Experience The 3 Phases of The Horsemanship Coaching Experience with Beth Boyer
Many new and inexperienced riding students miss out on the essential experiences that make for an expert horseman. Understanding the phases of the horsemanship experience will develop better riding skills and a strong relationship with your horse.
Grooming & Tacking
When students arrive at The Riding School they will begin by grooming and tacking their horse.
Students will complete the following tasks:
select their grooming kit
retrieve the horse's tack box
select a saddle along with appropriate pads
With guidance, students will learn how to groom their horse and safely and properly tack their horse.
Handling & Riding
Once a student has carefully groomed and tacked their horse, they will then be instructed on proper handling of their horse outside and inside of the ring.
Students will learn how to safely guide, walk, and mount a horse and begin the essential training necessary to become a safe and mindful horse rider. Every coaching session inside the ring is unique, different, and focused on specific skills at each rider's level of riding.
Untacking, Grooming, Stable Management
Once a student has enjoyed their time in the ring with Beth, they will learn the skills to wind down their horse, clean tack, return their tack and equipment, and clean after their horse.
These tasks may include mucking up, sweeping, cleaning and organizing tools, assisting in feeding, and other activities under the instruction or direct guidance of Beth.
Students learn to contribute to and create a safe and healthy environment for horses and other riders.
This phase is often misunderstood and underappreciated because it's the perfect time for riders to reflect on their lessons learned before and during their time in the ring and to bond with their horse after a shared experience.
Horseman Code of Conduct
The Horse & Safety Always Comes First.
The Riding School gives all students the tools and wisdom to create an environment that is safe, healthy, and fun for horses. Our philosophy of coaching ensures the health, longevity, and quality of life for our horses. Horses are not playthings, but intelligent friends with their own life experience. Ensure your conduct always puts the horse first.
Come With An Open Mind.
Check your ego at the gate and be ready to follow the rules of The Riding School. Be ready to learn something new and conduct yourself with respect for animals and humans.
Take Initiative & Participate In Your Learning Experience.
The Riding School is a hands-on learning environment. Show us what you know and what you’ve learned. Look around you and look for opportunities to care for your horse, the stable, and help Ms. Beth, other students, and yourself.
If you’re unsure - ask!
There are no stupid questions. Always ask questions first. Ask safety questions.
Always be aware of your surroundings.
Horses are prey animals. This means they are always aware of their surroundings and rely on YOU to keep them safe from harm. Pay attention to activities and conditions around you. Notice when conditions are not safe and help create a safe environment by following the rules.
Always ask before feeding the horses.
All horses have special needs and diet, do not feed any food without express permission from Ms. Beth.
Keep feet on the ground at all times.
Horses are prey animals, startle easily, and run from threats. No running, jumping, arm waving, climbing, screaming.
Ask before entering horse corrals.
No one may enter the horse corrals without express permission from Ms. Beth. This is for human and horse safety.
Speak with a calm confident voice.
Horses have sensitive hearing. Loud noises, screaming, squealing frighten horses.
Look for ways to help. Always ask first.
Do approved stable management tasks: raking, extra grooming, oiling tack, helping other students, picking up trash, sweep. Advanced students can learn other skills such as clipping,
Wear appropriate clothes and shoes.
Students must wear riding pants or jeans. No leggings. Riding pants must cover ankles. No shorts permitted. Boots must cover ankles.
Take care of and clean equipment.
Treat all equipment as if it’s your own. Hundreds of students are using the equestrian equipment, think of other students that come after you and keep them clean.
Pick up all trash, wrappers, and place them in proper receptacles.
Be Open To Learn New Horseman Tasks & Techniques.
Be open to learning how to do things in a new way. Ask for advanced learning opportunities, projects, and tasks.
Practice Your Skills.
Take the time to do it right, so that it takes no time at all. Be prepared to practice your tacking skills, grooming skills, and help other students.