At Stepping Stone Ranch you will
receive only quality individualized instruction tailored to meet your specific
needs and interests.
Vera Gannaway teaches
lessons to both children and adults. She
strives to provide her students with the tools to obtain a balanced
seat, soft hands and a thorough understanding of the horse and the
aids we use to communicate with them. By learning these
"basics," the rider is able to feel comfortable on any horse in any
situation, and then move on to more advanced riding in any
For beginning riders of any age, Vera starts with a ground lesson that teaches
the student how to safely handle the horse, a little about horse anatomy, how to
groom the horse, and finally, how to saddle and bridle the horse. Usually,
this lesson is followed by the first riding lesson. Lessons are
generally private one on one lessons performed in one of the
enclosed arenas. All beginning students are kept on a lunge
line (a tether between the horse and the instructor) until the
student is capable of safely controlling the horse on their own.
Not only does this ensure the safest possible lesson for the rider,
it also ensures that the rider learns true balance without learning
to balance on the reins.
Lessons may be taken on one of Stepping Stone Ranch's lesson horses, or you may
trailer in your horse with proof of current vaccinations and a negative Coggins.
Whether you are a beginner looking to become comfortable with horses, a rider
with some experience who wants to learn better control for pleasure riding or
showing, or you are an experienced rider interested in the show ring, Stepping
Stone Ranch will work with you to increase your riding skills. We
encourage you to come and watch a few lessons, get to know the
horses and talk with the other students. You will find a fun
and open atmosphere at Stepping Stone Ranch.
Contact us directly for more scheduling information: