When I first met Sarah I had maybe ridden a horse 5 times in my life. I loved them and always dreamed of having one of my own but knew very little about them. She took me in and was instantly an amazing teacher. Safety first is always her motto. Before I ever got on she taught me safety on the ground, this is something a lot of trainers do not take the time to do. Sarah takes every step slow and is the most patient person I have ever met. Her focus on safety and balance gives you a solid foundation for any type of riding. From walk, trot, and canter to lateral movement and jumping she was there every step of the way. Every lesson she left me with something new to work on. I love riding with her because she makes learning so fun! She always emphasized doing something fun in the lesson to give the horses a break. Yes, she pushes you but she takes you and the horses’ well-being into account every step of the way.
When I became confident enough to get my own horse she took it upon herself to personally help me. Every horse I liked we went and tried. She rode them first then let me. We tried many, many horses. Finally, we found the one. His name is Joker and I have had him for almost three years now. Without Sarah my dream of having a horse would still be just that, a dream. I was so blessed to have met her and I recommend her 100% to anyone and everyone no matter what level of rider they are! She is truly amazing!
I had a wonderful opportunity to have Strider come out and spend a long weekend doing a riding boot camp with me and my 3 horses! It was the best thing I have ever done for my equitation! We rode each horse everyday! So I got some lessons in the morning and then again in the evening. Strider has this amazing way of explaining on the ground what my body is doing wrong, or right and what that is telling the horse! My favorite thing about how she instructs is her constant feedback! I am never left wondering if I am doing it wrong or right and when I get it right and the horse does something great, she is almost more excited than I am about it! She taught me so much in just 3 days that left me so motivated to increase the times I ride in a week! She took a lot of videos so I can watch myself ride and review all the information before I go out to ride again. It was also crazy to see how much my seat had improved over the 3 days. She also gave me some massage and stretching tips for the horses which I also appreciated! In my opinion you could not have a better instructor for my level!
Highly recommend Strider for horse training for any age or level of horse or rider! She has worked with many different horses at my farm from slow and lazy to extremely nervous. She always trains to help them with their individual issues. Great horsemanship. Knowledgeable from saddle fitting to training issues.
-Rita Nicholson with Steps and Strides