Horse Handling Groundwork classes focus on the study of horse behavior and body language to improve your horsemanship skills using patience, horse sense, and mutual trust. Horses are handled in a relaxed, well-organized environment with small class sizes. Students work in pairs with assigned Longmeadow horses, supervised by the instructor at all times.
The four-week session is designed to teach you how to communicate with horses of varying ages, breeds, temperament, and skill. The sessions are tailored to the class experience level and can include topics such as:
- applying and releasing pressure
PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. If you decide not to attend the class date in which you are registered, your payment will be used for the animals in our non-profit facility. You may also switch to another class session if there is still room in that class. If you are uncertain whether this class is the right fit, you are welcome to audit a class for the $25 audit fee.
CLASS DATES: July 24, 31, August 7, August 14 10 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Makeup session offered August 21.
**The first class is required to continue in the course, as this is where foundation for groundwork and horsemanship is laid.
Guests are welcome but the actual handlers must be at least 18 years old. All guests need to register as auditors in advance – please choose fees and participation options from the menu below. Please review our COVID-19 safety measures.
Participants must show proof of current personal medical insurance plan. You may bring your own horse to class (with the exception of the first class). If interested in brining your horse to class, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (314) 646-5670 for further requirements prior to registering. All horses entering the grounds must be accompanied by proof of negative Coggins and Health Certificate (if coming from out of state). No stallions please.