All About Horses at Wits End Equestrian Centre
(Lakefield, Ontario, Canada)
Nick from Wits End one of our wonderful lesson horses
I have a good eye. I can very quickly identify the roots of rider problems with balance, harmony with the horse, aids that aren't working etc.
Most of my students prefer to have individual instruction. When you have enough experience you can get together with other students to work on quadrille with live music, or go on our regular once a week rides (combination of hack and trail ride), or use our games ponies for mounted games or polo.
The group activities give riders a chance to enjoy the social side of being at the barn, and also to put their skills to use to have a lot of fun.
We also get together to watch video tapes of national and international riders competing in three day eventing, show jumping, dressage, vaulting, and other disciplines. While we are watching we usually share delicious pot luck feasts, and we discuss the good and bad points of the performances. Remember when I said I have a good eye? I also help all my students to develop their eye. You can't do that by just riding and being coached. You also need to watch. The great part about this is that the riders then understand that we have the same goal. They know that the vision they have for themselves is the same as what I am aiming for when coaching.
Since not everyone lives close enough to the farm to come for lessons, I have residential camp programs. Between December 26 and January 2 each year, and during the school break in Ontario in March, and of course all of July and August. other dates are also possible if your school breaks are at different times.
During residential camps you look after a horse, ride 3 hours a day and do other fun things depending on what you feel like doing. I have a website with pictures. if you email me I can tell you more or go to www.witsendfarm.info.