Horsemanship Lessons

Hope. Healing. Horses.

So much more than just a riding lesson! Our approach to horsemanship is called natural horsemanship, and is based on building a relationship with the horse through trust, respect, and understanding. We teach students to see the horse as a unique individual, and not just how to steer, but how to communicate clearly and calmly to a 1,000lb animal. Your first couple sessions will likely involve more groundwork, as we practice building trust and respect until you are comfortable and ready to ride. We do not teach a specific discipline, rather the basics of good horsemanship and riding whether you ride english or western, for show or for pleasure.


We offer individual or group horsemanship lessons for kids 5+ and adults who may not require therapeutic services, but who may benefit from time with a horse or just want to learn to ride in a relaxing, non-show barn environment. This is also a great opportunity for your child or teen learn important life skills such as patience, respect, empathy, and assertive communication, and to receive valuable 1-on-1 care and mentorship from their instructor. No horse experience is necessary. 


To set up individual, family, sibling, or group horsemanship sessions - e-mail Jean at jean@takeheartcounseling.com


Horsemanship Lesson Pricing As of May 1, 2021:

  • Leadline lesson: 30 minutes, for children 5 and under only, includes walking on leadline or lunge rope, learning basic position, leading and grooming. $40.00
  • Beginner lesson: walk, trot, working on balance and position and basic groundwork and horse care skills. $60.00
  • Intermediate lesson: walk, trot, canter, small jumps and/or activities at the canter. Students may come early to prepare their horse for their lesson to increase the amount of riding time. $70.00
  • Advanced lesson: walk, trot, canter, jumps and/or activities suited to the horse and rider’s ability, advanced techniques and movements under saddle, training techniques, coaching for shows. Students may come early to prepare their horse for their lesson to increase the amount of riding time. Students who own a horse off-site may be allowed to bring their horse to the facility. $80.00