TNT Equestrian Center
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TNT Equestrian Center

TNT Equestrian Center

7651 Friendsville Rd. Lodi, Oh 44254

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TNT Equestrian Center is a teaching center committed to creating great horseman. This beautiful horse farm is located 7 miles south of Medina in Lafayette Twp. We specialize in excellent riding instruction for all ages! Children and adults can learn to ride and care for horses in a safe, fun, and supportive environment with the emphasis on horsemanship. As riders advance, they will learn the art of Classical Dressage on trained schoolmasters. TNT is very excited to offer Horse Share, a unique membership program that allows riders to ride and enjoy TNT horses as if they were their own. We are 10 mins from I71 and I76 and 35.8 miles from Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

Riding at TNT:
TNT beginner lessons emphasize a centered and balanced position on the horse - the most useful and correct position for all riders - regardless of discipline. Advanced lessons focus on the disciplines of Classical Dressage, Hunt Seat, Outdoor Trail Riding, and Horsemanship. Students may take lessons on well-trained school horses or ride their own horse. Once students are able, they may join TNT Horse Share and ride our horses outside of lessons. As students advance, they will be eligible to participate in outside shows.

TNT Horse Training
TNT Equestrian Center trains horses using the principles of Classical Dressage as taught at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. In addition, the methods of traditional Vaquero Horsemanship are employed in the starting of young horses, retraining of older horses, and as a fantastic suppliment to the gymnastic training of dressage. Training programs are available for the completely green to upper level dressage horse. Training is also available for the improvement of any horse, regardless of discipline.

For more information on boarding, training, and dressage lessons; please call Shannon at (330) 461-2318 or email at tntequestrian@aol.com.



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What kind of rider do you want to be?
So, you've decided you'd like to ride a horse. Or your little one finally talked you into letting her give it a try. Your not sure where to begin. Maybe you've been to a friend's barn where the horses seemed a little out of control and the riders a little less than compassionate with their mounts. You know you want to learn more than how to get on an already tacked horse and push it's buttons. And most of all, you want your child and yourself to be as safe as you can be. But how can you be safe on a 1,200lb animal? What is an acceptable level of risk?

Those are very good questions. Where you choose to begin your riding career will have a significant impact on what kind of a rider you become, how long it will take, how many accidents you will have, and how much over all enjoyment you experience. You may or may not be aware that there are different styles of riding. Learning a speciality before learning the universal basics of balanced riding and correct horsemanship is like learning algebra before you've learned adding and subtracting. You may or may not have heard the word dressage before. It sounds fancy, maybe something more complex than what you want to learn. But dressage is the foundation for all other horsemanship. All current riding disciplines share dressage in their roots. The word itself simply means training. Dressage is training for both the horse and rider. What it means to you as a beginner is that you will learn to be balanced on the horse and allow your body to move with it. You will be taught in a comprehensive and systematic way, when your body can perform simple tasks on the horse, more complex tasks will follow. Europeans have been taught in this manner for hundreds of years. In America, it's more common to expect to get on and go. But it is not as productive or as safe.

Advanced communication between horse and rider takes place through the rider's seat. This is the kind of communication that causes people to say things like, "it looks like the horse is performing all by itself". This advanced level of partnership is what most riders strive for and a privileged few achieve. It begins with the basics. Learning to use your core correctly, allowing your appendages to work with complete independence. A horse does not like to be pulled around by it's face anymore than you would. This is the reason why an advanced rider can get on a horse that resembled a goat only moments before and within a short period of time, it floats around the ring. It instinctually makes sense to the horse when you ride correctly, in balance, and know how to use your seat. When you become tuned in to your horse, you can begin to experience 2-way communication. Instead of shouting commands, you are conversing. This is the mark of a compassionate rider. Any casual observer can see the difference between a horse happy underneath it's rider and one that is miserable.

Riding should be fun. It shouldn't produce frustration, stiff backs, rubbed "unmentionables", tears, or angry horses. Do those things happen occasionally - yes. But if it is a regular occurrence, you're on the wrong track.

Dressage training should produce a horse that is functional - not only pleasing to the eye. Originally, dressage was the training that taught the horse to be useful as a tool for war. Than later in history, bull fighting. And still later for working cattle. (Yes, dressage is the foundation for Western riding - don't believe it, look it up!). Now, it is often thought of as that funny thing you do inside a square (when your not jumping) that has little to no relationship to "functional" riding. I think we should add a new element to dressage shows. After your test, you should be required to perform some functional test of skill - working cattle or a mock sword fight or anything else where the rider would have to ride with one hand and the horse must be light, quick, and agile. Maybe we would rethink the sense of teaching horses to plow around on the forehand until they can only be ridden in a double bridle. But I digress.

