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The Centaur Rising program most central to all of its missions is its
horse riding lessons. These are offered to children and adults
who live in the Evergreen, Conifer, Bailey, Morrison, Pine, Golden, Lakewood and Littleton communities. We are
above Denver at 8300' in the Colorado Rocky Mountain foothills. Overnight accommodations are also available for non-local students.
English riding lessons are offered Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to
7pm, year round. An indoor arena, heat lamps in the tacking up
area, and a woodstove in the viewing area render almost any winter day
a great time to ride! We have exceptional school
safety is paramount. Horseback riding helmets are provided for
boys and girls. Home school families are encouraged to take lessons during
the school day.
Horseback riding lessons introduce students to the following:
- General responsibilities of owning a horse,
- Developing the equestrian knowledge, skills and coordination to “tell
a horse what to do”,
- Developing the balance and suppleness to make a horse’s job
easier for him,
- Safe handling of horses, and
- Understanding horse behavior.
One may scoff that it does not take that much to ride a horse. That
might be true. It all depends upon how much one wants to get out
of the experience of riding a horse. The more one continues to
learn, the more one realizes that horse lessons can help one develop
courage yet compassion, sensitivity yet assertiveness. Dressage
lessons can provide not just physical balance, flexibility and symmetry;
they also can provide emotional balance and stress relief as well. Riding
lessons can help one to learn a lot about himself and how to become more
effective in life in general!
Dressage instruction goes beyond merely the “right buttons to
push”. It requires that the human deal with his own imbalances,
physical and otherwise. Riding lessons become the vehicle for youth
development in a child as well as for personal growth in the adult.
Dressage lessons, furthermore, provide a foundation for any other kind
of discipline that the rider wishes to pursue: English riding,
western riding, jumping, three-day eventing or breed shows. The
general understanding of horses and of one’s responsibilities with
regard to horses transcend all riding disciplines. [Read success stories of the founder's students.]
Riding lessons are offered to adults as well as to children ages three
and up. Mothers and pre-schoolers can take lessons simultaneously. Local
horse owners are encouraged to trailer their horses to the stable for
riding lessons. Some horse owners may benefit from initial lessons
on a school horse. Families can take group lessons and learn together!
Seat lessons are recommended for all students. In this type of
lesson, the instructor lunges the horse in a circle. Since it is
the instructor who handles the horse, the rider can concentrate entirely
upon his own balance and position. Seat lessons are the best way
to develop the muscles and coordination required for riding. Seat
lessons also instill confidence. They help the rider to develop the core body strength to maintain stability
to keep from falling – even in the most adverse situations. Seat
lessons make life much easier for you and your horse!!!
Suggested equestrian equipment for riding lessons along with other information
is downloadable below. If you wish to schedule riding lessons or to get more information, please give us a call or e-mail us. We'll be glad to talk with you and respond to all your questions.
Don’t hesitate to improve your riding! Your horse (or future
dream horse) will love you for it!!!
Please read about our horses, our facility and our instructors. Download
a brochure with more information and current rates. Also
check out our after-school and horse
camp programs, our scholarships, our
programs geared to adults and our long-term commitment
to youth. Want
to help us with our missions? Click on “You Can Help” or "Donate Now". Thank