🐎 PROGRAMS – Horse Riding Lessons, Preparatory Lessons & Programs Available

 All lessons are tailor-made to the ability and experience of the rider.

We currently only offer private lessons and have limited spaces.

Students 8 years old through to adult start with preparatory lessons.

Differences between the type of lessons

Getting Started- PREPARATORY LESSONS

From 8 to 80, beginners or returning to riding, this is our starting point.

From the very beginning, students are taught to start recognizing how a horse communicates. This skill is developed continuously & alongside a student’s other learning.

Incorporates Natural Horsemanship right from the start.

Any age is a good age to start riding!

chris and giz

These very happy riders had never ridden before coming to Giddy Up GGs.

both these girls had never ridden

Our Preparatory Lessons teach the rider to-

  • Enter a stable safely
  • Catch the horse & put it’s halter on
  • Tie the horse & learn a special knot
  • Remove rugs
  • Learn where a horse is sensitive/ticklish/defensive
  • Learn how to use phases to ask the horse to move over
  • Groom safely & effectively
  • Handle legs & clean hooves
  • Put the horses boots on
  • Learn the different types of saddles & how to place them correctly.
  • Lead the horse at the walk & the trot & stop without pulling on the rope
  • Back the horse up & do tight & soft turns
  • Adjust stirrups to their correct length
  • Mount safely & correctly
  • Do an effective emergency stop on both reins
  • Know how to make the horse walk, trot, turn & stop unassisted in a small area

Once a rider is confident doing all these things, they will come before their lesson to prepare the horse for their lesson.

The  amount of lessons required to get to this point depends on the age, confidence and  prior experience of the student.

For a complete beginner with a typical level of confidence,  the average is 6-8 lessons to achieve all these things. 

Once a rider has finished this process, they come before their lesson & get their own horse ready. This takes most people who are still new to it all about an hour. After the lesson it is the riders responsibility to unsaddle & make sure all their horses  grooming, feeding and water and any other requirements are met.

Beginner Riders

Beginner riders learn to develop the skills that they learnt in their preparatory lessons-  to gain more control & confidence, to master the rising trot &  the correct position, to gradually increase the size area they ride in & to learn to ride with other riders.

Intermediate Riders

As confidence and ability grows, riders start to learn  things like cantering, riding in open areas, correct diagonals & canter leads. Their ground skills are progressed to include the Parelli 7 Games. Developing a young horse & rehabilitating rescues can also introduced at this level, normally in theory & on the ground.

 Riders learn to start being aware of what the horse is doing with his body & correcting & softening the blocks & braces. Lateral work is introduced around this time.

Once a rider is able to walk, trot & canter & bring the horse back down through the paces again without using the reins, contact is introduced. The horses naturally carry themselves in self carriage & a soft frame when the rider finds their own soft contact. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Sarah on spook

Sarah on Spook

circling game Learning the lungeing game

Experienced Rider

Once a certain level of competency is achieved, riders can choose to ‘focus’ their training on what interests them; it might be training young horses, jumping, dressage, furthering their Natural Horsemanship skills, Extreme Cowboy, Riding Equitation,Western, Showing, etc ………

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Bec & her Max

 

CHARLOTTE & BANDANA

Refresher Program

This is for those that have ‘been there, done that, but not for a while’.

No matter how long it has been, we will get you back and happening again! Then you can choose to progress further, if that is what you desire!

Advanced Riders

As our riders advance, so do the skills taught to them. As always, lessons are tailored to each riders individual needs. We start to look at correct collection & posture of the horses, how we influence that through our own posture & balance & core stability. We develop further the riders understanding of correct flexion throughout the horses whole body. We continue developing the ability to use the reins to only tell the horse where we want to position the head & our body, seat, legs, focus & energy tells the horses own body & legs what to do. Lateral work gets much more accurate & with steeper angles.   1Werribee Show 119   1st Piaffe

Bella and Lena

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Sarah on spook

Sarah on Spook

lead and ride

For Our Young Riders!

We regularly have young riders. For our younger riders, lessons are kept to half an hour  and the  pony is prepared for them.

There is another option where we teach the child with the parent. The parent is taught  the Preparatory Lessons with the young rider involved.

If the parent is up for it, they lead their child during the lesson. There is a lot of walking & a bit of  slow jogging involved for the parent that chooses this option & the ability to walk backwards is definitely beneficial!

If this is the case, the lesson can be a half or a full hour and may be possible to join another rider to share the lesson.

ashleighs 1st lessoncayd thumbs up  zac&giz2


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