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5129 N 600 W
(aka Mt Comfort Rd/Olio Rd)
McCordsville Indiana 46055
Lessons - Stacey Sheley
(317) 416-8632
Lessons - Lindsey Keeven
(317) 418-8933
Camp Director - Andi
(219) 296-8776
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Western Lessons

The style of Western riding was manly developed to work long hours on cattle ranches. These types of horses were breed to have the qualities of stamina, quick bursts of speed, intelligent decision making abilities, thick, short sturdy bodies that can handle long periods of work and require quick changes of direction.

The original Western horse was breed from mostly Thoroughbreds, several Mustangs, a few Light Draft, Morgans, and Spanish horses. There are probably a few other types of horses too but the records aren’t perfect, they mostly stop around the early 1800’s when the remaining recorded horses are mostly Thoroughbreds.

In modern times the typical Western horse has split into 5 categories; race, halter, Western performance, English performance and ranch horse. One example of a popular Western Performance class is called Reining. Reining is considered to be the Dressage of Western riding and is, in fact in the works to be included in future Olympic competition as it has spreed in popularity world wide. Much of the traditional Western riding can be traced back to Spanish riding.

Western riding requires skill, dedication and is intensive. What you will learn from Western riding is; balance, subtle communication, form, two handed rein work, one handed rein work, lightness of hand, proper seat, proper leg cues, the use of the riders weight in cuing, rating speed, backing, whoa, smooth transition of gait, collection, shoulder in, shoulder out, pivot on the front, spinning, roll backs, proper 3 beat lope, slow trot, Western extended trot,  proper use of aids, flying lead changes etc.

The rider will be taught the tack, bits, and use of other Western equipment as well.

Events Avalable

  • Western Pleasure
  • Western Equitation
  • Western Riding
  • Showmanship (in Saddle)
  • Trail
  • Speed Events Pole Bending and Barrel Racing
  • Basic Reining
  • Halter
  • Showmanship at Halter

At this time we are not teaching the sliding stop as it requires specialized horse shoes, and we unfortunately do not have any steers to play with so cattle work is not on the list either.

Things I have no interest in teaching are; Spur stops, “troping” (an artificial 4 beat lope), heavy use of harsh bits, use of harsh spurs and any other poor treatment of horses or forced artificial gaits in a non-gaited horse.

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