Category Archives: Training

Lesson Discounts!

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s time to start lessons or get back into a regular routine.  Did you know that we offer discount lesson packages?  11006401_10152624003287051_1949455912891508737_n

  • Bulk Lesson Discount: Purchase 10 lessons and get one free.  This is a great deal for committed students!
  • Gift Package: Purchase 4 lesson gift certificates and receive a free stuffed horse keychain or other horsey-themed prize. This is a fun deal for the younger riders in your life and makes a great birthday gift or reward for good grades!

Even if the weather surprises us, we have a covered arena for rainy days and a lighted arena for evening lessons!


Open Arena and Trail Challenge Practice and Competition

At Hillside Stables we have been busy planning trail challenge obstacles for our Second Annual Trail Challenge Practice and Competition (with Equine Costume Contest)!  We had so much fun planning, hosting, and participating in this event last year and are please to do it again this fall.

The event will be on Sunday 26 October 2014, so mark your calendars!  We will have registration forms and further details posted to the Trail Challenge page soon, so check back later.

Here are a few pictures of last years obstacles during preparation.  Have you been practicing on the obstacles that were difficult?


The “Can Man”

Pool Noodles

Pool Noodles

Almost finished teeter totter

Almost finished teeter totter

Perhaps the short lengths of hoses are not as "spooky" as anticipated...

Perhaps the short lengths of hoses are not as “spooky” as anticipated…

Trail Riding Lessons and Training

Hillside folks have been exploring new trails lately.  Trail riding is a great way to add some variety to both your and your horse’s routines; it is great mental and physical exercise for your horse.  Trail riding is also a great way to condition your horse as it builds his or her stifles, back end muscles, lungs, etc.  Below are some pictures from our recent excursions.

If you want to go trail riding but your horse is spooky and nervous (and maybe you are a little nervous, too), consider putting your horse in training or taking some trail riding lessons yourself–as your confidence grows, so will your horse’s!

SEFA Trail Challenge 2013

The Shelby Farms Equestrian Alliance Trail Challenge was a blast this year!  Despite scheduling conflicts for many of our riders, we still sent a small contingent of riders and volunteers.  Everyone had a great time and the horses behaved beautifully.  It was great to see old friends and make some new ones.  See all of the pictures and share yours on our Facebook page. Hopefully we’ll see everyone there again next year!

Jake in the Round Pen

Jake did really well in his round pen workout today!  Check out his huge stride and uphill canter!  Not only does he have incredible gaits, he is the biggest sweetheart you could ever want to meet.