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LETTERS FROM STUDENTS
I am writing to give my fullest, most enthusiastic endorsement for Betsy Ayers as a riding instructor for special needs children.
I began bringing my then-3-year-old granddaughter to Betsy over a year ago. At that time, she had been diagnosed with a host of neurological disorders: low muscle tone, speech impairment, sensory processing disorder, extreme anxiety, and motor planning delay. She has since then been also diagnosed with autism.
When we first came to Betsy, my granddaughter was so terrified of everything that she clung to me the entire first visit. Our hour long "riding lesson" resulted in a timid, quick "touch" of a baby chick's head. I was amazed and relieved that Betsy was willing to go with the flow of what was possible, and was so patient and quiet and accepting of the reality of this child's capacity. Over the next few months, visits with Betsy went from that first, timid touch, to discovering the pigs, being willing to touch the horse, braiding the horse's mane with ribbons and leaning on the horse, to finally actually sitting on the horse. My granddaughter now can ride, do exercises, mount and dismount on her own, and move along at a trot with some assistance.
Why did I choose Betsy? When we first learned that our granddaughter had neuro-issues, I read that riding a horse could be very helpful, especially with speech. (She was completely silent.) We could not afford a riding therapy school, and also I was looking for an experience that was more holistic in approach (not just a "program".) The beautiful thing about our experience with Betsy has been her holistic approach: my granddaughter has had time to care for the horse and experience "barn life". Nothing has been rushed and Betsy has been so thoughtful about planning "next steps" each time to move our granddaughter forward in her experience.
I first noticed progress when my totally silent grandchild started making independent sounds during the car ride home. Soon she started "shouting" joyfully and now she sings and talks all the way home. It is remarkable. She has gone from being terrified of all animals to now leading the horse for her cousin's riding lesson and grooming the horse with confidence. She has begun to speak to Betsy in short phrases. This is nothing short of a miracle.
Betsy has my phone number and I am very willing for her to give it out to anyone wishing to speak with me personally. Again, I cannot recommend her highly enough.
"Our daughter has been taking riding lessons from Betsy for over a year. Betsy does a great job and Stephanie really enjoys each lesson. We would recommend Betsy for anyone who is searching for an experienced and dedicated riding instructor." Jeanne
I can’t say enough about Betsy!!! She doesn’t just teach you how to get
on and off a horse, she teaches you to speak horse and develop a
trusting relationship with your horse. I learned more in my first
lesson with her than I had in all my other lessons combined! The Rocky
Ridge farm is beautiful and the horses are amazing. The lessons are
very relaxed but filled with useful and insightful information. You
get a well rounded education on horses; how to ride, how to care for
them, information on breeds, tack and on and on and on. Unlike most
other places, Betsy is very flexible with her scheduling of lessons and
you certainly can’t beat the price! I absolutely love every minute at
the Farm and look forward to seeing Dan (my horse) and Betsy every week.
Betsy, the Walton girls are still sending me messages asking me to visit Freckles and Sky and tell them how much they are loved.
Everything about the riding experience was just perfecto. Thanks once again.
If you need any satisfied customer comments for your web site you have one from me.
Thanks for checking up on Willow and I :) She is doing wonderful!
I have been riding her this past week and she is not stubborn with the saddle or blanket anymore!
I have a little bit of trouble with the bridle still, but we're working on that. She has calmed down a lot and she definitely pays more attention to me and I think she really enjoys my company now :) With the grass, she is not so obsessed with it and the other day I free lunged her and she looked at me and wasn't bending down to get grass every second! She really has improved a lot and I thank you so much for your help.
Like most little girls, I too dreamed of learning to ride a pony. When I was about nine years old, I had told my father this and he mentioned that he had a relative who owned horses and said he would take me there to see if I liked it.
Unfortunately for me, my first experience learning to ride was not a pleasant one. You see, their idea of teaching a young girl to ride was to set her on a horse bareback, swat it in the bottom and let her hold on for dear life. This is NOT what you will find at Tombetsthefarm!!
After much deliberation I decided to revisit the concept of learning how to ride once more as an adult. So whether you want to learn English or Western style of riding or simply want to trail ride, you will find Miss Betsy Ayers has a real gift for teaching not only the young but the young at heart. She is an extremely delightful, friendly and knowledgeable person when it comes to horses.
She has such a gift for training horses and riders alike. Betsy's number one rule is safety FIRST With Betsy you will learn how to groom your horse, tack your horse and ride.
So if you are looking for a place with one on one instructions or if you
are in need of a trainer for your horse, who is a true professional, Miss Betsy at Tom Bets the Farm is the right gal for you.
Royal is doing great for Kaitlin. She has been working and riding him every evening, even trotting without any bucks! She has been keeping herself calm and confident when riding him, his behaving has also boosted her confidence. He tends to want to stop when trotting, but she keeps on him and makes him go until he makes a full circle around the round pen in each direction. If he keeps up the good behavior, I think we ill keep him and continue working with him every day all summer to see how he responds. Kaitlin is enjoying riding him!