Comprehensive Lesson & Training Program
The main focus of our program is to help you be successful with your horse. You are able to choose your discipline of riding. We offer a straightforward approach to all training issues, and we enjoy working with a diverse group of horses and riders. You will learn to improve communication with your horse and to become an effective and confident rider. We will provide you with a solid foundation of arena riding skills, which will complement your "outdoors" riding and encourage positive experiences on the trail. Competition preparation is offered, as well as sensory training and clinics covering a wide selection of topics.
Horse Training Packages: (board included, excluding grain and supplements)
Days of training may be either training rides or lessons.
5 days training - $1000
4 days training - $885
3 days training - $830
2 days training - $755
I welcome those interested in part-time training, or those who wish to come into training for a limited time.
I will work with any age and breed of horse, in a joint effort with you, the owner, to accomplish your training objectives. I can work with your horse on impeccable ground manners, overcoming trailering issues, desensitization exercises, or preparing for any phase of competition.
Horses in training have frequent opportunities to work trail and sensory obstacles, work on water crossings, bridges, traffic, just to name a few, and a trail course with obstacles like you might find out on the trail, ride out in our gorgeous mountains, and [by arrangement] pack into mountain and wilderness areas on our extended trips.
Lesson Pricing: (Western or English)
Group Lessons - with a schooling horse - includes tacking/untacking
1.5 hours - $50.00
Private lesson- with a schooling horse
1/2 hour - $50
1 hour - $70
Group lesson - with your own horse
1/2 hour - $45
45 minute - $50
1 hour - $60
All lessons are geared towards teaching you to better communicate with your horse and fine tune your position, balance, seat, and aids. Above all, I want you to enjoy and strengthen the partnership with your horse.
Please arrive in safe attire at least 30 minutes prior to your lesson start time so that you may warm up your horse.
I must enforce a strict 24 hour cancellation policy. This means that if for any reason you cannot cancel your lesson 24 hours ahead of time, you will be charged the full price of the lesson.
Other Services (Please call for info or quote unless otherwise specified:)
Riding and/or Packing Clinics.
Training and instruction out on the trails.
Competition coaching and horse show schooling; fees may vary depending on location and number of students or horses attending.
Hauling @ $1.00 per mile. Minimum Hauling fee is $100.00
****This service is only for students and training clients and not available to the public.****
Finders Fee or Commission on Sale Horses - $750 minimum, plus any expenses, or 15% of the sale/purchase price.
$10 trailer in/arena fee/obstacle course only
$20 obstacle course fee (includes arena fee)
"OMGoodness! Well, without Ruth I would have gotten rid of my horse a long time ago. I went to Ruth because I had sever confidence issues (after accidents) and wanted Newt evaluated to get her opinion about him. She informed me that he was a good horse, push button and the issue was me! I've ridden with Ruth about 4 years and believe her to be the best! She pushes when I need pushing, and knows just how much to push. She is encouraging, honest, forthright and supportive. She's great on the trail and sharing her knowledge is paramount. My confidence has grown and although I've had some setbacks in that arena, I know she can help me through that again. I wish Ruth was back in Sonoma County so I could continue to ride with her weekly!"
Allison Frasier from Petaluma, CA