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OUR PROGRAMS

OUR MISSION:  We are dedicated to introducing newcomers to our sport, and to building for all riders a solid foundation of horsemanship and humanship abilities. These abilities are discovered as riders experience our FUNmanship and Learn to Ride programs that teach skills both on and off (the) horse.

Working Together to Build the Foundation

The staff and educators at Clip Clop work in cooperation with the LTED (Long Term Equestrian Development) systematic approach designed by Equestrian Canada. The LTED Program focuses on athlete development and is the program that fosters the athlete and maximizes the potential of participants and athletes in our sport.  The Clip Clip Program focuses on both humanship and horsemanship .

Funmanship/PeeWee

This class is strictly reserved for our smaller or younger children ages 5-8, who have never ridden before, or who have limited riding experience.

This class is 1 hour in length, and riders are expected to arrive 15 m. prior to their lesson time and remain 15 min. post lesson, to learn and bond with the horse. The riding portion is 30 min. in length.  Please plan for 1 hour in total.

In this level, the rider learns safety around the horses and in the barn, confidence handling and riding the horse, with or without assistance, and will be encouraged to accomplish: mount, walk, trot, halt, turn, dismount.

At the completion of this level, riders will have gained comfort in the familiarity of the barn atmosphere, being around horses, and have a safe foundation for the basic do's and don'ts of the riding stables, they will have become used to the movements of the horse, both on the ground and in the saddle, have learned basic stable & riding terminology, and feel comfortable mounting, walking, trotting, stopping, and turning without assistance. 

They will exhibit confidence and enthusiasm and be ready to learn the Off-Horse Skills in LTR 1: catch, lead, tie, groom, tack, un-tack, feed treats safely*, and more...

AND

the On-Horse Skills: basic position, balance, control, mount, walk, trot, optional canter, dismount, halt, and turn* without the assistance of helper or a lunge line, safely and confidently.

(*This is not an exhaustive list of the skills learned in this level.)

We have Two Major Components for fostering the growth of the rider with equal importance given to both:

 

Horsemanship:

basic horse skills learned off, and on, the horse that are necessary for a solid foundation.

Humanship:

basic personal skills learned through horsemanship that are vital to success in life.

We have Two Main Categories of Teaching Horsemanship with equal importance given to both:

 

On-Horse Skills:

Horsemanship skills learned through riding and handling horses and primarily learned through riding lessons.

Off-Horse Skills:

Horsemanship skills learned during off-horse times and primarily learned through the tacking up and untacking of horses before and after riding lessons and during the Horse Play Saturday Series program.

Class Descriptions and Levels

Dear Parents, 

We have provided this basic description of our riding levels, and schedule of classes, in order for you to gain an idea of where to register your child.

Please click on the link below to read a detailed description of our levels.

 

Clip Clop's riding lesson curriculum is based on The Passport to Excellence (PTE) in Horsemanship program which is a planned progression of horse handling, horse husbandry and riding skills, with an emphasis on SAFETY, EDUCATION and FUN. These skills combine to create a solid foundation for the young horse person.

 

Categorizing riders by age in the sport of riding can be tricky. Riding is an individual sport, the horses are individuals and the riders are individuals. Each one of these individuals is characterized by their size, personality, exposure, training, and comfort level with risk. All of these - and many more- transcend age boundaries, making categorizing riders by age alone an insufficient means of assessment.  Our goal is that each rider feels confident, safe, and that they have a sense of support and belonging in our program while progressing through the levels at their own individual pace.

Learn to Ride 1

This level is for riders who have never ridden before and/or, who have limited riding experience and/or, have advanced through the Funmanship/Pee Wee level, and/or are ready to start building their foundation.

This class is 1 hr. 45 min. in total, riders are expected to arrive 30 min. prior to their lesson time and remain for 30 min. post lesson time to learn, bond and tack-up/un-tack their horse. The riding portion is 45 min. in length.  Please plan for 1 hr. , 45 min. in total.

At the completion of this level riders will be able to exhibit the Off-Horse Skills: catch, lead, tie, groom, tack, un-tack, identify horse colors, markings, and gender of horses*

AND

the On-Horse Skills of: mount, walk, trot, optional canter, halt, turn, dismount*

(*This is not an exhaustive list of the skills learned in this level.)

Learn to Ride 2 

This level is for riders who come to us with previous riding experience and can safely and confidently exhibit the skills in LTR 1, or who have advanced through the LTR 1.

This class is 2 hrs. in total, riders are expected to arrive 30 min. prior to their lesson time and remain for 30 min. post lesson time to learn, bond and tack-up/un-tack their horse. The riding portion is 1 hr. in length.  Please plan for 2 hrs. in total.

At the completion of this level riders will be able to exhibit the Off-Horse Skills: groom, clip, identify colors, markings, and horse feeds*

AND

the On-Horse Skills of: mount, walk, trot, canter, 1/2 seat, lateral work, halt, turn, arena figures, trotting poles, and more*

(*This is not an exhaustive list of the skills learned in this level.)

Growth Track 1

This level is for rider who come to us with previous riding experience and can safely and confidently exhibit the skills in LTR 2, or have advanced through the LTR 2.

This class is 2 hrs. in total, riders are expected to arrive 30 min. prior to their lesson time and remain for 30 min. post lesson time to learn, bond and tack-up/un-tack their horse. The riding portion is 1 hr. in length.  Please plan for 2 hrs. in total.

Upon completion of this level riders will be able to exhibit the Off-Horse Skills: identifying and using auxiliary equipment, easily identify different horse breeds, markings, features, identify different horse feeds, feeding management, and horse herd health care, and more.*

AND

the On-Horse Skills of: walk, trot, canter, identify leads, easily ride patterns, cavelettis, lateral work, ride w/out stirrups, learn neck rein, and more.*

Growth Track 2

This level is for rider who come to us with previous riding experience and can safely and confidently exhibit the skills in GT 1, or have advanced through the GT 1.

This class is 2 hrs. in total, riders are expected to arrive 30 min. prior to their lesson time and remain for 30 min. post lesson time to learn, bond and tack-up/un-tack their horse. The riding portion is 1 hr. in length.  Please plan for 2 hrs. in total.

Upon completion of this level riders will be able to exhibit the Off-Horse Skills: bathing, clipping, helping younger riders, identifying equine anatomy, basic ground training, and more.*

AND

the On-Horse Skills of sitting and rising trot, lead changes, full lateral work, small jump courses, western riding patterns,  basic collection of the paces and more.*

(*This is not an exhaustive list of the skills learned in this level.)

Clip Clop Schedule

Good horsemanship is good horsemanship.

Western and English Riding

 

At Clip Clop, our goal is to expose our riders to both Western and English styles of riding to inspirit them with an admiration for both.

Selecting which style of riding to ride, at this level, is easy - try both!

The basics of riding fundamentals is almost identical with a few differences such as the terminology, outfit and equipment, so we encourage riders to try both!

As riders progress through the levels, most will develop an affinity for one style more than the other. And, for some riders, they remain doing both for their entire lives.

All riders regardless of their style of riding in LTR Levels ride together and can swap in and out at their discretion.

 

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