Groundwork classes focus on the study of horse behavior and body language to improve your horsemanship through communication and understanding of the horse. Classes use natural horsemanship training techniques for the ultimate goal of developing a calmer, more trusting and more willing partner in your horse. Horses are taught in a relaxed, well-organized environment with small class sizes. Students will work in pairs with assigned Longmeadow horses, supervised at all times by the instructor.
The introductory class is designed to teach you how to communicate with horses of varying ages, breeds, temperaments and skill levels. During this four-week session, you will be introduced to cues such as: applying and releasing pressure, flexing (laterally and vertically), establishing leadership with your horse, leading a horse calmly and willingly, backing, haltering a horse without resistance, approaching a horse correctly in the stall, and more.
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: April 3, 10, 17, and 24 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Makeup sessions offered May 1.
**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.
NEW!!! Participants may bring their 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.