SmoothRide4u Youth Horsemanship Programs

Connect with Horses through Understanding and Hands on Activities

  • Ideal for Home Schooled Youth

  • Girl Scouts (Horse Fan and Horse Rider Badges)

  • Instructor is a Certfied Horse Show Judge and College Instructor

  • Location is Gracewood Farm in New Hill, NC (15 minutes form Apex)

These programs are in development by the instructor Lynn Gallup for Spring 2013. Email with the student info form included, the best times and days suitable for you for a class, how flexible your days and hours are, and best way to contact you. Youth will be tentatively placed on the course list to see if the required number of students is reached.

Youth Educational Courses - Horses 101, 102

  • Horses 101 is structured to introduce youth students (ages 7 -17) to the understanding of and all about horses.
  • Each class is held for four consecutive weeks and lasts for two hours.
  • Each class's structure is: first hour is teaching with "classroom" learning.
  • Each class's second hour is a "lab" setting with hands on horse experience to reinforce that day's classroom learning.
  • Homework and tests are given to reinforce the new knowledge.
  • Because each course builds off what was covered in previous classes, students must take Horse 101 before Horse 102.
  • Registration two weeks in advance with a deposit to hold a student's is required.
  • A minimum of four students is required to hold a class.

  • Horses 101: Learning and hands on experience about horses and their care, tack, feeding, handling, safety. etc. (4 students min.)
  • Horses 102: Learning and hands on experience about horses, ground handling, riding, and safety. etc. (4 students). The student's lab may be set at different times as per individual's attention as needed.

The program's topics include:

  • What is involved in the care of the horse?
  • What kind of food does a horse eat?
  • How do you care for a horse?
  • Understand how horses think and react?
  • Learn the parts of a horse's body.
  • Why does a horse need shoes or his hooves' trimmed?
  • Examine the grooming tools for horses. Learn what each does and how to groom a horse.
  • Know about safety practices when you are around horses.
  • Learn about proper clothing for being around horses, and for English or Western style riding.
  • Learn the parts of a saddle and bridle.
  • Learn how to take care of tack.
  • Watch a horse being saddled and bridled.
  • Learn the use of each piece of tack.
  • Learn how to lead a horse.
  • Learn to mount and dismount, start, stop, steer, and ride at a walk and maybe progress to a trot speed. (102)
  • Know safe riding rules and riding manners. (102)

Program cost to be announced in the future.


Read the student requirements, safety articles, complete and submit the required student forms. If you have questions, please contact Lynn Gallup by email or call and leave a message at 919.961-0675.

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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