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* It’s All About You – Centered Philosophy *

    • “Why do you want to ride a horse?”
    • “When was the last time you rode?”
    • “Have you received any formal instruction?”
    • “Do you have a disability or traumatic event to share”
    • “Is there anything you don’t want to do?”
    • “What do you want to get out of your ride today?”
    • “Who would you like to ride; a new horse or your favorite?”
    • “How did you feel after your last lesson?”

Dedicated Horseback Riding School

As your Fearless instructor, been there, seen that, done that, or  this ain’t my first rodeo,  I will ask you these questions determine how we should get started or continue.  After that, it’s safety first, fun second!  Please check out the Meet Jan Brubacher page to learn more about me. If you are not 100% happy at the end of you ride, I offer a money-back guarantee.  Word of mouth referrals are everything to me, so your dissatisfaction is never my intention.  Please check out Student Testimonials.  At North Road Farm there is no rush, no stress, no drama.  I prefer open, respectful communication.  The horses & ponies do too :-) All students must complete and submit online this Volunteer & Ride Release

Horseback Riding Disciplines Taught

    • English: Hunt seat, Jumping, Dressage
    • Trail: English or western
    • Gymkhana/games: English or western
    • Bareback

Horses and Ponies Waiting for You!

Check out Meet Your Horse to see who’s looking for a rider.  All the horses and ponies are trained and schooled by me to be your trustworthy riding partner.  Every student wants to be an independent rider capable of safely handling and riding with knowledge and confidence.  Here you will learn how to use your natural instincts and logical cues to move the horse to a walk, trot/jog, canter/lope, back-up, turn left or right and of course, halt. One of the hardest things to learn is how to get their darn heads up from a green grass trail snack.  Don’t worry, we’ll show you how.

School Facilities

Students take lessons, classes, lease and learn in the outdoor arena or trail.  No indoor arena here.  The outdoor is large, fully enclosed with high sun exposure, bright night lights, excellent footing and good drainage.  No puddles or slop to avoid other than early spring time. Note: I have to admit an indoor is a luxury, however I have experienced ALL serious student injuries while teaching indoors.  No excuses, but indoors are gigantic squeaking, flexing covered warehouses that emit scary noises from wind, rain, snow and ice.  Horses freak out from terrorizing sounds and have “horsey meltdowns” that can cause unexpected trauma and injury to students.  Rider Beware! Everybody loves trail rides!  After all isn’t this what horseback riding is really all about?  I’d say most students will agree that jaunts on the Rockingham Rail-Trail network, Fremont are just the best.  I love to give lessons while on the trail because the horses are like little kids eager for recess.  Your mount is willing and cooperative.  This is a “do it again” treat because we practice skills learned in the arena and field test them out in the real world.  No “hot house bubble riders or horses here.” The tack/equipment room is user-friendly with heat, hot & cold running water, washer/dryer, toilet and wifi.  How nice, no smelly porta potties. In here, we hold the Two Hour Introduction to Riding theory section of class.  You’ll sit unmounted on a saddle with reins in-hand to learn proper horsemanship. You will look and feel proud!  No hack riders here – beside the horses are polite, but really don’t like them 🙂

Disabilities

Welcome are students with disabilities such as Autism, Developmental Delay, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD.  I am a Professional Therapeutic Riding Instructor through PATH International  We participate in the Special Olympics, held at UNH each spring.  You can too! Together, we start patiently to see where is the student’s ability from handling, grooming to horseback riding.  In the arena, I emphasize safe, correct skills and keep the pace within the student’s comfort zone.  Lessons are a mix of drills and games for fitness and entertainment.  When the student is ready and willing, we hit the trails it is such a wonderful, independent reward!  If appropriate, a lead or side walker is included at an additional fee. My goal is to create a dynamic yet peaceful environment to build confidence & muscle tone.

Weather

Lessons, classes and leases run year-round in most weather including light snow or drizzly rain. FUN! Plus, the horses really don’t care.  They’re just happy get your attention and those carrots & apples!  Horseback riding is delayed or cancelled in case of snow storms, freezing temps, heavy rain, lighting, thunder, high wind.  If you have any doubt, call/text me at 603-303-1584.  Rides are happily rescheduled at no cost or fuss.

What to Wear

Helmets are required.  Wear your own helmets (bicycle, ski, hockey helmets are acceptable) or use one of our school helmets.  Shoes or boots with a heel are the best.  No sneakers, sandals, soft shoes.  Soft shoes don’t protect feet should you get accidently stepped on (it does happen) and they do a poor job cueing your mount. Riding pants, long jeans or leggings are best because the fabric has a texture grip to provide good contact for your legs and increases safety.  No slippery synthetics, shorts, skirts, bare legs.  Wear tall or long socks to protect your ankles and cushion your feet.  No thin, small slipper socks please.

