SeaHorse Eco Safaris has a natural riding school as well, EquesNature.
We ride bitless and our horses are barefoot.
Natural Riding Lessons
Kids (2 – 12 years old) Lessons time and costs varies.
R85 for half hour & R120 for an hour.
Teens (13 – 18 years old)
R130 per hour
Adults (19+ years old)
R150 per hour
(specials and discounts are available in bundle lessons)
We also have some horses available to full or half lease.
Terms & Conditions apply.
The training techniques embrace gentle handling with advanced communication. The key to developing a cooperative, polite attitude from your horse is ground work. If you gain it on the ground, it is easier in the saddle… Ground control exercises and observation, we teach to encourage awareness and patience, these are very important. Ground work helps to keep you safe on the ground and make life easier. It teaches you how to handle a horse safely and proficiently. Many times, riders are taught the science of riding but nothing about controlling the emotional side of the horse both in the saddle and from the ground. Ground work is the prerequisite to controlling that emotional part of the horse.
Everyone wants to be riding and we’ll admit that can be a lot more fun than groundwork. We believe different, we approach this as a process, varying what we actually work on with each individual student with different horses, there’s no recipe book on this stuff – every student and horse combination on different days has their own lessons wanting and waiting to be learnt and understood. Students are not wasting any time by not getting on the horse right away . Working on your foundation is so important. In most lessons the students will spend time on the horse, however time will be spent on the ground with the student and horse to establish relationship requirements/values such as respect, understanding, patience, love, confidence, balance, acceptance
We do not encourage competition in my students because I’ve noticed that most children want, more than anything, to feel at home around a horse. Once they feel at ease on the ground and can move a horse around in a pasture or on a halter rope, they set more realistic goals for themselves on horseback, and enjoy the process of reaching them. Most of my students, no matter what their ability when they start, have some fears or misconceptions about horses that should be worked out before they’ll be safe around a horse on their own. Unfortunately our society promotes aggression and competition at a very young age. Winning, at any cost, is usually rewarded.
The lessons students learn by trying to improve with the horse, in having the desire to do well and even to lose graciously, don’t seem to get much attention from the riding instructors I have known. The cost of win-for-the-sake-of-winning approach is high. It builds a brace into both rider and the horses that can taint their experience unfavorably for years to come. From experience, it takes a lot longer to erase conditioning than it does to have one attached! I have come across some excellent teachers, and I’m sad to say I had to cover many miles and confuse many horses before I found them. If I have come to appreciate one thing about learning, it is that I can’t learn much from an uninspired teacher. I have learned the same thing about teaching: that I am not able to teach effectively if my students aren’t prepared or inspired to be with me mentally. For best results, the two need to go together.
I hope that my enthusiasm for improving my own horsemanship rubs off permanently on all students. I try to ensure this by letting them get to know me as a fellow student. The modules I have compiled works through many aspects of holistic horse riding, horse care, horse health care and animal communication.The first section of the riding program is divided into two equally important components:
- The care of horses which involves practical instruction in grooming and feeding and time for bonding.
- Riding, with an emphasis on the development of those physical and psychological skills and strength required to be free and in control of one’s horse and oneself.
Some of the major concepts and skills developed during the physical interactive experiences between the child and the horses are:
Child develops the ability to locate and identify parts of the horse’s body. This activity aids in developing an awareness and understanding of one’s own body.
Health and Hygiene:
Child develops an understanding of the principals of health & hygiene. In care for the horses, students are led to understand and utilize good habits.
Balance and Rhythm:
Child develops the ability to maintain gross and fine motor balance and to move rhythmically with the horse. Child is continuously involved in interpreting and reacting to the horse.
Directionality and Laterality:
Child develops the ability to know and respond to right, left, up, down, forward, backward and directional orientation. Activities focusing on directing the horse in a specific direction are used to aid the child in developing sensitivity to directionality of his body and space.
Child develops an awareness of determining feeding time, exercise time, and resting time for the horse, students develop an awareness of the appropriate horseback riding activities due to weather and seasonal change.
Child develops the ability to anticipate the probable outcome of his behavior with the horse. If he yells or kicks the horse, he knows horse will probably become frightened or run. This aids the child in predicting the consequences of his own behavior and that of others in a given situation.
Child develops the ability to use judgment and reasoning in riding and working the horse. This enhances his ability to use judgment and reasoning when interacting with other forces in his environment.
Perceptual and Cognitive:
Child develops and is stimulated through training in spatial orientation, body image, hand-eye coordination, motor planning and timing, improved attention span, memory and concentration.
Child develops to effectively influence muscular strength and tone.
It’s terrific to have support for my quest to find better ways to help animal lovers develop patience with themselves and their horses and to keep their appetite for new information growing all the time. In a broader sense, I hope it’s a sign of changing times.