||Learn at your own pace...
is a very important element of the riding experience. We realize that not
all riders are the same and neither are all horses. We teach at a pace
that is comfortable to the individual. People and horses need time and
experience to develop good riding skills and we firmly believe that this
foundation can not be learned overnight. At Mahantango Acres, the
environment is relaxed and family oriented. There is no screaming, yelling
or humiliation here. We are here to learn together to develop a
partnership between horse and rider. Respect and patience will take both
of you a very long way. Riding with this approach is most rewarding.
student, you will not only learn about horsemanship while mounted, but
also learn the importance of ground work. At Mahantango Acres we encourage
our students to work with the horses on the ground and generally spend
time grooming, grazing and caring for horses. All students will learn from
the very beginning about the importance of aids and being aware of your
body. Virginia's background as a CHA Master Instructor and longtime
advocate and student (you can never learn enough...) of dressage has
helped shape her philosophy about the importance and strength of using
your seat. This awareness of one's own body is essential to becoming a
better rider. Once a solid foundation is built, the other building blocks
can be added to help any rider better communicate with their mount in
whatever discipline they choose. Instruction is available in Hunt Seat
Equitation, Dressage and Western riding.