Courses

I have spent my whole life in the equestrian field. Starting in pony club and working through the levels, to traveling Europe working and riding with international riders. I have spent years working in hunter, jumper, dressage, western pleasure, breeding and racing barns. At Aspen Acres I try to teach my students that there is so much more to horses then just riding.

By developing these program, I hope to help teach other equestrian enthusiasts about the ins and outs of horses. I have made many mistakes in the past and unfortunately, when any horse owner make mistakes it is our horses that suffer the most. My goal is to share what I have learned and still learning so others can benefit.

Horse Course

This is hands on program, developed for the young adults to the older generation. There is a small riding portion, a theory lecture with handouts to take home. We also cover hands on groundwork where participants can learn a bit about trust, boundaries, and communication between horse and human. This program does take a break inside to get out of the weather and relax.

Program Routine

  • Discussion about tack
  • Riding Demo
  • Everyone gets to try to ride
  • Break inside
  • Small lecture and snack inside (worming, saddle fitting, teeth, vaccines, pasture control etc)
  • Hands on, apply info from lecture
  • Ground work

4 day Horse course

Ages 10yrs old and up, with horse experience limit of 8 participants.

  • July 10 to 13, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm each day – $120 +hst

1 day horse course

Ages 10yrs old and up, with horse experience limit of 10 participants.

  • March 16, 9:30am to 12:00pm $35 +hst
  • December 27, 9:30am to 12:00pm $35 +hst

Client Testimonial ~ from Carl

As a Beginner, I feel strongly that I can apply the techniques learned easily to my horses. ~ Carl

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Horse Theory

Everyone is welcome to take part young to old. Participants learn about horses, this is a non-riding program covering hands-on material about horse heath, tack, feeding, care, exercise etc. The group runs for 1 hour. Enjoy different professionals who volunteer their time to come and educate us on their expertise. The charge is $5 for students and $10 for non- students. To be considered a student the individuals must ride at Aspen Acres twice a month. This program runs 3x a year. Participants need to confirm one week prior to the actual date. There is a question answer period after.

Sessions Are:

  • Friday May 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm– Topic Covered: Course Setting and walking
  • Friday October 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Topic Covered: Cold weather exercise for horses (no riding) all ground work

Stable Hand Course

The Stable Hand Course is designed for anyone looking for a career or a change into the equine world. This is the only course we offer where you get a first hand idea what the equine field is really like. We teach you the skills you need to survive in this field. The course is hands on working with the animals. The course runs for 4 weeks, one day a week.

First course Runs Saturdays October 21, 28, November 4, and 11th, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm –13yrs old and up, limit of 8 participants, No horse experience required. $80.00 +hst

Second part  Runs Saturday November 18, 25, December 2, and 9th, 8:00am to 12:00pm $80+hst -13yrs old and up limit of 8 participants, No horse experience required. $80.00 +hst.

Daily Routine of Course

  • Demo
  • Stable chores
  • Ground work exercises
  • Lecture about horse health followed by hands on portion
  • Feeding and nutrition

Client Testimonial ~ from Jay

Spending the last 4 weeks with Stacey has been a great experience. I didn’t know how much I didn’t know. ~ Jay

Education nights.

The evening starts a 6pm where all the participants tack and ride. This is a group lesson, learning about seat control over the animal, and mind work between horse and rider. The lesson takes one hour of riding time and half an hour for tacking and untacking. The evening moves on to hands on education, covering feeding, lunging, wrapping legs, first aid etc. The participants choose what they would like to learn for the evening. Ending at 9pm.

Bonding

Horse training Course

This is a program designed to teach people how to break and work with a green horse. Participants will witness a green horse going through our training program over the 4 week duration including being back for the first time. After watching and learning each participant will have full hands on options to try the techniques they just watched on our well schooled horses. Course will run for 4 weeks, one day a week.
Saturday February 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:00am to 11:30am $80+hst – 12yr old and up, limit of 6 participants.

Daily Routine of Course

  • Demo
  • hands on, ground work exercises
  • question and answer

Training Clinic

Bring your own horse and work on communication skills, body language, and more. The first day is ground work, second day is riding. $60+hst per day or $100+hst for both days. Runs April 8 and April 9, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Client Testimonial ~ Linda

Stacey gives very through explanations of the what + the why + how, of horse training for the “green” student. Simple enough in order to go home and try on your own horse. Wonderful course to help you to work on the kinks in your one training issues and/ or relationship issues. She is extremely comical in her approach to teaching. ~ Linda

Pony School

Developed for young children to help educate them on horses in a fun structured environment.  There is a small riding portion, and a theory section where participants learn through games and activities.  A light snack is provided, for ages 4 to 11.  This program starts in the Spring, cost is $25+hst per child or $75 +hst for all 4 sessions, 10:00am to 12:00pm Limit of 8 participants.  March 25/ April 1/ May 6/ May 27 (testing day)

Daily Routine of Course

  • An activity to teach students horse behavior
  •  riding
  • snack
  • horse health
  • equipment activity

 

 Riders Course

Learn the horses language. This program is for anyone who struggles tacking, or understanding what their horse is trying to communicate while in the barn or during exercise.  We will teach you how to bond and recognize the horses needs, dislikes and likes. This programs is about putting the horse first and learning their needs and language.  8 participants max, $25+hst per day ages 9 and up.  Runs 10:00 am to 12:00 pm,    May 13, and May 20, $25+hst per day.

Daily Routine of Course

  • in the barn teaching and tacking
  • riding
  • un – tacking
  • question and answer

 

Parents Education Course

This course will teach adults how to look and assess dangerous situations before it is too late.  Participants will learn how to respond in a safe manner while working with horses.  The course will also teach tacking and equipment safety, leading and tying, all hands on. We also cover a bit about horse health and care to ensure horses are happy and comfortable when they are going out to work.   Limit of 8 participants $50 + hst for the 2 days,    February 18, and February 25  1:00 pm to 2:30pm

Daily Routine of Course

  • Catching leading and ground work
  • In the barn tacking and moving around the animals
  • demo’s showing how horses react and how to read them
  • question and answer