I strive to produce balanced, secure (ie. safe), effective, compassionate horseman. I want my riders to understand how a horse thinks, what their natural instincts are. Not what we want our horses to be, but what God made them to be. And be able to see life from their perspective - how they would choose to be housed, ridden, handled. Horses are not people or dogs. They are not motivated by food or love or praise. But when we love a horse for what it is and not what we want it to be, we open the door to achieving the kind of relationship with our horse that we've been dreaming about all along.

Riding Lessons at TNT
Beginner Programs - Ages 7 to Adult
The Beginner Program is designed to introduce a new or returning rider to the basics of riding in a one on one format. It is intended that at the end of this 10 Week program the rider will be able to safely and successfully join a group lesson.
Intro I = $160 for five 45 min. private lessons.- Learn the basics of grooming and tacking, mounting, dismounting, correct equitation at the walk, effective use of the aids, on and off the lunge line.
Intro II = $160 for five 45 min. private lessons. - Students will advance to correct equitation at the trot, lunge line exercises, school figures, more confirmed control of the horse, and other skills.

Child and Adult Group Lesson Sessions $25/Hour*
*All lessons for each month are required to be paid for at the beginning of each month. Otherwise cost for each group lesson is $30/hour.
Group lessons include 3-5 riders of similar skill levels. For specific times and to enroll call (330) 461-2318 or email tntequestrian@aol.com.

Intermediate - Advanced Private Riding Lessons
5 Week Session (45 min) Lessons = $160
Private lessons can begin at any time. Contact your preferred instructor for available times.

TNT Horse Share!!! - A Unique Membership Program that Allows You to Enjoy our Horses as Your Own!
Joining Horse Share is the next best thing to having a horse of your own (maybe even better!). Horse Share members will see their riding progress accelerate far beyond what they could accomplish in once a week lessons. Other member benefits: long "pretty pony" grooming sessions, hand grazing your favorite friend, sunny trail rides, warm winter good night kisses, inclusion in to that mysterious group that just likes to hang out in a barn! In short, all the stuff that makes horse ownership great, but on a budget the average family can manage.

Ladies Riding Social: WATCH FOR THESE TO RESUME IN THE SPRING!!
This class has a relaxed feel and a slower pace. The emphasis will be on the basics of horse handling, horse nature, correct position on the horse, and control of the horse at a walk and trot. It is also intended to be a much needed escape for hardworking ladies during a busy week! Cost for this class is $20 at the door or $90 for 6 sessions.
Call (330) 461-2318 or email to reserve a spot or get more info!

Watch for other upcoming TNT offerings:
Ladies Rider Fitness Classes
Classical Horsemanship Training
Horsin' Around Summer Program for Children Age 7-13

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General Lesson Information


What Will Riders Learn?

Balanced Seat Riding (Beginner I - Intermediate I)
New students will begin by learning a balanced and centered position on the horse. Beginning students are taught in an english saddle as it requires a better balance from the rider than a typical western saddle, however, the principles learned are very applicable to correct western riding. Riders will be taught effective use of their aids (control of the horse). Students are expected (once taught) to groom and tack their own horse. Horsemanship skills and basic horse care are a big part of the learning experience. Riders will enjoy a wide variety of horse activities in order that they may become well rounded riders. As they progress, they will ride outside, on trail, over ground poles and crossrails, play games and do gymkhana.
Classical Dressage (Intermediate-Advanced)
Learn to ride in harmony with your horse! Classical Dressage will improve any horse/rider team, regardless of preferred discipline! Riders, want to be an asset to your horse rather than a hindrance? Classical dressage will teach you how to ride from a deep seat with a balanced and centered position - a very strong position that gives the rider greater control while being less of a burden to the horse. Classical Dressage is the "how to" of horse training - with a thorough understanding of Classical Dressage, you will be able to improve any training difficulty you have with your horse! Come give it a try!

All Classical Dressage Lessons are private at this time. Schedule with Shannon Edgar (330) 461-2318 or tntequestrian@aol.com.

Lunge "Seat" Lessons
Riders of all disciplines will improve their equitation by learning a balanced and relaxed position on the horse. All riding disciplines advocate a classical position on the flat and a balanced forward seat for jumping and galloping. This correct position can only be learned with the help of a schooled horse on the lunge line. As the rider progresses, he/she will be able to give far clearer aids to their horse, eliminating much confusion. Many riders are hurried into imitating the form of an advanced rider when they haven't yet learned to balance on the moving horse. When this happens the rider must grip to stay on, which causes tension in the horse and muddled aids from the rider. Very often, students solve what they believe were "training problems" simply by correcting their riding problems.

