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All abilities equine summer classes coming soon

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Classes are open to all members of the community to come together for fun, learning, growth and to share in our passion for horses and the outdoors.

Those who already have equestrian skills are challenged to learn more and/or share their knowledge with others, while first-time riders gain confidence with the help of our experienced certified instructors, wonderful horses and dedicated volunteers.

The classes give children and adults, with or without disabilities, the opportunity to gain riding skills and learn about horses in a fun, safe and supportive environment. The Double W Ranch (Kids & Horses) is located in the Carson Valley, between Minden and Carson City. The facility includes several outdoor riding arenas, a large indoor heated tack room/class room, a large workshop area as well as an indoor arena for riding on inclement weather days.

Contact Kids & Horses at 775-691-8185 or horses@kidsandhorses.org for additional information and for required sign up materials and releases.

Introduction to Horses: Ages 5-18

This course covers the basics in horse management from horse etiquette to hands on grooming. Students will visit horses while learning colors and markings. Time will be spent in the tack room learning English and western tack. A strong emphasis will be placed on safety around horses. Students will have the opportunity to ride on the last day of the session. Students under the age of 9 or with special needs must have parent or guardian supervision at class. All parents are encouraged to attend with their child. Students should wear pants, sleeved shirt, and closed toe shoes. Limited space is available

Instructor: Cynthia Valentine

Cost: $100 per session (All materials & horse fees are included)

Days: Wednesdays

Times: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Dates: May 11 to June 1; June 8-29; August 10-31; Sept. 5-26

Saddle up and Ride: Ages 5 and up

This course covers the areas of equine education needed for basic riding and horse care. Students will begin by learning how to approach, halter, and lead a horse, and then students will groom, saddle, and mount. All interaction will be specialized and modified for each rider’s ability and knowledge. Riders will, from the first lesson, work on basic riding skills including, but not limited to steering, walking, halting, and trotting. Instruction will be on a one-on-one basis and proper position and balance skills will be emphasized. This class runs for four weeks with one-1 hour session per week. Students should wear appropriate riding apparel including pants, sleeved shirts and proper riding boots. Introduction to Horses is a recommended prerequisite to this course. Limited space and times available.

Instructor: Cynthia Valentine

Days: Tuesdays

Cost: $160

Times: 9-10 a.m.; 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Dates: June 7-28; July 5-26; Aug. 8-23


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