Frequently Asked Questions will help those of you who are new, or prospective students find what you’re looking for. If you still have unanswered questions or special needs, please feel free to contact us and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
“Q: What’s the best way to get started?”
“A: The best way to get started is to schedule an evaluation, either at your farm or Julie’s. Also, attending an event or watching a lesson is another great way to learn about Julie’s techniques. Just call the office 1(803)761-4342 and let us know when you’d like to come.”
“Q: What if I don’t have a horse?”
“A: You don’t need a horse to join the fun at AHA, just a strong desire to learn. Much can be learned by watching and if you’d like, lesson horses are available for ground work and limited horses are available for riding.
“Q: I live too far away to come study in person… what are my
“A: Julie offers Video & E-mail Coaching, as well as occasional Online Courses. Julie travels several times a year to NY to teach lessons in the Rhinebeck/Kingston area. Julie is also available to travel for hosted clinics at your farm. Please contact us for more information.
“Q: Do you teach children?”
“A: Julie’s focus is adult learners. Some children who own their own horse are considered for private lessons if there is a strong desire to integrate ground work in their training.
“Q: Do you teach lessons on school horses?”
“A: For the committed student who has completed a set of ground work lessons, riding lessons on a school horse is available if there is a well-matched riding horse.
“Q: I just want to take lessons on my own property. Is that something you offer?”
“A: Yes, Julie can come to you in the greater Aiken area. Or you can host Julie at your farm. Call us for more information.”
“Q: I don’t want instruction, I just need my horse trained or my young horse started under saddle.”
“A: If you are keeping this horse, rather than training it to sell, we strongly recommend that you be involved in the training process, even if that is just watching Julie work with the horse to begin with. We do start young horses under saddle. Except in very limited cases we require that the horse is boarded at Julie’s for at least 60 days in full training. The owner is welcome and encouraged to be present for as much of the training process as they can. Spaces for horses in training are very limited, so please call in advance to reserve your spot.”