"As the artist must know the message of his finished work, and the skilled worker must understand how best to use his tools, so must the rider have a precise vision of his goals and the means to obtain them."
At Horses of the Sun we offer riding lessons in an safe, inclusive and fun environment for riders of all levels and ages. The main principle of our work is never to disturb the horse in its natural movement. The horse’s movement and balance should be no different in the schooling area, with the rider, than out in the field running with the herd. When working with the natural movement of a horse and allowing freedom of balance, your horse will be relaxed, flexible, and obedient. These qualities are the basis for every kind of riding.
Group Novice Class
During the classes, riders will learn to control and ride the horse in halt, walk, trot, and canter gradually. Riders also care for and handle the horses, both before and after the class, they will lead the horse, tack-up and cool it down, and help care and clean the tack (equipment). The older and/or more experienced riders will be helping the instructors, assisting and aiding the younger or less experienced riders on the ground and on the horse.
Group Intermediate/Advanced Class
Whether riding horses is a childhood dream or you want to hone existing skills, we will find the right spot for you.
Riders are taught to value the true movement of the horse. Any type of restricting or impeding of movements is discouraged. Whether riding, cross- country, or voltige, everything develops from freedom of balance. Groups vary from 3-6 riders.
Private lessons with Sonja are also available. These lessons are carefully customized to your need and comfort level. Riders of all skill levels are welcome to take private lessons. We provide and match the right horse for you.
At your first visit we will assess your skills and chat about what you are looking for to find the right spot for you.
Appropriate clothing for riding must be worn before, during, and after the Riding classes. Appropriate clothing for the rider consists of an ASTM-approved riding helmet, footwear appropriate for riding (i.e., riding boots), and pants appropriate for riding. A properly fitted safety vest for riding is also strongly recommended.
The objective of Classical Riding is to train a horse and rider so that the focus is on harmony. Through working with the natural movement of the horse and allowing freedom of balance, a quiet, supple, and obedient horse with smooth movements evolves.
Whether in dressage, voltige, or riding cross-country, the horse should always be quiet, supple, and obedient. These qualities are the basis for any kind of riding. During each phase of riding, the naturalness of the horse is fostered. Each horse is viewed as an individual, and training schedules, goals, and objectives are set up so that this individuality is never compromised. The naturalness of the horse always comes first. All work, from starting a young horse to collected riding is done on a loose rein. The contact between horse and rider is developed to light “fingertip” accuracy.