Cougar Mountain Stables is a family-owned and operated facility, focusing on horsemanship and creating a strong riding foundation. Our team of instructors has a wide variety of experiences, from dressage to working cow horse, who work closely with each student towards the student's goals. We care deeply for every one of our horses and focus on creating caring and independent horse owners, leasers, and riders. We believe that horses have a lot to offer, both on the ground and under saddle, therefore we have created a unique and well-rounded program to focus on a diverse set of horse care and horsemanship skills that will set you up for success.
We proudly offer the finest in training techniques and skills with the objective of helping riders attain their full potential, whether their goals are to compete or just riding for pleasure. We value taking the time to learn concepts correctly, compared to simply focusing on showing or earning ribbons. We cover the skills necessary to build and maintain an athlete, which not only ensures enhanced performance but also maintains a horse's longevity, no matter what discipline! Our family-oriented environment keeps all our riders and horses happy.
The goal of these programs is to make the riding experience one which you will always remember. Each rider is sure to make great new friends, build confidence, measurably improve his or her riding skills, and gain a deeper respect and love for animals. Safe ponies and horses with quiet temperaments, coupled with expert teaching from instructors, can lead to a wonderfully satisfying experience. Once the student is feeling comfortable on horseback, it is possible for them to participate in one of our many group programs.
Horsemanship instruction is taught with an emphasis on safety and understanding. On horseback, students are instructed using basic Balanced Seat style for correct posture, balance, communication with the horse. Skills are taught using games, obstacle courses, and other fun activities with friends of equal skill. On the ground, students learn to groom, lead, bridle, and saddle the horses they ride. Advanced groups may focus on specific topics and theory such as colt training, jumping, dressage, and other technical knowledge. Safety and responsible care of the horse are always emphasized.