Welcome to the Timepiece Arabians Lesson page, here you will find information on our program. How it works, our philosophy, and what to expect for your first couple of times at the farm.
Our lesson program offers students a wide variety of learning opportunities, whether it is working the horse on the ground, riding, cleaning tack, or learning how to work with a group to accomplish tasks. We teach students how to safely maneuver around the horses both on the ground and while riding. Safety, learning responsibility, practicing critical thinking, all the while learning about the horse, are our main goals each and every lesson.
Our lesson program is designed to be a 3-hour block and there is a lot of information that goes into that time frame. Due to our unique program, we invite you to come tour the farm, meet the instructors, and see if Timepiece Arabians is a good fit for you or your child before signing up for lessons. We want you to have the opportunity to ask questions and get a feel for the farm so that you have a good idea of what future lessons will look like and what our philosophy truly is.
We divide our students up based on age and skill level. We offer group Lessons Tuesday through Friday from 4-7pm. Our Young Riders’ program is on Fridays, you can find more information on the Young Riders Program below.
Since our regular lessons are in a 3-hour block we break that block up to ensure the student feels confident and comfortable with the tasks they are doing. The first hour is catching, grooming and saddling the horse under the eye of an instructor or advanced student/mentor who is in the barn at all times. The second hour is the actual time in the saddle, while the final hour is taking care of the lesson horse, cleaning any gear used and learning to shut the barn down for the evening.
All lessons are $55. We do not give private lessons.
Our Regular lesson structure:
1. The first lesson taken will be about an hour long, and is called the "catching and grooming" lesson. In this lesson we teach how to walk up to a horse safely, put a halter on and lead the horse safely. We then teach how we want the horses to be groomed, both correctly and safely. We always give reason why we want certain things done and how we have evolved to the present teaching criteria.
2. The second lesson is a review of the first lesson PLUS information on putting tack on the horse. This lesson will be about an hour and a half long depending upon the age of the student. This is called the "groom and tack" lesson, and again we spend a great deal of time explaining exactly why we do what we do. We invite our students to ask as many questions and are always striving to clarify and explain.
3. The third lesson is the full 3-hour lesson. During the first hour, the students groom and tack their assigned horses always under the supervision of an instructor or advanced student/mentor, the second hour is full of groundwork and riding, while the third hour is untacking, grooming, putting the horse out, and cleaning the tack and learning how to close up the barn.
We have developed the lesson program in such a manner so that the students start to feel comfortable with the process and tasks of the 3-hour lesson. We feel that if students start with the 3-hour lesson they would be simply be overwhelmed with information.
Our motto is that we want to teach our students as much as we possibly can so that one day, if they wish, can take over our jobs. We teach all our students no matter the age, that there is a responsibility to care for the horses properly, to understand that one has to be responsible in life no matter the age, and that what they put into lessons is what they will get out of them. That the lessons learned with horses are lessons applicable to working, school and all of life itself.
AGE LIMITS FOR OUR main lesson program
Because our Main lesson program can be very labor and time intensive, we prefer not to take students less than 9 years old unless it is in the newly created Young Riders Program. We suggest that you come out and visit our farm to learn more about our lessons and to see if we're a great fit.
Please call or visit Nature Nurture at http://www.naturenurturesfarm.org/ or Keev Farm at http://www.keevfarm.com for the availability of programs for much younger students if there is not room in our own Young Riders Program. They have incredible programs for for students who may not have the time available for our program.
YOUNG RIDERS PROGRAM
We started our Young Riders Program in January 2017 for young students age 7-9 who would like to be around horses and would like to start their lifelong education with horses. Lesson length and number of students per lesson depends on the riding level and age of the student. Lessons start at $55.00 for a maximum two hour block. For more information, please call the farm and ask any questions, or set up a time to come and visit.
WEIGHT LIMITS FOR OUR STUDENTS
Most of our horses are 15 hands two inches or less. Because of the fact that we use smaller horses, we cannot take students who weigh more than 230 lbs.
HELMETS AND BOOTS
We provide hard helmets for the first four lessons. After that, we ask that you buy your own helmet and make sure that your name is in it. Tack Room Too on Lee street in Tumwater can help fit the perfect helmet.
Please wear boots with a heel. We do not work around horses in tennis shoes, school shoes or anything other than either English or Western type boots. Boots do not need to be expensive but they do need to have a heel. Often students outgrow boots and they can be found in our "back room" of items to be given away or sold.
Instructor and Barn Manager
Jordyn has over 12 years experience of teaching in the equestrian field She teaches Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced students. She brought her last horse to the two rein and spent an incredible amount of time increasing his scope over fences. She is currently working on her new filly Britta, bringing her along slowly and carefully. Jordyn divides her time between the Farm, a regular job with Washinton state, AND going to college where she is studying to be an accountant
Instructor And Farm Manager
Kelsi has over 12 years of teaching experience in the equestrian field. She graduated from WSU and returned to Olympia to work with a company in downtown. She works with Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced lessons and is the
co-ordinator for the TPA Summer Camp programs and the St. Martins Pacific Rim Program with TPA. Kelsi currently is working with a new filly bought in 2019, and has her beloved pony Elf straight up bridle. Like all of our students, Kelsi can navigate a cross country course, jump a stadium course, quietly move through an obstacle course, or rope a small cow.