Equi-librium offers the following programs throughout the year!
Currently we are doing our best to follow all COVID protocols and keep everyone safe! Fortunately, social distancing is fairly easy with horses....while we don't require masks while riding, we do ask participants to bring them for other activities and when in groups. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!
Check the calendar for upcoming events or contact Dorothy to schedule a custom-made event or lesson.
“Dorothy is the perfect instructor. She always teaches with caring, knowledge, and a passion for the horse and rider. I have always appreciated her gentle, but firm approach. Plus she understands that not all riders are the same and she teaches us with all the tools in her tool belt!”
~ Krista, adult student
Open Centered Riding Clinics:
As a certified CR Clinician, Dorothy offers Open Centered Riding Clinics varying in length from 1-4 days. These can be hosted by your farm and include both mounted and unmounted lessons and workshops. Explore Sally Swift's techniques for improving your "use of self" to achieve softness, enhance communication, and improve performance.
Contact Dorothy for more information on how to organize and host a clinic to benefit horses and riders at your barn!
Increase communication between you and your horse both on the ground and in the saddle. Learn practical aspects of horse management and riding skills helpful to managing your own horse. Contact Dorothy to schedule a custom-made program that fits your needs.
For the Horse and Rider:
Centered Riding mounted/unmounted exercises
Horse and rider movement and balance
Equine handling and training techniques
Warm up/cool down practices/philosophy
Fitness and conditioning
Use of Aids
Riding over fences
Basic manners/Behavior issues
Lunging/ long lining/ground driving
Basic Centered Driving
Other Topics by request.
Tack, equipment, and clothing fitting and care
First Aid and health care
Safe barn and pasture management
Other topics by request.
Riding is the focus of clinics which are tailored to the specific needs of the horses and riders. Instruction ranges from basic to more advanced material, and can be from a half day up to a full week, with both mounted and unmounted sessions. Students participate in unmounted workshops, a personalized group riding lesson and may observe other participant's lessons. Schedule a clinic for your group at our barn or yours. Clinics at Dorothy's barn include the main dish for a pot-luck lunch!
Price per Participant per Day
On the Home Farm
Off Farm/Southmowing Stables
Mileage is based on round-trip distance
Check with Dorothy for prices over 75 miles, full weekend or varied length
Equi-librium announces Rider Member discounts on workshops or clinics for adults or youth who have a current rider membership with Centered Riding, Inc.
Student groups will enjoy a variety of riding activities and/or groundwork exercises in approximately 2 hour workshops. Interactive instructions on horse care and management as well as riding are available.
Unmounted Centered Riding workshops include a variety of exercises to help participants get the most out of their equine activities by experiencing the feel of and sensitivity to how we communicate with our horses.
Workshops require a minimun number of participants due to distance and activities.
Price Per Participant
At Our Barn/Southmowing Stables
Off the Farm
Why should the kids have all the fun?!? Adult programs include something for everyone: game days, ladies' camps and events, tailor-made workshops and lessons for you and your friends for an hour to an entire weekend. Schedule one now for a single weekend or make fun with horses a regular event throughout the year! These can be at your location or one of mine.
Ladies Group: rides weekly, must be independent at the trot, rider levels may vary. We ride in two separate groups if there are too many riders! This lesson is driven by what the riders request; often they are wanting to improve their use of self or learn the "how to" of some movement or task...
Ladies Weekend (generally spring and fall):
Prices vary by duration and location of event; at Southmowing Stables there is overnight accommodation available for ladies and their mounts.
Other workshops, lessons, etc. priced by event.
One or more days or one week of advanced camp, where riders must be able to trot independently, and another day or days of fun for riders of any level! Camp combines learning and fun in a friendly environment. Novice through advanced students experience appropriate aspects of horse care and riding. Our day camp programs provide a variety of hands-on horse management and riding experiences for young riders of all ages.
At Southmowing camps are also held by other instructors.
Sadly, there are no more camps in Stoddard.
Come join us for 2 1/2 -3 hour sessions of camp for kids who want to ride. Most of our time will be spent riding and handling horses. Other horse care or knowledge activities will be included depending on weather and number of participants.
Mini-camps are now offered at Southmowing Stables!
Join Dorothy and the other Southmowing Instructors for an afternoon session of riding, horse care, games, and safety conscious fun. This is a great way to improve your overall horsemanship knowledge and skillls.
"I love learning everything about horses and this camp has taught me how to be a better rider, but also what it takes to care for horses and have fun! I loved the new advanced camp offered last year!" ~Molly, age 11
"Advanced camp is awesome! During the course of the week, my riding improved greatly, and it was a blast!. I'm looking forward to next year! " ~Leah, age 16
After a weekend of Soft Riders/Soft Horses: "The next clinic should be a week!" ~Carol, adult rider
Spend your school vacations experiencing a day in the life of a horse! Kid's Days are structured similarly to camps but are single events throughout the year. Themed days or special group events are possible and can also be scheduled by request. (example: Fall Fun or Birthday events, girl scout groups or clubs)
“Dorothy has a way with the kids that’s difficult to describe. Every child feels comfortable and loved and my daughter comes home from camp each day feeling exhilarated, happy, and ready for more. If you’re considering Dorothy’s horse riding camp, you and your child will not regret it. This is one camp you do not want to miss!” ~Laura, camper parent.
“Camp is so much fun and I have learned so much. Dorothy does a great job teaching us techniques that help us be better riders. The whole day we do fun things like grooming, riding, and learning different parts about the horse. I love camp at Dorothy’s.”
Each year a limited number of qualified students are asked to assist with chores, programs and events on the farm. In exchange these students receive instruction in those areas to further their knowledge and improve their skills as well as the opportunity to earn extra riding time after the work is done. Capable students are given supervised responsibility related to training or teaching in order to help them utilize their knowledge to help others.
Individuals seeking to further their involvement in the equine industry are given the opportunity to job shadow and further develop their own practical skills in equine management and riding by assisting with the many different aspects of an equine lesson program. Whether for career or pleasure, students can be involved in everything ranging from daily care of the horses to planning and marketing programs to assisting with programs and events, to taking on a personal project involving the routine or special needs, training, or refining of a particular horse or other personal project. We have only one intern at a time, and the person must have some prior horse experience.