"If the art were not so difficult we would have plenty of good riders and excellently ridden
horses, but as it is the art requires, in addition to everything else, character traits that
are not combined in everyone: inexhaustible patience, firm perseverance under stress, courage
combined with quiet alertness. If the seed is present only a true, deep love for the horse can
develop these character traits to the height that alone will lead to the goal." Gustav Steinbrecht
Recommendations: "I am so very impressed with Michelle's knowledge and style of teaching. I have worked with and seen a lot of coaches and teachers over the years, but seldom have I seen a teacher with the passion she has and the ability to get the students to visualize and perform the skills she teaches them. She is the best teacher and my grandson along with the other students are very lucky to have her as their instructor." J.S., Spokane, WA
Meet Michelle with the Westfalen Warmblood Acapulco and learn how to brush your horse's face so he likes it!
Relational Riding™ correctly done, truly begins with the rider. Gentleness, compassion, respect
and love of the magnificent creature that is the horse pervade the training. In the RRA horseback riding lesson program the rider learns
to understand how their body affects the horse's movements and attitudes. They learn to apply
the basic aids necessary for communicating with the horse.
The rider, learns to maintain a balanced
seat and develops a harmonious relationship with the horse.
The lesson program incorporates the best natural horsemanship techniques and combines them with
fundamental dressage training to produce a more complete understanding of the horse/rider
relationship. I believe that all horses and riders, regardless of their fields of interest or
performance, benefit from basic Relational Riding™ techniques. I believe the basic principles
begin with the "balanced seat". This is easily recognized in all horseback riding disciplines by the "ear,
shoulder, hip and heel line".
In developing Relational Riding™, I have incorporated techniques and philosophies from
instructors, trainers and riders from all over the world.
By becoming part of the Relational Riding™ lesson program you will learn and experience correct
Classical training. The Relational Riding™ program cultivates a working relationship for you
and your horse, accesses therapeutic techniques that increase health and vitality, and develops
the horses gaits and abilities as well as your own.
Relational Riding™ students are riding and showing successfully in several disciplines from the
local level to AHSA recognized shows. Since 1988, Dressage students have routinely scored from
65 to up to 73 percent, earned countless ribbons, and qualified for Regional and National
Championships in a variety of disciplines.
Contact Michelle to discuss joining the lesson program, training fees and lesson availability or rehab.
We have show horses and lesson horses for lease! Call for availability and expense (509)290-4301.
Training ride: $25.00
Lesson 30 minutes: $25.00
Lesson 45 minutes: $35.00
Lesson 60 minutes: $45.00
Lesson 1 hr group: $25.00
Rental of School Horse for lessons: $10.00 ADDITIONAL
Beginner lesson packages: Ten 30 min. private or 45 min. group lessons
2014 Lesson Special: $250.00
Show school: $35.00/day
Transportation of your horse:
one horse: $50.00 plus $.90/mile over 20 miles.
two horses: $30.00 plus $.90/mile over 20 miles.
Away shows: $35.00/day plus room, board, transportation
Horse evaluation: $35.00 plus mileage
Hand massage: $40.00
Acupuncture: vet charge
Photopuncture (BioScan, low energy photon therapy, infrared): sessions will be available for $20.00
"Thou must learn the thoughts of the noble horse whom thou wouldst ride.
Be not indiscreet in the demands, nor requiring him to perform indiscreetly. The horse is a wise animal. Let him show you the best and most natural way to accomplish a desired end." Johann Wolfgang Goethe
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before the lesson begins
end of the 45 minute lesson
Watch the photos of Amanda's first lesson with Sophie in chronological order!
Relational Riding Academy thanks Amanda Wakefield and her American Saddlebred mare "Sophie" for
volunteering to show you what is possible to accomplish in just one 45 minute lesson session!
These photos were taken during the first ride I saw Amanda on this horse. Amanda had ridden
Sophie just two times prior to the lesson you see. The slide show runs sequentially through
time as the lesson progresses and shows the steps that horses pass through during retraining
from the carriage and arrangement shown in the first picture to the last. photo credit www.annaliesemoyer.com