Santa Barbara Equestrian Academy

Private Lesson on own horse

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During a private lesson on one's own horse we will meet at Modoc arena in either jumping arena or dressage court depending on riders preference.  Michelle is qualified to teach dressage through the Grand Prix level and is equally good at helping lower level riders understanding the finer points of communications between horse and rider.  The connection should always be soft and easy with the minimum amount of aids applied which varies greatly from horse to horse and from day to day.  

Basic rider position is always first and foremost for the horse to understand fully what the rider is asking for.  Once basic riding equitation is consistent than the minute aids can be achieved which should be invisible to the bystander as it is achieved by tiny muscle control and subtle balance changes by rider.