Riding Lessons and Training at Longmeadow
Longmeadow Rescue Ranch encourages all adopters to take advantage of our wonderful additional training and lesson opportunities. Our training options allow you to spend additional time with your selected horse and our natural horsemanship trainer learning helpful tools and techniques. You may also choose to invest in additional training for your new horse before taking him or her home.
We are excited to offer new training options for both Longmeadow Rescue Ranch Alumni Horses as well as privately owned horses.
Longmeadow has beginner to advanced lessons available in multiple disciplines. Ride your adopted horse, bring your own horse, or ride one of the Longmeadow Rescue Ranch horses! Lessons are available for anyone interested in advancing their riding and horsemanship skills, whether you’ve adopted from Longmeadow or you’re dreaming of a horse of your very own.
Lessons with your newly adopted horse will help you to understand the training already received here at the ranch and will teach you to use tools and techniques to continue the learning process with your new partner. All lessons include 45 minutes of riding time, which does not include tacking and untacking.
Private Lesson: $55
Semiprivate Lesson (2 people): $45
Group Lesson (3 or more people): $35
Contact head trainer Courtney Sims at 636-744-4198 to schedule a lesson. Riders must be 5yrs old or older. Proof of personal medical insurance is required and a parent must stay for the lesson.
Advanced Training for Horses on Adoption Hold
$550 / 30 days (includes board)
Additional lessons with your adopted horse are available at the rates listed above.
Advanced Training for Longmeadow Rescue Ranch Adopted Horses or Privately Owned Horses:
$725 / 30 days (includes board)
Additional individual group or private lessons with your horse are available at the rates listed above.
Contact Longmeadow Rescue Ranch’s head trainer, Courtney Sims, to arrange boarding/training at 636-744-4198.
Additional Board Fees for Horses on Adoption Hold / Without Training (30 day max)
2nd 10 Days: $50 Board Fee
3rd 10 Days: $50 Board Fee
Note: Equine are no longer ridden or trained when they are put on adoption hold. In order to keep equine in work or training we recommend one of the options above (lessons or training).
Exercise rides (30 min. rides by a trainer or training assistant) are available for equine who have completed the training for riding. These sessions are $25 and must be paid for in advance.
**Adoption, Hold, Board, and Training Fees are Non Refundable**
Contact Longmeadow Rescue Ranch’s head trainer, Courtney Sims, to arrange boarding/training at 636-744-4198
Meet the trainer: Courtney Sims
Courtney grew up in Missouri in an equestrian home. As a young adult, she worked as an assistant trainer at Shadbolt Cattle Company in Merriman, Nebraska. There she refined her skills training young horses under saddle. She worked with unhandled horses and trained them to become working ranch horses. She then trained under Saddlebred and Hunter Jumper trainer, Kris Wallace, at Columbia Equestrian Center. While under Kris’ guidance, Courtney assisted in starting horses over fences and preparing them for their future eventing careers.
Courtney’s passion lies in the rehabilitation and retraining of rescued horses. She specializes in training equine who have been mistreated, working to reconstruct the trust lost due to their prior experiences. She has been a trainer at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch since 2018. Her goal is to foster an environment in which she can discover and nurture the strengths of both horse and rider. Courtney also teaches riding lessons at Longmeadow to help increase the riding skills and general equine knowledge of potential adopters, volunteers, and staff members.