Welcome to our Lesson Programs

Instructors work closely with their students, adjusting and advancing the course of study based on each unique rider’s needs. Our team of instructors specialize in all levels of riding for a multitude of disciplines including English, Western, jumping, dressage, and equitation. Individual lessons provide the rider with the opportunity to focus on developing their strengths and correcting their weaknesses.

In addition, Cougar Mountain Stables houses over 35 horses in order to address a variety of skill levels. As the riders progress through the levels and acquire new skills or explore different disciplines, Cougar Mountain Stables can provide horses that accommodate the riders’ unique needs. Riders also have the option of leasing horses in order to continue fine-tuning their riding skills.

At this time we currently only accept emails to schedule lessons. Rebecca does not answer her phone, during lessons or when she is with clients. We are a small private facility, we do not have an answering service, receptionist or someone staffed for questions during business hours. Thank you for your understanding! Click Here

Different Levels of Riding Ability

Introduction to Horsemanship 101

All students that are new to horses, it is highly advised to go through our Introduction to Horsemanship 101 class before taking lessons.

Intro to Horsemanship 101 is designed for students to take a tour of our facility, ask questions and take this session from the ground. This is a great way to get your feet wet in the world of horses!

In this class we will teach you the basics on horse psychology, anatomy, feeding, daily chores, learn safety and grooming, tack anatomy and application, breeds and colors, conformation, horse care and more! We will teach you how to be safe and have fun while learning about these amazing creatures. Please note, no riding in this class.

  • Many students that do not attend this class will spend 3/4th of their time learning how to do everything above.
  • If you have attended a Cougar Mountain Stables summer camp you do not need to attend the Horsemanship 101!
  • Please note this does not guarantee or open any additional instructor blocks of time.

Choose a class specifically for Adults or Children, all ages welcome.

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Class Times: 4hrs ($37.50/hr)

Costs: $150.00

 


ADULT PROGRAM

Adults of all ages and levels of experience are welcomed at Cougar Mountain Stables. Whether your goals are to excel in the show ring or to simply learn to ride comfortably enough to enjoy a ride through the countryside, our instructors can customize a program to meet your needs.

Adults are taught in a more relaxed enviroment while focusing more emphasis on the mechanics, balance and posture.

 

 

 

 

Adult Private Lessons

1 hr Private Lesson

Instructors work closely with their students, adjusting and advancing the course of study based on each unique rider’s needs. Private lessons are a great way for students to have one-on-one instruction, developing strong bonds with the instructor and their horse.

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Adult Private Lesson

 

Adult Group Lessons
1hr - 1.5 hour - 3 or more riders

Horsemanship instruction is taught with an emphasis on safety and understanding. On horseback, students are instructed using basic Balanced Seat style for correct posture, balance, communication with the horse. On the ground, students learn to groom, lead, bridle, and saddle the horses they ride. Advanced groups may focus on specific topics and theory such as colt training, jumping, dressage and western. Safety and responsible care of the horse are always emphasized.

This lesson includes three or more students, one main instructor and a working student instructor. To ride in a group all riders must first have an instructor evaluate their ability. Then you can join or create a group with riders who have similar skills and goals.

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Adult Group Lessons

 

 

Own/Leased Horse Lesson Rates

We offer a discount to riders that are leasing one of our school horses or own their own!

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$240 per month of 4 weekly lessons
Private Lesson on Own/Lease Horse

 

 

 

note: all lessons must be used within the same month of purchasing, rider will be charged for a lesson if less than 24 hours is given.

 

 

BE PREPARED

All riders should plan to arrive 5 minutes before the lesson starts.

In the event the student is late we will attempt to compensate him or her for the lost time if both the instructor and the horse's schedule allow. In the event that it cannot be accomplished the time will be forfeited without the right to future compensation.

If the instructor or the facility causes the tardiness, the student's lesson time will be extended so as to achieve the entire lesson time or the student will be compensated for the missed portion.

Please note that lesson time includes tack adjustment, warm-up, cool-down (on or off the horse) and tack re-adjustment in preparation for exiting.

Although we will always attempt to accommodate a client's request for a particular horse, we can not guarantee that the requested horse will always be available. If you would like to ensure the same horse will always be available, please talk to your instructor about options for leasing horses.

SAFETY & DRESS CODE

For your safety and comfort, we ask that you adhere to the following dress code:

Helmet - All riders are required to wear an ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmet. Helmets used for other sports will not be allowed. If you do not have your own, we have a wide selection of helmets for you to borrow.

 

 

 

 

Pants - All riders must wear full length pants. Shorts or skirts are not acceptable attire. Cultural/religious accomodations can be made - please notify us when booking the lesson.

 

 

 

 

Shoes - All riders must wear a boot with a small defined heel (i.e. Hiking boot, work boot, rain boot). Sneakers, "Ugg" style boots, open toes, or flat soles are not acceptable footwear.

 

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

 Note: Rider will be charged for a lesson if less than 24 hours is given. If rider cancels or misses three (3) consecutive lessons for any reason, Cougar Mountain Stables reserves the right to assign the lesson time to another rider.

All lessons require a 24 hour cancellation notice in order to fill the riding lesson slot or client will be charged unless due to inclement weather. We believe in QUALITY not QUANTITY lessons, as we prefer to provide personalized & safe instruction to our students, therefore lessons are private, semi private or group with 3 riders maximum. Lesson packages are valid for for a 30-60 day period. It is the responsibility of the rider to schedule make up lessons. NO REFUNDS ON PACKAGES. Lesson riders are expected to be on time to their scheduled appointments, riders who show up 30 minutes tardy to their scheduled lesson will have their lesson cancelled and will be charged for the missed appointment, in order for instructors to stay on schedule with other students. ALL beginner level lessons are private only for safety reasons.

Instructor Cancellation:

If a particular instructor is unavailable on a given day, Cougar Mountain Stables will make every effort to provide a qualified substitute instructor. If a substitute instructor is provided, the lesson will remain as scheduled. This shall not constitute cause for cancellation and subsequent credit to the client. If one cannot be provided, the client will be contacted and the lesson will be canceled at no charge.

In the event an instructor will not be available for an extended period of time, the client will be contacted and given the option to reschedule with another instructor or canceling at no charge.



FITNESS LEVEL AND WEIGHT LIMIT REQUIRED FOR HORSE RIDING LESSONS

Horseback riding is a sport, an athletic activity and we need to make sure everyone who rides horses at our facility are in good physical condition. The following is what is recommended for horseback riding. Academy programs, including lessons, often have different guidelines than trail riding facilities. We will be following these guidelines at Cougar Mountain Stables.

FITNESS LEVEL GUIDELINES

Riders need to be strong and flexible enough to mount the horse unassisted from a mounting block. This requires lifting your foot at least 30" off the ground to get it in the stirrup and pulling yourself up into the saddle with reasonable effort. (Exception is riders in our therapy program)

WEIGHT GUIDELINES

We have found that riders whose weight is not in proportion to their height often have less balance and, therefore, are more likely to fall off. Overweight riders without the accompanying overall strength are not able to regain their balance if they tip forward or fall sideways.

For the comfort and safety of both horse and rider, weight limitations are in effect. For rider safety and the safety and well being of the horses, we have a maximum rider weight limit of 200 pounds plus the saddle and tack.

Management and our instructors reserve the right to request verification of the information given. Exceptions will be made at our discretion. We reserve the right to terminate a horseback riding session for safety reasons.