Riding Lessons

I am the only instructor that teaches here at Bobcat Farm

You will get a full hour of instruction, by a trainer with decades of experience.

$60.00 per hourly lesson.

You must take one ground lesson @ $50.00 hr.  prior to riding.

You are free to do them both the same day.

 New clients special $40.00 first horsemanship lesson only.

Complete beginner, or advanced rider. I believe you should understand how the horse thinks, how to move his feet and his body on the ground, as you develop a trusting, respectful, working partnership through ground work. (You are the leader in your herd of two). These ground skills are just as important as the skills you master under saddle.

Lessons are taught in the ring. If desired trail riding will be available once the rider can demonstrate full control at the walk and trot in the ring. You will advance to riding around the property over the grass. Your horse is not allowed to grab grass without permission while ridden. After that you will be able to experience our wonderful trails right out back. Click Here to join me for a ride.

We are a predominatly western barn. But I have spent years riding my clients horses english and I can certainly teach you! 80% of my clients are english riders. I will admit to getting many to cross over to the wild side. Not because I pressured them.  After riding with me they enjoyed the laid back atmosphere we provide and the fun they have.  

                                                                                                               Presenting a clinic at Belmont Park 

If you are tired of getting barked at, or pressured to do something you are not comfortable with. Tired of going around in boring circles without learning much, please give Bobcat Farm a try. Besides learning to do an emergency dismount, you will never be asked to do something that makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. You will learn stategies to keep you safe in the saddle, You will KNOW what to do should a horse spook, or try to to take over your ride. Riding should be fun, and safe! My horses are well trained. They will always stand to be mounted and wait for you to ask them to move off. I will make learning and your lesson fun!


 Young or old, beginner or advanced rider you

will learn invaluable skills Bobcat Farm. 

 

        First time ever taking lessons                                          Over 60 it's never too late to learn, bareback teaches balance
    

    

      On a line the first time on a horse.                                     A dad learning to ride, so he can ride with his daughter

 


    

First time back in the saddle, after she had accident                  Later in the season in her favorite english tack, clearly confident!

on her horse                                                                                              


Expereinced rider wanting to learn more, or rider coming back after an accident I can help you, with my horses, or your own.

I teach all ages in all seasons, There are local indoors to travel to in bad weather. (You will not be charged for cancelling if the weather is bad) There is and extra charge of $35.00to truck to and rent the indoor if you would rather not reschedule. The indoor is just an option.


  I had a great lesson on Friday 11/25/2016 with Cathie. You will see me riding bareback for the first time ever! And I did not fall off, LOL. I HIGHLY recommend Cathie as a riding instructor as well as how to work with horses. I am an intermediate rider who has just started to lease a horse. She even does "house visits!" She came to the farm and helped "train and teach" my horse. In reality, I know I am the one that needs to be trained! She has given me a wealth of information about "horse language." This is making a huge difference in the bonding with the horse that I lease. I am learning how important Ground Work and Lunging is to develop trust and understanding. I am learning to understand the cues the horse is giving me and how I communicate with my body movements & energy. I have also seen Cathie in action working with a horse at her barn. This horse has developed some VERY bad behaviors. Her commitment to helping this horse not be euthanized is noble and generous. To my friends, I call her another "horse whisperer" with her own style. I KNOW I have found a goldmine instructor. I am so blessed to have Cathie in my life. She is patient and understanding with me as I am learning. I don't feel stupid asking questions that seem stupid - like how should the saddle sit on the horse? I know I am a novice rider and novice being with horses, but even if you are an expert, I GUARANTEE, you will find Cathie is a wealth of information and you will learn a TON about yourself and your horse.

 


 Once you are ready, and you have a desire to you have the opportunity to participate in off farm events.

    

              Versatility                                                               Team penning


                     Beach rides                                                Cowboy Mounted Shooting


 

I think kids should be a mature 7 years old before paying for riding lessons otherwise in most cases it's just a pony ride. In the case of children this young, I will not require them to do a ground lesson, but the hour will consist of helping to get the horse under my supervision. Grooming, picking the feet, and helping to tack up. Then the child will be put on a lead line and taught how to hold the reins and steer the horse right left and reverse. The student will be expected to communicate to the horse verbally as well. They will go off line when they are comfortable, and they can steer, and stop well.


                                                                 Be prepared to take advantage of our time together.

I have helmets available for the first several lessons if needed, you should bring closed toe shoe, preferrable with a heel.

Release must be signed by both parents if you are a minor. Please take the time to read this, you will need to sign it before working around or riding. I can e-mail you this document so you can bring it to your first lesson.

I do not sell packages, but  I never require you to take a certain amount of lessons. Come once a week, or once a month.

Please show up 10 - 15 minutes before your lesson starts as our time will begin promtly as scheduled. One you are comfortable getting your horse out by yourself, you can arrive early to groom/bond and it will not take away from your hour lesson.

These lessons are by appointment only, you can't just show up, we live here and expect our privacy when lessons are not scheduled.

If you cancel a lesson without a 3 day notice, be prepared to pay the full amount. If I cancel on you without a three day notice I will give you a extra free lesson. (Highly unlikley)

First lessons will include time to tack up and groom, pick feet, untack, quick brush.

 

 

 

 

BOBCAT FARM

 

270 Mendon St

 

Upton, MA 01568

 

PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY AND DO NOT SIGN IT UNLESS YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND IT

 

Date ___________________________ Telephone _____________________________

 

Client’s Name: _____________________________Horse Name: All Horses at Bobcat Farm, including Ruger and Cachina.

 

Address: ________________________________________________________________

 

If under Eighteen, Parent or Guardian: _________________________________________

 

WARNING:

 

Under Massachusetts’s law, an equine professional is NOT LIABLE for an injury to, or death of, a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to Chapter 128, section 2D of the General Laws.

 

RELEASE:

 

            I recognize the inherent risks injury in horseback riding and all activities in connections with horses. I understand that my horse or I or my child or ward may be injured as a result of my negligence, the negligence of others, or through no fault of myself or anyone else, because of the nature of the horse activities in which I choose to engage. I also understand that horses, even the most well trained, can be unpredictable. While riding or participating in any horse activities at, or in connection with Bobcat Farm, I assume all risk of injury or death; and I voluntarily release Bobcat Farm, its owners, instructors, employees, and agents from any responsibility on account of any injury I or my child or ward or horse used by said may sustain while receiving instruction, training or engaging in any horse activities whatsoever. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless all above name parties on account of any such claim.

 

           

 

By signing this release and waiver, I understand that I am giving up, waiving or releasing any right that I may have to sue or make any claim which I might have or which might arise or occur against Cathie Hatrick-Anderson, Robert L. Anderson or Bobcat Farm, its owners, instructors, employees and agents for injury or death to me my child or ward or horse sustained while riding or engaged in horse activities; and that I am indemnifying and holding harmless the above listed parties from injuring anyone else or any horse while so engaged. It is my intent to give up those rights and hold harmless, and I do so knowingly and voluntarily.

 

Signed: Student/Client ______________________________________________________

 

Parent/Guardian __________________________________________________________

 

In case of an emergency please contact:

 

Name ______________________________________ Phone______________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                      Last updated 9/6/2016

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