Benefits of Riding

Did you know that riding horses can improve your general physical condition, helps in relaxation, and even contributes to treating psychological problems? This is why riding horses is now used as a physical therapy for different health conditions.

The most evident contribution to horse riding in keeping one physically fit comes through muscles and joints. A regular rider develops a more flexible and well-toned musculature in response to the horse’s movements. This effect is more pronounced in leg muscles, up to thighs, though the entire body receives the benefit. For people with underdeveloped muscles and those with tense musculature, riding horses is the most natural and enjoyable therapy.

Another attraction of riding horses is the improvement and command in balance and movement that horse riders generally enjoy. Through the horse’s movements and the contact of the rider’s body through the hips, every step of the horse moves the rider automatically to the best achievable natural balance. After good practice of horse riding over time, the rider attains a greater degree and range of balanced movements – something highly desirable for any athlete.

Recently, horse riding has been found to relieve back pain and boost self-confidence of the rider. Published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, a study led by Swedish researcher Margareta Hakanson recorded the effect of horse riding and other equine therapy techniques on patients of back pain. The result showed significant improvement in both physical and psychological condition of the patients. The research also confirmed that horse riding increases self-confidence, mainly through the experience of steering and managing a large animal, such as the horse.

More hopeful, and somewhat happily surprising, are the findings of other research conducted by Ruth Dismuke-Blakely of New Mexico. Her analysis of people’s interaction with horses and its effect on people’s mental health arrived at the discovery of beneficial neurological impact resulting from the horse’s movements. The research found that horse riding serves as a natural treatment for autism. An interesting case in this regard is that of a second-grader autistic boy Rowan, whose neurological condition and social interaction improved dramatically after he went through horse riding therapy in Mongolia.

Horse are ages-old companions of humans and their ecological bond has great health benefits for us.

Beginner Horse Experience

Age:       Any        Duration:             75 minutes          Cost:      $60.00
Designed for the beginner horse enthusiast seeking an introductory interaction with horses. The Experience includes a Tour of the Facility, Brief educational talk about horses and horsecare, on-hands grooming, tacking and riding.  Participants also get a PNWRiding t-shirt and informational booklet on horses.

This makes a GREAT Gift! Available in a lovely gift box complete with gift certificate, tee and booklet.

Beginner Pony Ride

Age:       6 & under            Duration:             30 minutes          Cost:      $25.00
Designed for the youngest of our horse lovers, this experience includes a one-on-one meeting with one of our mini-ponies, on-hands brushing and a lead-line ride.

Lesson Packages

Basic Lesson Packages include the use of a school horse and all of the required tack such as brushes, saddle and bride. Helmets are available for short-term use, but long-term students must purchase their own. Boots with a heel are required for all lessons.

PRIVATE LESSON
Private lessons are a one-on-one structured lesson with your instructor and allow the student to cover more ground and have more focus. Private lessons are beneficial to the student who does better in a one-on-one environment, is preparing for a show or has a specific training issue to address. Private Lessons are recommended for students age 5 and older simply due to attention span.
Lesson Duration:              45 minutes                     Lesson Fee: $55.00

SEMI-PRIVATE LESSON
Semi-Private lessons include 2 students with similar skill levels sharing the time of the instructor. Semi-Private lessons are beneficial for students who like to socialize and learn with their friends, and want more focused time with the instructor. Semi-private lessons are recommended for students age 5 and older simply due to attention span.
Lesson Duration:              1 Hour                          Lesson Fee: $45.00 per student

GROUP LESSON
The Group lesson option includes up to 6 students with similar Skill levels sharing the time of one instructor. Open to any age, group lessons are a great way to learn from each other and socialize during and after the lessons. They build teamwork and are something that many riders look forward to each week.
Lesson Duration:              75 minutes                   Lesson Fee:  $35.00 per student

BEST FRIENDS LESSON PACKAGE
This lesson package is meant to be shared with your best friend! You enjoy a weekly semi-private lesson together and we give you 20% discount so your cost per student is reduced. This package must be paid in advance and no credits are given if your BFF cannot make it, but you can bring another friend or we will add ½ hour to your next scheduled lesson at no additional charge.
Lesson Duration:              1 hour                         Monthly Package fee:     $288.00 total

PARENT-CHILD LESSON PACKAGE
This lesson package is meant to be shared with a parent and child so they can experience riding together. You enjoy a weekly semi-private lesson together and we give you a 20% discount so your cost per student is reduced. This package must be paid in advance and no credits are given if one of your team cannot make it, but if this happens we will add ½ hour to your next scheduled lesson at no additional charge so all is not lost!
Lesson Duration:              1 hour                         Monthly Package fee:     $288.00

FAMILY LESSON PACKAGE
The Family that rides together, stays together! This lesson package is a customized Group lesson for your entire family and includes one lesson per week – you can even opt for a guided trail ride if that suits your family’s mood better one week. We give you a 25% discount so your cost per student is reduced and the student minimum is 3 and the maximum is 6. This package must be paid in advance and no credits are given if any of your team cannot make it, but you can drag Grandma or Uncle Joe along if you are short one week.
Lesson Duration:              75 minutes                 Monthly Package fees: 3 members - $ 315.00
4 members - $ 420.00
5 members - $ 525.00
6 members - $ 630.00  

Lease Program

Our Lease program is a great way to experience more responsibility with your horse and is intended for those riders who are adept at catching up, grooming, tacking and riding without an instructor present.

