Eastward has quietly been one of the few places offering dressage lessons to riders who do not have their own horses. Lessons are private, 45-minute sessions on reliable, responsive horses with a trainer who has over fifty years' experience teaching, emphasizing comfort and relaxation while developing effective aids. The program is particularly effective for riders who need to build, or rebuild, their confidence in the saddle. It has also proven invaluable for H/J/E riders looking to improve their balanced seat.
Juniper with student Sharon
Lesson components include:
Lunge sessions to develop a secure, independent, comfortable seat
Focus on foundational basics leading to collected work
Whys and Hows of:
- using your legs
- keeping your heels down
- keeping your hands quiet
- keeping your head in the game
About the horses:
There are two horses dedicated to the lesson program, and they have all the qualities necessary to be great teaching horses, helping clients develop confidence and refine their skills. Both horses are:
Sensible, trustworthy, safe, and friendly
Trained in dressage, and nicely responsive to classical cues
Experienced with adult amateurs beginning, or returning to, riding
Each horse is ridden daily, and professionally schooled as necessary, and each horse receives the same care as the privately owned performance horses. Over the years, several students have gone on to lease or buy their own horses.
Eastward has held workshops in:
Alexander Technique for Riders
Long Line Training
Practicing Your Musical Ride
The adjoining indoor and outdoor arenas, both measuring at least 80' x 200', provide the perfect venue for schooling shows, where riders can practice their competitive skills in a lower-stress environment, with local professionals serving as judges.