It's important to pay attention to an individual's learning style in order to help them learn to ride as well as they can. How do you learn best? Are you a visual learner who learns best by seeing something done? Are you a kinesthetic learner who must feel something to learn it? Are you an auditory learner who learns best by hearing how something works? Or are you unsure how you learn best? In learning about dressage and horseback riding all of your senses must be accessed to take instruction. Leslie employs a variety of exercises both on and off of the horse to help a rider learn the "feel" of what they're looking for, as well as the "look".
With both adults and children Leslie believes that a firm knowledge base is important to training. So if you are an individual who appreciates knowing the theory and technical aspects of what you're trying to achieve, you'll find that she'll help you to understand not only what you're doing, but why you're doing it.
For both the riders and their horses, Leslie presents a step by step reasoned approach, and believes that if something is not happening, there's often a step that has been missed. In some cases, there's an underlying issue (such as a misunderstanding or a bio-mechanical problem) that needs to be addressed before the rider and horse are successful, so Leslie helps the student to deal with that.
Learning to ride horses can be a fun, interesting and challenging experience. It can be personally transformative. Leslie enjoys people as well as horses, and honestly believes that a supportive, but clear atmosphere helps the learning process of most individuals. Horses and riders need consistency and variation, structure and reward. Through the use of the training scale, the classical principles of dressage, and learning and training theory, the development of both individuals improves.
Leslie's wish is that her students become riders who can enjoy dancing with their equine partners!
LESLIE'S APPROACH TO RIDING INSTRUCTION AND TRAINING
In their lessons, students learn:
* Safety practices and techniques of horse handling to help with leading, grooming, tacking up,
lunging, free-lunging, and some work in hand.
* Equitation and training theory and how to apply the theory to practice to help them become more
comfortable and effective riders.
* Dressage techniques to ride the different gaits, transitions and lateral exercises that help the
horse to become more supple, attentive, confident and fit.
* Cavalletti exercises (and jumping techniques for some) that help the use, balance and timing of
both horse and rider.
* Dressage tests or jump courses to verify progress and/or prepare for shows.
* Exercises riding the horse on the lunge line to improve their balance and coordination.
* Exercises on their own two feet that help with certain body and coordination issues.
DRESSAGE & RIDING INSTRUCTION