Services available at Lakota~Way Farm include lessons, training, clinics, bodywork, boarding, resources and supports. All proceeds from our services directly benefit the OTTBs at AFTER the Track.
LESSONS: Dressage, jumping, cross-country, trail, groundwork
A teacher by profession, I excel in assessment, curriculum development and in teaching a wide range of students with varying learning styles. I have also been a student of many horses and my greatest skill is in helping riders understand the horse they are riding and tailor their practices to enable the individual horse to succeed. I most enjoy teaching students who already have the basics to learn how to ride both for pleasure and through first level dressage and training level eventing. Students learn how to prepare their horses for work, and to ride safely and effectively on the flat, on the trail, and over fences. We regularly work over varied terrain at varied paces. All students learn to get their horses fit for the job they are being asked to do, and how to warm up and cool down their horse. Once my students get beyond those levels, I transfer them to an instructor who enjoys moving students to the higher levels.
In collaboration with each student, we establish long and short-term goals. I assess where they are relative to their goals, provide instruction based on my assessment and suggest “homework” between lessons.
All lessons in the ring follow a similar, 4-step routine, but the activities selected and time spent on each step of the routine depends on the horse, the rider, the objectives for the lesson, and the issues we are facing that day.
- Review: Review homework from previous lesson, share updates, discuss objectives for this lesson, conduct rider position check, and set standards for position, seat and use of the aids. 5 minutes
- Warm up routine: Although students are expected to be warmed up for the lesson, watching them in a short warm up routine sets the stage for the lesson and gives me a chance to observe the horse and rider. I look for the horse to be in front of the leg, on the aids and stretching in all three gaits using circles, serpentines, shallow loops. Jumping lessons may include leg yielding and shoulder in as warm up exercises to stretch the horse’s limbs to prepare for jumping, and warming up over a small crossrail or vertical. 10 -15 minutes
- Exercises: 2-3 exercises designed to address the lesson objectives. A dressage lesson might target transitions within and between gaits, rubber band exercises to prepare for lengthenings, and turns on the forehand and haunches . A more experienced pair may do exercises designed to progress from leg yielding to shoulder fore and shoulder in. Cavalletti and other obstacles are often used in dressage lessons.
Jumping lessons include a series of exercises designed to build upon one another. I routinely use cavaletti, gymnastics and exercises designed to introduce horses and riders to new elements they might encounter at their level of competition, such as combinations, bending lines, roll backs, skinnies, corners, etc. Working on developing the canter is highlighted in jumping lessons. Cross country lessons address galloping, riding across varied terrain, as well as jumping varied xc elements. 20-30 minutes
- Process: Cool down and stretching the horse while we process the lesson and discuss homework and next steps. 10 minutes
Trail lessons focus on topics including safety, terrain, water crossings, traffic, riding in groups, trail etiquette, managing fear (of the rider and the horse), etc.
Each session is approximately 45-minutes of riding, groundwork and/or body work with your horse. After each session you will receive a summary of what was done with your horse along with recommendations for exercises and actions you can take to improve your horse’s performance and comfort while progressing in his training.
Bodywork consists of massage and tension relief using a variety of approaches designed to identify areas of discomfort and provide a sensory experience that will leave your horse relaxed, calm and supple.
Clinics are available at our facility or at yours covering topics including riding instruction, groundwork, retraining OTTBs, and horsemanship. Please contact Ginny directly for more information and to arrange for a seminar or clinic.
LWF is a friendly, dynamic, organized, efficient and safe farm where people and horses enjoy spending their time and where boarders can learn the ins and outs of horse care and stable management.
Our facility offers:
- 28 acres surrounded by conserved land
- spacious stalls and run ins
- daily turnout in safe, healthy pastures
- 72 x 150 indoor arena
- 100 x 200 outdoor jump ring
- outdoor standard dressage arena
- xc schooling
- extensive trails
- professional lessons and training
- specialized care
We have over 30 years experience providing conscientious care to horses and their people. Our boarders include event, dressage, show, trail and pleasure riders who take the responsibility of horse ownership seriously. We work together to provide the best care, nutrition, and social environment for our horses. Safety is paramount at LWF, as is the need for horses and their people to have fun.
RESOURCES AND SUPPORTS
We are happy to help you find an OTTB to suit your needs, or to help you retrain your OTTB. We can also help you locate resources (e.g., trainers, vets, farriers) in your area if you are not local.
Ongoing support is available to all OTTBs who are adopted from AFTER the Track.