Services At Glacial Ridge Equine
Glacial Ridge Equine---the place for....
....and more. Call for more info while we build this site. 218-686-3838
All of our services and programs are equine-centered and focus on producing confident, healthy and sound horses well prepared to reach their full potentials over a normal long life span.
"Learning is not attained by chance.
It must be sought for with ardor
and attended to with diligence."
***2023 Lesson Packages***
Beginner Horsemanship Packages
Includes: basic horse handling, equine body language, self-regulation, equine management, feeding, anatomy, introduction to horsemanship skills necessary to enjoy a relaxing, drama-free partnership with horses.
Not Sure About Your Horse Lovers Preferences?
~GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE~
Don't see exactly what you need?
Give us a call---we'll help you design a package to help you reach your goals!
Join us on Saturday mornings for Trail, Obstacle, and Showmanship Workshops.
~~~ Limited to 6 riders per session.
~~~Beginner -thru-advanced sessions.
~~~ Call 218-686-3838 to schedule.
~~~ 9am-12 noon Saturdays.
~~~ Juniors thru Adults Horses.
~~~Weanlings thru Aged Horses.
~~~Green thru finished Horses.
~~~$45/horse-rider combo for 4H, AQHA, ApHC, APHA members.
~~~10% discount for pre-registering for three consecutive workshops.
We can accommodate larger groups with notice.
LOOKING FOR SOME GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HORSE ENTHUSIAST IN YOUR LIFE (even if that person is YOU!)???
Glacial Ridge Equine
Is Pleased To offer the following Riding Packages For 2023:
~~~Longeline packages: 5 or 7 consecutive sessions. Great for students and teachers during the week between Christmas and New Years!
5 longe line sessions: $175(for all 5)
7 longe line sessions: $240 (for all 7)
~~~Beginner-thru-Advanced Lesson Packages:
12 lessons: $840
6 lessons: $425
~~~Showmanship Workshop Packages
~~~Trail Workshop Packages
~~~Vaulting Workshop Packages
****Scroll down for workshop information****
'Finding The Feel'*
Focused 3-day equine experience for the lifelong learner.
Limited to 7 participants, 18 and older.
Designed to enhance effective, proactive communication between horse and human. Based on the principle that true understanding of horsemanship takes time, consistency, and commitment. Emphasizing the on-going process of true horsemanship as a worthy goal to continue pursuing, promising rewards for both horse and rider.
'Guts and Grit' *
One-day horsemanship experience, designed with the junior rider in mind. The emphasis is on building horsemanship skills thru a true understanding of the horse. Young riders learn how to focus and embrace challenges as learning opportunities, skills that can be applied in school, sports and social settings.
* Pre-requisites apply
Limited to seven riders.
Our unique lesson program is a step-by-step process that starts at the beginning and progresses methodically towards individual goals. From the basic fundamental principles of effective horsemanship to advanced levels of the riders choice of discipline, the focus is to develop efficient communication between rider and horse. The goal is always to produce a relaxed, confident team that enjoys the time they spend together. Challenges are presented as opportunities to learn and have fun. All riders start with private lessons, and are encouraged to ride in semi-private and group lessons when appropriate. Riders who regularly take a weekly lesson and have reached 'Advanced-Beginner' status are encouraged to schedule independent practice rides at no additional cost. All lessons are allotted a two-hour time slot to allow for questions, ground work, as well as mounted time and MORE!
RATES: Single lesson: $65
Lesson Packages: 12 lessons: $840
6 lessons: $425
*Longe Line Package (pre-requisites apply):
5 longe line sessions: $150 (for all 5)
7 longe line sessions: $170 (for all 7)
*Longe line sessions are short intense (but fun) sessions designed to enhance balance, independence, and communication. Sessions are on consecutive days.
***Cancellation fee (less than 48 hr notice): $60/person
Minimum 3 months. Seven day/week program includes multiple daily short sessions, six weeks of ground work, no drama. Ground work includes but is not limited to light round pen exercises, ground driving, lateral exercises, hobbling, tying, tacking while ground tied, mounting/dismounting. Riding typically starts within first week, but ground work continues for a full 45 days. $850/month for first three months. Includes lessons for owner, feed, grooming, turnout. Owner is responsible for vet, farrier, de-worming costs. Special consideration for horses from our breeding program.
$725/month, includes lessons for owner, feed, grooming, turnout. Owner is responsible for vet, farrier, de-worming costs.
$675/month for Glacial Ridge Equine started/trained horses. Includes lessons for owner, feed, grooming, turnout. Owner is responsible for vet, farrier, de-worming costs.
