Silver Eagle Stable

social boarding & lesson barn

Tiffany Beck Dressage and Silver Eagle Stable is a family oriented, social boarding & lesson barn conveniently located  near Washington, D.C. in beautiful  Prince William County of Northern Virginia.  We are close to Catlett, Clifton, Fairfax, Gainesville, Haymarket, Manassas, McLean, Stafford, and Woodbridge.

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Training of Foals

$55

Private lessons on privately owned horse - $55 or $250 for a block of 5.
* $15 trailer in fee for non-boarders.

$60

Private lessons on our schooling horse - $60 or $275 for a  block of 5

$300-$600

$600 for full time; five days a week for a month. $300 for half training. Interchangeable with personal lesson or riding training.

 

Dressage Lesson Format

Equipment.

Make sure all equipment is properly fitted and adjusted.

Consider all other safety factors for lungeing as described under.

Practical Directives for Lungeing The Horse.

Mounting up.

Bring horse into center of lunge circle. Let stand. Knot reins through safety strap if your haven't already done so when warming up the horse. Check girth and pad.

Detach side reins a bit and snap together over withers or hook onto D-rings. Assist rider to mount. Walk hose forward. Reattach side reins. 

Initial assessment.

Proceed in circle at walk and trot (canter only if appropriate).

Observe the student for a short while, and make an assessment of seat and position. Select some suppling exercises to warm up the student.

  • Assess rider's seat while halted.

  • Share assessment with the student.

  • Explain the classical seat, as needed.

  • Choose a few important faults that need correction.

  • Don't attempt to change everything at once; it is unrealistic.

  • Explain to the student the faults on which to concentrate.

  • When not taken to extreme, visualization and imagery can be helpful to the student.

Exercises.​

  • Lunge exercises develop confidence in the ride. Take care not to overface the student.

  • Select appropriate exercises to correct those faults.

  • Explain the exercises in the halt or walk, giving reasons for each.

  • As security and balance improve, attempt them in the trot, and later in the canter, if appropriate.

  • While each exercise is being done with the arms, for instance, the rider is to try to maintain best possible leg position (and vice versa).

Wrapping up​​.

  • Review lesson with student. Ask for feedback which will help ascertain level of understanding.

  • When lunge lesson is over, side reins should be detached at the bit, snapped together over withers, or hooked onto D-rings.

  • Instructor standing at head of horse, rider dismounts.

  • Girth loosened.

  • Horse praised and led away.

 

Safety is number one priority

We all know that equestrian sport, and dressage no less than any other, bear an inherent risk of mishaps and accidents. Even if we know our equine partner well and have mutual trust, we must bear in mind that nowhere else can Murphy's law strike as unpredictably as in the horse world. Everybody involved with horses  should act with care and circumspection to avid disaster. This is particularly important for the professional since he/she is a role model for students and observers alike.

To mitigate the risks to all involved it is of crucial importance that safely factors are considered in all aspects of the handling and training of horses.

Unsuitable or uncomfortably fitting tack, as well as improper use of equipment, can provoke the horse into unforeseen reactions, not only endangering the litigation, the destruction of a reputation and a career.

Among other things, this program advises on safety guidelines that must be observed not only at the official USDF testing, but should be standard practice at everybody's home base.

Safety factors

  1. Teach the horse to always WALK away from the trainer (not rush away).

2. Proper condition of equipment.​

  • No bad stitching or worn-out patches on tack, especially side reins or lunge line.

  • Buckles and snaps secure.​​

3. Proper fit of equipment.​

  • Check bit and noseband.

  • Reins done up or taken off.

  • Cavesson correct height, not chafing, cheek strap tight.

  • Lunge girth, appropriate number of rings.

  • Side reins at correct length for unfamiliar, young or well-schooled horse.

  • Stirrups run up or taken off.

  • Boots or bandages secure.

4. Lunge line held correctly.​

  • It is okay to make bridge.

  • Make neat loops

  • Do not wrap lunge line around your wrists or hand.

  • Do not get your fingers twisted in the lunge line.

  • Do not let the lunge line trail on the ground.

5. Handle the whip correctly.​

  • Never put the whip on the ground.

  • Do not let the whip trail on the ground.

  • Do not poke the tip into the ground.

  • Do not get your feet tangled in the lash.

  • Remove knots from lash.

6. Attire.​

  • Must wear a safety helmet.

  • Wear proper fitting gloves.

  • Do not wear spurs.

  • Riding boots or paddock boots are satisfactory.

  • Do not lunge in tennis or running shoes.

  • Shoes should have ankle support and have a firm-grip sole.

7. If you feel your are ibn an unsafe situation with horse and/or  ride, please stop the lesson.​

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Dressage lunging lesson

Isabell was so excited to get her dressage lunging lesson. In these crazy times this is the perfect sport to keep young kids busy. Text Tiffany for your kids lesson.

 

Contact Me

11506 PARKGATE DR NOKESVILLE, VA 20181

760-697-2604

 

760-697-2604

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