Welcome to our Lesson Programs
Instructors work closely with their students, adjusting and advancing the course of study based on each unique rider’s needs. Our team of instructors specializes in all levels of riding for a multitude of disciplines including English, Western, Jumping, Dressage, and Equitation. Individual lessons provide the rider with the opportunity to focus on developing their strengths and correcting their weaknesses.
In addition, Cougar Mountain Stables houses over 35 horses in order to address a variety of skill levels. As the riders progress through the levels and acquire new skills or explore different disciplines, Cougar Mountain Stables can provide horses that accommodate the riders’ unique needs. Riders also have the option of leasing horses in order to continue fine-tuning their riding skills.
We're excited to implement a program similar to our short summer sessions, using our horsemanship series! This is the first program of it's kind, offering workbooks, skill testing, and patches for level achievements. Our program offers a progression of levels to create well rounded and confident horsemen. Students can progress at their own speed, working in groups of varying size depending on skill level until the student is prepared to level up to the next class.
For all students that are new to horses, it is highly advised to go through our Introduction to Horsemanship 101 class before taking lessons Intro to Horsemanship 101 is designed for students to take a tour of our facility, ask questions, and take this session from the ground. This is a great way to get your feet wet in the world of horses!
In this class, we will teach you the basics of horse psychology, anatomy, feeding, daily chores, learn safety and grooming, tack anatomy and application, breeds and colors, conformation, horse care, and more! We will teach you how to be safe and have fun while learning about these amazing creatures. Please note, no riding in this class.
Many students that do not attend this class will spend 3/4th of their time learning how to do everything above during their lesson.
If you have attended a Cougar Mountain Stables summer camp you do not need to attend the Horsemanship 101!
Please note this does not guarantee or open any additional instructor blocks of time.
This is a vital step to placing riders into our program. An evaluation ride helps us to match you with one of our skilled instructors in order to pursue your goals!
What you can expect in an evaluation ride,
- Show us your skills on the ground and under saddle
- Demonstrate grooming knowledge and basic anatomy
- Discuss riding goals and previous experience
- Show your skills under saddle