus is on enhancing the life skills and confidence of our clients through meaningful interaction with our experienced equines.
In our lessons, we build basic riding ability. Learning to walk and trot, steer and stop are important. But, life isn't about running circles in an arena. Life is messy and has challenges; most of us struggle at times. New Leaf Farms is committed to enhancing the confidence, communication, and coping skills of our clients.
Lessons are in the saddle as well as on the ground. As we learn about the horses and how to care for them, we can identify valuable skills and apply learning to real life situations. Equine assisted learning and personal development play a huge part of our program, identifying client strengths and challenges. Through use of obstacles we work to increase the confidence of the horses as well as ourselves.
Our horses come from varied backgrounds and levels of experience. We use the individual needs and stories of the horses to apply learning in a safe and encouraging way. Our focus is how to overcome challenges with healthy thinking and habits including communication skills. This allows us to honour the horses' experiences and ensure their well-being while creating deep connections with them.
Our lessons include:
All lessons take place in our indoor arena. Helmets are available for use, and closed toed footwear is required. Boots with a small heel are ideal. Please dress appropriately for the weather- the arena is not heated or cooled.
Youth and Adult Lessons
Youth ages 11+ are welcome to take part in our 60 minute classes. They are offered in group or individual settings. Groups are 2-3 people and grouped by age. Lessons are once weekly and sold in packages of 4.
PRIVATE: $220/ 4 weeks
GROUP: $190/ 4 weeks
Children's Lessons (Age 10 and Under)
Offered to ages 6+, these lessons are 45 minutes in duration to better accommodate shorter attention spans. Children must have completed private lessons to be eligible for group lessons due to safety. Lessons are once weekly and sold in packages of 4.
PRIVATE: $190/ 4 weeks
The riding program is currently full. Please email us to be added to the waiting list.