Rates going up January 2023
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.
$70.00 per hourly lesson. (2023 rate $80.00)
You must take one ground lesson @ $60 hr. prior to riding. (2023 rate$65.00 hr)
You are free to do them both the same day.
Click Here to learn about horsemanship lesson
Nov -March - DRESS FOR WINTER RIDING
I do not do group lessons until one has mastered basics as I need to have all my attention on you.
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 of them 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.
Trail ride Presenting a clinic at Belmont Park
If you are tired of getting barked at, or pressured to do something you are not comfortable with. Like jumping when you just started riding, or getting put on horses that wont stand to be mounted, or your just 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 strategies 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!
This is the place to go for anyone interested in riding, horsemanship and horse behavior. In the past 6+ months, working with Cathie, I've made great progress in my goal to learn Western riding and become more confident around these gorgeous creatures. Earlier this month, I traveled to Wyoming where I participated in a variety of long and challenging rides. With my safety skills and basic horsemanship training, I felt confident and secure throughout. The guides all commented on the good training I'd received. While there's still much to learn, Cathie is a true mentor and someone you can consult with forever. She's born and raised around horses and has unending knowledge. Many prestigious farms and organizations call on her for training and guidance. The farm itself is neat and comfortable, very easy to feel at home and find your way around. All of the animals-- cats, dogs, horses, even chickens and ducks-- are pampered, friendly and living the good life. If you have questions at all about lessons, training or caring for horses, give Bobcat Farm a call Bonnie Anderson
We are so happy to have found Cathie Hatrick-Anderson. She is amazing, very knowledgeable, and my daughter always has a blast in her lessons. She is learning horsemanship, western riding, barrel racing, and has gone on trail rides. She is the happiest girl ever when she is having a lesson with Cathie and her horses. Thank you, Cathie, for being here! Anine De Grood Jan 13th 2017
“Cathie is a great teacher and riding instructor. Her love for horses shows in all that she does. She gracefully works with my daughters Sara and Anna, teaching to each, adapting to their individual personalities. Her calm demeanor and exceptional knowledge of horse training is truly exceptional. We were looking for a western saddle experience and the development of strong fundamentals. There is no better place for that. Cathie also has been very welcoming and a great role model for my girls instilling a care for horses and a love of riding. They look forward to every session.” Robert Masasi 1/15/2019 Sara and Anna having a great time.
Taking lessons with Cathie has been an amazing experience! She has really helped me become a better rider. Tyler Gilman 4/9/ 17
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
Her thoughts are on the horsemanship page.
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 from 7 yrs and up,(my oldest student is 74 years old and has been riding with me for 4 years) in all seasons. we start a little later Nov-March around 11:00 am so the footing is softer. Must be above freezing as it's not fun if we can't feel our fingers and toes. (You will not be charged for cancelling if the weather does not cooperate) If it's cold, bring warm gloves not those $1.99 stretchy ones, WARM gloves, neck gator or scarf. It might look good where you live once you come dow my driveway there may be snow/ice, wear proper footwear, cleats are a great addition. The riding ring and trails could be lovely (or we would not ride) but this is a farm walking to the ring can be tricky, we salt/sand the best we can.
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.
I cant say enough about Cathie Hatrick-Anderson! First of all I had totally lost my confidence with horses after a horse related injury and was about to give up when I found Cathie. We started with hours of ground work with her two horses to help me regain my confidence. Cathie is very calm and explains everything with patience. When I was ready I moved onto riding and slowly I am back to dealing with and riding my own horses with confidence and actually finding joy in riding again. This IS ALL because of Cathie and her great training. Cathie helped me find and choose my Quarter horse Lacey. Before I decided to buy her Cathie and I went to where she was boarded. She did ground work with her first (which was amazing to watch) and then she rode her, then finally I did. I've had Lacey for two years now and shes one of the best horses I've ever owned. Cathie helped me find my perfect match! If you're looking for a new horse take Cathie with you, she'll help find you a great match also! Can't thank you enough Cath!!! Laurie Paradis 2/14/18
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. If you are late, our lesson will still end on the hour. Please don't cheat yourself.
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 24 hour notice I will give you the lesson free on another date. (Highly unlikley, but I train horses off farm many time traveling out of state for emergency training problems for my clients.
Your horse is NOT tacked up and waiting for you, First lessons included in the hour is time to go get your horse, tack up and groom, pick feet, untack, quick brush. This is all a part or being a horseman. Once 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.
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.
If under Eighteen, Parent or Guardian: _________________________________________
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.
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 ______________________________________________________
In case of an emergency please contact:
Name ______________________________________ Phone______________________
Last updated 11/15/2022