Norco Equestrian Academy has plenty of fun yet challenging horses ranging from easy to hard. I first began riding horses as an extent on my undying love for animals. Before the summer began I never even touched a horse, much less ridden one. I had no idea how much I would learn about how riding could benefit me. From the first day, I already learned to take out my helmet, saddle, pad and bridle from the tack room and which brushes are used to groom each part of a horse’s body. I remember when my trainer taught me how to pick the hoof of a horse. She showed me which parts of the hoof to pick and how to be careful of their injuries and sensitivities. Riding, caring for and learning about horses is something anyone can benefit from.
The academy first started over 50 years ago, it was been bought by Mrs. Gail Lipari. Several years ago, Mrs. Gail was diagnosed with breast cancer. Instead of letting her illness takeover, she decided to live her dream of owning a stable and sharing her love of horses. She wished to do something meaningful for her and her family. She trains new beginners and longtime riders every day. She hopes to teach everyone respect, leadership, responsibility, trust, and a new perspective on confidence.
Gail Lipari’s daughter, Mrs. Riley Turner, is one of their most experienced riders. She has been riding for about 16 years. Her love of horses first started the day she watched the movie “Black Beauty”. Mrs. Riley now helps both to train the academy horses and provide lessons to students of all ages and levels. At the same time she tends to the horses injuries and still has time to go to dressage and jumping shows. Over the course of her riding career, Riley has owned five horses. Wyatt, Mrs. Riley’s son, is 2 years old and was introduced to horses at his very young age. Riley feels that horseback riding has helped with her to decrease her stress levels and has introduced her to a new perspective on life.
Another trainer, Mrs. Allis, and her daughter, who is 22, hopes to teach everyone not only the “obvious” – the basics of physically instructions on how to ride, but also that horseback riding can help to positively improve humans physical fitness and mental health. Mrs. Allis feels that riding has helped her to appreciate her life more and has helped her to learn control and balance. Her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth, has learned responsibility, patience, and respect for animals and people. The number one thing that both try to teach all their students is to never give up.
The stable has several daily lessons from morning to night. Riders learn to halter and take out their horses each day and lead them into the cross-ties. Each of them take out their own tack, saddles and bridles, and groom their horses. Grooming includes currying, brushing, and picking the hooves of the horses. Each trainer thoroughly explains each step to groom a horse and all their different parts. After students complete grooming, saddling and bridling, their horses, it’s off to the arena. While riding they learn to trot, canter, and jump. When students complete their riding session, they lead the horses back to the cross-ties and take off the bridles. Once they’re secure the horses get groomed and led back into their own stalls.
A few students offered to share the stories of their first rides at the academy. Most students said their rides were “scary,” though many return. A small group of students said that their first lesson was,“something like no other,” that it was, “fun and exciting”. Everyone felt something different but still learned something new everyday. Hailey, a frequent rider, started shy and afraid. Now, she has come out of her shell and is confident and brave. She is one of the most courageous people I’ve met at the stables.
After riding for several months, I have learned responsibility, trust, leadership, and confidence. Each day when I walk into the barn knowing exactly what to do and can’t wait until the next lesson and the next chance to learn something new that will benefit my life.
Through confidence, you must know that you have to take charge. If you don’t take charge then the horse might have well have just bucked you off. It’s not going to be perfect, sometimes the mistakes you make just help you to learn something new and beneficial. You have got to think about all the things you are achieving and how amazing you will feel once you achieve it. Giving up on what you’ve been doing won’t benefit you, it will only bring you down. So, you have to never give up and always achieve your goal.