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Introduction to Horses Clinics

Jump To: Clinic Philosophy * 15-Adult * 8-14 years * 5-7 years * Mommie & Me

Clinic Schedule


Our Clinic Philosophy

These “Introduction” classes are perfect for the student who is curious about horses but not certain they want to commit to a 6 week session of lessons.

At Sun Pony Ranch we are dedicated to teaching both Children and Adults the joy of being with horses as well as how to be safe around them. We have regular Riding Lessons and Horse Camps to teach the skills needed to learn to ride. However, our various 1-Day Clinics are meant to be a “starter” class, to give those without much experience with horses an understanding and feel for what it is all about. These Clinics are separated into different age groups to maximize the experience for the attention span and interest level of each group. Participants get a real “Hands-On” experience to see if this is something they enjoy.

All of our clinics start with a lecture section where safety rules are reviewed, and we discuss what we'll be doing during the clinic. We talk about horse personalities, horse care & feeding, and riding tack. Each portion of the clinic is geared to the attention span and understanding level of that particular age group. Questions are allowed and answered. 

The lecture and grooming time is conducted inside our spatious barn, so we are comfortable out of the heat, or possibly wet! When possible, the riding portion of the clinic takes place in our outdoor arena, but if necessary we can ride inside too. In the Children’s Clinics, the kids each take turns riding their horse in their group.  In the Adult Clinics, there is a full 1 Hour Riding Lesson with each participant riding their own horse for a Group Lesson.


15 years - Adult sessions

This 2 1/2 hour “Introduction” class is geared to the older teen and adult. We often hear from adults that they wished we offered our “Camp” for adults. This class was put together with that in mind so we could incorporate a feel for the fun and learning that goes on at Horse Camp, but tailored to the adult. There will be discussion on basic Safety Issues around horses, horse & rider partnership, horse personalities, horse care, Riding Tack and the differences between English & Western style riding. Most of the class time will be “Hands-On” with everyone learning to brush, groom, and “tack up” our gentle horses. Each participant will have 60 minutes of riding time in a Group Lesson. They will learn about how to communicate with the horse to foster that horse/rider partnership (use of the “4 Aids”).

Ages: 15 to Adult
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Schedule: See Below
Registration: Intro to Horses Clinic Registration
Cost: $60

8 - 14 years sessions

This 2 hour “Introduction” class is geared to the 8 to 14 year old child. There will be simple discussions on basic Safety Issues around horses, horse personalities, horse care, and Riding Tack. Most of the class time will be “Hands-On” with the kids learning to brush, groom, and “tack up” our gentle horses. The last 50 to 60 minutes of the class will be spent riding, with the kids taking turns riding a horse and learning a little bit about how to communicate to the horse what they would like to ask the horse to do (use of the “4 Aids.”)

Ages: 8 - 14 years
Duration: 2 hours
Schedule: See Below
Registration: Intro to Horses Clinic Registration
Cost: $46

5-7 years sessions

This 1 1/2 hour “Introduction” class is geared to the attention span of the younger children.  There will be simple discussion on basic Safety Issues around horses, horse personalities, horse care, and riding tack.  Most of the class time will be “Hands-On” with the kids learning to brush and groom the gentle horses.  The last 45 minutes of the class will be spent riding, with each child getting a turn to ride a horse and see what it feels like.

Ages: 5-7 years
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Schedule: See Below
Registration: Intro to Horses Clinic Registration
Cost: $35

Mommie & Me sessions (2 1/2 - 4 years)

This is a 1 1/2 hour “Introduction” class that allows the children that are too young to participate on their own the opportunity to learn about horses with a parent (Mom, Dad, or Grandparent). The Safety Discussion part of the Clinic is the first thing we do and is directed to the adult participant.  This discussion will be basic information on how to keep the children safe around horses in general, and during the Clinic in particular. 

Ages: 2 1/2 - 4 years
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Schedule: See Below
Registration: Intro to Horses Clinic Registration
Cost: $45 per child-parent pair


2017 Clinic Schedule

Session Starts Ends Notes
SPRING
Mommy And Me Clinic

4/29
5/27

1 day each 1 ½ hour “Introduction” class offered to children 2 ½ through 4 years old - too young to participate in other clinics on their own.

Intro to Horses Clinics
(ages 5-7)

4/22
5/13
6/3

1 day each

1 ½ hour “Introduction to Horses & Riding” geared to the attention span of younger children.  A short ride is included for every child.  Clinic starts at 4:00 pm.         

Intro to Horses Clinics
(ages 8-14)

4/8
1 day each

2 hour “Introduction to Horses & Riding” geared to the 8 to 12 year old.  A short ride is included for every child.   Clinic starts at 4:00 pm.                

Intro to Horses Clinics
(age-Adult)

4/15 1 day each

2 ½ hour “Introduction to Horses & Riding” geared to the older teen and adult.  A full riding lesson is included for every student. Clinic starts at 4:00 pm.                 

 

FALL SESSION

Mommy And Me Clinic

9/9
9/30

1 day each 1 ½ hour “Introduction” class offered to children 2 ½ through 4 years old - too young to participate in other clinics on their own.

Intro to Horses Clinics
(ages 5-7)

9/16
10/7
1 day each

1 ½ hour “Introduction to Horses & Riding” geared to the attention span of younger children.  A short ride is included for every child. Clinic starts at 4:00 pm.           

Intro to Horses Clinics
(ages 8-14)

9/23 1 day each

2 hour “Introduction to Horses & Riding” geared to the 8 to 12 year old.  A short ride is included for every child.  Clinic starts at 4:00 pm.         

Intro to Horses Clinics
(age-Adult)

8/19 1 day each

2 ½ hour “Introduction to Horses & Riding” geared to the older teen and adult.  A full riding lesson is included for every student.  Clinic starts at 4:00 pm.        

 

 

  Lessons

We offer English and Western riding lessons for both children and adults. All abilities are welcome!

Group Lessons (aged 8 and up) are 6 week sessions, 1 1/2 hours a week, up to 6 students.

Private and Semi-Private Lessons (ages 2 1/2 and up) are available by appointment.

Summer/Spring Break Camps

Our Spring and Summer Horse Camp (8-14 year olds) is 5 consecutive days, 9:30 - 2:30. Campers are each assigned a horse to work with all week, and have two riding lessons a day.

Our Little Buckaroos Ranch Camp (5-7 year olds) is a 3 day camp, 10:30 - 1:30. They work with our most experienced and trustworthy horses and ride every day.

1 Day Intro Clinics

Our Introduction to Horses Clinics are a one-time session to introduce working with horses and riding - a perfect opportunity to gague interest in getting more involved. We have clinics for all ages, from 2 1/2 through adult.

Leasing

We offer long term leases on some of our horses which grants the leaser the opportunity to come out and ride on your own a few times a week.

Our Horses

We have a wonderful herd of 11 lesson horses who are different ages, breeds and temperments. We can find the right horse for you!

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