SmoothRide4u Gaited Horsemanship

Happy Horses. Happy Riders.
Achieve Smooth and Natural Harmony between Gaited Horse and Rider 

Riding Lessons, Trail Riding, Foundation Practical Training and Recreational Riding Training for Paso Fino Horses and other Naturally Gaited Horses 

Horsemanship Lessons for Adults and Youth*: Ages 8+

Tune up for an upcoming horse show, trail riding or to improve your riding skills. You may wish to improve your gait and conformation knowledge and riding skills before you purchase a new horse. You'll learn to ride a gaited horse properly with improved skills easily and naturally, with either English or Western tack. Private horseback riding lessons are available on one of Gracewood Farm's gentle trained Paso Fino horses or on your own gaited horse.

Our private riding lessons are generally structured towards recreational pleasure riding with a main emphasis on safety and enjoyment. Advanced lessons can involve riding time outside of the riding ring on woodland trails and in the fields to practice riding exercises, control of the horse, and relaxation.

Paso Fino Horsemanship and Riding Lessons

Private Riding lessons and consultation are available for people new to the Paso Fino breed who want to learn to properly ride a Paso Fino or Gaited Horse.

Riding lessons are a great way for an amateur owner who wants to tune-up their riding skills with their own Paso Fino or gaited horse.

Riding lessons from a experienced senior certified gaited horse judge are invaluable for youth or adult riders who want to improve their show equitation and horsemanship skills.

Other reasons for private professional riding or training lessons are for owners who want to improve their horse's gait and way of going, and who want to improve their show ring performance procedures.

Paso Fino Recreational Trail Riding and Training

Recreational trail riding on Paso Fino horses in the Gracewood Farm and New Hill, North Carolina area is a riding program service available to SmoothRide4u riding students for one to two hour rides. Riders' skills and experience will be evaluated via the lesson program prior to any trail riding outside of the arena area.

Tune-up training for recreational trail riding and trail obstacles for gaited horses already started under saddle is available on a horse by horse basis by the week or month at Gracewood Farm. Also, bridleless riding and agility training may be available in the future for horses who would adapt well for this.

SmoothRide4u Horsemanship Mission and Student Goals

  • Learn with a trusted instructor with 45+ years equestrian experience and who is a Senior Certified multi-gaited breed Horse Show Judge.
  • Each student is instructed at their own individual speed and ability level on a horse suited for their skill level.
  • Learn safe equitation while riding whether for trail or show riding.
  • Learn horse groundwork training flexibility and warm-up techniques.
  • Learn how to achieve more polished Paso Fino gaits, and use training headgear and cues properly.
  • Learn proper techniques for Horsemanship and Equitation, such as leading, backing, figure-eights, mounting, dismounting and circles.
  • Gain self-confidence, trust, pride, and balance while also physically conditioning your body and relaxing your mind.

Read the student requirements, safety articles, complete and submit the required student forms. You may wish to check the weather forecast if your lesson planned is within a week's time for possible scheduling conflict due to rain, snow, freezing temps, extreme heat, or high winds, and can reschedule at a safer time. Private student lessons are scheduled by appointment. Please contact Lynn Gallup at 919.961-0675 or by email to plan your lesson for best times.

Gaited horseback riding lesson students and clients live in North Carolina: New Hill, Cary, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Sanford, Raleigh, Pittsboro, Siler City, Durham, Chapel Hill, Morrisville, Garner, Southern Pines, Clayton, Moncure, Asheboro, Greensboro, Lexington, Wake Forest, Liberty, Creedmoor, Lillington, Knightdale, and Pinehurst. Other states where students are include: South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.

Therapeutic for your body, relaxing on your mind and rejuvenating for your spirit ...

Experience the smoothest ride with Gracewood's Paso Fino horses. Schedule a visit for a test ride, plan for a horsemanship riding lesson or simply come meet the horses. We are located in central North Carolina near Raleigh. Call 919.961-0675 or email us.

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