Boarding & Natural Horsemanship Lessons

 

The righteous care for the needs of their animals

 

Boarding

 

Story Book Meadows is now offering board for a limited number of horses. Board includes one Natural Horsemanship lesson per month.

 

Our board includes:

    • Individual grain feeding once or twice per day
    • Stalls are 10′ x 12′ in an insulated barn
    • Heated tack room
    • Outdoor wash rack with hot/cold water
    • The stalls are fitted with soft stall flooring for comfort
    • Daily or overnight turnout in large pastures with small groups of horses
    • Large shelters in each pasture
    • Free choice large rolls of hay in each pasture
    • Heated water outdoors in winter
    • 70′ x 120′ indoor arena
    • outdoor grass ring 250′ x 150′
    • minor injury/wound care
    • Holding for vet and farrier visits
    • Quiet facility, no drama, no lessons, only 10-12 horses total
    • Owners live on site & have 45 years experience in boarding, training, breaking, breeding, foaling and racing
    • Our facility is maintained for the comfort of our horses where their needs come first

 

Board: $650/month plus hst

 

 

Natural Horsemanship Lessons

 

 

Program 1: Natural Horsemanship 101

 

Horsemanship 101
This 8 week Natural Horsemanship program is for those individuals wanting to build confidence and better understand the language of Equus. These sessions teach the basics of horse communication, handling, psychology and herd dynamics. Lessons include learning how to ‘speak’ to your horse and ‘hear’ what your horse has to say without words. Lessons also include the basics of round penning, lunging, join up and correcting misbehavior or bad behavior. You will learn how to be your horse’s alpha or leader through respect and trust rather than intimidation and force. By the end of the course you will have built self-esteem and overcome any fears that have developed in your relationship with your horse. There are no naturally bad horses, only miscommunication between trainer/rider and their horse. Learning and practicing Natural Horsemanship principles allows participants to “be the better horse”. This is a great course for beginners to take prior to starting regular riding lessons or those wishing to make the change from traditional horsemanship to natural horsemanship. All sessions are on the ground. Spending time on a farm with horses creates memories that will last a lifetime. These sessions are private. This course is designed for ages 16 through to adults.

 

Cost: $400 + hst /8 one hour private sessions

 

contact us for more information or register now.

 

 

Program 2: Individual Horsemanship Lessons

 

Natural horsemanship is communicating with horses in their own language by using the same body language they would use with each other in their herd. It is learning to speak the language of equus and understanding that every moment you are with your horse, you are saying something to him. Like any relationship, what you say and how you say it can make all the difference to the quality of your time together. If your horse has behaviour issues you aren’t sure how to deal with, these lessons will help you understand their psyche and how to become the leader they need you to be.

 

Horses are constantly reacting to what we “tell” them through our body language. There are no bad horses but many that are misunderstood. Horses are prey animals that survive in the wild by following the best leader. Using these methods of natural horsemanship, you earn the position of becoming the horse’s leader by proving that you can be trusted to lead. You cannot force them to follow you and you cannot bully them, you simply must be the “better horse.”

 

You can’t fake it with a horse. He wants assertiveness balanced with empathy and consistency balanced with accountability. You’ll find if you change the way you react to your horse, you’ll get a different response. That is the beginning of your journey to having a calmer, happier and more willing partnership with your horse.

 

Once you start to understand how a horse thinks, you can start to influence its actions. There is a way to do this, a way that will leave the horse doing your bidding out of respect and trust and the certain knowledge that you are acting in its best interest. He may not know what you are going to ask of him next, but he will know that how you ask will always be consistent, and this lays the groundwork of trust and respect.

 

This program is for those horse owners or lovers who want to have a better relationship with their horse.” Ground exercises include in hand, round pen, lunging and line driving. Lessons are only offered on your own horse.

 

Cost: $30/half hour of individual instruction

 

 

Program 3: Ladies Night Out!

 

“Though Shalt Fly without Wings”…

 

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This program is a ladies introduction to horses and natural horsemanship established for those women wanting to renew their relationship with horses after many years or those women wanting to start a relationship with horses for the first time in their lives. This is the program you want to take to gain a better understanding of how horses think, to overcome fear and handle horses safely, to learn everything there is to know about horses and sometimes indulge in some inner self reflection! It’s fun and great exercise, lots of laughs and bonding with other great ladies. No horse experience required. There is no riding.

 

Cost: $100/month (4 one hour group sessions) (minimum 6 ladies)
Duration: Ongoing Time: to be determined

 

The natural horsemanship methods used at Story Book Meadows are the techniques of internationally acclaimed horse trainer and best-selling author Chris Irwin.

 

Contact us for more information or to sign up for any of these programs.