Horseback Riding Lessons and Horse Training

Lantern Lane Farm provides horseback riding lessons for all ages and abilities, from beginners, to recreational riders, to those who want to fine tune their skills for serious showing.  The philosophy of the farm is to teach people to learn to ride in the safest possible manner, to know how what they do helps or hinders the horse, and to have fun in the process.  The horse training program is designed to help horses become more respectful to the handler/rider and more able to receive the correct aids of the rider.  Using ground work plus classical training methods to make the horse balanced and steerable, teaching the horse to ride out cross country, lateral movements, load on a trailer, clipping, and bathing; horses become more connected to their owners because of training.  

We can also teach them to be calm and attentive at horse shows while teaching the owners how to show. We have safe, schooled horses to teach people how to ride with a certified riding instructor and trainer that works with both riders and horses in training. 

We first check that all riders new to the program can ride a balanced seat at all gaits and use basic, proper aids to steer the horse.  This becomes the foundation of the lessons for beginners or those needing some help in these skills.  These riders will start on a lunge line, where the instructor uses a long line attached to the horse to help in the initial control and give the new rider more security.  The instructor may also use the lunge line for advanced riders who can benefit from focusing on a single set of skills.  For those who have a secure seat at all gaits, we progress to refinement of proper aids to guide the horse and upon tactful, efficient ways to bring out the horse’s best performance.  In all cases, we work with the rider to meet each one’s special interests and needs.

Dressage Lessons

Purpose:  Dressage lessons teach the rider how to balance and supple the horse to make the horse more rideable and the ride more enjoyable. 

Approach:  Dressage lessons are matched, first, to the rider’s ability and as the rider improves, to the varying abilities of the horses.  Riders learn to meet expectations of the horse and rider’s performance as set forth in a series of progressively more challenging dressage tests.  Dressage tests specify what the horse and rider are expected to be able to do, from an introductory level, through training levels, and onward. 

Dressage Cross Country

Riders with secure seats and solid aids may benefit from working the horse cross country.  Horses get stronger behind and through their back when they work out on hills, and the Virginia countryside has many of them.  The rider works with the instructor who directs them in a set of dressage movements that suit their skills and the terrain.  Riders have fun and get more comfortable with their horses.

Dressage Shows

We support showing as an option and not a requirement.  Riders who do show, generally at schooling shows with little pressure, often find new ways to view their skills.  This can propel their capabilities forward.  We are prepared to take more skilled dressage riders to the rated shows available in the area.