Choosing: Group or Private Lessons:

Private lessons offer the rider a one on one situation and they allow for a much more concentrated and intensive learning environment for the more serious rider. Some riders make the fastest progress in private lessons while others do better in the more relaxed pace of a group lesson. Most children enjoy the social nature of the group and benefit from watching and imitating others who are slightly more advanced. The timid rider, the rider who has been overfaced (lost confidence due to a bad experience) and the very youngest riders (4-7) will do best in private lessons. Work on the lunge line (only possible in private lessons) is the best way to develop a secure, balanced, and relaxed position on the horse. Lunge lessons are absolutely essential for the beginner rider, returning rider, or rider trying to gain or regain confidence. At the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria (long considered to be the foremost equestrian school in the world) students begin on the lunge line without stirrups or reins for two years! When the rider’s limbs must be employed in the job of staying on the horse, aids will be unclear, leading to confused horses and frustrated riders. Regular lunge lessons will eliminate this issue. Many advanced riders find their “training problems” disappear when they correct their riding problems. Whenever possible, group lessons should be supplemented with an occasional private lesson to work on specific issues or on the lunge line to improve the seat.

Young Riders (4-7 years):

Riders 4-7 years old may ride in private lessons. Four and five year olds typically do best in 15 min. lessons – their attention span usually does not accommodate much more and it’s better that they finish wishing for more than asking to be done. Size and attention span will be the determining factor as to when the child may begin 30 min. lessons. This is a lesson, not a pony ride. The student must be able to follow directions and focus, at least for a short period of time. Children will ride a pony which will be under the control of the instructor (either on the lunge line or next to the instructor) at all times. Children will not ride independently until they are able to control the pony as in the above group requirements, this usually is not possible until the age of 7 or 8. It is irrational to expect a 50lb child to be able to control a 700 – 1100 lb pony.

Choosing an Instructor:
When looking for an instructor, especially for your child, it's very important to check out the instructor's qualifications. As there is no mandatory licensing for horse professionals in this country anyone can "hang out a sign". Experience and a high concern for safety are of utmost importance. Also, someone who has true professional training (years-long apprenticeship under a recognized master or several) will provide the student with the most correct instruction; greatly increasing the students safety, understanding, and progress.

TNT Instructors:
Shannon Edgar - Owner, Head Trainer/Instructor

Shannon Edgar has 12+ years of experience teaching and training students and horses of all levels. She spent 4 years as an apprentice of Robert Mayer at the Robert Mayer Riding Academy. As such, she received thousands of hours of formal lessons in riding, teaching, and training from Robert Mayer. Robert Mayer is certified by the British Horse Society and the Federation Nationale (Germany). Taught in the tradition of the Spanish Riding School, he passes that tradition on to his apprentices. In preparation for USDF certification she has participated in teaching/training clinics with Lilo Fore - international judge, trainer, and rider.

Please call (330) 461 - 2318 for more information or email at tntequestrian@aol.com.

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TNT Equestrian Center Horse Training

Training Rates:

Full Training Board - 4 Training Sessions Per Week = $450/Month + Cost of Board
Full Training Board rates apply only when the horse is kept in continous training throughout the year (minimum 6 month contract required).

Half Training Board - 2 Training Sessions Per Week = $225/Month + Cost of Board
Half Training Board rates apply only when the horse is kept in continous training throughout the year (minimum 6 month contract required).

3 Month Full Training Package = $600/month + cost of board

1 Month Full Training and Evaluation = $600/month + cost of board
Only available as part of longer term training plan.

How will my horse and I benefit from training?
The #1 benefit of horse training is a more enjoyable horse ownership experience! People put their horses in professional training for many different reasons. Most higher level show horses are in continous training with a professional through-out the year. The owners of these horses recognize that a qualfied trainer can maximize the potential of their horse and keep them performing at top knotch. A horse can only be expected to perform at the level it's rider is capable of producing. In other words, over time, a horse will always digress to the level of it's rider. This is the reason why 30 day "tune-ups" rarely last for long and do little to bring about long term solutions to problems. Even for the non-competitive rider, regular horse training has many benefits. Your horse will be a more willing partner and a better teacher when it is receiving consistent training from a qualified trainer. Young horses require this consistency in their first 5-7 years. In the absence of it, problems will arise when the horse becomes confused or frustrated with a rider who does not have the skills to help the horse along. Finally, many riders simply do not have the time to ride their horse as often as is needed to keep their horse is top mental and physical shape.

