Barb" teaches the
which is a
wonderful foundation for Western Pleasure, Contests, Hunt Seat
(and jumping) and Dressage styles, or "just" Trail Riding. It's also known as the
This means that you can remain seated securely on the horse
without hanging on to the saddle, mane or reins. The reins are
for communicating with the horse, only, and should never be used to
maintain one's balance, anyway.
We supply English or Western tack, the horse, and the use of
a fitted helmet. We also keep on hand a supply of long, thin socks,
gloves, neck scarves and knitted hats. See "what to wear" in the
"Safety" section of the manual.
and Joseph Kostelnik both teach horse handling and care,
English and Western tack use & care, barn-keeping, safety, etc.
"Pastor Joe" also teaches Frank Bell's "7 Step Safety System".
"Miss Barb" has always provided her students with a paper "manual".
Some years, an attractive, durable vinyl binder, with the mounted
student's photo on the front, is included. Here, on
this web site, you can now access some of this same information, which
was formerly only
available to registered, in-person students and their families.
Preparation, tack and care
English AND Western
- emergency procedures (one-rein
stop, emergency dismount)
- English walk, trot, canter,
turns, bending, halt, and back
- Western walk, jog, lope, turns,
rollbacks, stop and back
- trail riding (instruction only)
- introduction to jumping
- barrel racing
- pole bending
- other contests (flag race,
catalog race, etc.)
Advanced Riding (see
Now that lessons have resumed, if you are interested in visiting the farm, you can be ready in
advance by printing and filling out a release form! For
students under 18, both parents or legal guardians must sign.
If bringing friends, they or their parents or legal guardians (if
minors) must have one also.
PLEASE PRINT ON BOTH SIDES OF ONE
If you print on two pages, you must sign and date each page.
Here is a copy of Ohio's equine liability law:
Have it your way!
You can be an average
student, and go home and forget half of what you
learned during your lesson, and then you'll have to learn those
things all over again next time, before you can move on; or…
You can be a great riding student, and
come back for your next lesson even BETTER than you leave here
today, ready to go on to the next level!
To be an average riding
Just leave, and forget about
until your next lesson.
To be a great
Talk to your family
and others about,
and spend some time thinking
what you've learned each day;
and DO YOUR ASSIGNMENTS!