Morning Mist Farm Inc.
Hired 12 times
21 years in business
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Horseback Riding Lessons (for adults)
Morning Mist is the first barn to make me feel like I am genuinely accepted and involved. Nancy is by far the best trainer I have worked with. She not only tells you how to but shows and explains how to. When she is asked a question she doesn't make you feel like you are small. She takes everything as a lesson. I am so glad to have found a trainer and a barn that I can call family. I am so blessed. I am welcomed to come to the barn and feed the horses and learn hands on how to tend to a barn and herd as if it's my own. Nancy teaches balance seat first and has shown me that you can be one with the horse and feel the movements and the bond. As I was a hunter jumper previous I am used to one frame of posture and intensity but she has taught me how to feel the horse and be a rider not a passenger. I could go on and on about the amazing lessons I have been taught and look forward to more to come! Thanks Nancy😃Sep 22, 2017Verified
When my husband and I wanted to treat the grandkids to a beginners' riding lesson I went looking online for a stable in our small community and stumbled across Morning Mist Farm. I was impressed by the certification of Ms. Stewart from Morvan Park's equestrian center, which is well known in our area. I also liked the look of the website which stresses the range of services available. http://www.morningmistfarminc.com I thought that for a first time introduction to horse care, this might be the place. Talking to Miss Nancy on the phone, she asked quite a bit about the grandkids and their interests and when we arrived for the lesson, she knew their names and remembered what I'd told her about them. I was a bit worried that two kids might be a lot for one instructor to handle in a two hour lesson but Miss Nancy arranged to have an assistant so that each child had one-on-one help. She and Rachel switched off so that each one had information from both people on the areas they were learning, which ranged from how to act around a horse, how to put on a saddle and bridle correctly, how to groom a horse properly and how to get on and off safely. Helmets were provided that fit both kids and safety was emphasized in each aspect of their lesson. They both learned how to sit properly on a horse, the right position for their feet in the stirrips and how to turn their horse during their session on horseback. After a stroll around the ring, the kids practiced balance on horseback by tossing their water bottles around, followed by more riding to insure that they were both comfortable on a horse's back. Then it was time for a leisurely walk on horseback around the pond, an instructor right next to each child and their pony. The final part of the lesson was removing the saddle and bridle once their horse was back in their stall, how to curry the horse after exercise and how to clean the stall after a pony potty break. We did not cover cleaning tack as so much was covered in one lesson. Maybe next time.... The ponys were incredibly well behaved and trained. They were affectionate with the kids and the onlookers, too. Each child had a lot of individual attention and encouragement, although Miss Nancy was quick to correct bad habits in a kind way. She even did a little extra with our older grandchild who is in a pre-vet program to show her how to examine a horse's mouth properly. I was really impressed by the thoroughness of the lesson and how organized Miss Nancy is. If our grandkids lived in the area, I'd sign them up for a series of lessons, just to broaden their appreciation of horses and how much fun (and how much work) they are. Jane W.Jul 26, 2016Morning Mist Farm Inc.'s reply
Thank You Jane, It was my pleasure, meeting you and working with your grandchildren. Please come and enjoy a visit @ Morning Mist Farm, whenever you want to enjoy our "Herd", and "No Stress" environment. Miss Nancy
Horseback Riding Lessons (for children or teenagers)
Didn't chose Misty Mountain simply because of distance. Definitely would have given them a shot if I lived closer.Oct 20, 2017Verified
Private Horseback Riding Lessons
Nancy Conahan and Tumbtack were great. She very promptly responded to my request to find riding lessons at a local barn. All of my questions were answered and Nancy was very positive and encouraging as I am an older rider. I look forward to working with her when the weather warms up.Feb 18, 2015VerifiedMorning Mist Farm Inc.'s reply
Thank You Lori, Spring is arriving in a week, so it is time to start riding again! Nancy
Private Horseback Riding Lessons
Morning Mist Farm Inc., gives great lessons! Nancy Conahan (instructor) is extremely warm and inviting. Her passion for horses and the art of riding is undoubtedly seen through her teaching and instruction. Great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of riding no matter your skill level.Jan 5, 2015VerifiedMorning Mist Farm Inc.'s reply
Thank You, Cynnara Let me know your schedule, spring is arriving next week...time to get you back in the saddle! Nancy
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I attended Morven Park International Equestrian Institute and became a certified riding instructor in 1982.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I loved horses from the day a could say "I want a pony, please, for Christmas." I started lessons when I was 5 years old. When I was 12 going on my 13th Birthday...My Dad asked me how much it would cost to build me a barn and buy me a horse. I had the answer within 48 hours. I was already addicted to horses and I was lucky to have my Mom and Dad supportive of my interest.
- What types of customers have you worked with?I specialize in Beginner Adults, that want to learn to ride in a quiet, personalized environment. I also have a great Young Riders Program, for beginners thru advanced riding. Everyone learns Safety and Fun. Starting from the ground up, meaning grooming, leading, tacking up, riding and aftercare. My program teaches all how to take care of their own horse, when they are lucky enough to have a horse of their own.