Where to Get Gear

If you’re ready to purchase your own stuff, shop at these nearby places:
Tractor Supply Brentwood, NH. Helmets, boots, basic riding gear at reasonable prices
Dover Saddlery Plaistow, NH. Greatest selection of English gear. No western. Bargain basement has deals.
Log Cabin Tack Hooksett, NH. English and western plus a large consignment area where you’ll find great deals. Don’t think you have to always buy new

 

– HORSEBACK RIDING INSTRUCTION –

ALL LESSONS AND CLASSES ARE SCHEDULED AND PAID IN ADVANCE. NO EXCEPTIONS

Introduction to Riding Lesson 2 hours $120

      • Limit 1-2 students
      • English or western
      • Arena lesson
      • 30 minutes unmounted
      • 60 minutes mounted
      • 20 minutes to get ready
      • 10 minutes to finish
    This lesson is the foundation of horseback riding.  It’s a great gift for newbies, or a sweet reward for yourself or someone special.  Are you feeling rusty and itching to get back in the saddle?  This will kick-start your love for riding and give you the confidence to restart. You’ll get super clear on how to skillfully handle and navigate a horse or pony like a pro.  Enjoy this popular mini how-to clinic with hands-on instruction unmounted on a saddle with bridle in-hand.  Family or friends can audit this class simultaneously with you. The following topics are the horse handling and horseback riding concepts required to become a proficient equestrian:
        1. Horse psychology and communication
        2. English versus western.  How to choose and why.
        3. Discover your natural aids: legs, hands, hips/seat, torso, voice to balance and easily cue horse or pony
        4. Use your natural aids plus saddle & bridle to move horse forward, halt, back, turn left, turn right
        5. Halter, lead, groom, put on saddle & bridle.  Adjust equipment to yourself and horse or pony.
        6. In arena, safely mount & dismount using a mounting block.  Ride walk, trot/jog, canter/lope based on skill and safety.
        7. Lesson may include bareback, games, yoga exercises.
        8. Extra time to cool-out, untack and groom your horse or pony.  In nice weather, give your mount a pleasant spray bath.
        9. Clean and care for your riding equipment so it’s ready for the next  use.

    Full Private Lesson $75

    You know the basics detailed in the Two Hour Introduction Lesson and can execute all steps independently or with minimal assistance. This class is designed for those who want as much time in the saddle as possible with no distractions!  With intermediate to advanced riders in mind, they will pursue discipline specific areas: English or western equitation, canter/lope in arena or trail, jumping, trail adventures.  We might have games or mounted yoga exercises.  With one-on-one instruction from Jan Brubacher from the ground or mounted on a horse beside you, settle down with my total attention, focus on detail and safety for your maximum pleasure.
  1. Limit 1-2 students English or western Arena or trail lesson 60+ minute mounted ride 20 minutes to get ready 10 minutes to finish

    Modified Private Lesson $60

    You know the basics detailed in the Two Hour Introduction and can execute all steps independently or with minimal assistance. This class is designed for the more skilled riders desiring no more than 45 minutes in the saddle with no distractions.  Here students leave the group class and go solo in the arena or on the trail.  Hone your skills in English or western equitation, posting or sitting trot, canter/lope, jumping, gymkhana.  We might have games or mounted yoga exercises.  With one-on-one instruction from Jan Brubacher from the ground or mounted on a horse beside you, settle down with my total attention, focus on detail and safety for your maximum pleasure. Limit 1-2 students English or western Arena or trail lesson 45 minute mounted ride 20 minutes to get ready 10 minutes to finish

    Group Class $55

    You know the basics detailed in the Two Hour Introduction and can execute all steps independently or with minimal assistance. This class is more advanced to solidify the basics of horsemanship.  Handling, grooming, tacking up, adjusting gear solo is your goal.  In class you work to solidify your riding position and cues at the walk, trot/jog and canter/lope.  As you progress 1) jumping gymnastics, 2) gymkhana games, 3)  trail/obstacle course maybe included.   We might have games or mounted yoga exercises.  Group riding class helps you learn how to ride “in traffic” especially if you want to participate in horse shows.  It’s also educational to watch other’s ride and learn by seeing with your own eyes. limit 2-4 students English or western Arena or trail 60 minute group class 20 minutes to get ready 10 minutes to finish

    Youth 4-H Riding Classes: $45-$40

    Geared towards beginners to advanced beginners, this class will reinforce concepts of the Two Hour Introduction to Riding.  Kids’ goals are to the develop the ability to safely execute all steps independently or with minimal assistance.  This class is a group environment designed to learn how to ride in “horse traffic”and watch others ride.   Often we add games, trail obstacles, bareback riding to mix things up Lead walkers (aka parents or family/friends) are encouraged to support the beginner.  An experienced Lead walker can be added for an additional fee.  Youngsters learn Showmanship or how to correctly work a pony in-hand.  The walk, trot/jog and beginning canter/lope gaits are taught and practices.  Trail obstacles or simple games may be included.  Based on skill and ground support, we will go off farm for an easy trail ride. Limit 5 students English or western Arena or trail class 9:30 – 11:30 am Saturday or Sunday.  3:30-5:30 pm Wednesday – see Event calendar for current schedule 60-75 minute group class 30 minutes get ready 15 minutes finish Back to top of page

    – LEASE YOUR FAVORITE HORSE OR PONY –

    *** COMPLETE HORSE LEASE AT END OF PAGE ***

    Day or Month Lease plans

    Again, it’s all about you!  Together we schedule the type of rides you want on the best days and times with your favorite mounts.   Lease plans are customized sessions depending on: How often you want to ride per day(s) or month? What types of rides do you want? When are the best times and days for you to ride? What horse or pony will you ride based on your 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices?

