Our primary goal is to find balance and strength through human and horse partnering. To establish a foundation of trust, communication and an avenue for hope. Together Reaching Out To Teens is our purpose and offer a place of acceptance promoting positive socialization amongst peers and the alternative to unnecessary street activities.
We provide a positive environment for our future leaders and educate them on basic horsemanship and barn management. We preform a number of activities from rehabilitating horses, barn chores, groundwork, riding, group and more.
Total Beginner – Total beginners have little experience (if any) at all with horses in general. They do not know general horse handling or the basic commands to make the horse move forward, turn, trot, stop and back unassisted. They cannot saddle or bridle a horse themselves and are not comfortable handling a horse from the ground.
Advanced Beginner - These people have a little experience with horses however may not be able to saddle and bridle a horse by themselves. This rider can mount and walk off unassisted. They know how to ask the horse to move forward, turn and stop.
Confident Beginner - A confident beginner has the knowledge of an advanced beginner, but will also be able to handle a horse that may not be overly willing to do as asked. This rider will have the confidence to give a little kick if needed or use a more persuasive aid when required. They may or may not be able to post or rise to the trot. They are willing to learn and have no "fear" of horses.
Novice - Novice riders have some pretty basic experience with horses. They can catch, halter, groom, saddle and bridle a horse by themselves. They can mount and ride off unassisted. A novice rider may or may not be able to rise (or post) to the trot, but they can trot without bouncing and can stay comfortable with a slow canter on a gentle, well broken horse. They should know how to ask and obtain a slow controlled walk, trot/jog and canter/lope. They can change direction and circle their horse.
Intermediate - The intermediate rider has taken lessons or trained under a mentor for a while, rides in a specific discipline or has experience in several disciplines He or she has ridden several different types of horses and can independently manage a horse’s care. Their seat is secure, they do not apply unintentional aids to the horse when they lose balance or become unseated. They know how to rise or post to the trot and ask for and obtain a specific lead or change in lead and capable of riding a less experienced horse and helping in that horse’s training.
Advanced - Advanced riders have ridden most of their lives and have worked with a trainer/mentor for several years or had several years with intense riding instruction. They are able to ride most horses including working with young/green horses without assistance. They know advanced manoeuvres in their preferred riding discipline and can positively affect the horse they are riding at all times.
Understanding your level of horsemanship
After school: TROTT for after school is an opportunity for teens to join us for activities after school during the school season. What a way to connect positively with peers in an equestrian atmosphere where your teen will learn about horses, care, grounds, chores and also be given tasks such as grooming, turn outs, properly maintaining tack equipment and more. Each day will be slightly unique but certainly fun filled. Any school district is welcomed.
Teens in the Newfield district you are able to ride the school bus in after enrollment.
Days: Mon. - Thurs.
Time: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
8 student maximum
Summer Camp: Campers learn basic safety, feeding, grooming, tacking and barn management skills. They ride once or twice daily depending on how they adapt. We try and introduce a wide range of exciting activities and demonstrations by other equestrians such as vets, farriers, trainers and dental if needed to fully gain concept of the care and needs horse require. We connect with other horse farms for a possible tour to learn more on breeds, operation and opportunities our fellow neighbors can offer to our teens. Certainly a wonderful opportunity for all levels of riders from beginners through advanced to define and achieve their personal goals during an exciting, fun-filled week with an emphasis on enjoying our beautiful surroundings while learning! Students must arrive on time and bring a packed lunch, drink and snack.
We may have limited funding for camp grants. Parents/guardians can request this by submitting a note to us via email explaining your need for a camp grant, your yearly combined household salary and why you feel your teens would benefit from our program. We accept requests beginning May 1 of each year and will make a board decision by May 31st. Please know that grants come through sponsors and do not often time have enough for all families however based on your household income we may be able to offer a partial grant.
Week One: July 17th - 21st
Week Two: August 14th - 18th
Time: 9:30 a.m - 2:00 p.m ( Can run a little longer depending on trips and demonstrations )
Fee: $250 per student
Age: 13 - 19
Intro Age: 12 (based on availability only)
6 student maximum
Private sessions/lessons: Are 45 min long one on one lessons or ground work with a teen thats prefers uninterrupted time during horse activities. A student who may be intimidated by horses and a student who desires the opportunity to get through a series of stages before socializing with other peers.
Packages are available upon request and discounted to first time TROTT students.