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Lessons and Training

"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

"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
  • Chiropractic: $40.00
  • Acupuncture: vet charge
  • Photopuncture (BioScan, low energy photon therapy, infrared): sessions will be available for $20.00

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