What is "Connective Riding"? 

By being a student of many aspects of the horse world, we worked to create a balance of energetic and spiritual honour of the horse with responsible, technical knowledge to create "Connective" Riding.  Our philosophies are full of  possibility for those seeking a different approach to horsemanship.  We build a solid foundation of trust within the relationship between horse and rider.  Stepping outside the classical certification approach we are able produce an equine experience that goes against the grain, making us unique and holistic.  We offer an alternative.
DH progressions are at the pace of the rider, they are not pre-fab, concrete or method.    We believe that the natural approach removes comparisson, critisism and competition.  Our commitment to you and your child is simple...their worth is not measuruable on a predesigned level scale.  Here, their safety and well being is paramount and our top priority.  DH encourages the ebb and flow, of a relaxed teaching atmosphere that is safe, judgement free and outside of the confines of traditional riding approaches.  What the rider puts in...they get out.  By removing "pass or fail" levels, the rider is encouraged to find their voice; their inner power.  The results are a greater sense of self, empowerment and awareness.  
 
Everyone starts bareback...no saddle means we can "hear" the energy of the horse.  We learn how to become a partner with a prey animal.  We learn to groom, basic first aid, biomechanics, handling and health care which sets a foundation of knowledge suitable to transfer to any discipline.  Our whole horse approach is perfect for first time riders and experienced riders seeking a deeper connection.
 
 All dreams are supported here! 

Classes

Jr (Beginner) Riders    (ages 3 to 9)

Taught one on one, each rider is paired with a Side Kick that acts as a personal coach, teacher, safety supervisor and friend. 

 

Our program is customized to their age, ability and style of learning.  Each class consists of grooming, tacking and riding in either the field of arena.  

Foundational riding is mixed with horse knowledge, riding games and techincal elements.  Classes ebb and flow within our four pillars of space, energy, pressure and mind.  We practice elements of care for all aspects of the horse that are easily translated to everyday life.   

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DH Youth (Intermediate) Riders   (ages 10 and up)

Taught in a group setting supported with limited Side Kicks on the ground and on horseback.  Designed to be an independant riding class, participants will groom, tack and ride independantly.

Foundational riding with a focus on deeper technical and riding elements. 

Riders may follow our progressions earning saddles and bits.  We work as a team to prepare elements for our year end Rider Showcase that takes place in June of each riding season.  

DH Adult Riders                                         

Still focusing on connection we welcome adults of every level and every experience.  We know what it's like to start over with riding or to feel that this might be "something I've dreamt of trying"  Whatever your story you are welcome here.  Parent and child riding, parent night out, a little me time, the reason is yours and the place is ours.  

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