Topics covered in Ground Lessons

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Safety is always #1 priority

  • General safety: helmet, appropriate footwear, emergency procedures, appropriate
  • behavior around horses, barn safety (emergency exits, fire extinguishers, etc.), how to
  • safely approach a horse
  • Herd Observation/Horse Behavior
  • Breeds, Colors, Markings
  • Effective paddock and stall retrieval
  • Paddock Management & Safety
  • Horse Health
  • Horsemanship Skills
  • Going to a Show
  • Conformation
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Equine Dentistry
  • Veterinary care
  • Farrier/Blacksmith & Barefoot trimmer


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Big Bay Farm Available Lesson Times

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Riders are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to each riding lesson and stay at least 15 minutes after the lesson. This time will be used to groom and tack your mount before and after your ride.

Please come dressed appropriately.

  • ​Boots with heels are required
  • Long pants are highly recommended
  • ASTM/SEI certified helmet must be worn while mounted

If you do not have a helmet, we will provide one for your first two rides.

Lesson Preparation

Our Riding Program

Big Bay is a farm devoted to the exploration of the relationship between horse and rider. It is our goal to help you make that amazing and magical connection and let horses become a part of your life. We offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced riding lessons for children 6 years of age and older.

Our mission is not just geared towards riding. We seek to help people, young and young at heart, understand the amazing and emotional bond that can exist between a horse and rider.

Punctual arrivals are essential for obvious reasons. Scheduling the right horse for the right rider requires you to be there at the time reserved. Please respect the rights of the students who are waiting for their mounts to be groomed and cared for.

When weather is poor we strongly encourage our riders to take Ground Lessons.  We pride ourselves on developing our riders into well rounded horse people.  

Ground Lessons

​Ground lessons are 30-minute lessons designed for individuals to learn how to care for their mount. Ground lessons will cover the following topics to make sure that the individuals knows the basic, yet most important, fundamentals to proper horse handling and care.

  • Proper grooming methods, including how to identify and use the tools correctly.
  • Safety with horses and for horses.  What make a safe environment 
  • Proper bathing methods, including how to hose off the horse correctly and what tools are involved in bathing.
  • Proper handling methods, including how to walk a horse the correct way and what you use to do so.
  • Personal space: learning to respect their space and have them respect yours.
  • Proper Tack cleaning and care.
  • Correct way to put on a halter and lead.
  • Overall general care of a horse.

Lessons at Big Bay Farm

Never been on a horse? 

Are you now riding and want to improve your
balance, skills and confidence?

No experience is required to begin our safe riding program, just a love of horses and a willingness to learn. We teach beginners to advanced level and children as young as 6 years old. There is no age limit for adults. Beginner level students are taught the basics of horse care, grooming and are introduced to the behavior of horses. We will ensure our students understand the general behavior of horses.

In addition to learning basic horsemanship and riding skills based on English riding principals, many of our riders choose to go on to our Show Rider program. Big Bay Farm participates in the local events so that our riders will have an opportunity to attend and gain valuable experience while competing. This is great opportunity to improve your skills and having fun achieving personal success throughout the show seasons.

​No matter what age or level you are at, we have a program that is right for you. Together we will identify your goals and together we will achieve them. Our specialty is to improve your knowledge and help you reach your personal goals.