Welcome to Allison Acres ~ Galt, CA ~ (209) 224-4304
Allison Acres ~ Pictures below!
We offer several different types of lessons: private lessons, semi-private lessons, the after school program, lungeline lessons, mini lessons during birthday parties, and young horse mentoring. Private lessons can be mounted or unmounted; if you don't want to ride but way to learn about horses and learn to interact with them and train them from the ground, we can do that and it's a lot of fun. Click any of the following links for more information on that particular subject. The rest of this page gives important info. Thanks!
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Private and semi-private horsemanship and riding lessons are available. Lessons with us are perfect for the beginner to intermediate rider, either child or adult, or the fearful rider, or advanced riders who want to work on more advanced groundwork and discrimination training (desensitizing our horses to stimuli they should ignore, and sensitizing them to stimuli they should respond to, like our cues!)
For the new-comer to horses, we can teach you all you need to know to start on a safe, rewarding journey into horsemanship. If you want to purchase a horse eventually or have already purchased a horse and just want some guidance, we are happy to help out! We also consult on management issues such as tack usage and fit, diet, conditioning programs, and barefoot hoof care.
You do not have to ride to have fun learning about horses. We can do natural horsemanship on the ground, clicker training, obstacle work, lunging, round penning... If you have a physical limitation to riding or just don't want to, don't feel pressured - I won't try to make you do more than you are comfortable doing.
I'm Cindi, the senior instructor here, and I am uniquely qualified to teach horsemanship.
You can read more about me at this page, and see more pictures of me working with students and horses: cindiinfo.html
Semi-private lessons will have 2 to 4 students per hour, and can be either with your horse or ours. Everyone needs at least one private lesson to be assessed for semi-private. I need to make sure there are several safety procedures in place before the students are in a situation where they are not the only ones I'm paying attention to. For students who can't yet post the trot and canter on the correct lead, we'll do around 6 to 12 private lessons before the student would qualify for semi private. So this covers total beginners thru people who've had a few lessons elsewhere.
Guaranteed private lessons involve just one student. There will be no other students who need my attention during a private lesson, but sometimes we won't be the only ones out there. I have boarders who can ride whenever they want and sometimes my kids are lurking about. :-)
I also offer a combo session, which is for two people using one horse, for one hour. This is a way to save money while two people are both pretty new and need to hear and practice the same things and are not ready to have their own horse in a group situation yet. It's just the cost of a private lesson plus $10 to add one more student.
Check the price summary page for prices.
We ride in the shade or out of the rain under the covered arena, and we do have lights if your schedule will only accommodate late evening lessons. We can also ride outside, in the round arena or the pasture or the trails or on our new training hill.
Most of the time a one-hour lesson includes instruction on (or semi-independent practice of) catching, haltering, leading, and tacking up, as well as some additional groundwork, which takes approximately 25 minutes. Sometimes we do groundwork for the whole session, depending on your goals and skill level, but usually you'll be in the saddle for 25 or so minutes.
We focus a lot on developing an independent seat through the use of bareback, stirrup-less and lungeline lessons. We also focus on being soft, quiet and relaxed and on being a good, effective leader for the horse. Keeping the horse comfortable and in a relaxed and accepting state of mind is an important goal. And so is having fun!
Those of you who stick around and get to a more intermediate stage are welcome to accompany us to have your "lessons" off-site at various horse events such as cattle sortings or trail rides or gymkhanas and other events.
Please note: People under the age of 18 need to have their parents come by and meet me and sign a release of liability form. We can't let you ride if you're under-age and haven't done that!
Horses and the barn environment provide an excellent venue for addressing sensory processing issues. Lessons can be tailored to calm your child or to stretch their abilities to deal with sensations they might otherwise try to avoid. The horse provides the motivation. For example, the child might not like to brush their own hair or clean their own fingernails, but having to do that for the good of the horse can be very motivating. We can work on being quiet and still to avoid worrying the horse. We can work on being big and aggressive to get performance out of the horse. We can work on stilling our bodies to avoid confusing the horse, and on applying very deliberate and subtle cues to the horse via our own body parts to help the horse understand what we want. It's also a really good way to get kids used to touch. Things will touch them - the saddle, the horse, me, but not because somebody is specifically trying to work on their issues. The reason it's happening is because it's necessary to learn to be good with horses. Having a valid reason really helps kids cope with pushing their boundaries.
