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Recovery Care and Equestrian Centre Ltd

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Every time you ride, you are either teaching or un-teaching your horse.

- Gordon Wright

      Compared to dramatically leaping over elaborate obstacles during a speed class or jump-off round... riding a simple dressage pattern may seem somewhat lacking in the adrenaline department.  However, dressage is all about strengthening yourself and your horse on the flat.  It's about refining the connection between horse and rider, learning to use your entire body to apply signals with surgical precision.  In essence, dressage is about achieving the highest degree of communication between horse and human.  Furthermore, dressage exercises strengthen the muscle groups used in jumping making the horse a more complete, well-rounded athlete.  It is the best form of cross-training for horse and rider. 

     Having a horse that is solid on the flat is key to a successful jumping round, and could be the difference between placing in the ribbons or not.  There is absolutely no better way to strengthen and improve your jumping than to practice the fundamentals of dressage.

     Here at Equine Haven we believe that all jumpers must work towards a solid foundation on the flat to succeed in the show ring.  Competitive hunter and jumper riders are recommended to take one private flat lesson a week in addition to their group jumping lesson.  For those riders that cannot afford 2 lessons a week, our jumping lessons have a set amount of flat time at the start of every session.  Riders that choose to take a private flat lesson every week will be grouped together for jumping and the period of flat work, outside a normal warm-up, will be omitted.  Those riders wishing to specialize exclusively in dressage are welcome as well and will be given a training program tailored to that end.  Discounts are available for riders that take 10 or more lessons a month.  

40 Minute Private Lesson

$55.00 +gst

Private lessons can be a full 40 minute dressage lesson, or a jumping lesson that will consist of approximately 15-20 minutes of flat work.  

60 Minute Group Lesson

$45.00 +gst

Group lessons will have no more than 4 riders per group.  They will consist of 20-30 minutes of flat work and 30-40 minutes of jumping exercises or course work. 

Wondering if our coaches are a good fit for you?  We offer a free trailer in lesson for all potential clients, with either of our coaches, to make sure that we are what you are looking for.