Instruction - Experienced Riders Noivce/Intermediate/Advanced Semi-Private
45-50 minute jumping lesson. Small groups of 2-3 riders.
Pre-Beginner/Beginner. Private Lessons Only. Approx 40 min.
Beginner (Level 1) riders must pass an evaluation to schedule over fences lessons (Level 2 and up). All beginners will take private lessons until passing the Level 1 test. See Achievement page for a syllabus.
Clicker / Target Training
Ground work 45 to 50 minutes includes grooming.
Client Horse Show
Offered every spring and fall.
Showing, Clinics and Off-Site Schooling
Attire: Paddock boots with half chaps or tall boots.Riding Helmet. No sleeveless shirts. Do not
chew gum. Hair should be tied back and neat under helmet.
Cancellations: There is a $25 charge if
you cancel less than 48 hours before your appointment. There is a waiting list.
Last minute cancellations mean an appointment went unfilled that someone may
Weather: We only ride after when it is above 90 degrees. The schedule changes
seasonally for the comfort of humans and horses. If conditions are too adverse
to drive, then lessons will be canceled. Hours are also set to minimize
interference with turn-out time and feed time and coordinate with
after-school/after-work schedules of most clients. Generally, the earliest
afternoon lesson is ( summer).
Lessons: Beginners, please arrive 10
minutes before your lesson time. All others please arrive 20 minutes before
your lesson time. Beginner
lessons are private when possible. Novice and up are 2-4 people. All
riders must know trot diagonals, demonstrate correct leg position, and be able
to trot ring figures without stirrups before cantering.Lesson content is adjusted based on
conditions. This includes cold/windy days that affect the energy levels of the
horse, crowded rings (ring time is shared with another instructor and
boarders), footing, feed time etc.Payment
is due at time of services.
Scheduling: Hours at the Academy change
according to season. A new schedule is made prior to the beginning of each
month. Riders are booked in order of seniority. Riders who have been at the
Academy more than 2 years are given priority booking followed by those riding
weekly for at least one year. The schedule is then sent to the newest riders.
Weekend appointments book quickly. (Weekends are not available spring and fall
because of horse shows). Level 1 riders are booked weekdays.
Showing & Leasing: Twice a year the Academy hosts a horse show for all
clients. In addition, the Academy attends local shows spring and fall open to
riders Level 2 and up. Horses are leased when available. Riders must have
intermediate skills and have been clients for a min of one year. Little Creek
will also be home to a high school riding team.
Skills: The AtlantaRidingAcademy and Jump Club Inc offers an Equestrian Skills Ratings
Program to recognize excellence among Academy riders. Riders are also
encouraged to read books and magazines in between lessons and view lessons.
Riders with at least one year experience ages 12 and up should consider
volunteering as an assistant for further learning opportunities.
Creek Conservancy. The Conservancy is a non-profit dedicated to preserving
Little Creek as a horse farm. Riders are strongly encouraged to become members.
Barn Rules: Make sure you clean all manure is aisle, wash stall and
indoor ring. Only use halters labeled for Atlanta Riding. Follow all posted
barn rules and ring rules. A rider will put on probation for rule violations.
Guests: Guests who come to view your lesson must follow all
barn rules while on the property. Please make sure your guests know the rules. When mares are turned out in the pasture,
access is restricted to the lesson client only for safety and liability
reasons. PLEASE ASK BEFORE YOUR GUESTS ENTER PASTURE AREAS.
Expectations and Responsibilities: Riding
and working with horses takes tremendous discipline and dedication. Academy
students are expected to seek excellence and practice good horsemanship at all times.
Time for tacking and cool down is included in your lesson. Please help keep
wash stalls sweptPlease take care in
maintaining the tack. If tack is dirty, rags and leather cleaner are always on
hand Becoming an accomplished rider can take decades. Some lessons will be more
challenging than others. Ring conditions, weather conditions, and the mood of
both the rider and the horse can all be factors that affect lessons. All riders
also need to understand the risks associated with riding. It is a sport not
unlike down hill skiing in terms of the level of coordination and physical
condition required to excel in riding hunter jumpers. All riders will
eventually have a fall. You must decide for yourself if that is a risk you
are willing to assume.
WHAT LEVEL RIDER ARE YOU?
Becoming a good rider involves
repetition. The skills listed for each level requires hours of practice over
and over. Riders will work on each level 12 to 24 months before moving to the
next level. Everyone progresses at a different rate. Level 1 riders must be
able to perform ring figures posting trot on correct diagonal, without stirrups
and ride 4 lessons in a row without being reminded to keep heel down before
cantering. All level 1 skills need to be strong before moving to Level 2. There are no short cuts for mastering the
Two point at walk and trot
Correctly adjust stirrups
Good use of eyes/ track
Reins adjusted correctly
Leg and hand position
Sit and post at trot without
Drop and pick up stirrups and
walk and trot
Part of tack, parts of horse
Lengthen and shorten stride at
Intro to leg yield at the walk
Accurate upwards and down ward
Correctly use a crop
Emergency pulley rein
Intro to Canter work
Reading: beg US Pony Club 1st level Manual
Reading: 101 arena exercises
Level 2 (Novice)
Quick release knot
Boots, bandages and leg wraps
Annual vet, farrier, worming,
Re-test on girthing
Retest on crop
Diagonals by feel
Lengthen and shorten at the
Canter on a circle
Identify canter leads
Canter from Walk
Correctly demonstrate 3 types
of releases over cavelleti
Trot Cross Rails (adv novice)
Gymanastics, lines (adv
Novice Written test
Reading: Practical Horseman
Reading: Care of the Competition Horse or Grooming to Win by
Reading: Man who Listens to Horses by Monty Roberts
Reading: US Pony Club Interm. Manual
LEVEL 3 Intermediate
Canter without stirrups
Cross rails without stirrups
Pick up stirrups at canter
Demonstrate correct use of
Lengthen and shorten at canter
Turn on forehand
Turn on haunches
Apply Beginner and novice
skils to a variety of horses
Cantering courses 2 ft to 2.3
Types of bits/ride with Pelham
Demonstrate use of crop at
base of jump
Demonstrate proper warm up for
an o/f lesson
Pass advanced written test
Correctly demonstrate all 3
types of releases over a gymnastic
Gymnastics without stirrups
Reading: Practical Horseman
Reading: 101 Jumping Exercises
Reading: George Morris Hunt Seat Eq
Reading: Don’t Shoot the Dog
Reading: Juding Hunters and Eq or any book by Anna Jan
LEVEL 3 ADVANCED
Courses 2.6 and up
Hunter vs Jumper vs Eq courses
Influence your horse’s frame.
Working horse across top-line into contact. Demonstrate vertical and lateral
Be able to apply inter. Skills
to a variety of horses
Jump a course without stirrups
Lessons plan of mounted and
Pass all advanced skills on at
least 3 horses
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