Partial Lease

Age:       6 and over           Duration: 3 days per week             Cost: $300 per month

The partial lease includes 1 lesson per week with an instructor and 2 free-ride sessions per week without an instructor. Download Lease Agreement

Full Lease

Age:       8 and over           Duration: 5 days per week             Cost:      $600 per month
The Full lease includes 2 lessons per week with an instructor and 3 free ride sessions per week without an instructor. This program is only for the serious equestrian who can give the commitment to provide the proper time and attention to their horse 5 days per week. Download Lease Agreement

Haul-in Lessons

For those students who have their own horse we offer the option of hauling in for lessons and all of our instructors are available to teach these riders. Wildwood Farm charges a $10.00 haul in fee per horse and proof of vaccination and de-worming records are mandatory for your horse prior to arrival.

Pony Parties

Ages:     Any        Number:    up to 15          Duration:      2 hours        Cost: $250.00
Celebrate your Birthday with us! Your package includes Themed/Dressed up ponies, 2 handlers and a party room!
Other packages and options include our taking the ponies to your house for an additional fee. Contact any of the instructors for more information. Download PDF

Summer Camps

Ages: 7 - 17             Duration: 3 days / 4-hours per day          Cost: $400
PNWRiding is a great place for summer camps! Participants get to ride, learn and do fun exercises that will teach them all about horse care as well as other educational activities. Day camp runs 10:00 -2:00 3 days per week. Please call us for current scheduled dates for 2012.

Private Camps

Pacific Northwest Riding Academy is pleased to offer Private Camp options to our guests. Private camps are an intensive, one-on-one experience for any level of rider – from the beginner to experienced horse person. Based on your skill level and specific goals, a custom camp experience will be created for you individually or with a small group of your personal friends or family. Below is an example of some of the options you have, but please keep in mind we can create the experience you want – all we need is your imagination!

Beginner Private Camp
Available in a 3-day or 5-day format, the Beginner camp is intended to introduce the student to the world of horses with intense focus on both Western and English. Participants will receive 5 hours of hands-on riding and interaction with the horses per day, and 2 hours of classroom and practical education. The instructors will provide individual attention and be able to go into much further depth and demonstration with the student(s). Lunch and snacks are provided, no limit on age but keep in mind this is an 8-hour session so may not be appropriate for young children.
3-day Beginner Private Camp:    $700.00/person
5-day Beginner Private Camp:    $1150.00/person

Overnight accommodations are available through the Wildwood Farm B&B at a discounted rate for students. Please contact us for rates and availability.

Intermediate Private Camp
Available in a 5-day day format, the Intermediate camp is intended to further the education of the Intermediate Student by providing more in-depth sessions with our professional trainers and expanding on the different disciplines and training methods. Students will participate directly with the instructor/trainers on various aspects of horsemanship such as clipping, show grooming, basic training techniques, working with young horses, Basic Ground work, introduction to competitions and experience a variety of riding styles including Western, driving, dressage, jumping, trail and saddle Seat. Lunch and snacks are provided, recommended for students age 11 and older with experience in riding and handling horses. Each session runs 8 hours and snacks & lunch is provided.
5-day Intermediate Private Camp: $1900.00/person
Additional family members/friends: $700.00/person

Overnight accommodations are available through the Wildwood Farm B&B at a discounted rate for students. Please contact us for rates and availability.

Advanced Private Camp
Available in a 14, 21 or 28 day format, the Advanced Private Camp is intended to truly immerse the student in the professional world of horse training and competition. Working side-by-side with our professional trainers, students will experience the full spectrum of what it takes to be a successful horseman such as in-depth study of tack and it’s many uses; show grooming and prep; horse nutrition management; long-lining and ground training; Farrier & veterinary studies; Facility Management; trailering skills; hands-on experience & participation at horse competitions; introduction to different breeds and disciplines. This is a very intense course available to only a handful of serious students each year. Advanced Private Camp is all-inclusive – lodging, transportation, show fees and meals - and it is recommended for participants 16 yrs or older.
14-day Advanced Private Camp:  $5000.00/person
21-day Advanced Private Camp:  $7500.00/person
28-day Advanced Private Camp:  $10,000.00/person

Accreditation Programs

PNWRiding is pleased to offer 2 curriculum-based riding programs through the Skagit Valley Community College. Please contact Julie Bloomhall or your local Skagit Community College branch for more information.  Link to Skagit Valley Community College

 

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