~ Principled ~
We cater to those who demand a cruelty-free riding experience. Our horses are loved family members, permanent residents or diligently attended rehabilitation projects, working toward new careers in loving hunter, dressage, or eventing show homes, each with their own custom training plan. They would never be required to spend the summer tied up outdoors in their tack as a casual entertainment to indiscriminately choose over bumper-cars or trampoline jumping.
We handle horses with the kind, compassionate, and sympathetic relationship all living things deserve. Each of our powerful yet gentle warmbloods and draft-crosses were hand-raised from orphans and started under-saddle on the farm. Unlike typical lesson horses, they are interested to meet, learn more about, and bond with you, we are VERY protective of their physical and emotional well-being.
Time spent with these sheltered, noble creatures is sure to help you find your inner power and tranquility. You will become more aware of the horse’s personality and emotions and be guided through any fears and weaknesses.
Although our historic barn is still in the process of being restored and modernized, horses are still at the heart of our daily operations and long-term goals. We’ve are working toward our goals with the challenge of slow-moving, large-scale infrastructure improvements in the background.
~ Intimate ~
Horses embody all that is graceful, strong, gentle, noble, beautiful, intelligent, and inquisitive. Those who have spent time with horses appreciate the contact with such powerful yet perceptive and compassionate animals.
Horses teach us the danger of miscommunication, yet when we are with them they loan us some of their courage, strength, and free spirit. Enveloping yourself in their power and generosity, while learning the art of empathetic, direct communication as you ride in the fresh mountain air is an undenyable release from the emotional and physical traffic of urban life.
Lani works closely with all riders to foster a comfortable, balanced ride, with quiet, understanding, and effective hands for efficient, subtle communication between horse and rider.
Guest riders are welcome (but not obliged) to participate in the entire equestrian experience, as their vacation schedule allows, from catching and grooming their own horse (rider may need to bring boots for muddy conditions as well as proper riding boots) to the post-ride treats, grooming, and equipment care. Connecting with our beautiful horses on a beautiful afternoon and then relaxing on the porch afterward is excellent therapy for the discontent inflicted on kind, sensitive, and educated individuals by modern society.
~ Exclusive ~
Our horses are carefully selected and professionally trained, managed, and groomed as show horse prospects, yet they enjoy life as a horse should, with plenty of freedom, exercise, socialization, and grazing. They are used beyond their regular training schedules for only the most conscientiuos clientele.
The comfort, health, and safety of horse and rider are a top priority. In fact, our guests enjoy high-quality, professionally-fitted english tack (guests may specify close contact or dressage saddle) and solid, sound horses carefully selected and prepared for their riding session.
~ Professional Instruction ~
Lani Ohly has decades of experience, totalling more than 7,000 hours in the saddle, on some 100 or more horses, and countless more as a riding instructor, following years and years of rescuing, rehabilitating, and training horses for hunter, jumper, dressage, and eventing competitive riding. Lani’s instruction emphasizes that when we work with horses, everyone in the equation is both a teacher and a student.
Lani's hopes to share the unique, memorable experience of compassionate connection with horses in the fresh air along Lake Champlain. She hopes that any unease is replaced with the inner peace, liberation, rejuvenation, and contentment that comes with increased personal strength, balance, and practical knowledge.
~ Packages ~
~ Inn Guest - $150.°°/rider - 3 rides for $50.°°/ride, 2 for $75.°°/ride, or one longer ride.
~ Vacationing/Seasonal Rider - $240.°°/rider - four rides per month.
~ Beginners' Shared Session - $175.°°/one hour session (2-3 beginners share one horse, each rider has 20-30 minutes in the saddle).
~ Groundwork Sessions include meeting and petting our horses, selecting one to work with, having a lesson in grooming, care, and handling, and feeding treats. There is no riding in a groundwork session. Priced according to the rates above.
Lani will take plenty of photos for your enjoyment and sharing at no additional charge!
~ Booking ~
~ Send an email with the dates you would like to ride including the names of the riders in your group (up to 3), the riding package(s) you would like to purchase - along with your height(s), weight(s), and experience level(s). Ride time(s) will be arranged closer to your arrival to better accommodate your other plans, weather, activities on our farm, etc.
~ Lani will email your release of liability and invoice.
~ Pay via the included PayPal instructions/invoice. Please do not pay the invoice unless you agree to the terms in the release. Only paid sessions are scheduled on Lani's calendar.
~ Refunds are offered for scheduling or weather-related issues. Refunds cannot be issued for Policy short-comings.
~ Policies ~
We operate under the following policies to protect and preserve our outstanding equine friends for avid equestrians and those interested in a meaningful riding experience:
~ Those seeking more intensive experience may ride up to two sessions/horses per day.
~ Group rides offer more time in the saddle (just over one hour) than a private lesson (40-45 minutes).
~ Riding participants (and their guardians) acknowledge that horses are inherently dangerous and agree to sign a release of liability.
~ We adhere to strict weight limits and athletic body types (M <210 lb., F <180 lb., children under 12 <120 lb.). Every rider (except small children) must be capable of getting into the saddle from a mounting block without assistance beyond horse/stirrup steadying. If you cannot get yourself into the saddle, don't be discouraged - it's still a great opportunity to get out for some exercise alongside your new equine BFF, to learn about or reacquaint yourself with horses through ground training sessions.
~ Properly-fitted helmet (personal or provided), pants, and riding boots are required. Breeches or stretch pants, long-sleeves, and supportive undergarments are strongly recommended. Padded safety vest is optional. Please consider professional, modest, fitted attire for comfort, safety, and a timeless riding experience.