Horses are also incredibly good for motor planning issues. Kids with motor planning issues often have problems getting engaged with activities and interactions at an appropriate time and with an appropriate energy level. They often lose out on involvement or wind up bothering people by inappropriate attempts at engagement. They don't get enjoyment from their interactions and they can feel pretty bad about themselves as they take it personally. Students of horsemanship will learn repetitious planned motor skills and will practice spontaneous appropriate motor responses. Cues that riders give horses are best given with rhythm, and learning this rhythm helps kids plan and act at the right moment and with the right timing. And dealing with a large animal is a great way to learn to be ready for anything! These skills can bleed into other areas of their lives and be very helpful.
None of this work costs any more than a regular lesson. If you know about your child's sensory or motor planning issues, please share them with me, along with your hopes and goals. If you don't know, I'm good at noticing them myself. Learning here can help these kids find more balance in their abilities. It's not just about learning to ride a horse!
Want to work on your balanced seat without having to also maintain gait and direction? Bring your horse for lungeline lessons. I require one session with the horse alone first so I can confirm and tune up his lunging skills. Then it's your turn! A half hour session is $38. Lunge line lessons on my horses are included in the regular lesson program.
Lots of younger kids don't have the attention span for an actual lesson but still want to have some fun with horses, and some people just want to try it out. We give pony rides for $28 per half hour for people who are age 6 and up. For those from 4 and a half to 6, the sessions are $35, and are harder to schedule, as I need an assistant for that age to side-walk during the mounted portion. Safety is my primary concern here. We can even accommodate adults on the big "ponies." :-) During the session the students will get to groom the horse and then will be given a ride around the ranch. It's just a fun thing to do, especially to see if there is an actual interest in continuing. Your youngster can come for pony rides every week if you want, and then as they get older they will move into a one hour private lesson, and then into semi private when they are more independent.
Come out and see the horses! And the goats, plus the nice barn cats, and chickens! If you want to experience some country life but don't want to actually sign up for riding just quite yet, give us a ring. We can give you a guided tour of the ranch and barn and all the horses. You can pet, groom, feed, lead, or just watch and learn about the animals. This is of course super fun for little kids, but adults like it also. It's $20 per half hour for the whole group. Lots of times folks will add a half hour animal interaction/farm tour to the end of a birthday party, or after a pony ride.
Please call or email for more information.
Look for the lesson pictures below!
Here I am, Cindi Scoleri:
Pictures from September 15, 2008:
Pictures from September 6, 2008:
Pictures from June 13, 2008:
Pictures from June 12, 2008:
Ground driving a colt, and teaching his owner. First me:
Pictures from Friday, October 26:
From the left: Erin on Jewel, Madison on Roxy, Stephanie on Steele
Erin on Jewel:
Madison on Roxy:
Stephanie on Steele:
The usual crew of spectators during lessons:
Here are some pictures from October 24, 2007. From left to right: The little bay mare is Jewel with Madison. The black Appendix QH is Chex with Erica. The big bay TB is Forrest with Lauren.
Jewel and Chex:
The myspace pose:
Lauren and Forrest:
Madison and Jewel:
Heading back to the barn at a nice walk - no barn sour horses in this group!
Back inside, Lauren does a nice slow walk over the cross rails:
Madison and Jewel:
Here are a bunch
of students, boarders and Allison at the
Here is Erin on Casper:
Here is Jessica on Dusty:
Here is Madison on Bonnie:
Here is Kayla on Casper, Sarah on Rain, and Madison on Dusty:
Here is Madison on Chex:
Below is Allison Acres' student Kristina Lucero
showing off the ribbons she won at a gymkhana on Viejo.
Here is Rain doing leadline:
Here is Gussie and Lora:
Here is Alina and Rain, November 1, 2004:
Here are Lora on Jack, Kristina on VeeVee, and Allison on Christa, taken April 3, 2005:
Here is Kayla on Fifth Element:
Here is my daughter Allison with my student Isabel on Tanner:
Taken in July, 2005, lessons with Tiana and Gabriel Luckey:
Taken August 7, 2006:
Liz on Chex on the left, Allison on Brownie on the
Madison on Bonnie:
Cayleigh on Rain:
From the left: Jessica on Gussie, Kayla on Jaz, Liz
on Chex, Madison on Bonnie:
Jessica on Jaz: