Please contact Saebra if you have questions about Horsemanship Club. Saebra.p@HoofFallsandFootfalls.com OR call/text 623-326-7589
- LOCATION: North Phoenix area near 14th st. and Joy Ranch Rd.
- COST: $180 per student/6 week program
- AGE: This class is suitable for students of age groups 6-10 or 11-15 years of age as of September 1, 2022.
- CLASS SIZE: Maximum of 6 students per class
- Taught and supervised by 2 instructors
- CLASS LENGTH: 75 minutes
- CLASS FREQUENCY: 1x per week
- BEGINS last week of September 2022
- ENDS first week of November 2022
- CLASS FORMAT: Horsemanship Club provides a fun and safe opportunity to learn and practice fundamental horse handling and management skills. Topics and application time can be adjusted to meet the needs of participants who are completely new to horses or who have some experience with them (several topics taught are even new or forgotten by horse owners!). This is a groundwork only class which means there will be no riding as all lesson horses are completely booked for mounted work. Each class will include:
- Barn time: This may include activities such as cleaning stalls, preparing grain buckets, feeding hay, etc. This time keeps students moving and gives ample opportunity to talk about work ethic, teamwork, taking pride in your work, and communication skills.
- Equine Time: Hands-on time with the horses improving the student’s ability to safely work around and handle horses. This may be a standalone component or paired with the Learning Component.
- Learning Component: A fun and educational topic will be covered each class. Example topics fall in the categories of: temperature/pulse/respiration, equine nutrition, horse height and weight, equine communication, calculating how much a horse eats and how much it costs to feed them each month, etc. Practice and application of these topics also often include practicing age appropriate math, literacy, critical thinking, and teamwork skills!
- Horsemanship Club will be billed in full prior to the first class and is non-refundable. Invoices must be paid in full to reserve your student’s spot.
- Payment options:
- Check- Make payable to Hoof Falls & Footfalls
- Zelle- firstname.lastname@example.org or Saebra’s cell
- Credit Card (3% online processing added)
- ESA- Hoof Falls & Footfalls is an approved vendor (3% processing added)
- Classes missed by students will not be issued a credit, reschedule, or refund.
- Weather that makes the barn environment unsafe will likely NOT result in cancellation of a class. We have several backup lessons that can be moved into the tack room or another enclosed area.
- Lessons cancelled by instructor will be rescheduled by adding an addiotnal class to the end of the class session. This is rare but may happen due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness or an emergency.
- Hair– Hair must be pulled back into a low ponytail or braid during the entirety of the lesson. Hair that is not pulled back can get easily caught on tack or equipment and may result in injury. Loose hair may also obstruct the vision of the student and cause safety issues.
- Pants– Long pants are required. Yoga and/or sweatpants material are highly discouraged as they can be slippery on a leather saddle. Jeans, khakis, riding pants, etc. are encouraged.
- Shirts– Must fully cover chest and abdomen. Overly big shirts are discouraged as it is difficult for the instructor to see the posture and alignment of student’s body through an extremely loose shirt. Lighter colored material is encouraged during warmer months.
- Shoes– Close toed shoes are required (closed toed= supportive sneaker, hiking boot, riding boot, etc. Converse, dress shoes, etc., are not acceptable “close toed” barn shoes.). Once students progress to trot work they are encouraged to wear appropriate riding boots AND half chaps. Please talk to instructor for more information.
- Half Chaps– Will be required for students once they have progressed to trot work. Check out the Ovation, TuffRider, or Horze brands. Students must wear half-chaps for trot lessons. They are welcome to keep them at the barn if they are worried about forgetting them at home (please label with name).
- Helmets– Helmets are required to be worn during mounted activities. Loaner helmets are available but students are encouraged to purchase their own if they plan on participating long-term in equine activities. Please see instructor for assistance in choosing sizing/brand before purchasing your own. Ovation is the brand of most loaners at HF&F.
- Jewelry– Dangly earrings may not be worn during lessons. It is highly recommended that stud earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. are not worn during lessons as they may break and or get caught on tack and equipment.
Tip: Helmets, half-chaps, and boots make a great birthday or Christmas present!
About Hoof Falls & Footfall's Lesson Program
Instructor Saebra Pipoly (click for bio, certifications, & qualifications) offers an “inclusive” riding and horsemanship program for students ages 4+. This program focuses on instilling and reinforcing a solid foundation of groundwork and riding skills so students can progress in a safe, yet challenging manner.
What is an “inclusive” riding and horsemanship program? An inclusive program offers groundwork and mounted lessons that may be considered either “traditional” or “adaptive/therapeutic”. Lessons may be labeled as “traditional” or “adaptive/therapeutic” for billing purposes but what you see in the barn are equine activities where students are learning, growing, and thriving alongside their equine partners! Saebra takes great care in adapting lesson content and delivery, tack, assigned horses, etc. to match how each individual student learns and progresses.