The Balance Point is a full service equestrian center offering riding and driving instruction, horse training, weekend clinics, boarding for students’ horses, and specializing in horse rehabilitation programs.
Riding, Driving & Training Lessons – Bring your horse or work with one of ours.
Training Trailrides – Practical application of skills with your horse or one of ours.
Clinics – Immersive group training taking place in 1-day, 3-day, or 5-day sessions
Training – Extended horse training at our facility to teach your horse what is expected of him, you participate in weekly lessons to learn how to communicate with your horse.
Boarding – Horses enjoy most of their time in pasture, and are stalled only during inclement weather to keep the horses at their maximum health.
Coaching – Providing support for you and your horse at a competitive event.
Consulting services are available for stable management questions, horse purchasing, and herd management.
Lessons and training may include:
Round Pen Work
Basics for the Young Horse:
Basic Training for young or green horses consists of teaching the horse to respect boundaries, trust human leadership, release fear and anxiety, look for the right answer, focus, and find their balance.
If a horse is comfortable wearing a halter, we begin work on the lead line and teach the horse to “dance” with their human leader. The horse reads the human leaders body language as cues for forward, halt, back, stretch, and then turns on the forehand and haunches. The quiet time between movements is the horse’s reward, and a “reset” button is build in to the work by asking the horse to stretch, release their tension and stand quietly. Teaching a horse to find the quiet place is essential to building in the foundation of balance and harmony.
Once a horse has the basic understanding of boundaries, we ask the horse to work at liberty in the round pen. The purpose of the round pen work is to allow the horse to ask questions and get answers to why they should listen to their human leader. It is equivalent to horses in the herd establishing their herd rank. When a human proves to the horse that they are a strong and confident leader, the horse relaxes and begins actively looking for the “right answers”. We work on rhythm, transitions, half-halts, turns and following through obstacles.
When a horse accepts human leadership, the next phase of training begins with the focus on the physical development of the horse. Lunging is done with the horse to refine their balance and movement, straightness and suppleness. When a horse is ready to accept the bit, bridle, and surcingle, we begin to gently introduce the horse to long-lining. The goal is to teach the horse to soften and follow the feel of the reins, while always thinking forward. This is one of the most powerful things to teach a performance horse.
After a horse is comfortable with consistent rein contact, in-hand work is done to improve the horse’s balance. Leg-yielding, shoulder-fore and turn on the forehand are movements that can help the horse lift through their back and come into the hand with a soft steady contact.
From this point, the horse is ready for introduction to driving or riding.