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π™ΌπšŽπšπš•πšŽπš’ π™΅πšŠπš›πš–πšœπšπšŽπšŠπš Private beginning riding lessons & horsemanship camps in Snohomish, WA

03/19/2024

Perfect lesson weather 🌞

What a glorious lesson day, these girls sure earned it 😍
03/18/2024

What a glorious lesson day, these girls sure earned it 😍

πŸ€Happy St. Patrick’s Day! πŸ€
03/18/2024

πŸ€Happy St. Patrick’s Day! πŸ€

We were happy to be able to go support our former student at her 4H show today! Good job LB!
03/17/2024

We were happy to be able to go support our former student at her 4H show today! Good job LB!

Chicks from recent hatch have all been taken! New Easter Egger hatch in 20 days - Cooper (age 13) will be tending them &...
03/13/2024

Chicks from recent hatch have all been taken! New Easter Egger hatch in 20 days - Cooper (age 13) will be tending them & he will have them available for 5.00 each (in the first week of April) 🐣πŸͺΊ
photo: Liv & Fern yesterday

03/12/2024

Learning the bridge obstacle (with no bit) 😊 she is so patient with him & is doing great on learning firm communication 😍

We had a lovely night practicing ba****ck balance last night & Alistin learned how easy it is to slip off without stirru...
03/09/2024

We had a lovely night practicing ba****ck balance last night & Alistin learned how easy it is to slip off without stirrups & joined the β€˜Dusty Bums Club’! Don’t worry, Phil was a saint & stopped walking as soon as he felt her losing her balance - what a good boy 🀩 Lesson Photos: Alicia Ortega

Easter-eggers are hatching here on the farmstead, these are a backyard mix & hens will lay olive, blue or brown eggs. Co...
03/08/2024

Easter-eggers are hatching here on the farmstead, these are a backyard mix & hens will lay olive, blue or brown eggs. Comment if you can pick up this weekend! We have 4 & will have at least 6. 2 per person please ❀️ free to homeschoolers 🐣

03/05/2024

*Our main lesson horse Phil (aka Papyrus) is very appreciated/highly valued*
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One of the biggest downfalls in the horse world is the lack of understanding of the important role that lesson horses play. So often riders complain about lesson horses for a variety of reasons: for their perceived lack of quality or value, for having to ride one they don’t like, for not getting to ride the one they do like, for their trainer not having enough lesson horses, or for the lesson horses not being available at their convenience when their personal horse is not rideable. These complaints all stem from the lack of appreciation of lesson horses. Lesson horses aren’t here for students to ride forever and certainly not for β€˜climbing the levels’. They’re here to get students started safely and productively; while they decide if they would like to pursue personal horse ownership, learn general riding/horsemanship or continue on to compete in equestrian sports.

Lesson horses are incredibly special creatures. They have to be easily caught by beginners who don’t know how to properly approach a prey animal & wait while they struggle with the halter. They have to stand still on the crossties while students take the better part of an hour to get them clean. They have to hold their head still while beginners repeatedly jam a cold bit into their teeth. They have to stand still at the mounting block while the rider stands for too long with all their weight in the left stirrup and then slams down on their back with no attention to their comfort. They tolerantly carry riders who are unbalanced, uncoordinated, and unclear, who catch their mouths and bounce on their backs and kick at their sides and give mixed messages. Yet they are expected to behave without so much as a swish of their tail or pinning of their ears. Oftentimes if one of these saintly horses has a moment (where they act like a regular horse) and ask the rider to ride well, they’re labeled annoying, rude, bad, lazy or ______. Regular horses do not reach Sainthood for a reason, they are not a lesson horse.

Lesson horses are not intended to take riders up the levels and jump big jumps and win all the classes. If a horse was beginner-friendly (this tolerant) AND the hack winner with an auto lead change, they would be literally priceless. That’s not to say lesson horses can’t be winners if you ride them well and pull your weight, but their ability to win in the show ring is not their real value. The purpose of a lesson horse is to bring new riders into the equine sports and/or the lifestyle. Lesson horses teach riders β€˜the ropes’ and get them started, they help lay a foundation and prepare them to make a bigger commitment to equine sports by leasing or purchasing the β€˜next-step’ horse. Lesson horses are not responsible for chasing Olympic dreams, they’re responsible for getting them started.

Every horse you ride has something to teach you. Whether it’s the crotchety old school pony who likes to root when you’re not paying attention, or the younger lesson horse who will only pick up the right lead if you ask *just right*, or the ultra reliable skip-change king, they all will add to your toolkit so that you can one day apply to the fancier model if you decide to strive toward the next level. Or you might just learn to appreciate lesson horses so much that you fall in love with a less fancy more trusty model. Wherever your journey leads, just don’t forget about the lesson horses who paved your way!

(Shared from Facebook with edits-
original author not noted)

Springy lessons today ended with a twist (see comments) πŸ˜ƒ
03/04/2024

Springy lessons today ended with a twist (see comments) πŸ˜ƒ

It’s almost March! Sunny Days Ahead!! 🌼 *Reminder: please pay for March lessons tomorrow πŸŒ·πŸ€πŸŽπŸŒž
02/29/2024

It’s almost March! Sunny Days Ahead!! 🌼 *Reminder: please pay for March lessons tomorrow πŸŒ·πŸ€πŸŽπŸŒž

There’s just something about a walk in the snow 🫢🏼 (photo: Liv & cousin August today walking in the snowy yard) *we rare...
02/28/2024

There’s just something about a walk in the snow 🫢🏼 (photo: Liv & cousin August today walking in the snowy yard) *we rarely reschedule but thunder/lightening & kids/horses don’t mix; so last night was a thunder-check for lessons (there will be a make-up day next month)!