Shorter term training periods may be suitable in certain situations. Such as when working through a specific problem with a horse that otherwise has a good foundation and a rider who is qualified to continue the job, starting a young horse for a rider qualifed to continue the work, or preparing a horse for sale. Each situation is different and each horse/rider combo will have different needs. With each new horse accepted into training, the first 30 days will be considered an evaluation period from which a long term plan can be developed to address the needs of each horse/rider combo. Often times it is only after the horse has been in training for a few weeks that a full assessment can be made of the horse's current level of training, personality, aptitude for the work, physical soundness, and rate of learning. This assessment will be necessary for determining if the riders goals for the horse (and the training) are achievable and in what length of time they might be achieved.

Classical Dressage Training
Horses are accepted for training at all levels from unstarted on up. Which training program is best suited to each horse will be determined on an individual basis. Showing can be included in the training package. Please call or email for more information.

Young Horse Training
Unstarted horses are accepted on a limited basis due to the time consuming nature of starting a horse. Horses are started using the methods of vaquero horsemanship. They are taught to respond to pressure in all forms beginning with a rope halter and moving on to the rider's aids as training progresses. Once they are going under saddle and understand the basic aids, dressage training can begin. Dressage training is the foundation of all other training. The beginnings of dressage training require establishing consistent rythem at all three gaits, relaxation and a swinging back, suppleness both laterally (side to side) and longitudinally (flexion), and obediance to the rider.

Training for Specific Problems
Please inquire about training for specific problems you are having with your horse.



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7651 Friendsville Rd. Lodi, Oh 44254
330-461-2318

What is important to you as a horse owner looking for boarding?
When I was a boarder, the most important thing to me was that my horse was turned out as much as possible. I think it's cruel to keep a horse locked in a stall or only ever turn it out by itself for 1 hour at a time, a few times a week. Horses kept under these conditions exhibit behaviors that scream - let me out! When I was a boarder, it was not as important to me that the barn was brand new or had varnished wood and wrought iron. I was not impressed by miles of white fence and lush green pastures only used in the most perfect of conditions. Certainly everyone likes to look at a pretty barn. But what matters most is whether or not your horse is happy. Does he stall walk, paw, kick, crib? Is he angry and nippy when you work with him? Does he take out his pent up energy on you? Or is he calm, relaxed, and pleasant to be around? Does he have breathing problems or is he arthritic. Have you noticed these problems improve after a little turnout or exercise? Turn out will not magically solve all of your horse's behavior problems but it will go a long way towards easing his tensions. Can a horse get kicked by a pasture mate and get hurt? Sure. But I've seen plenty of horrific stall injuries, most often caused by bored horses. And I have worked in barns that had no turnout (supposedly because they were "fancy show horses"). Those barns all had a higher percentage of chronically lame horses. My horses are all currently barefoot and sound. They go out in wet and dry conditions. I know they are healthier for it. Most of all, my horses are mentally healthy. I would rather run the risk that if I put my expensive show horse out with his buddies, he may get a scrape or a cut or a broken leg than force him to live a lifetime locked away by himself while he slowly goes crazy. I think it is the more loving thing to do.

TNT Equestrian Center offers full care boarding with an emphasis on natural care. Board includes: daily group turnout, a custom made high fat pelleted grain, plenty of hay, and unlimited use of all facilities! We at TNT believe horses are social creatures and as such, are happier when their stall does not feel like a prison! All stalls allow each horse an unobstructed view of his neighbor and great ventilation. Those who board at TNT know that one of our biggest priorities for the horses is regular (ideally constant) turn-out. If you are interested in boarding at a beautiful facility with regular turnout, secure a stall now!


Indoor Arena

Facilities include: many oversize (10 x14), open-air stalls in an airy, cool in the summer/warm in the winter bank barn. All of the horses can see each neighbor and are at ease "in the herd". 145 x 60 indoor arena that is light and well-ventilated. A network of large grass pastures for rotational grazing, smaller paddocks for all-weather turnout located on 20 acres of rolling hills (good drainage). Pastures are fenced with Electro-Braid Fence - the safest fence on the market. Other amenities include: cozy, heated viewing room, wash area, run - in shelter for over-night turnout, and more to come!


Heated Viewing Room


Open, Airy, Well-Lit Stalls!

TNT is a stable which caters to it's people and horses! We have a history of providing reliable, above-average care to our boarded horses, our boarders come and stay. We have a low rate of turnover and a great group of people who love their horses and like to have fun!


20+ Acres of turnout.


Please come check us out, we are often on a waiting list - however, stalls open as training/sales clients come and go so call or email to find out if there is an opening. (330) 461-2318 or email at tntequestrian@aol.com.

 

 

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