    Lease Rules

    1. You know the basics detailed in the Two Hour Introduction lesson and can execute all steps independently or with minimal assistance.
    2. You make and pay for your choices online: favorite horses, type of rides, dates & times to ride.
    3. Practice rides are unsupervised.  An adult must be present for children under 18 years.  Off farm trail excursion and arena jumping are NOT allowed. Any exceptions to this rule will void your lease.  No Refund will be given.
    4. You are the only approved person to handle and ride your chosen horse. A friend or family member may only assist in grooming your horse under your supervision. At no time may a friend or family member ride your horse unless you have Jan’s approval prior to your ride.  Any exceptions to this rule will void your lease.  No Refund will be given.
    5. A lease means you are welcome to audit other riding lessons or classes with Jan for self-enrichment and academic exploration.  Discuss with Jan and I’ll get you right out there!
    6. If a lease, lesson or class is cancelled due to personal issues or weather, it must be made up within the current month.  Exceptions can be made on a situational basis. However, the goal is not to load up or carry lessons month to month.  After all, that’s why you’re leasing – to ride more, not less.   No Refunds at month’s end for cancelled or unused lessons or classes.
    7. Youth 4-H Classes can not be included as a lease option.
    8. The barn is closed Monday so the horses and ponies can have rest day 🙂

    ALL LEASES ARE SCHEDULED AND PAID FOR IN ADVANCE

    – MONTH LEASES –

    *** COMPLETE HORSE LEASE AT END OF PAGE ***

    Disciplines Offered

    • English: Hunt seat, Jumping, Dressage
    • Trail: English or western
    • Gymkhana/games: English or western
    • Bareback
    The following are EXAMPLES of Lease plans presented to clarify how to construct your own best deal.  Please feel free to alter any plan to suit your individual preferences.  You will indicate these preferences when you complete the lease form.  Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask Jan 🙂

    Month Lease with Full Private Lessons

    • 4 Full Privates @ $75 = $300
    • 4 Practice sessions @ $40 = $160
    • Total = $460 per month
    • Less 10% discount (-46) = $414 per month

    Month Lease with Modified Private Lessons

    • 4 Modified Privates @ $60 = $240
    • 4 Practice sessions @ $40 = $160
    • Total = $400 per month
    • Less 10% discount (-40) = $360 per month

    Month Lease with Group Classes

    • 4 Group Classes @ $55 = $220
    • 4 Practice sessions @ $40 = $160
    • Total = $380 per month
    • Less 10% discount (-38) = $342 per month
     
    ALL LEASES ARE SCHEDULED AND PAID FOR IN ADVANCE

    – DAY LEASES –

    *** COMPLETE HORSE LEASE AT END OF PAGE ***

    Day Lease with Full Private Lesson

    • 1 Full Private @ $75
    • 1 Practice session @ $40
    • Total = $115 per day
    • No Discount

    Day Lease with Modified Private Lesson

    • 1 Modified Private @ $60
    • 1 Practice session @ $40
    • Total = $100 per day
    • No Discount

    Day Lease with Group Class

    • 1 group classes @ $55
    • 1 practice sessions @ $40
    • Total = $95 per day
    • No discount
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    Day or Month Horse Lease

    This Lease is for students who wish to reserve a specific horse or pony to ride twice in one day(s) or commit to a month of rides reserved on specific days and times. Monthly riders will receive a 10% discount. Day riders receive no discount. Compete Lease, submit and pay online. If there are any pre-existing conflicts, Jan will contact you and the lease will be adjusted. Leases are fulfilled on a first come, first served basis. Once Lease is approved, submit payment and start riding more!
    • Use the drop down menu to select Day or Month. If Day Lease, please indicate the day(s) and date(s) you would like to lease in the comment field below. If Month Lease, please indicate the month(s) you would like to lease in the comment field below.
    • Horse & Pony Choices

      You will be asked to submit your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices of the horse or pony you would like to ride. Jan will confirm your choices based on any existing conflicts. Thank you for your flexibility.
    • Please select your first choice horse or pony. Scroll down to see all choices.
    • Please select your first choice horse or pony. Scroll down to see all choices.
    • Please select your first choice horse or pony. Scroll down to see all choices.
    • Type, Quantity, Price of Rides

      Please select the type and quantities of Rides you want. The Lease form will calculate your total rate.
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    • Select the time(s) of day you would prefer to ride.
    • Please make note if you would like to ride on the quarter hour (9:15 or 9:45) or the half hour 9:30. Add the specific day corresponding to the time if necessary. Add any other notes that would be helpful for scheduling.
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