Lesson Ability Requirements

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WillowMay Farm Lesson Ability Requirements


   
RIDER LEVEL CLASSIFICATION CHART   
  

 

Riding Skills

Horsemanship Skills

Beginner  

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Learn to mount horse

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Learn to hold reins properly

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Learn to steer mount

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Learn to ask the mount to halt and walk successfully

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Proper balance and seat

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Learn to trot and post

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How to halter and lead mount

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How to successfully single emergency tie and cross tie mount

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How to properly groom

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How to clean hooves

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How to saddle and bridle

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How to identify basic parts of saddle and bridle

Advanced

Beginner

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Mount horse/pony

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Hold reins properly

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Steer the mount

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Halt and walk successfully

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Balance and do basic exercises

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Posting trot around the entire arena

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Mount unassisted

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Do balance exercises at the trot

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Recognize correct diagonals at the trot

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Negotiate pattern exercises at the trot

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Trot ground poles in two-point and posting

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Halter and lead mount

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Single emergency tie and cross tie mount

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Properly groom

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Properly clean hooves

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Saddle and bridle mount (with little assistance)

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Name saddle and bridle basic parts

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How to clip bridle path and whiskers

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Properly bathe horse

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Groom for show ring

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Basic first aid

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Introduction of training aids and protective gear for horse

Novice

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Solid grasp of riding skills of a Beginner and Advanced Beginner

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Trot small cross-rails and low jumps

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Canter on lounge line and then solo around the entire arena

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Show at schooling shows if interested

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Learn canter leads and recognize if you are on the correct one

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Introduction of trail riding at the walk and trot

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Navigate inside and outside the arena comfortably

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Solid grasp of horsemanship skills of Beginner and Advanced Beginner

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Handle small first aid situations

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Catch your mount unassisted in the pasture

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Identify all parts of saddle and bridle for use and capable of cleaning and putting them back together

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Difference in common bits and why they are used

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Assist those at a lower level of Beginner and Advanced Beginner

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Recognize horse behavior and why they are acting that way

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Navigate comfortably around the stables area with a mix of horse and rider skill levels

Intermediate Rider

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Solid grasp of the lower three levels

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Canter and do simple two more advanced lead changes

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Canter approach to jump

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Canter balance exercises

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Jump entire course at the canter

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To ask for bit acceptance at the canter and keep impulsion

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To ride and feel comfortable on other horses other than schooling mounts or your own mount

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Work through behavioral issues you may experience under saddle

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Have a solid grasp of the first three levels

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Be able to calmly access first aid situations using the knowledge you have gained and call the appropriate person for help (vet, farrier, etc)

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To understand the functions of most training equipment and why they are used

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To tell by looking or riding your mount if something is wrong (i.e., lameness, illness, etc)

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Work through behavioral issues on the ground that your mount may experience on the ground (i.e., clipping, loading)

Please keep the following rules in mind when visiting WillowMay farm:

  1. •  STUDENT HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 9.30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9.00am through 5.00pm the Farm is closed to members of the public Wednesday & Sunday.
  2. •  FOOTWEAR: All students must wear appropriate footwear at all times while working around and riding horses. Appropriate footwear is a hard-soled shoe with a heel. Absolutely, no tennis shoes, sandals sneakers.
  3. •  HELMETS: All students must wear a riding helmet at all times when mounted. WillowMay Farm recommends all riders purchase and wear a riding helmet with a full harness and chin strap. If you do not have your own Willowmay Farm will provide the use of a helmet.
  4. •  LESSON CANCELLATIONS: Students (or parents) are financially responsible for all lessons not canceled before 12 o'clock noon the day PRIOR to the scheduled lesson. Notice of cancellation can be made through the web page or a message left on the farm answer machine (610-240-9951).
  5. •  PAYMENT: Willowmay Farm accepts checks or cash for lessons. Cash or checks made payable to Julie Fitzpatrick, payments should be made the last week of the month prior.
  6. •  RETURNED CHECKS: There is a $25.00 charge for any returned check.
  7. •  TELEPHONE: WillowMay Farm does offer the use of a telephone should the need arise.
  8. •  PARKING: Please, Please drive in and out very slowly. There are often children and animals in the driveway.
  9. •  CHILDREN: Supervision of children on WillowMay farm premises is the responsibility of the parent or a supervisor appointed by them. Children must stay with the appointed person at all times.
  10. •  RUNNING OR SCREAMING: No Running or Screaming in or around the stable areas.
  11. •  JUMPING: No one is allowed to jump without an instructor.
  12. •  PETS: PLEASE LEAVE YOUR DOGS AT HOME - THANK YOU
  13. •  FEEDING HORSES: Please do not feed the horses. Even the best horses sometimes bite.
  14. NO SMOKING in and around the barn areas.

 


  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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