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Lessons & Training


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Lessons & Training


My training and lesson program is newly based out of Traumhof Farm in Carnation, WA. Traumhof is noted for providing meticulous care as well as for their excellent arena footing. All of us have been made to feel very welcome as we transition to our new home. Please feel free to come by and say 'Hi' and take a tour. We welcome new clients as well as those who would just like to get to know us. Haul-ins are welcome. Stabling is available and stalls range in size from 12' x 12' to 12' x 16'. Private lockers, spacious grooming and wash stalls as well as lounge and kitchen for boarders. Facilities at Traumhof offer plenty of space for everyone, horses and humans to relax and enjoy their time together!

With dressage we seek to preserve the horse's natural way of going and to preserve his generous nature. Teaching and lessons are based in traditional dressage methods. I have been a student in Master Philippe Karl's Ecole de Lègéretè (School of Lègéretè) since spring of 2011 and have completed his Basic Instructor's training. Currently I am taking advanced courses and completing my exam requirements towards certification in the school.  For more about L'Ecole de Lègéretè go HERE.

As an instructor of nearly thirty years I draw on my experience with traditional dressage training, natural horsemanship and the study of equine biomechanics.

Training and lesson programs are individually designed to meet the needs of each horse and rider combination. Specific issues for each horse are addressed using a combination of exercises to alleviate imbalances, crookedness (sidedness) and asymmetries to achieve flexibility, balance, true  straightness, relaxation and responsiveness. I happily work with all types of horses and riders at all levels of ability.  Skills for both horse and rider are taught progressively in a logical fashion that builds a solid foundation for both.

Longeing, work in hand along with ridden work combine to make a complete program that develops the horse mentally and emotionally as well as physically resulting in relaxation and an improved understanding and relationship between horse and rider.

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Rates


Rates


 

Lesson & Training Rates

  • Private 1 hour lesson: $65 (lesson on one of Hilltop Haven's school masters + $25)
  • Training ride for horse: $65
  • Customized training packages available to suit your needs

About Hilltop Haven's School Masters

Nikki and Bacardi are well schooled, experienced and available for lessons. 

Partial leases of school masters are available to regular students.

Nikki is a lovely Freisian mare who loves her job. Nikki has a very generous and sweet personality: is well versed in all lateral work at walk and trot, knows all in hand work in the snaffle bridle with a lovely feel in the hand. She has three lovely gaits and is an excellent seat lesson master!

Bacardi is a Trakehner/ Arabian cross who loves to work.  Bacardi has excellent lungeing skills, knows all in hand work in both the snaffle and double bridle. Is well versed in lateral work and gives an exceptional feel in the hand. Bacardi is a worker bee! Photo © Linda Kaye Hollingsworth-Jones


Working Student Opportunity

Jane also offers a full-time apprenticeship program, for the dedicated student looking to immerse themselves in French classical dressage. This is the perfect opportunity to dial up your advancement as a rider, or to develop the foundation of a career with horses. Please contact Jane with your interest and any questions!

 
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Longeing


Longeing


LoNGEING IS THE FIRST GYMNASTIC OF THE HORSE, INCORPORATING OBEDIENCE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE GAITS.

 

Longeing is an invaluable and time-honored tool in educating a horse on balance, rhythm, impulsion, trust and connection. There is much that both horse and rider can learn from each other here.

 
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In Hand


In Hand


in-hand work is an excellent starting place for developing trust and understanding between horse and rider

 

An excellent and well-understood method for teaching the horse the “language of the aids” through basic gymnastic exercises. This helps create trust and understanding between horse and rider. The horse can begin understanding contact, leg and rein aids.

Here we begin teaching the “language of the aids.” The horse begins basic gymnastic exercises including flexions, lateral work and transitions.

  • Creates trust and understanding between horse and rider
  • Begins development of the horse’s understanding of leg and rein aids
  • Excellent and well-understood method for teaching the horse contact and acceptance of the bit
  • Very successful and kind method for correcting problems with the mouth
  • Fearful, spoiled horses respond well to work In Hand
  • Lateral work including Shoulder In, Renvers, Travers and Half Pass
  • Transitions between gaits
 
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Under Saddle


Under Saddle


we continue teaching the horse...

 

... under saddle the basic “language of the aids” and the gymnastics begun with our In Hand Work including leg aids and contact, rein effects, lateral work, development of the gaits and correct balance for the task at hand.

 
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Basic Jumping


Basic Jumping


Starting on the longe and continued under saddle... we continue teaching the horse...

 

Don't be intimidated! Basic jumping need not be high to be effective. Basic jumping exercises encourage the horse to be bold and lift in the shoulder. It is a fun exercise for the horse as well as a good gymnastic to develop a well-schooled horse.