Teaching Program

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Varied Programs

Because we can teach beginning to advanced students, many of our students stay with us for many years.  In addition to Master Classes, we currently teach:

  • English Dressage
  • Hunter/Jumper
  • Western Dressage
  • Ground Work
  • Trail Riding
  • Easy-Gaited Riding
  • Horse Training

About our Lessons

Lessons vary depending on the students' age and skill level.  Each student has their own interests and we cater to their goals, which range from pleasure riding to competition.


We focus on teaching people to become a part of the horse's world; to understand how they work, think and interact with both humans and other horses.  You will learn grooming, tacking and untacking, horse first aid, nutrition, hoof care and more about keeping a horse.  We also link horse history, including breed history and how the use of horses has evolved over time into our lessons.


We start most of our students bareback, whether they've ridden before or not.  Our experience in the St. Louis area has been that many students coming from other riding instruction have minimal focus on their riding seat and position.  The riding seat and position (either English or Western) is what keeps a rider safe on a horse and it is therefore a critical aspect of learning.  Bareback riding eliminates dependence on the stirrups and allows a rider to actually feel how the horse moves.  Bareback riding also helps them to better develop balance and the right muscles for riding.  The horses can also feel the rider better when bareback, making it easier for them to prevent falls.


Once the seat corrections have been made and/or the beginning student can canter bareback, the student earns their saddle privileges.  It is a right of passage on our farm that everyone gets excited about!  Then, throughout the next several years of riding lessons, we go back and forth between using a saddle and riding bareback.  Our instructors ride bareback in their own training, too. 

Teaching Partners

We partner with the lessons horses in teaching.  The horse and instructor are in constant communication throughout each lesson taught.  You will find we are unique instructors in that we will walk or run alongside the horse as needed by our students.  As students' balance and control improves, we back away to the center of the arena, giving the student full control of the horse.  


Our lesson horses know the "syllabus" very well and actively help to teach the student with us.  As new lessons horses join our team, they also learn the lessons to be able to engage the student and provide an environment that sets the student up for success.  


Our horses and instructors are focused on providing as safe and environment as possible for learning.  Horses and instructors alike, work to help prevent falls, in order to help keep the riding experience positive for all involved, even though falls do happen.  We also teach students to fall safely, using mats.

Tuition

HHIA is a low-profit/no-profit business.  It allows us to keep lesson costs low, but they are fixed and we do not award refunds.  The horses at HHIA depend on lesson tuition for feed and care.


Students may choose whether to ride 2 or 4 times each month.  Payment for the month is due on the first of each month.


  • Private Lessons: $50 each  (Totaling either $100 or $200 a month)
  • Semi-Private Lessons: $40 each (Totaling either $80 or $160 a month)
  • Group Lessons: $35 each (Totaling either $70 or $140 a month)



Age Requirements

We accept students beginning on their 3rd birthday.  Our students are about half children and half adults.  

Cancellations

Saint Louis weather is quite unpredictable.  Cancellations due to weather are sent out at least 2 hours in advance (longer if we can be sure the weather won't allow for riding).


Cancelled lessons are rescheduled rather than refunded so as to keep our horses fed and cared for.


Last minute cancellations or no-shows by clients are  forfeited.

Summer School

Focused on Education Under Saddle and on the Ground

Horse Riding and Care Summer School

July 9-12, 2019

9am - 3pm daily, except Friday (see Mock Show Information below)

$300 Active Students (use discount code "ACTIVE" at checkout)

$325 New or Inactive Students


Age Requirement: Up and Coming 2nd Grader through High School

Experience Level: No experience required


Register Online:

Registration Due by May 1st. Space is limited and registration will become unavailable online once the Summer School is full.


https://holistic-horsemanship-products.myshopify.com/products/horse-riding-and-care-summer-school?variant=19558526812233


This Summer School focuses on developing the students' skills under saddle based on their current skill set (if any). It includes education about the horse as a species, how it thinks, learns and survives, as well as about specific horses that are a part of the school.  


Non-riding activities include learning the pattern for the mock show through drawing, walking and other memorization techniques, learning and practicing proper technique for falling off a horse, a horse-related craft and providing horse care.


Lunch time will include the ability to cool off in wading/kiddie pools, visit with each other and have discussions with the trainer about horse health, training, nutrition and more.


What to Bring:

Packed lunch, water bottle/sports drinks, bug repellant, rain coat, sunscreen/sunglasses, etc, appropriate riding attire (yoga pants/leggings and tennis shoes are acceptable for beginners), comfortable summer clothes and flip flops/casual summer shoes for the afternoon. 


We will Provide: Water


Mock Show:

Mock Show and Potluck at 6pm Friday for students to show parents and family members what they worked on and learned throughout the week. 


Please bring a dish to share! We will provide burgers, hot dogs, soda and water.


Students are expected to stay at the farm Friday afternoon to rest (a movie will be shown) and prepare their horses for the show. 


Daily Pick Up and Drop Off: 

Students may be dropped of early or picked up late as long as prior arrangements are made with the head trainer. Students will be expected to bring a book or something quiet to do under the arena tent as daily farm operations will be occurring supervision will be minimal. 


Liability Forms:

If the student is new to HHIA, a liability form signed by a legal parent/guardian is required. Forms will be provided to parents/guardians at drop off on the first day of Summer School.





Advanced Horse Training and Riding Summer School


July 23-26, 2019

9am - 3pm daily, except Friday (see Mock Show Information below)

$300 Active Students (Use discount code "ACTIVE" at checkout)

$325 New or Inactive Students


Age Requirement: Up and Coming 8th Grader through High School

Experience Level: Must be able to canter without assistance.


Register Online:

Registration Due by May 1st. Space is limited and registration will become unavailable online once the Summer School is full.


https://holistic-horsemanship-products.myshopify.com/products/advanced-horse-training-and-riding-summer-school?variant=19558546800713


This Summer School focuses on horse training both on the ground and under saddle. It includes education about the horse as a species, how it thinks, learns and survives, as well as about specific horses that are a part of the school.  The school includes use of the IDT Method and Measured Response. 


This year, so far, we have one horse learning how to accept a rider, one learning to drive and pull farm equipment, one wild horse and several other horses we are expanding skill sets for. 


Lunch time will include the ability to cool off in wading/kiddie pools, visit with each other and have discussions with the trainer about horse health, training, nutrition and more.


What to Bring:

Packed lunch, water bottle/sports drinks, bug repellant, rain coat, sunscreen/sunglasses, etc, appropriate riding attire, comfortable summer clothes and flip flops/casual summer shoes for the afternoon. 


We will Provide: Water


Mock Show:

Mock Show and Potluck at 6pm Friday for students to show parents and family members what they worked on and learned throughout the week. 


Please bring a dish to share! We will provide burgers, hot dogs, soda and water.


Students are expected to stay at the farm Friday afternoon to rest (a movie will be shown) and prepare their horses for the show. 


Daily Pick Up and Drop Off: 

Students may be dropped of early or picked up late as long as prior arrangements are made with the head trainer. Students will be expected to bring a book or something quiet to do under the arena tent as daily farm operations will be occurring supervision will be minimal. 


Liability Forms:

If the student is new to HHIA, a liability form signed by a legal parent/guardian is required. Forms will be provided to parents/guardians at drop off on the first day of Summer School.


Summer School at HHIA

Summer School at HHIA