Lessons are designed to help students achieve his or her goals. It does not matter if you wish to compete at the highest level or learn how to be completely comfortable in the saddle to enjoy trail riding... we will help you get there!
English lessons are taught for pleasure, jumpers, pony club, dressage and eventing from beginner through advanced levels. Our idea of advance level riders may differ from some others. To us advance level is confidently working towards 3'6" to 4' jumping courses, ready to go out nationally eventing, or tackling third level dressage movements! We also teach lead line lessons for the younger riders who are not yet able to steer on their own.
Grooming, catching and preparing horse and equipment is part of the lesson time for beginners and all first time lessons. As students progress and are able to begin to perform these tasks without as much assistance they are encouraged to begin coming a little early to begin getting ready. When a student is able to prepare themselves and horse without help they may then move into a group lesson setting. Advance level students are expected to be ready, on and warmed up 15 minutes before their lesson time when possible. This allows them time to begin warm up and be ready to "get to work" earlier in the lesson.
Pricing ranges from $25 to $55 for each lesson depending on lead line, group or private. Students who use their own or leased horse(s) do receive a discount on lesson prices. For more information on pricing, cancellation policy, booking lessons please visit our Lesson page for complete details.
Virtue Stables offers various levels of stall boarding for lesson clients and training horses only! We offer two different levels of full care. To board with us it is required that owner, family member of owner, or lessee of horse is a regular lesson student of ours (or the horse boarded is part of our training program). We keep our horses in top notch condition and require our clients to do the same. Reduced lesson fees for boarders, please see lesson prices for details.
The horses who live here enjoy lots and lots of turn out time, quality grain, quality hay, grassy fields for turn out and grazing (as weather and seasons permit), matted stalls that are designed for their comfort under the mats, and individual attention to care and detail.
The typical summer day routine consists of: 8:30AM Bring in from fields. Checking for unevenness of steps, major wounds or injuries and overall wellness. 8:45AM After getting to settle in their stall, munch on some hay they are given their breakfast. MIDDLE of the DAY, horses are checked on, water topped off as needed, hay nets are refilled as needed. Any horses who receive a third feeding get lunch at this time. 5:00PM Horses are given some hay to munch on if they ate all of theirs over the afternoon hours. Then fed their dinner. While eating dinner any horse who gets boots on for turnout receive them and everyone is fly sprayed (owner provided). AFTER finishing dinner they are all turned out in their regular groups for the night. 9:00PM everyone is checked on in the fields and in the barn (if anyone stayed in) and tucked in for the night.
The typical winter day routine consists of: 7:45AM Hay is given 8:00AM Breakfast is fed. Once ground, ice, snow etc is safe for crossing or turning out on they horses is go outside. They remain out until weather or conditions say otherwise! About a half hour before dark the horses begin to come in to the barn, check for anything out of the ordinary for each horse. Hooves are picked out to remove any snow balls. Once they have settled in and eating hay for about 15 minutes, they are giving their dinner grain. At 9:00PM Horses are checked on, stalls picked out (again), water and hay topped off and anyone who gets a third feeding get their late night snack.
During the spring and fall seasons, when the weather becomes nice during the day and night. Horses will come in for breakfast, lunch, dinner then at times go back outside to graze. Owners may request to have horses stay on the regular turnout times if desired.
To find out more about boarding options with us and to bring your horse or pony here to continue learning together and give them a great place to live check out our boarding page.
"Thank you so much for taking such incredible care of my boy. He means everything to me and I fully trust you to take the best care of him. Thank you so much!"- A.S.
Training is done based on a time frame the horse needs. We take our time and work with the horses from the ground up! Not every horse is the same so neither are the day to day programs. While some of the horses come to us for training in competition others come to us to work through difficulties and others come just to brush the cobwebs off from hanging around in fields having not done much as of late. Training is completed by our trainer and from time to time a working student may work on the ground or lunge training, while supervised by our trainer. Training fees begin at $250 per month. Does not include board, regular vet care, hoof care, and other objects or needs of the individual horse.
Our sales program we encourage that everyone has the horses best interest in mind. While we understand that as a seller you do not want to invest large amounts of money into training and care for a horse who does not fit your need, it is important that they are ready to be sold. Regular riding is vital to improving the chance of finding the horses a new home that they will fit right into. A decent price for a horse in today's market requires that they can not only be ridable but PROVE through experiences and records that they are mentally and physically capable of doing the discipline in question.
While we do have fees set up with training and sales, we will work with owners to try and get a program designed that meets the needs and requirements of both horse's performance and owner's budget.
On a limited basis we offer a working student program. The students who fill this program are regular students here at VS and are ready to help in more detail around the barn. While it is called Working Student, this position is more of an intern position. Students taking part are expected to be here on set days and times to perform various duties around the farm and with the horses. Hours required vary from 15 to 25 hours per week. Duties include cleaning stalls, treating wounds, bandaging, detailed grooming practices, hoof care, leg care, feeding, turning horses out or bringing them in, painting jumps, field up keep and parts of everything else that goes into taking care of sport and lesson horses. Perks are more ride time and hands on education that you do not have to pay for! This program is for the serious rider who wants to learn more detail and who cares about the welfare of our horses. Requires long hours sometimes, when a horse has an injury or is not feeling well this is not a position that you can just say "well my time is up today" or "I have something else to do to night". Our horses depend on us and we depend on our working students/staff to help us see to the horses every need. DAY-NIGHT-HOLIDAYS-ANY HOUR OF ANY DAY. This positions fills fast and at times we do have a waiting list for an open position.