BOARD: Regular: $550/month. Includes stall, feed, turnout. Use of arena and out door riding areas.
Indoor 24/7: $750/month. Includes stall, feed. Special feeds, supplements, therapies are available at additional cost. Termination of board requires a minimum of 30 days notice. Refunds at discretion of barn management.
ADDITIONAL FEES: If horse arrives for training or board with grooming issues, additional charges apply, including, but not limited to: cockleburr removal and/or mane/tail detangling, heavy mud, manure removal: $55/hr, 1 hour minimum.
OTHER FEES: Show Prep: Clip, bath, band/braid, tail, hoof: $55 - $75
Day Fee/Coaching: $55/day
*****SPECIAL TRAINING PROGRAM*****
WANT TO START YOUR OWN HORSE?
(and do it correctly?)
Have you always wanted to start your own horse and/or have that special role in your horses life? We'll take you through all the steps of training your horse to become your confident and relaxed partner. To qualify for this 90 day program participants must:
1. Be a proficient rider who is able to confidently ride a broke horse at all three gaits in diverse indoor and outdoor environments.
2. Must be able to be at barn everyday for at least 60 consecutive days.
RATES: $900/month with your horse
$1100/month with our horse (you keep the horse)
We have made understanding all aspects of the horse our life's mission. We've done this through lifelong education from outstanding academic institutions, decades of instruction and mentorship from well-credentialed and highly experienced professional horsemen and woman, and decades of hands-on experience with hundreds of horses of all ages, backgrounds, bloodlines and disciplines. We love sharing our knowledge and experiences with everyone who thinks they might have a passion for or even a casual interest in horses.
Some things that are important to know before committing to this journey:
1. Not everyone needs to own horses, or even one horse, to fully benefit from the horse-human relationship. There's lots of other options that can be even more rewarding and appropriate in many cases.
2. If horse ownership is, in fact, a goal for you, the first step towards this goal is NOT buying a horse. While there are plenty of people who take this approach, and plenty of people who will gladly sell a horse to a novice, that's a recipe for disaster. The first step is to learn about horses. From the beginning, from the bottom up. As with anything else that a person is serious about learning, there is a process involved. A process that has logical, progressive steps, that requires appropriate mentorship for success.
3. Horses are not Do-It-Yourself projects. Expecting yourself or your child to 'just figure it out' is the most surefire route to failure. Even more to the point, horses are prey animals and a nervous and unsure human is surely a predator in their eyes. A 65- 200 lb uncertain, unknowledgable, and insecure human stands no chance of controlling an 800- 1200 lb animal who instinctively knows how to survive. And for the love of God, don't subject your kids to that situation and tell them if they want it bad enough they'll figure it out----unless you like Emergency Rooms and funerals.
4. Ask for references, credentials and validation of the credentails/references before getting instruction and mentorship. Well-educated and experienced professionals may be a little more expensive in your mind, but in the long run it's not only the most economical way to go, but also the most effective and efficient.
The truth is that the ONLY way to become an accomplished horseman or woman is by developing FEEL and TIMING, and the only way to do that is by spending appropriately guided time handling and riding horses. Other materials, like books, journals, magazines, articles, dvd's, demonstrations, clinics, can be useful when presented appropriately under the guidance of a qualified mentor. Random and indiscriminate use of the above-mentioned materials are, at best, confusing and frustrating. At worst, dangerous for all involved, including the horse. (If you don't care how it affects the horse, there really isn't any need to continue on this website.) Below you will find a list of some of the ancillary materials we use in our program. The point of introduction of these materials into the process is as important as the lesson plan for the riding lessons.
*THIS LIST IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR MORE INFO AND UPDATES
**Many of the books on our list are also in the AR program. AR points are listed as appropriate.
If I Ran The Horse Show
By: Bonnie Worth (Dr.Seuss)
Random House Books for Young Readers
AR Points: 0.5
0375866833 (ISBN13: 9780375866838)
Justin Morgan Had A Horse
By: Marguerite Henry
AR Points: 5
Aladdin (first published 1946
0689852797 (ISBN13: 9780689852794)
Now You Can Read About
Horses and Ponies
By: Stephen Attmore
Brimax Books (1984)
Misty Of Chincoteague
By: Marguerite Henry
AR Points: 4
1416927832 (ISBN13: 9781416927839
A Good Horse Is Never A Bad Color
By: Mark Rashid
Spring Creek Press 2008
1555661424 (ISBN13: 9781555661427)
By: Marty Crisp
ISBN-13: 9781559719216 ISBN-10: 1559719214 Northword Press 2005
True Unity: Willing Communication Between Horse And Rider
Ameri West Books 2009
0971138613 (ISBN13: 9780971138612)
True Horsemanship Through Feel
By: Bill Dorrance
Lyons Press 2007
1599210568 (ISBN13: 9781599210568)
Who Was Seabiscuit?
