Welcome to 3 Gems Riding Academy

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We offer lessons all year round!

$35 each for **Group lessons if purchased in a package of 4 for $140, duration depends on #
of students, see chart below:

**Note new students that want to participate in group lessons need to take private lessons until approved for group. 


AGE
The minimum age we start students is 4yrs old. It is required that they fit in a helmet to be able to participate.


LESSON POLICIES:  A 48 hour notice is required when a student chooses to cancel a lesson. Failure of this advanced notice will deem the lesson non-refundable. Any returned check will be charged a $30 NSF fee.












Why take lessons?


Interacting with horses has proven to have many mental and physical benefits. 


SPECIAL NEEDS:  A consistent riding program benefits children and adults who have a variety of special needs relating to cerebral palsy, down's syndrome, and autism to stroke recovery and learning disabilities. Weekly sessions will develop increased balance and muscle control, improve concentration and short-term memory, and enhance their confidence and self-esteem. Parents with Autistic children have raved about how much easier their kids are to manage after each lesson. 


BULLYING: Work with horses can help build self-confidence and empower a kid who is feeling bullied.


DIVORCE: For adults of divorce, horses can be an outlet for misdirected sadness and anger.


WEIGHT LOSS:  Just getting out and “doing”, can for some, be the key in starting your weight loss journey.  Taking lessons may develop into a hobby you love and keeps you active.  Horses can help build confidence which will empower you in many aspects of your life.

3 Gems Lesson Philosophy

3 Gems Teaching Philosophy is that a good instructor should strive to become a great teacher. A great TEACHER possesses passion and respect, has the ability to develop insight into each one of their students, find a small piece of the student in themselves, compare the student only to themselves, to feel rather than see, to support, spark, inspire, and to create magic for them.


Our obligation to our students
All of our students, regardless of age or goals, receive the same safety oriented, healthy and basic horsemanship that will be their underlying foundation as they advance and move toward a particular style activity they may desire. As instructors of horsemanship, we feel it is our obligation to our students who trust us with their bodily welfare (and importantly their emotional well-being), for us to do our very best to provide them with the knowledge needed to understand and partner with a horse. Horses are partners in learning and emotional growth. As a result of our program, students develop greater self-esteem, confidence, responsibility, ability to plan, teamwork, empathy and a deeper understanding of themselves, their relationships, and their world. The joy, confidence, and infectious sense of accomplishment the student gains by sharing power and developing a partnership with a 1000 pound animal is a tremendous boost to the student’s self-esteem. These same skills have the added bonus of being "life skills" readily transferable to our students’ lives outside the barn such as home, classroom, office, and relationships. They are positive behaviors that are not only taught but experienced through learning with the horses.


How does a student benefit?
Students may find themselves facing life or family obstacles – health, grief/loss/divorce, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD – and have expressed to us the benefit of how their lessons have blended into their lives and how our support has given them the courage and strength to positively deal with the issues. We strive to develop a custom program for each individual depending on their emotional and physical needs.  This concept is what makes our riding program unique as our teaching is not standard. It’s a blend of basic horsemanship and innovative concepts.


If you had the answer?
If you knew the answer of how to teach love, trust, communication, patience, empathy, teamwork, creativity, honesty, resilience, appropriate boundaries, and healthy conflict resolution; that could motivate & empower a person to be their best and happiest, would you not want that for you or your child?

We have that answer – Horses can do all that and more!


Why Horses?
No one who knows horses can deny that they have a full range of feelings, attitudes, preferences and personalities. Horses display their intelligence, logic, and intuition in many ways that we as humans don’t recognize because we speak a different language.

Just like us, horses feel fear, anger, grief, relaxation, happiness and affection. They play, fight and communicate in relationships, which share many of the same dynamics of our own:

  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Boundaries
  • Mutual Support
  • Affection
  • Playfulness


Horses are social, emotional animals
Far more than most people know, horses are social, emotional animals. They react and respond. Just like us, horses are motivated to seek relief from pain, fear and emotional pressure. They seek creative solutions to get their needs met, and like us, if they cannot find successful solutions they will express that pain outwardly.

Horses too, can experience depression, anxiety attacks, attachment disorders, behavioral issues, post-traumatic stress, learned helplessness and emotional shutdown. They can also demonstrate and teach such healthy behaviors as honest communication, trust, healthy boundaries, leadership, patience, assertiveness, playfulness, affection and nurturance.

Equine learning provides an opportunity to learn self-discipline
To be trusted by a horse, you must be trustworthy. To be respected by a horse, you must first give respect. As prey animals, horses are brilliant observers of nonverbal communication, and like humans react negatively to disrespect, impatience and lack of self-control. Even our most veiled emotions are easily detected by horses and responded to accordingly. Equine learning can provide an opportunity to learn self-discipline and the ability to manage our emotions and responses. Simply stated, anxiety and anger don’t work with horses and a person interacting with them will be required to manage their emotions to keep the horse from withdrawing. The lesson learned by the student is that by taking responsibility and making new choices, the horse responds differently.

Horses are not automatic
Remember horses are animals. They are not automatic; you cannot turn them on and off like a machine. A relationship with a horse requires a student to develop communication, patience, boundaries, and most of all, respect. Through learning to treat a horse with respect – to be assertive without aggression, patient without giving in – the horse gives cooperation that cannot be gained through intimidation or force, impatience, or lack of control. A relationship with a horse cannot be forced or faked. The lesson learned by the student is that by taking responsibility and making new choices, the horse responds differently. As with anything, what we put into it determines what we get out of it; relationships take effort, communication, mutual respect and time to grow.

Adopted from: http://www.azgardfarm.com/wwwroot/low/philosophy.html




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