CHAMBERS PINES FARM, LLC
With over 30 years experience in Western and English, Competition and Training; Ellen specializes in Western Riding; English Flat and Equitation Patterns, Beginning Jumping and Hunter, conditioning Horses, beginner to show level, trail,safety and horsemanship. A graduate of
Horses can be boarded for two to 8 weeks of conditioning and tuning in prep for show or other performance needs or horse tune ups.
Active member of the:
American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA)
United States Equestrian Federation
American Quarter Horses Association
American Paint Horse Association
Western Dressage Association
SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS HORSE ACTIVITIES AND FOCUS:
A NEW ADDITION TO CPF - Ellen is offering lessons and horse ground work for Special Needs Kids. The activity will be designed especially for your child (or adults) that will benefit from horse activity and interaction. This time is specifically offered at Split Pine Ranch on Saturday Mornings. http://splitpineranch.com/
Ellen can take you to the show ring; prepare you to enjoy a trail ride or a better relationship with your horse. Schooling horses available or bring your own, I will also travel to you, additional fee required. Ellen's private ranch is located near Homestead Regional Park for long relaxing trail rides, included in a continuing lesson program.. Special camp days for beginners and youth can be scheduled. Ellen is also available for horse training and/or conditioning your horse on a regular schedule.
Background Screened for youth through 2018.
Lessons, schooling horses, available at additional fee, special events. Western and English,.
Horse Therapy for Children with Special Needs
Therapeutic riding programs bring disabled children and adults together with horses in a world where disabilities can fade away, if only for a short time.
By Linda Hubley
Therapeutic handicapped riding programs are popping up all over the country.
These riding programs bring disabled children and adults together with horses in a world where disabilities can fade away, if only for a short time. Fears can be overcome, self-esteem built up, can inspire confidence and often times the programs can give control of movement via the horse to a child that has not much control.
Some of the other important factors that horseback riding offers is it teaches a skill while at the same time helps the rider to stretch and strengthen muscle tone. The rhythm of riding helps to relax the body and improve balance and coordination. A good riding program will have safe, gentle horses, provide riding helmets, assist with getting off and on the horse/pony and provide a handler for leading and an attendant walking on alongside the rider. These are special horses with a special attitude, many of these horses know that they have to "take care" of the rider.
First check out the stable, make sure they do use kind, gentle horses, check out the safety and cleanliness of the stable, check for references from riders current and past, instructors in my state have to be licensed to give any kind of riding instruction. If your child seems frightened don't push them to go on, visit the stable frequently, lead up to petting or brushing the horse/pony, in time most any child will attempt to ride. Remember the horse sees us bigger than we see them.
The first lesson, dress properly. Long pants, hard soled shoes or boots are usually recommended but sneakers can be used if necessary. Make sure a helmet is always used. Each stable will differ on their rules to some degree.
Usually the first time will be led by an experienced horse handler with an attendant walking alongside the horse, when the rider becomes more comfortable and confident, the instructor will use a "loungeline" this is a long line that is attached to the horses halter while the instructor is on the other end of the line in the center of the ring. The rider thus has more freedom to control the horse his or herself. The next step up is to ride in a ring with no lead or loungeline attached. Freedom of movement with the horse with the instructor in the ring. After this, it's on to the Special Olympics for some.