Larkspur Progression

1ST RIDER WALKOUTS
Our riders first hack sessions are for young riders where parent/guardian leads our ponies under supervision over local countryside. It is very relaxed and designed to give confidence and have a nice experience with a trusted one at their side.


1ST RIDER GROUP LESSONS
When they are ready to progress, our 1st rider group in the school or grass arena is a great first step into a lesson structure It is a ½ hour group lesson (still with parents leading) which will start to teach them the basics and confidence of being on a horse or pony.

An example of what they will learn:
• To be able to sit on a horse/pony in halt and at walk
• To be able to hold the reins
• With help, carry out physical exercises such as: Touch parts of the pony, mane, neck, tail etc.
• To be able to show trot (rising is not necessary) on the leading rein
• To be able to stop at a designated point
• Steer unaided

Once the rider is ready (a combination of strength, coordination and confidence),their instructor will begin to consistently have them riding independently off of the lead-rein to ensure they have the confidence to move up into the hour long groups.


SNAFFLE: 1ST OFF LEAD-REIN
Snaffle group is the first jump from 30-minute group duration to an hour. The rider should be building in confidence and control within a closed order lesson. There are many skills to learn when riding within a group, keeping distances and riding independently.

An example of what they will learn:
• With assistance, mount and dismount
• Understand and show a correct position in the saddle at halt
• Be able to hold the reins correctly
• Be able to ride a quiet pony in walk and a confident rising trot.


FULMER: 2ND OFF LEAD-REIN
Fulmer introduces more individual control and additional school movements. Movements to increase independence that will be gradually teach the rider to gain more rider control.

An example of what they will learn:
• Mount and dismount
• Know how to alter their stirrups correctly and how to check your girth with assistance
• Sit correctly at the walk and be able to describe the correct position
• Hold the reins correctly and carry a whip in either hand
• Walk on a loose rein and shorten the reins
• Begin to demonstrate a balanced seat in trot and sitting trot
• Begin to walk and trot over poles without assistance
• Able to demonstrate turns and circles in walk and trot
• Rising trot on either diagonal; ability to recognise and change diagonal
• Show a few strides of sitting trot through transitions
• Begin to learn canter with assistance
• Begin to ride Intro level dressage tests

MULLEN: LEARN TO CANTER
Mullen introduces a new gait. The canter is a three-beat pace that require to learn a new way of riding.

An example of what they will learn:
• Show more strides of sitting trot
• Consistently riding on the correct diagonal
• Begin to show confident sitting trot
• Trot without stirrups
• Walk in light seat
• Know the aids to achieve correct canter lead
• Learn to canter without assistance
• Learn to canter a circle without assistance
• Able to confidently walk and trot over poles
• Confidently ride Intro level dressage tests


KIMBERWICKE: ESTABLISHED CANTER/LEARN TO JUMP
A group where more technical skills are introduced to jumping and flat work.

An example of what they will learn:
• Riding in open order
• Riding confidently with stirrups in walk, trot and canter
• Riding without stirrups in walk, trot and canter with a balanced position
• Riding over poles and consecutive small fences in trot and canter
• Ride transitions correctly
• Riding consistently on the correct trot diagonal and canter lead
• Use a whip correctly
• Preparing the horse to jump by shortening stirrups and trotting in light seat position
• Begin to ride Prelim level dressage tests

WATERFORD: ESTABLISHED JUMP
A group where more technical skills are introduced to jumping and flat work.

An example of what they will learn:
• Check bridle, saddle, girth and stirrups before mounting
• Mount and dismount safely and correctly
• Alter stirrups when mounted and tighten girth when mounted
• Riding a range of school figures and shapes in all paces
• Free walk on a long rein or with a loose rein
• Riding using the correct aids
• Ride in a secure and balanced seat in all paces
• Able to increase and decrease pace
• Change of leg at canter through trot
• Understand the meaning of and start to establish a consistent rhythm
• Preparing the horse to jump by cantering in light seat position and riding the canter pace forward
• Ride in a correct, balanced position over small courses including doubles, spreads and related distances
• Begin to ride cross country
• Confidently ride Prelim level dressage tests

PELHAM

An example of what they will learn:
• Working towards a correct, supple, balanced position on the flat and over fences and comment on the suppleness of your own horse
• Discuss horses’ response to the aids and any loss of balance
• Apply aids correctly for increase and decrease of pace, turns and circles
• Know the aids for and show leg yielding at walk
• Demonstrate school movements including loops, serpentines and circles down to 10 metres
• Ride in a correct, balanced position over larger courses including doubles, spreads and related distances
• Identify which fence was jumped the best and why
• Manage and discuss appropriately the challenges presented during a jumping round
• Begin to ride Novice level dressage tests

WEYMOUTH

An example of what they will learn:
• Show a progressive build-up of exercises based on your assessment of the horse’s way of going.
• Apply correct aids to promote balance and maintain the horse’s way of going.
• Discuss how you feel the horse is going today using the Scales of Training as a template, including your assessment of the forwardness, tempo and balance
• Discuss and show the aids for medium trot, rein back, leg yield and half pirouette
• Explain the distances between trotting poles, a placing pole to a fence and a one stride double
• Ride in a correct, balanced position over courses including doubles, spreads and related distances
• Assess a show jumping round and the balance of the horse during the round
• Confidently ride over cross-country jumps
• Begin to ride Elementary level dressage tests