GOLDEN GATE PARK - WESTERN & ENGLISH LESSONS
TO COMPLY WITH COVID-19 GUIDELINES:
NO LARGE GROUPS.
ALL UNDERAGE RIDERS MAY BE ACCOMPANIED BY ONLY ONE ADULT GUEST DURING THEIR SCHEDULED RIDE TIME.
These classes are designed to assist riders in developing a good seat, mastering basic riding commands, controlling speed & improving communication between horse & rider. We cater to riders of all levels and experience, whether it be your first time in the saddle, or you are a lifelong rider. We recommend children between the ages of 6 and 8 years old start with a 30 minute lesson.
All beginners must start with Western lessons. Once the riders have a solid understanding of the basic fundamentals they can choose to either remain in the Western discipline, or transition to English.
An English Evaluation lesson must be taken with us prior to signing up for English lessons with us, regardless of previous experience. These can be booked by emailing GoldenGate@ChaparralCorporation.com
English riding is an equestrian discipline with many different styles. However, at the most basic level, most versions require riders to use both hands on the reins rather than just one hand, as seen in western riding. There are many variations, but all feature a flat English saddle without the deep seat, high cantle, or saddle horn, as seen on a Western saddle. All riders must have at least 2 years previous riding experience in either Western or English.
Our seasoned instructors aim to prepare their students for such disciplines by helping them build a solid foundation in which they can take anywhere to work towards a specific riding goal.
Advance reservations required. Weight limit 230 pounds. Helmets required for riders under 18 years of age, and recommended for riders 18 and older. Helmets are required for all English riders, regardless of age. Time required to mount and dismount is part of your lesson time.