Molly’s goal is for students to learn in a fun and safe environment. Molly places strong emphasis on teaching students patience and good sportsmanship. Safety is an integral part of Molly’s instruction, and Molly teaches all participants how to respectfully and safely care for these large animals. Even the best minded horse can act dangerously at times, and students will learn how to prevent dangerous situations as well as what to do if a problem arises.
Another goal of Molly’s is for children and adults alike to become effective riders and to have fun! Molly is able to meet the needs of various levels of riders- from those who want to ride recreationally, improve their confidence, balance, and coordination, or compete at USEF, USHJA, and OHJA rated horse shows.
Students will become responsible, effective, and confident riders by learning how to understand and respond to the behavior of horses in a safe and fun environment.
Beginner and Intermediate students learn basic horse handling skills, grooming, tack, gaits of the horse, commands, ring etiquette, safety, various maneuvers and exercises, and daily horse care. Beginner students are introduced aspects of communicating to the horse like steering and asking the horse to stop and go while the horse is under the control of the instructor. These students will also be allowed to become comfortable with the horse’s movement at the walk and trot before being asked to steer and make the horse go. The key elements to Molly’s instruction include “communication with the horse and not control” (as controlling the horse will often lead to a cranky horse and rider!), and her three “R’s”: Read (understand what the horse is telling the rider), Respond (take the information the horse is giving the rider and decide how to proceed in a training like manner), and Reward or Release (when the horse responds to the rider appropriately, we will reward him through praise and by leaving him alone)
Each lesson student will complete engaging activities and games that will improve their position, balance, and communication with the horse. Lessons will be designed to fit each rider’s specific needs, and activities will be designed to target areas where improvement is necessary. Each lesson will build on the last, and students will accomplish a series of steps that will lead to refining a certain skill. Molly will work with each rider and teach her how to draw the best out of her horse and how to work together effectively as a team.
Students are expected to take full care of their horse each lesson including grooming, tacking up, riding, cooling down the horse, un-tacking, putting the horse back in his stall, and cleaning up any mess made while caring for the horse. Molly firmly believes that participating in full care for the horse before and after the lessons helps children build a sense of responsibility and discipline.
English, Western, Jumping, and Showmanship Lessons are available.
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Duzan Riding Academy Policies
Payment: Invoices are emailed on or before the first day of lessons each month. If you do not receive an invoice then you may need to update your email address on your student information profile. Payment for one month of lessons is due at the first lesson of each month. A $10 late fee will be charged to your account if payment is not received within 5 days of the first lesson of the month. Please make checks payable to Duzan Riding Academy. If you pay with cash, please put the cash in an envelope with your name on it to assure that it is credited towards your account.
Cold Weather: If the temperature is below 20 degrees then Duzan Riding Academy will cancel lessons. Parents will receive an email by 10:00 a.m. the day of the lesson if lessons are to be cancelled. It usually is a little warmer in the barn than outside. Always assume lessons are on unless you hear from Molly.
Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel, please give 24 hours notice. If you do not give 24 hours notice then you will be required to pay for the lesson. Lessons must be rescheduled in the CALENDAR month. Payments will not carry over into the next month and there are no refunds.
Illness Cancellation: If your child wakes up sick on the day of her/his lesson, then you have until 10:00 a.m. on the day of the lesson to cancel in order to be allowed to make up the lesson during the calendar month. This type of cancellation will be permitted one time per student per month.
Proper Attire: Paddock boots, jeans or breeches, and t-shirts or polos are required for summer riding. Half chaps are also recommended and can be worn with jeans or breeches. No shorts, sweat pants, or “Uggs” allowed while riding. Hair should be tied back in a pony tail or under the helmet with a hair net. All students must wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet. If you do not have a helmet then one will be provided for you.
Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your child’s lesson to allow ample time to prepare her/his horse. If you arrive 15 minutes or more late to the start time of your lesson then you will forfeit the lesson. This policy is in place to keep lessons running smoothly and to respect your instructor and fellow students.
Waiver: All participants must sign a waiver in order to participate in riding and other horse related activities.
Weight Limit: The weight limit to ride is 180 lbs. This is to ensure the continued health and longevity of our horses.