Horseback riding lessons and Horsemanship lessons: learning how to work with them.

At Pathways on Pleasure Valley we encourage positive leadership, both in the way that we run our organization, and in the way we work with and lead our horses. We believe that leadership is something you earn from the ones who choose to follow, and that it is earned through trust, balance and true kindness. Some say this is horse whispering, but we believe it is simply the appropriate way to behave among and communicate with these beautiful creatures. We prefer not to call ourselves horse trainers, but rather, “partners of horses.”

We look to our horses to teach us how to work and communicate with them. Each animal has its own character, its own “personality” that must be honored in the relationship between horse and trainer, between horse and rider.

Horses will be horses. Some say they are the most beautiful of all the creatures on earth. For us here at Pathways on Pleasure Valley, they are certainly the most treasured. We invite you, each and every one of you, to join us in learning to appreciate all the things they are. Whether you’re looking simply to learn how to ride them, or more deeply learning to understand and appreciate them, we have experienced instructors and thoughtfully designed lessons that can help you reach the level of horsemanship that’s right for you.

Riding Lessons

For beginner and novice riders we offer horseback riding lessons for riders age 7 and older. We currently have students from all ages ranging from 7 to 60+, and we welcome students 70+. You’re never too old for riding lessons.

  • Green as grass package is our beginners and novice riders program package. It includes 10 private lessons with 2 scheduled trail rides. $720/person
  • Riding lesson schedules will be posted on line for 2017.

Advanced Riding Lessons

For advanced riders we offer semi-private lessons. If you like to partner up with someone who has the same level of horseback riding experience as you, talk to us to schedule an assessment and we’ll find a suitable partner for you. These advanced riding lessons include:

  • Western Gaming
  • English/Western dressage
  • Advanced trail riding training

Ground Work Lessons

Did you know that anything you do on horseback can also be done on the ground? Ground work is one of the most important aspects of horsemanship, and unfortunately one of the most undervalued and underappreciated. Let us help you learn how important it really is, from the ground up! Lessons include:

  • Basic horse psychology and body language
  • Correct body language for round penning

Advanced Ground Work Lessons

Advance ground work lessons build on the basic techniques introduced in the first level ground work lessons (above). Our experienced instructors will help you advance your skills in these important aspects of horsemanship. Advanced lesson topics include:

  • How to lunge a horse
  • Basic driving from the ground

Ultimate Horsemanship Lesson package

Let us help you learn to bring a horse from green to trained. The Ultimate Horsemanship Lesson package is our most comprehensive lesson package and is available only to those who qualify. If you are interested in learning more about this package and its requirements, please call our office at 905.649.2888 and we will be happy to discuss the details and answer any questions. The Ultimate Horsemanship Lesson package includes:

  • 6 Private lessons per month for 6 months
  • 8 Group lessons per month for 6 months
  • Part boarding one of our trained equine partners for 6 months
  • 1-year membership to access our trails and facility.
  • 1-year boarding for the horse in training

Equipment

Pathways will provide helmets for Assessment rides only.  Unfortunately we cannot guarantee their fit and function for safety. Riders must wear proper riding footwear and their own approved ASTM/SEI helmets. Riding boots must have a minimum ½” heel and maximum 2” heel. Please NO running shoes, NO platform boots, NO open-toed shoe are allowed around horses or riding areas. All long hair should be tied back. Jeans are allowed, but no baggy clothing!

Arrival Time

It is important that all riders arrive on site 30 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled lessons (except for the “Green as grass” package). It is the rider’s responsibility to have horses ready for their lesson before the scheduled lesson. Those who are late may lose their lesson time on horses.


Check out new group lessons in September

Ready to be a cowboy/cowgirl Program – Entry Level
This program is a 4-weeks course, each lesson is 2 hours that includes, tack up, riding, demonstration and discussion. There is a maximum of 6 people per session.
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Download package in PDF

Lesson Packages and Prices

  • One Private lesson at $90/person
  • One Semi-private lesson at $75/person
  • 6 Private lessons at $420/person = $70/lesson
  • 6 Semi-private lessons for couples at $360/person = $60/lesson
  • 10 Private lessons at $600/person = $60/lesson
  • 10 Semi-private lessons for couples at $500/person = $50/lesson
  • 10 Group lessons for minimum of 3 people, no more than 6 people in a group at $450/person = 45/lesson

*All 10 lessons must be completed within the first 4 months of registration.

*Payment is due at the beginning of the month on or before the first lesson. HST is included in our prices. Cheques add 2% administration fee, Credit Card add 5% administration fee.


Membership – Horse Part Boarding

(Opportunities are limited. Please contact the office for details.)

Lesson Package A

  • One private lesson per week
  • One day companion with a horse per week (on a trail closing day)
  • Two guided trail rides per month
Payment Plans
  • 1 month: $450
  • 3 months: $1,250 (save $100)
  • 6 months: $2,500 (save $200)
  • 12 months: $4,800 (save $600)

Lesson Package B

  • Two private lessons per week
  • One day companion with a horse per week (on a trail closing day)
  • Two guided horseback trail rides per month
Payment plans
  • 1 month: $650
  • 3 months: $1,850 (save $100)
  • 6 months: $3,700 (save $200)
  • 12 months: $7,200 (save $600)