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FAQ'S

  • What does training cost?
    Training cost start at $800 per month and include full care boarding. Our most popular package is $1000 which is 5-6 days a week. Our smaller package includes 1 lesson, the 5-6 includes 2. Packages can vary if you need more serious or rehab needs, there is a small discount for returning clients and multiple horses but no other discounts. We will allow you to bring your own grain and hay if you'd prefer but it does not change the final price of training. We do a whole horse evaluation, we love input from our clients and we try our best to send at least twice weekly updates. You also get 2 free lessons with full training and discounted other lessons. Once you send your horse you are relying on our experience in equine management, we will discuss a game plan but ultimately will make very big decisions like tack usage and possible diet changes while in training. 60+ required for most horses. Reach out for more information.
  • How do you train? What are your principles?
    Surefire Horsemanship was based in the idea of the immense emphasis we put on adaptability and flexibility when working with living, breathing beings. Both human and horse. Our training and lessons look so very different for each animal and each person. This makes our methods "surefire". Firm but fair. Low expectations. Lots of praise. Don't stick to one dogma or method because we want to, but do what the horse needs to get them where we need them to be. I follow good horsemanship, some might call it natural horsemanship but I think that's too simplifying. I love the old greats like Ray Hunt, Bill, Tom, I like Buck Brannaman, and more but I've learned from many modern and local horseman over the years. Lately I've been diving into some online small trainers, and going back to my original roots of colt starting methods. I truly believe horse training is horsemanship, and horsemanship is both an art and a science. Always a learning, a true horseman knows they don't have all the answers and will discover more as they go. Our journey, they say. While I am very confident in my methods and knowledge and our barn culture, our animals health and care, I am always willing to recommend someone better suited to your needs if I'm not what you need. - Hannah
  • What do I need to bring/send?
    Think of it as camp for your horse. Your supplements (but lets discuss them first) , their favorite treats if they are not terrible with food, blankets, sheets, fan, heated bucket in winter and more. Your horse at minimum will need a halter, I usually have on spare lead rope but try to send one. Boots if you want them used during turnout. Anything else outside of bedding, hay, and a hay bag that your horse would need at home or their barn, they'll need it here. Please bring your tack if you'd like to ride outside of lessons, but I have my own I prefer to use especially in the beginning.
  • Do you offer boarding?
    Only 3-5 horses at a time with a pretty long waitlist. I keep my boarders to a minimum to keep workload and noise down, and keep my focus on the horses and my students who are here to learn. All boarders are expected to be in lessons.
  • Where are you located?
    Hilliard, Ohio! Off of Alton Darby Creek Road. We are kind of hidden from the road. Please reach out for an address.
  • What type of lessons do you teach?
    Our lessons are horsemanship and confidence based, but we are not solely for beginners. Our riders range from ranch focused riders, pleasure and recreation riders, weekend warriors, and 3x a week dressage, level 1 show jumpers, you eventers, those who focus on natural horsemanship, western dressage and more. Yes, for newer horse folks we do English and western, ;) both with the horn and without. Our head instructor admittedly feels much more comfortable with western, but good riding is good riding. Riders often come to work on their fears, insecurities, and strength and balance more so than the finer points of a test or course. We work a lot on fundamentals and cross training the horse, in a way that will help both the horse and rider develop skills they can use outside of. and in any arena. It is important to remember that we are not a competition focused barn though we sometimes compete. We have many riders who ride with 2 instructors, at 2 barns who are coming here to focus on the mental aspect of riding. We put a higher emphasis on self and horse development through horsemanship and problem solving than anything else. We set personal goals, which may or may not be competition related but are healthy and reasonable goals to keep progression and enthusiasm. We do not teach any aspects of jumping over 2' (though I know many fantastic teachers nearby), we do not teach any saddleseat- though those riders are welcome. Riders are met exactly where they are at, something. that has insured the success of Surefire Horsemanship and the overall happiness of clientele. We do lessons different.
  • What are your hours?
    We are not technically open to the public and are a private business. Please reach out for tour dates or to setup a time to meet with Hannah.. We don't work for the public on Mondays unless a special event, or an off hours fee of $15 per hour can apply with approval. Lessons start at 10:30am and last riding student must leave the barn by 8:15pm unless a special event.
  • When can I schedule?
    Please check the calendar and services page to know what is going on and when we have openings. We don't often have room for new students and don't hold unpaid spots.
  • What type of lessons do you teach?
    Our lessons are horsemanship and confidence based, but we are not solely for beginners. Our riders range from ranch focused riders, pleasure and recreation riders, weekend warriors, and 3x a week dressage, level 1 show jumpers, you eventers, those who focus on natural horsemanship, western dressage and more. Yes, for newer horse folks we do English and western, ;) both with the horn and without. Our head instructor admittedly feels much more comfortable with western, but good riding is good riding. Riders often come to work on their fears, insecurities, and strength and balance more so than the finer points of a test or course. We work a lot on fundamentals and cross training the horse, in a way that will help both the horse and rider develop skills they can use outside of. and in any arena. It is important to remember that we are not a competition focused barn though we sometimes compete. We have many riders who ride with 2 instructors, at 2 barns who are coming here to focus on the mental aspect of riding. We put a higher emphasis on self and horse development through horsemanship and problem solving than anything else. We set personal goals, which may or may not be competition related but are healthy and reasonable goals to keep progression and enthusiasm. We do not teach any aspects of jumping over 2' (though I know many fantastic teachers nearby), we do not teach any saddleseat- though those riders are welcome. Riders are met exactly where they are at, something. that has insured the success of Surefire Horsemanship and the overall happiness of clientele. We do lessons different.
  • What do I need to bring or wear?
    Please don't wear jewelry that can get caught on the horse or tack. Wear shoes or boots with a slight heel, like comfortable hiking boots or shoes designed for saftey. Shortly after starting lessons your must buy your own ASTM, SEI helmet. Ask if you need help.
  • What do lessons cost?
    Feel free to check out our services and tuition pages with all up to date pricing. We cannot offer further discounts at this time. We run mostly on a tuition based program and charges are the same monthly regardless of the month. Rates are based on the retention rate of our clients staying year after year and a 42 week schedule, which accounts for 10 missed weeks a year, if further lessons are missed due to weather or instructor then credit will be given. Feel free to check out our lesson pages and policies through email on how this all works exactly. Our system is popular. among many sports and other riding schools even, and is the best way for everyone to keep track and budget. Single lessons are offered at a significantly higher price.
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