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LOCATED IN PORTALES NEW MEXICO, ABRAZOS ADVENTURE IS EASY ACCESS FROM CLOVIS, MELROSE AND
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE.
WE ARE DEFINITELY AN OUTDOOR HORSEBACK RIDING EXPERIENCE, OPEN YEAR ROUND, AND TRY TO WORK
AROUND YOUR SCHEDULE AND THE WEATHER. A GOOD ACTIVITY FOR BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS. YOU ARE
NEVER TOO OLD.
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ABOUT REGULAR LESSONS
A regular riding lesson is structured so the individual learns the following and does the
work necessary to make it all happen.
Set up equipment
Catch the horse
Groom the horse
Tack Up (saddle and bridle) check out the video
Have the riding portion of the lesson
Untack (take off saddle and bridle)
Prepare to put away
Put horse and equipment away
I feel that this time spent is important in connecting the rider and horse energies in a
positive way. Horse's 'read' our energy and body language to find out about us and
we should be doing the same.
As your instructor, I can also read both you and the horse and get an idea whether
or not the horse assignment is a good one for you on that particular day.
The prep time also allows you to transition into 'horse energy' and leave behind
anything that may have been stressing you prior to arrival.
If the horse has come to the barn with anxiety for some reason, such as weather
change or something scary/noisy going on in the environment, this is the time to get
the horse to look to you for leadership and calm direction.
By spending a little time on the ground with the horse prepping and learning to lead,
you will gain skills and knowledge that will keep you much safer in the horse's space.
My goals for the rider are for you to be safe in the horse's space both on the
ground and on top of the horse. I want you to have fun and if you are safely with the
horse that will certainly happen.
Lesson information is based on why the horse behaves as it does. Through this
process I teach you how to listen to your horse and correctly interpret the
messages sent to you then act appropriately and in a timely manner.
Over the years I have found there is a lot of 'fall out' on a personal level for my
The way I have lessons structured children learn:
To manage their energy
How to stay calm
That whining has no place in this activity
To try - I consider the student successful if they try even if they don't achieve
the outcome we hoped for
By trying they learn to focus and make appropriate decisions
That you don't quit until the horse is taken care of and all equipment is put away
That the words 'I can't' are not used here
To respect parents as my assistants
May have wanted to do this since childhood
Report it to be an extreme stress reliever
Enjoy this as a new experience for them
Decide to continue the activity after leaving here
May decide to become a horse owner in the future
May have had a bad experience at one time and would like to get over it and
Unless there are extenuating circumstances such as rider weight or issues with
fear, students are expected to ride different horses. Although we start with western
riding, I also like to introduce students to riding bareback (without saddle) and in
the English saddle (on the flat only - we are not set up for jumping). We also ride
in a halter only (no bridle on the horse). Each opportunity gives the student the
chance to develop more skills and knowledge regarding this activity.
Each horse teaches the rider different things both about horses and about them
self. The more information and experience you can gain, the more you are able to
Riding bareback and with the English saddle helps the rider understand more
about balance and, along with horse rotation, builds confidence as well as skills.
We also offer lessons where you work on the ground with communicating with the
horse. This offers totally different insight into your relationship and ability to be the
leader the horse needs. Students find this a lot harder than it looks/sounds.
Rider weight is not an issue for this kind of lesson so the student can experience
more horses (even ponies) that they may not be able to ride.
LESSONS FOR THE NON-RIDER TOO!