Group lessons are a great way to make new friends while learning about horses and riding! South Mountain School of Horsemanship has a very high standard for the community of students we welcome here. You need never worry that your fellow students will be anything less than helpful, supportive, and friendly!
Group lessons typically run from an hour and a half to two hours, depending on the group size and experience level. Groups tend to have 3-6 people (with 6 riders being the maximum). When riding in a group, you get to watch other students perform maneuvers as well as talk to them about it. So you not only get help from your instructor, but also from fellow students who might have more experience than you!
Group lessons are only sold in monthly 4-lesson packages and are scheduled for the same day and time every week. So, for example, if the group that fits your level and schedule are Tuesdays at 6:30pm, then that will be your lesson day and time going forward. A group lesson package is $200.
Group lessons are not offered on a drop-in basis, as that would hurt the quality of the lesson. Only students taking weekly lessons and enrolled in AutoPay are able to join group lessons. You can find more information on our FAQ Page.
Benefits of Group Lessons!
A more social experience. Many students do not have horsey friends outside of lessons - group lessons give students the opportunity to connect with others who share their passion.
Shorter soundbites of information and more independence. In private lessons you have the full attention of the instructor for an entire 60 minutes. This can mean a lot of information and scrutinization all at once, whereas with multiple riders each student has time to absorb the information and then try to carry it out more independently while still in a safe and supervised environment - this normally leads to a rider who thinks more critically and develops better "feel".
Visual learning tool. Students are able to watch one another. Students are able to see what they are trying to achieve when riding with other students, or conversely are able to see why something isn't working.
FUN! Group lessons are more fun for students of all ages as it opens up a whole new world of GAMES and activities.
Riding in groups gives students confidence and provides a challenge. When riders see another student accomplish something, it often gives them the confidence that they too can do it - it also often encourages students to work that much harder to achieve the same or better results.
Group lessons or more economically feasible for many people. The reduced price often opens the door to taking multiple lessons a week which will in most cases help you to achieve your riding goals more quickly.
Extra time! Group lessons are longer - more time in the saddle, extra time to get those "light bulb" moments, and more time for games and fun!
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