​Why take Riding Lessons?

There are multiple benefits to horseback riding.  Riding brings simple enjoyment and harmony between a person and a warm, living animal; it benefits the student mentally with focus and discipline; it benefits the body with balance, coordination and strength; and it benefits the soul with an infusion of confidence, calm and pride.  Riding is for people of all ages.

  •  an innovative way of expressing the classical principles of riding, using body awareness, centering, and imagery
  • encompasses all seats and styles of riding. It teaches a language that allows clearer communication between horse, rider, and instructor
  • developed by Sally Swift
  • based on a knowledge of human and horse anatomy, balance, movement, and on understanding how the mind affects the body and how both affect the horse
  • uses centering and grounding techniques from the oriental martial arts, along with body awareness, mental imagery and sports psychology.

Whether you are thinking of your child or yourself, Monaghan Heights has safe horses and ponies for riders of all abilities and ages.  We have children taking lessons from age 6 all the way up to mature adults learning how to ride!  Leona tailors lessons to the individual's ability, fitness level, and skill.  She never overfaces the student, but uses gentle encouragement and clear explanations to help each student move to the next step of their development.