For information about classes:
YOUTH OR ADULT CLASSES
Classes begin with grooming, tacking and groundwork, then riding. Groundwork is an intense communication that establishes the human as the leader and establishes a bond between horse and rider. It is based on hierarchy of the herd and teaches the horse to trust the rider and look to him or her for instruction and safety. Each class begins with horse and rider, both on the ground, completing exercises that bond the two together. This helps the rider improve focus for him/herself and the horse and to practice a form of subtle communication that is based on sensitivity and patience. As the weeks progress, the rider will learn more about communicating with the horse and basic horsemanship and equitation (riding skills). Each weekly class will be adjusted to best support the individual rider’s specific need and progress. Each rider will receive plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor, especially in the early sessions. Upon completion of the 8-week session, riders are more than welcome to start another session, participate in trial rides, and continue their journey and new-found relationship with the horse
You do not need to have previous experience with horses to benefit from this program. For many of our participants, this has been their first exposure to horses. All you need is a sense of adventure, a sense of humor, and a sense of wonder for what these magnificent animals provide to the human soul.
YOUNG RIDERS PROGRAM
Listening Horse has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Fe to bring at-risk youth and young riders with special needs into the program. “Matches” of “Bigs” and “Littles” work together with instructor to learn grooming, bonding, tacking, and riding. Some teams even come back to teach these skills to other matches from Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Other young riders have come to us by word-of-mouth. We serve those dealing with special challenges, some physical, some psychological, and some emotional.