By:James Buckley Jr.
AR Points: 1
Grosset and Dunlap 2015
Snowman: The True Story Of A Champion
By: Catherine Hapka
Publisher: Aladdin 2016
Easy to read true story with lots of teachable moments.
Snowman: The Eighty Dollar Champion
By: Elizabeth Letts
AR Points: 18
Ballantine Books, 2012
Another great perspective on this true Cinderella horse story. An added bonus: Letts does a great job at the beginning of this book laying out the historical background of the horse during the 20th century. For the more introspective reader, this provides lots of thinking material for the understanding of the often controversial roles, uses and fates of horses in our currrent culture.
Whole Heart Whole Horse
By: Mark Rashid
Skyhorse Publishing, 2009
Hunter Seat Equitation
By: George H. Morris
The quintessential authority on hunt seat.
By: Carol Dweck
Ballantine Books, 2007
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perserverance
By: Angela Duckworth
(Books that every horse(wo)man and aspiring horse(wo)man should own.)
By: Evans, Borton, Hintz, Van Vleck
W. H. Freeman; 2nd edition (1990)
Dictionary Of Equine Terms
Compiled By: New Horizons Equine Education Center
Alpine Publications (1998)
Equine Arena Handbook: An in-depth guide to arenas and running surfaces.
By: Robert Malmgren
Alpine Publications, Inc. 2010
An absolute must-read for anyone who plans on riding regularly. While many people agonize over what type of rail to use for their indoor or outdoor arenas, few realize that the 'footing' that horses are exposed to is actually the most important factor to consider. 'Footing', which refers to the total profile of the surface that the horse impacts, not just the top-layer, has major short- and long-term impact on a horses overall athelitic ability and useful lifespan. Many people, including people who should know better, think that the 'footing' refers to only the top-layer or top surface that a horse makes contact with. In fact, a thorough understanding of riding surfaces, as well as familiarity with the meaning of terms like 'base' and 'sub-base' will inform even the most casual rider of the importance of this topic. Even if you will never build your own arena, spare yourself the pain of having your leased/boarded horse continually coming up sore or lame, or your favorite lesson horse being repeatedlyunavailable for your rides. Some useful hints to help the novice evaluate self-proclaimed 'good footing' arenas: *Are all or most the horses in the barn standing in stalls with wrapped legs? An occassional wrapped leg is not a bad thing; the majority of the horses in a barn with two or more legs wrapped all the time is a red flag. *Is there a prolific need for and use of 'alternative' therapies that are typically used to address undiagnoseable, chronic or recurring soreness, stiffness, pain, lameness issues? A random horse in a magnetic blanket or magntic leg wraps, an occasional chiropractic or massage customer, a single wave or vibration therapy patient might just be the result of a horse who came in with a pre-existing condition, or a random injury. When every horse in the barn is on a constant regimen of anti-soreness therapies however, there usually is a common factor, i.e. training/riding techniques and/or environment. Think about it: if every horse in a barn has a respiratory illness, there's usually a managment issue to address. Why would it be different with soundness issues? Again, read this book, and read it for understanding. A much under-rated subject, you will save yourself a lot of heartache and money. Another key point in the book:if an arena footing is properly installed, maintenance, while important, is manageable. If there's need in your facility of choice for hours of daily grooming, even in a fast-paced, busy barn, that's yet another red-flag. In addition to potential soundness issues, the cost of such maintenance is typically transferrd to customers.
The Principles of Horsehoeing (P3)
By: Doug Butler
Butler Pub and Tools, 2004
"The Indispensable Independent Seat"
By: Susan E. Harris
Equus, October 2010
"Not 'Just Getting By': Mastery, And Why Few People Achieve It."
By: Deb Bennett,Ph.D.
Eclectic Horseman, Jan/Feb 2017
"Riding With Bill"
By: Leslie Desmond
America's Horse, October 2009
"6 Steps To Becoming A Better Student."
By: Lendon Gray
Practical Horseman, January 2001
"Quiet Harmony: Become Mindful When You Ride."
By: Heidi Foster
Perfect Horse, June 2008