When you take riding lessons at Hayes Cofell Performance Horses, you’ll walk away with improved skills. Our goal for every lesson is to make a little bit of progress that builds with each ride. You’ll also gain an increased understanding of how your body position influences your horse. You’ll learn about training philosophies, equine psychology and how to ride your horse to improve things like self-carriage, neck reining and engaging the hindquarters.
Lindsay’s unique skill in illustrating concepts and ideas to her students is one reason our students love coming here for lessons! She’s recognized for her own beautiful equitation and for empowering her students with knowledge of their own body parts as they relate to communicating with their horse.
When you understand how these things are connected, you’ll become the rider you’ve always wanted to be—one that rides confidently and with finesse on any horse, any time, anywhere.
Your horse is here for training and you want specialized coaching directly from the trainer? No problem. Jess is always up for helping you improve your skills to get the most from your horse. He might even push you out of your comfort zone too.
While we specialize in reining, cowhorse events and ranch riding for NRHA and AQHA competition, we also coach green (beginner) riders and riders coming back to horses after a significant amount of time away. All riders start in a private lesson and are moved to a group when they can perform all three gaits and steer safely with other horses in the arena.
We love getting to watch our students progress in their riding. Not every student has the desire to compete, and that’s just fine with us. We’ll never pressure you to show if its not your thing. Some students enjoy testing their skills through additional clinics, trail riding or Dude Ranch Adventures!
Weekly lessons run Monday-Thursday, 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm and are mainly taught by Lindsay Hayes-Cofell. Weekday evenings (5, 6 and 7pm M-Th) are reserved for semi-private and group lessons.
We want to see you succeed at your shows! That's why we offer coaching at shows, dependent on timing and location. See the full fee structure in the FAQs section below.
See the full fee structure in the FAQs below. Note that weekly lesson fees are collected monthly with a cancellation policy of 24hrs notice in order to book a make-up lesson or forward the lesson fee to the next month. We do not charge a cancellation fee for trailer-in lessons but do ask that you give us as much notice as possible if you’re unable to come at the regularly scheduled time
Inquire for availability. Due to demand, we may have to add you to our waitlist or fit you in for some of our clinics until we can get you into a regular lesson spot.
Prices are based on shows/circuits in attendance by 2 or more of our clients. For fees for private instruction at a show please contact us.
Yes! We HIGHLY recommend you take as many lessons as you can before your horse goes home. Yes, yes, YES! This will help you make the most of your training money and help retain what your horse has learned.
We can take students as young as 5 years old for lessons. My suggestion is to do a few occasional lessons during the mild weather at this age. Once the child is 7 or 8 you could look at getting them into a weekly lesson. They will need to start in a private lesson and be able to perform all the gaits safely as well as steer and stop before they are able to ride with other riders in the arena.
Our lesson horses are full-sized horses with a high level of professional training, which we believe is essential for keeping children safe on horseback.
Absolutely, our current group of students varies between age 7 and 77. We have quite a few lesson students who started out as parents of our younger lesson students and got the urge to ride. Or adults who rode as kids and are now returning to their passion in their retirement.
Beginner adult lessons start out slowly, and we highly recommend at least a few private lessons before leaping into a semi-private lesson for adults. We work on strengthening and some flexibility exercises as well as understanding equine psychology. Adults with experience enjoy the time to reconnect with horses in a comfortable environment.
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