Ms. Liv has been having a very busy week! A violin gig & plus a violin recital, school, work, church, social gatherings,...
02/26/2024

Ms. Liv has been having a very busy week! A violin gig & plus a violin recital, school, work, church, social gatherings, volunteering, appointments, meetings, school-work etc. She in an inspiration πŸ™ŒπŸΌ also excuse me while i reminisce with the throw-back photo. 😘 ps. If it snows tomorrow we will still have lessons unless roads are bad!

My nephew August & my mare Fern. Auggie cries when he leaves the farmstead, I feel you honey! 🫢🏼
02/23/2024

My nephew August & my mare Fern. Auggie cries when he leaves the farmstead, I feel you honey! 🫢🏼

I didn’t get pictures of Alistin today - but it was great to meet her Dad & hear about the horses in their family tree -...
02/19/2024

I didn’t get pictures of Alistin today - but it was great to meet her Dad & hear about the horses in their family tree - i believe that there can be a generational calling that lives in your genes. We love to be part of the reconnection to the past! Horsemanship can skip generations & rekindle with as much power and connection as your ancestors. We are honored to help facilitate these blessed reunions πŸ₯° photos: Ruby & Sage, sisters riding in Phil & Carl’s first group lesson πŸ’ͺ🏻

Happy Valentine’s Day! (Fern likes to be where the people are & got in on this recent engagement shoot) πŸ“Έ
02/15/2024

Happy Valentine’s Day! (Fern likes to be where the people are & got in on this recent engagement shoot) πŸ“Έ

Ms. Liv & her cousin Casey volunteering at The Pond Beyond yesterday 🫢🏼 what great weather & company! πŸŒ±β˜€οΈπŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŒΎ
02/11/2024

Ms. Liv & her cousin Casey volunteering at The Pond Beyond yesterday 🫢🏼 what great weather & company! πŸŒ±β˜€οΈπŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŒΎ

Update: now full
02/09/2024

Update: now full

Summer Horsemanship Camp 2 July 16 & 18 (Tue/Thurs) 10:30 am - 2 pm TOTAL Cost: $225. Your deposit of $50 is due within ONE WEEK of your sign-up and holds your spot(s). The balance of $175 is due 30 days before camp. This camp is appropriate boys and girls ages 7-14. Students will learn about horse-...

Thank you Dr. Dana & Bonnie at Professional Equine for sharing your skills & knowledge with today’s lesson students πŸ₯° as...
02/05/2024

Thank you Dr. Dana & Bonnie at Professional Equine for sharing your skills & knowledge with today’s lesson students πŸ₯° as always we appreciate your team - especially your engagement with future horse owners & young prospective veterinary students πŸ‘πŸΌ

After 12 weeks of January- it’s almost February πŸ˜‰ *reminder camp deposit due date is 2/2, please contact us if you need ...
01/30/2024

After 12 weeks of January- it’s almost February πŸ˜‰ *reminder camp deposit due date is 2/2, please contact us if you need an extension. 🫢🏼

I was cleaning saddles so I didn’t take lesson photos until after dark - but everyone did awesome & it was really nice t...
01/30/2024

I was cleaning saddles so I didn’t take lesson photos until after dark - but everyone did awesome & it was really nice to enjoy a January Spring day! πŸΈβ›…οΈ

Reminder: Camp Deposits are due today! There is a wait list so if you have not done so, please submit your $50 deposit t...
01/27/2024

Reminder: Camp Deposits are due today! There is a wait list so if you have not done so, please submit your $50 deposit to hold your camper’s spot. Thanks! πŸŒ€οΈπŸ‰β›±οΈπŸŽ 

01/24/2024

Great Video Parish!

*update: camps are now full* Deposits are due 1/26- check your e-mails for pmt methods. Your deposit holds your spot 🀝We...
01/19/2024

*update: camps are now full* Deposits are due 1/26- check your e-mails for pmt methods. Your deposit holds your spot 🀝
We didn’t even get a chance to make an ad about our 2024 summer day camps & there are only TWO spots left open! If you or someone you know wants to sign up, please go to our website www.medleyfarmstead.com and click on β€˜camps & classes’ for the link! Needless to say, sign up asap (we will not be able to add more camps or open spots - this is it)! 🌞

01/17/2024

πŸ«ΆπŸΌπŸ‡πŸŽ‚18! πŸ‘ΈπŸ½

What a beautiful evening for lessons πŸ’› We got to give Lexi & Ruby their Fall show ribbons that arrived from Texas - way ...
01/16/2024

What a beautiful evening for lessons πŸ’› We got to give Lexi & Ruby their Fall show ribbons that arrived from Texas - way to go girls!! Phil looks like he’s proud of himself too πŸ™‚ Great job also Elise -keeping Phil happy & listening & staying on the rail after a month off of riding!

Lessons on Monday are in the evening & it will be cold so remember your gloves & wear an extra layer.  Curriculum will d...
01/15/2024

Lessons on Monday are in the evening & it will be cold so remember your gloves & wear an extra layer. Curriculum will depend on temperature but there will be plenty to learn & the fire will be going on the deck. Bring your hot beverage & a blanket! Looking forward to seeing you 🫢🏼

The herd having some fun today before the wind chill started kicking in 🫢🏼
01/14/2024

The herd having some fun today before the wind chill started kicking in 🫢🏼

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