What is "Connective Riding"?
We combined the wisdom of former teachers, the knowledge of current mentors, desire, curiosity and a little adventure 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. Connective riding is about building a solid foundation for whatever comes next.
DH progressions are at the pace of the rider, they are not pre-fab or concrete. We believe that the natural approach removes comparisson and competition. Our commitment to you and your child is simple...their worth is not measuruable on a predesigned level scale. At DH everyone is encouraged to ebb and flow, come and go and just be.
No saddle means we can "hear" the energy of the horse, feel their movement and learn to sit "in" the horse rather then on. With better contact we can learn to speak the language of the horse and better interpret their needs. We teach care, grooming, first aid, biomechanics, handling and riding which sets a foundation of knowledge suitable to transfer to any discipline. Our safe approach to the whole horse is perfect for first time riders and experienced riders seeking a deeper connection. Progressions occur when the rider understands and is able to demonstrate aspects of horse care, general knowledge and riding technique, an approach that encourages the rider to a have greater sense of responsibility to the welfare of their partner horse. Working within our pillars of space, energy, pressure and mind we tap into a peace that leads to improved self care, awareness and love.
Progression happens with understanding and we add aids, tasks and challenges, always advancing the relationship at the pace-of horse and rider. Never sacrificing one over the other it's our goal to have a balance between the emotional/energetic connection/spiritual riding with technical understanding and mechanics of how to ride your horse, not just stay on.
We learn and adapt to new concepts and ideas as we grow, all dreams are supported here!
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.
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.