We at Double C Texas Walkers get phone calls all the time from people stating that they and/or their child want to take some riding lessons. I always ask the reason for the interest. The most common responses are:
It is reported that eighty percent of people who get into gaited horses get out within the first year; and two-thirds of the remaining twenty percent get out in the next five years. They do so because of:
The majority of trail riders would just like to enjoy themselves without having to pull, jerk, smack on their horse or just have an all out war every time they go out on a trail ride. However, any of these same people believe that instruction and arena work is boring and is just for people who want to show - that it has nothing to offer a trail rider and/or their horse. The most common statement I hear is "I donít want to ride all dressed up or compete, I just want to go ride and have fun."
So, if you are an amateur rider, then letís put some principle to purpose WORK. The principles of classical horsemanship youíll be taught, will actually serve you better outside of the arena Ė out actually doing something with your horse, enjoying your horse. Thatís putting principle to purpose.
We believe the teaching of these principles to the everyday trail rider is the most important service we can provide. The trail rider makes up the majority of horse owners/riders. They are also the ones that report the most horse related accidents and problem horses.
"How do they become problem horses?"
They are usually past around from one inexperienced rider to another. Getting worse with every experience. Most of the problems horses are a product of their environment:
The First Lesson Evaluation
The First Lesson Evaluation is approximately one hour in length-- (tour, lesson and evaluation) and costs $50.00 . After you are mounted, we will assess your safety as far as awareness of yourself and your environment, your body's ability to balance and support itself, as well as any skills you might have. This is done as we discuss the technical how-tos and the ABC's of learning about horses and riding. If we conclude that you are a more experienced rider, we would then do the rest of our assessment during a warm-up period. During this lesson we will outline a plan of short-term goals for you and start their application.
1 hr.-$50 or 30 min.-$30;
Most students will ride once a week. Those who are interested in eventually owning their own horse or planning to show: twice a week.
1 hr.-$40 per student for two students or 45 min.-$30 per student for two students (siblings, friends, etc.)The Horsemanship Class
The Horsemanship Class is required for all Double C Walker's Farm students, regardless of their previous experience. We believe that all students should know--and practice--standard safety rules for working around horses, which includes how to approach and halter a horse in the stall as well as how to lead, groom, saddle and bridle a horse. This class is offered once a month on Saturday and must be taken within the 30 days of starting in Double C Walker's riding program. Price for this class is $35.
New Student Package
(For your convenience, the Evaluation Lesson and the Horsemanship Class are included in the price of our New Student Lesson Packages).
A 12-month program, which offers units in the following disciplines: Western/English Pleasure racking/walking, Showing Halter Horses & Showmanship, Versatility including trail obstacle, barrel racing, pole bending, Western Reining and Western Riding. Each unit encompasses an introductory lecture on the discipline and a demonstration ride, and a final videotaped lesson in a horse show format, if applicable.
Shows - $ .90 per mile per horse average, otherwise ask for quote for local or long distance hauling.
Video Taped Lesson
$20.00 (includes VHS video cartridge).
$25.00 includes: bridle path, pasture clip for ears and muzzle. NOTE: If your horse is difficult to clip, this charge will be increased.
Local Horse Shows
$50.00 per day fee for horse preparation. Does not include show fees.
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