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Riding Lesson Program Information

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At Chrislar Farm our riding lesson program is designed to create a sensible, sensitive, thinking rider by focusing on the sound basics of horsemanship and communication between horse and rider.

Riding lessons are available for beginner through advanced level students, adults and children. Children should be at least eight years old to enroll. An account will be established for each member upon completion of the Student Application Form (please read carefully), and initial payment/deposit.

New students will schedule and pay in advance for a block of four (4) riding lessons. Rider with no prior riding experience will ride in one-half hour private riding lessons, until they become qualified to ride in a group. New members with prior riding experience will ride in one hour group riding lessons.

See current riding lesson rates.

New Experienced Riders

If you are a rider with experience in riding and tacking up, your first lesson will be a one-half hour private evaluation lesson with refresher tack-up instruction and an introduction to Chrislar’s procedures. The riding instructor will evaluate your riding level to determine the best group for you to join. For the rider who has accomplished the basics and can communicate effectively with a horse, we offer many riding activities, competitive, pleasure and recreational riding.

After your evaluation lesson, if it is determined that you are not ready to go into a group right away, you may remain in half-hour private lessons and charged accordingly.

Chrislar students in a group riding lesson with riding instructor Deb Nichols
riding instructor Carly Cibelli with Chrislar student ready to start a riding lesson

New Beginner Riders

Chrislar student ready for her riding lesson

If you are a beginner rider, you will participate in one-half hour private lessons until you become qualified to advance to one-hour group lessons. Half-hour, private lessons are reserved during high demand times for beginner riders only. This gives the beginner rider the opportunity to get involved and grow into the Program.

Your introductory lesson is primarily devoted to becoming familiar with the horse, procedures, facility and the tacking-up process. Learning to tack-up takes repetition. Your riding instructor will continue to assist you as part of the lesson, with the remaining time available for riding.

Eventually, when your are capable of tacking-up alone, you should arrive early to tack-up so that your riding lesson can begin on time, and most of the lesson time will be available for riding. Parents of small children are encouraged to learn and help their child tack-up.

The more often you ride in one-half hour lessons, the faster you will progress into one-hour group lessons. Riding as often as possible enables the serious and eager student to achieve better riding skills with quicker advancement.

Once riding safely in group lessons, you will be eligible to take advantage of other riding opportunities available at Chrislar.

Chrislar Farm
944 Haverhill Street
Rowley Massachusetts 01969

Phone: (978) 948-7674
Fax: (978) 948-2798

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