We have settled into winter, but are looking forward to spring! Our Summer camps are now posted, and the show schedules are going up. We take students to local shows like NEIGH, and Silver Snaffles Pony Club is putting on a show for all ages and abilities May 19 at the Shrine grounds in Columbia City. Getting ready for warmer weather!
We have posted our Spring Break riding camp schedule on the Camps page. Our Winter Camp was a big success despite the frigid temps. Thank goodness for toe warmers!
Winter camp is full! We have more camps coming up this spring.
We have quite a few low level cross country jumps on our trails. I expect we will have more in the spring, as our more advanced students need more Novice and up level questions (3 foot plus).
Finding new lesson horses can be challenging. We have another new one we think is going to be great, and he's already pretty good. I prefer geldings for the lesson program, as mares can be more sensitive and can have a harder time adjusting to different riders. Horse shopping is like used car shopping. Unless you know the seller, you have to know what you are looking for, and even then you can get a lemon. So far we don't think Cole is a lemon! He's laid back and smooth gaited.
Our facility is open to other riders to come trail ride or school on cross country jumps. $15 per horse trailer in fee. We do sometimes have public trail riding available, depending on the lesson schedule, but as our lesson schedule has remained steady through the fall we actually do not have many openings. You can text or email to find out more.
It's been a busy summer! Summer camps went well, and our Pony Clubbers that ride with the farm have been doing great! We do still have a few lesson spots available, but with school time here, the after school spots are going fast!
Summer Camps! We have summer day camps June 5-9, July 10-14, and July 31-Aug 4. Attendees will have riding lessons and learn unmounted horse care and horse management topics. We have half day and full day options, with early and late pick up available. Contact us for more information!
Nicer weather is here! Our Spring Break camps were not very spring like, but all had a good time. Despite the rain, we are able to ride indoors and out and about, as our sandy soil drains very quickly. We have openings for riding lessons for young children and adults, as our lesson herd can accommodate both. The arenas and cross country jumps are also available for trailering in.
I broke my ankle about 3 months ago (day after Christmas 2016). It's doing better, but I still have a long way to go until it is back to normal. I have to do exercises to be strong again and to even myself out after hopping on one leg for two months. This experience has given me a reminder about how hard it is to do something unfamiliar, especially when you are out of shape. I feel my students' pain when they are struggling with a new position or exercise. It's also made sure that I practice what I preach when I remind students to do their at-home exercises. Empathy is vital for good teaching!