DoubleHP Horsemanship Program:
Help to sponsor one of our rescued horses, and we'll help you get started or advance in your horsemanship journey. Our horsemanship program is so much more than riding lessons.
Our Summer 2013 hours are
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., by appointment. (when Bryna is here we will have some extended hours including Sat and Sun.)
We will help you through various levels of horsemanship, at your own pace. Starting with “groundwork,” basic safety around horses, haltering, assertive but not aggressive, space& distance, and playing some fun and educational games with your horse. You will see how all of this relates to riding. If you are already an experienced horseperson you will of course move through this level very quickly. For others, it may take a few weeks or possibly a couple of months (depends on how much time you are able to spend with your horse).Once you are through this first level, you may begin riding. We will continue to help you through this second level where you will learn to ride more confidently, softly, freely. (The bridle is not there to hold you on).
Our scheduling goal will be to arrange at least two 2-hour sessions for you and your sponsored horse each week. Of course you may visit more often than that! How much supervised or unsupervised time you have with your horse will depend on your level of horsemanship. Your need for supervision should decrease as your horsemanship level increases. Once you get through the second level, which includes riding, you will be well on your way!Here’s a promise: We have promised these very special horses a forever home here; you don’t have to worry about saying goodbye to them. These horses live here. This is their home.
Your sponsorship contribution in 2013 will be $160 per month. Your sponsorship money goes to Horse Help Providers, Inc. (DoubleHP), the 501c3 nonprofit organization that rescued these horses and is responsible for their care. Your sponsorship money helps to feed and care for these rescued horses. Not a penny goes to a person. It all goes to the horses.
For many reasons, including consistency for horses and humans, we follow a specific horsemanship program that is strongly influenced by Parelli Natural Horsemanship Levels (though we do not have a permanent Parelli instructor here, we try to have one here several times a year). Learn more about Parelli Natural Horsemanship at www.parelli.com.