Starting at 5 years old, we can teach your children how to ride a horse. Located in Dublin, GA, I accept lessons at my personal barn, as well as, Dale Brown Performance Horses. We have horses that will take great care of your children, as safety is our number one priority. Whether you want to show on the national level or just learn the basics of trail, we can teach you as much as you'd like to know.
Let the littles learn about horses! Starting at two years old, children can come learn about how to care for horses. Safety is the number one priority while we're having fun. We learn proper techniques, behaviors, and responsibilities. I have seen enormous growth in confidence, coordination, and social interactions in my own children's development from interactions with horses.
I began riding when I was 5 years old. Nothing structured or polished, just raw grit you could only learn from great horses, that took care of their rider. I give that credit to my cousin. We would take the horses out on trails for picnics and ride in the local parades, given any opportunity. I began learning horsemanship and riding, one day at the time... my favorite was to pick out their hooves.
On my 8th birthday, my parents gave me my first horse. My Aunt gave me the best first horse-owner gift anyone could ask for- a step stool that doubled as a tack box. She included handwritten note cards, tied to each piece of tack to explain the purpose of each piece. I spent hours studying each word.
I started off running in the 5-speed events at local shows, along with anything else I could convince my horse to perform. My urge grew and I wanted to learn more, about everything! My parents allowed me to attend a horse summer camp in 1996, where I learned about hunt seat riding and jumping- at that point, I wanted to know anything about everything and more of it! It became an obsession.
I learned how to trot and canter without stirrups, what an egg butt snaffle was, and how to not only show my horse, but how prepare my horse. I had to braid my horse, and prepare her (or him), for the show ring= from polishing them nose to tail, bridle to saddle- how to stay clean/what time to get dressed in my show clothes, in just enough time to stay clean and show-ring-presentable. I also learned that if their water bucket wasn’t clean enough for me to drink out of, it wasn’t clean enough for them. If I did it wrong, I had to hear about it, how to fix it, and redo it. I learned that doing it correctly the first time saved everyone a LOT of hassle.
I will humbly tell you that horses helped me through the hardest teenage years. My horses were always there for me. The work always had to be done. When it would be easier to stay home and lose myself to a screen, I chose to work so I could be with my horses. I have ridden under talented trainers and amazing horse men and women, each one teaching me valuable lessons. To this very day, I reach out as often as I need, to ask questions. From medical conditions, training techniques, and customer service, horse people are always there for you!
The demanding work of horses, riding, and caring for them, enabled me to channel my energy into a sport, later in life, I would learn, could save me. Horses are more than just a child’s dream. Horses possess the potential to help an “outcast” have a friend, and even make other friends they wouldn’t meet without that connection. They enable the physically challenged to have a sport. They possess the ability to give your child a sense of self. The horse will give you child wings to feel the freedom and love, only a horse can give.
I passionately believe that horses, “know when you know” and “know when you don’t". You can hug and horse and they immediately understand everything you cannot verbalize. They sense energies and act/react to that. I will tell you that they know if they have a professional on their back or if they have a child on their back. They hear your heartbeat from four feet away.
My goal is to share my childhood dream and help others discover horses, in the way I remember. Safety is my number one priority and fun is the next! I hope you will consider allowing me to teach your children everything I know about these amazing animals.
Horsemanship lessons begin at two years old. They learn how to handle horses properly and safely, interact with them, and care for them. Horsemanship is excellent for young children to learn how to socialize with animals. It teaches coordination, multi-tasking, and can help develop motor skills. Also, exposure to various allergens can even help developing immune systems.
Riding lessons begin at 5 years old. The older children have better body control and better ability to focus and comprehend the lessons. It also ensures they are tall enough and able to sit comfortably in the saddle.
Horsemanship lessons will consist of leading the horse, grooming, braiding, bandaging, stable maintenance, tack cleaning, and many other helpful items.
Horseback riding lessons are available to anyone, of any skill, and can range from a trail ride to a national level competition.
I strive to teach them as much as possible, but I understand young children have a shorter attention span. It can be overwhelming and extremely stimulating, so we will break up the lesson, based on how focused and interested the child seems. If they are scared, we slow down. If they are bored, we can speed up.
Absolutely! Any age can benefit from horsemanship.
A good way to know is If you child shows interest in horses. If so, great! If not, you could introduce them to the idea and let them come out and watch a lesson and see the horses to determine if it’s a good fit for you.
No. You more than likely have everything you need to ride, already in your closet. I require closed-toe shoes (no steel toe boots), long pants, and head protection. I HIGHLY recommend riding helmets. If you do not have a riding helmet, a bicycle helmet will do just fine, but you can find affordable riding helmets here.
I provide all the saddles, bridles, and necessary items you will need to learn how to ride. If you choose to purse horseback riding, you can make a larger investment at that time.
Lessons are scheduled in a one-hour time window. This time is allotted to catch, groom, saddle, bridle, and lunge your horse before you ride, ride, then put them away. We normally spend about 35-40 minutes in the saddle, depending on the lesson planned for that day. Double lessons are availible if you have one of the “horse crazy” kids.
Yes. I require everyone to sign a waiver of liability prior to the first lesson. You can find a copy of it here.
Compilation of Character References & Reviews
"Let me see what can I tell you about the wonderful person called Tara Evans? First of all, I have known Tara for 20 years now and I met her when I was ten years old at Youth Jamboree. I knew nothing about showing and even less about riding but my trainer at the time brought me there and stabled my mare next to Tara’s group. I knew no one and was too shy to approach others. So it was a surprise to me when a tall brown haired girl with a bright smile walked over to me. We became fast friends and it made me realize that I loved showing horses as well as the people that I could meet there.
A few years later we met again and she was still the same cheerful and hard-working girl I remembered. She was always there to lend a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on. She always pushed herself to do better and never gave up no matter how difficult the situation became. I still remember her voice over the crowd of people cheering so loudly when I placed.
Even after all these years, she has never changed being true to herself. She is also one of the few people I would trust to train and watch over my nieces if they wanted to learn anything about horses. I know she would take the time and properly teach them all the tricks and methods that we once learned together. I believe that if there was anyone that would care for your children or family as her own it would be Tara. Her character and experience can not be matched."
"I just wanna tell you how thankful I am for you! I have 100% found my confidence since I met you!! I rode Luna and Dottie yesterday and today and they were saints. I always let my fear get in my way and constantly worried I wasn't good enough to ride them and was scared of falling if they bucked or ran..and worried about what they may do..and for years they have just sat in the pasture doing nothing all because of my fear. I feel 100% confident to just jump on and go now and stop worrying so much!!! Lina hopes right on the trailer and I think I'm gonna bring her Sunday..my saddle actually fits her pretty decent with her swayback and her fat butt needs the exercise lol! I feel like I just gained two horses back and it's all because of you!"
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