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Lesson Program

English Lesson Program

Todd Hill Farm prides itself on offering a small group lesson format.  We rarely have more than 5 students in a group .  We feel that small lesson sizes enable the instructor to have more one on one time with each student. We always do our best to match students to horses to get the best fit.  All of our horses have so much to teach!  From one horse, riders might learn balance and control and from another horse, they might learn how to release over a jump.  

Lessons are $42 each + tax.   Lessons are between 40 minutes - 60 minutes in length depending on the exercises being worked on and how many riders are in the group. Beginner riders will be learning about handling, grooming and tacking up as part of the lesson.    Students pay month to month.  Cheques should be made out to Todd Hill Farm and we also accept cash, e-transfer (to toddhillfarm@ns.sympatico.ca) and Visa or MC.  Payment is expected on or before the first ride each month.  New students can pay for just one lesson to start and then move to a monthly payment schedule after that.


Todd Hill Farm students  take weekly lessons (4 lessons/month minimum) as we feel this is the best way to progress.  We also offer a program called Twice-As-Nice where students ride twice per week at a discounted rate ($37 per lesson instead of $42). Horseback riding is a sport and more time spent in the saddle leads to faster progression and skill mastery. Some stables focus more on recreational riding, like trail riding, but our program is designed around learning and progress in the sport of riding with emphasis on Equitation and Hunter  We do also offer trail rides to our students and they are a lot of fun!



Todd Hill Farm is very flexible about rescheduling lessons.  We do require 24 hours notice but we realize weather and illness play a part.When lessons are rescheduled, students may ride in one group lower or one group higher than their normal lesson. It may take up to 48 hours for a response

Please book your make-up lesson here 

Age and Experience:


We require students to be 8 years of age or older.  For beginner riders between the ages of 8-12, we offer a Grass Roots Horsemanship Program  (see info below). There is no upper age limit!  We have several adult students at all levels.  We can accommodate beginner to advanced riders.  Just let us know what your riding level is on our Lesson Program application. 

Equipment and Attire:

We supply all tack, horse equipment and brushes.  Our students should have their own ASTM-approved helmets, breeches, gloves and boots.  Beginner riders can borrow helmets for their first few rides - we have several on hand to lend out. Boots do not have to be expensive or fancy riding boots, but they should have a small heel (for safety reasons so the foot won't slip through the stirrup).  You also don't need expensive riding breeches;  Stretchy jeans or leggings will work just fine.


Todd Hill Farm Dress Code


In non-winter months students are expected to wear shirts with a collar.  No tank-tops are permitted.  We also request that no one enter the barn with open-toed shoes (ie sandles) - this includes parents and siblings.

Want to Enrol in the Todd Hill Farm Lesson Program?  You can download and print the lesson package here - or fill out and submit the online form below.  
Lesson Program Registration
Rider's experience

 Grass Roots Horsmanship Program

Now accepting students for Spring 2020

For children ages 8 - 12     


The Grass Roots program provides a solid foundation for children new to the sport of horseback riding. We put equal emphasis on horse care, grooming, handling, horsemanship and riding. All lessons will include some time in the barn learning about stable management and horse care as well as time in the saddle.

Todd Hill Farm instructors and assistants are experienced and knowledgeable and always put safety first.


Children participating in this program will be required to wear appropriate and safe attire, including a safety helmet specifically designed for riding (ie bike helmet would not be acceptable), boots with a small heel (rubber boots are fine), comfortable pants or breeches and gloves in cold weather.

The Program runs for 8 weeks at a cost of $350/no tax.


All participants will receive a certificate of achievement and will participate in a Grass Roots Horse Show to show off what they have learned.

Sessions run Saturdays 3pm - 5pm OR Sundays 3pm - 5pm

Grass Roots "graduates" will be invited to move into the Short Stirrup program when they are ready.  Short Stirrup is our beginner program for children who are independent at walk, trot and steering.  The purpose of this program is to teach further independence at all gaits and the ability to handle the horse on the ground and tacking up.  If your child is independent at walk and trot and would like to join Short Stirrup, please be sure to include that in the notes on the lesson request form.

Upcoming Sessions:

May 2 - June 20 2020 (NOTE - change due to COVID-19 precautions)

After your registration has been submitted, you will receive an email confirming your child's place in the program.  You will have 48 hours after you receive the email to make the $50 deposit to hold the spot.  This program fills up quickly!

Grass Roots Registration


Please send $50 deposit to hold your child's spot to: lessons@toddhillfarm.com


Todd Hill Farm Saddle Up Program

Todd Hill Farm is proud to be able to offer an exclusive rider progression program that includes stable management, general horse knowledge, barn management, riding, first aid and safety

Achieving a new level and progressing through the levels builds skills and confidence.  Participants receive a certificate of achievement upon passing and will be permanently on record at Todd Hill.  Decisions to to jump new heights, attempt new excercises, participate in our leaser program, show off property and ride certain horses will be based on these levels.

Todd Hill Farm currently offers testing 2 x year (Spring and Fall).  The testing program includes 6 - 8 weeks of in-barn tutorials and lectures, extra riding opportunities and hands-on learning, If you would like more information on how to participate please contact Karen at karen@toddhillfarm.com or by calling 902-883-9577

 Please review level progression requirements below:

Costs associated with this program vary.  Please contact Karen Gillighan for more details.


All of the above plus:

  • Knowledge of variety of bits

  • Getting horse ready for transportation

  • Know breeds & types

  • Know all body parts

  • Demonstrate bend

  • Demonstrate sympathetic contact

  • Canter course of 2 foot jumps

  • Jump gymnastic without stirrups


All of the above plus:

  • Knowledge of horse ailments & treatment

  • Knowledge of feed types & use

  • Discuss emergency first aid procedures

  • Lunge a horse

  • Demonstrate rein aids & jumping releases

  • Non-progressive transitions

  • Lateral movements

  • Canter course of 2 foot, 3 inch jumps

  • Jump course without stirrups


All of the above plus:

  • Getting a horse ready for a show

  • Troubleshoot symptoms

  • Discuss barn safety

  • Be able to ride most Second Level dressage movements

  • Canter course of 2 foot, 6 inch jumps

  • Be able to ride consistently from leg to hand

  • Be able to keep a horse "on the bit"



Must be able to:

  • Lead horse

  • Groom horse

  • Tack up & un-tack with assistance

  • Halt, walk & trot independently

  • Clean tack



 All of the above plus:

  • Get & return horse from paddock

  • Knowledge of tack & equipment

  • Rudimentary horse care knowledge

  • Know how to muck a stall

  • Canter independently

  • Ride patterns at trot

  • Trot poles



All of the above plus:

  • Take apart & put back together tack

  • Knowledge of basic first aid

  • Knowledge of horse feeding

  • Know most body parts

  • Canter patterns

  • Canter poles

  • Accurate transitions

  • Independent seat

  • 2-point position

  • Trot  X-rail jumps


Saddle Up Registration
Level student wishes to test for: