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Services – 2019

Brek-n-Ridge Farm’s HORSE-A-CULTURE 2019

 The Goal this summer at B-n-R is to spend each week together, riding to develop thinking skills and become riders able to ride off property, in the B-n-R fields,  and to enjoy ourselves at our small local competitions. Our lessons will include trail rides, BBQ’s, drill team practice, horsemanship and position, trailering skills, horse and equipment stable care, preparations for off property rides and horse shows and our scheduled Dressage Clinics with Maryal Barnett and auditing or riding in the Vanessa Voltman Clinics will be included in the Lesson Programs and found on a calendar coming soon!

 Join Andrew and I to share with you the joys and process of riding, no detail too small and no goals to large.  We will have fun, learn a lot and teach our horses to become better riding partners, better trained, and you as a rider, a safer equestrian.




Dressage Clinics and Test Riding

from Intro Level up to Second Level

3 lessons per week, for 6 of 8 weeks  

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 25 – August 15th

June 25,26,27 July 2, 3, 5 (No lessons on the July 4thHoliday), July 9,10,11  July 16,17 (Maryal Barnett Lesson),18.

July 21 Cedar Creek Dressage Show  July 23, 24, 25  July 30,31, August 1  August 6, 7, 8 and  August 13, 14, 15


 Week 1. Ride IntroTest AThe basic dressage test all horses and riders can easily achieve. Ride Intro Test B The second easiest dressage test all horses and riders need to achieve

 Week 2. Ride Intro Test Cand Training Level Test 1

 On your own – Practice Western Dressage 2 and 3 Get a feeling for how western is English and English is Western Dressage!

 Week 3 Ride Training Level Test 2 and Test 3

 On your own – Practice your Week 1-3 Tests

Mock Horse Show Test of Choice

Week 4 Ride First Level Test 1, Learn First Level Test 2

Mock Horse Show Test of Choice

Week 5 Ride First Level Test 2 and First Level Test 3

Week 6 Ride Second Level Test 1

 “The object of dressage is the development of the horse into a happy athlete resulting in a horse that is calm, loose, supple, and flexible but also confident, attentive, and keen thus achieving perfect understanding with his rider.”

 The object of dressage at Brek-n-Ridge Farm is the development of the riders to become skilled and calm in all situations, flexible and balanced in using their arm, leg and body aids, aware in using their aids separately and in harmony in communicating with their horses and riders working toward being confident, attentive, and smart thus achieving understanding with their horse.



3 rides per week, for 6 weeks  

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays July 2 – August 15th

July 2, 3, 5 (No lessons on the July 4th Holiday), July 9 (Maryal Barnett Lesson incl.) 10,11  July 16,17,18  July 23, 24, 25  July 30,31, August 1  August 6, 7, 8 and  August 13, 14, 15

Instructors Andrew Figures (trailering and geometry) Karin Reid Offield on Merlin  and Liz Sanchez on Annie

ACCURACY – Over time horse professionals have determined methods of riding and handling horses for the safety and fun for all. Learn to ask your horse the right questions. How should you be teaching your horse what to do? For you, and for your horse, learn to decide how your state of mind and your accuracy can make a difference in the riding relationship with your horse.

BALANCE – Ask your horse to stay in balance and observe why this will help the horse and the rider stay safe.   Learn how and when to create balance to make a difference in your riding relationship with your horse.

CORRECTNESS – Learn how correctness, and conformity of tried and true methods in the handling of all horse decisions will make a difference in your riding relationship when you are by yourself or when riding in a group. Learn how to avoid problems.

Teaching the ABC’s in two very different summer horseback riding programs.   Brek-n-Ridge lesson horses are available for students, or for those of you that wish to ride twice a day. Ask for the special twice a day fee.

Please reserve early, limited availability. 

The Horse-a-Culture Program in 2018 & 2019 include a similar learning curve and will be followed in 2019 to insure the long term easy -to- learn consistency and conformity for safe and fun riding.

Week One  — Safely leading and handling your horse. Basic Groundwork in the stable and grooming stalls.  Mounting & dismounting in all conditions.Trail safety and trail riding around Brek-n-Ridge. Riding in the arena. Your position – let’s fix it!  Riding with others and what rider has the right-a-way, and what rider going what direction are you responsible for avoiding? Four basic steering techniques and how to follow the figures. Which technique to use and when. How to stay on the rail when your horse wants to cut corners and an easy lesson about what to do in the corners of an arena.  What are the letters in the dressage arena and how are they important to your riding every day inside and outside of the arena? Geometry and how to ride a round circle.

Week Two  — Riding outside in various weather conditions and how to put your horses at ease. Who can lead, and who follows? Understanding herd bound horses. Reading the footing under your horses’ feet in field and forest riding. Who is in charge of your horses’ calmness?What can you do when he becomes unmanageable? Opening and closing gates on horseback, some tips. Mounting outside on your horses. Tying your horses up to trees, in cases of emergency or for picnics. What to look for in the woods before planning to dismount. Why dismount out on a trail, and when do you never dismount? Trailering your horses. Part one of a five-week Program.

Week Three — Geometry in the fields. Transitions from walk to halt.  Halt to trot.  Trot to canter.  All downward transitions from a faster gait. How to plan for a change of gait? Is there a way to help your horse know what you are planning to do?    The importance of balance during transitions.  What difference does your horses body shape have to do with upward transitions from the walk to the trot and the trot to the halt? Anatomy 101 and riding a differently shaped horse. How to ride a new horse? Trailering and equipping your Rig and trucks for safe hauling.

Week Four — Does your horse have a good walk or an average walk? What difference does it make? Your horses’ anatomy and your walk. When you hand walk your horse before mounting, learn how to watch his hoof prints in the sand. Can you tell if he Is sore or limping? When you mount, how do you take up the reins?  Will your horse gladly accept a tight rein? If not, why not and how to make this an easier task. What is connection and how to keep talking to your horse with a loose rein or a tight rein.When to be firm? The rider’s core, how does this matter to a horse? What about your position? Loading your horses and safe rules to follow.

Week Five — How to teach your horse to go fast and slow with your seat, legs, your hands, your spurs and your whip.How does the rider stay in balance for each gait of the horse? Riding up and down hills and helping your horse stay in balance. Why do men like to gallop up hills? How to ride your horse safely down a steep hill? Health and wellness for your horse and why it will affect your daily ride. Choosing what you want to practice with your horse, how long should you practice for and what happens when you cannot accomplish what you are working on. Off property ride – trailering, staging the ride and coming home safely.

Week Six — Riding a “western dressage” test. How to follow the 5 weeks of previous lessons and follow the directions of a dressage test and feel that you and your horse accomplished a job to be proud of. Riding in front of an audience. Why is it important to learn this technique?What are “scores” and what should they mean to your own evaluation of how you are progressing with your horse. Judging yourself. Changing yourself by fixing bad habits. What have you learned this year?

Learning the ABC’s in two very differentsummer horseback riding programsat Brek-n-Ridge.  Our lesson horses are available for students, or for those boarders that wish to ride twice a day

Please reserve early, very limited availability.Cost – $1775   


 Humans and equines have a partnership that goes back millennia. There is a mystique which surrounds them.  They are large, beautiful, flighty, non-judgmental, sentient beings that are willing to share themselves with us.

Horses are prey animals which means they flee from danger and find safety in a herd; therefore, they dwell in the present moment. Their primary communication style is nonverbal. These powerfully social animals have evolved to be on alert to even the slightest changes in their environment.

Humans are predators; we turn to face danger and think as individuals. Horses view humans as predators.  When we take time to observe horses living in herds we can learn a great deal about their social structures and group dynamics. Each horse serves a role in the hierarchy. When humans begin to understand the language of horse and are willing to pay attention to the feedback they provide, perceptual shifts can occur. As horse men and women, we value the importance of practicing “presence of mind” around the horses. Learning how horses utilize movement in their bodies to communicate and herd relationship patterns can teach us valuable lessons about how we see ourselves and our relationship to the world around us.

Partnering with equines provides opportunities to teach critical life skills such as trust, respect, boundaries, honesty, non-judgement and clear communication. Through authentic interactions with horses, people are able to practice heightened self-awareness.  Becoming cognizant helps reveal patterns of behavior and provides us with the chance to see new possibilities.  When we connect with horses our confidence increases, our senses become heightened and our ability to empathize is expanded; all contributing to creating a more holistic sense of self.” Thanks to Misty Meadows for providing this great explanation

AT BREK-N-RIDGE FARM we can share with you how to further your understanding of your horse, their minds and the willingness of both you and your horse needed for those “perfect rides”  This series of learning is for you whether you are a serious rider of any age with aspirations of a gold medal, a blue ribbon or as a rider that  wants to know how to get through the woods more easily, more safely and to have more fun with your horse!


Call us to inquire about lessons, participating in upcoming clinics or horse shows. Our new web page: CLINICS/SCHEDULES has listed many of the confirmed dates. For horse training and our new trainers’ clinics information call us at 231-242-0012 to make an appointment to discuss specifics, email us for pricing or come by the stable to learn about the costs and our availability.

ADDRESS 7359 South Lake Shore Drive – a few minutes from Harbor Springs, Michigan

Friends coming this way with horses? Overnight stalls are $40.00, day stalls $20.00. Call us for availability. Quarantine requirements may apply.

Clinic costs vary with the instructor. Contact us if you would like your instructor to give a clinic at Brek-n-Ridge. Our arena’s, stalls are available to outside clinics.

The costs to teach instructors in our Instructors Program: Safety in the Stable, Arena and on Horseback vary on a per person basis. Working student positions to qualify for acceptance into this program may be available seasonally.

Three-day clinics with Karin available.

Horse Equipment Laundry Service $50.00 per month – Keeping all your equipment clean and dry, safe from mildew and breakage. Save your Washer and Dryer!

Tack Cleaning Services $50.00 per month. Keeping all your leather equipment mildew clear and safe from rot and grime.

Horse Showing with Brek-n-Ridge Farm

Show fees $120.00 per day, per horse, includes coaching of the rider and training/showing the horse.We will be traveling downstate for shows as well as going  to small schooling shows for the summer 2019.  Join us.

Additional costs, (instructor travel expenses, accommodation and a per diem of $30.00 a day) will be divided among the clients

 If grooming and handling are requested, the charge is $50.00 per day. The groom’s per diem fee and accommodations will be divided equally among our clients. A show preparation fee that includes mane pulling, tail grooming, bathing and clipping is $35.00 per horse

Braiding $45.00. Mane pulling $25.00. Hauling $2.00 per loaded mile. An insurance coverage for hauling will be required

 Contact us for an appointment to discuss specifics  


The Potato House on Brek-n-Ridge Farm often available for rent during summer and winter seasons.




If stalls are available, we may be able to offer full rehabilitation services for acute injury care, post surgical care, and the  following rehab programs…please ask your vet to call Brek-n-Ridge to discuss. We have been doing this work since the 1990’s in Michigan and Arizona

Respond Cold Laser Treatments

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) with Respond™ Cold Laser

The Respond 2400 XL is a class IIIB cold laser. They are called cold lasers or soft lasers because they do not emit heat and therefore do not cause tissue damage. This device is FDA approved as “non-significant risk” device.

At this time, scientific studies indicate that cold lasers are more effective at penetrating the skin than LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) and are therefore more effective. Laser light is able to penetrate through tissue layers and help to stimulate cellular energy and metabolic processes which promote healing and tissue regeneration (including increased collagen and epithelial production). Cold Laser light can also stimulate the release of natural pain killing endorphins within the body which facilitate long lasting pain relief.

To read more about the benefits and effects of LLLT demonstrated by thousands of double blind studies done in both clinical and laboratory settings, please see the Laser FAQ site that Respond has put together.

Cold Lasers are often used for: Tendon and ligament strains, tears, lesions, bowed tendons, wounds, sore muscles and bruises, and sore backs. Cold Lasers are a non-invasive way to stimulate acupressure points in navicular, bruised feet, and laminitis cases.

Local veterinarians are supportive of using cold laser in addition to regular treatment protocols for soft tissue injuries and wounds. The Respond cold laser is also a great tool for massage therapy in helping to treat trigger points. We work closely with our vets.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Other Rehab Offerings 

  • Hand walking, under saddle controlled exercise and legging up
  • Bandaging (standing/support wraps, simple/complex wound bandaging)
  • Cold/hot hosing, packs
  • Hoof Soaking, bandage changes, severe wound care

• Riding on perfect footing in indoor arena. Maintained daily.

• Handwalk

• Intramuscular injection

• Bandage/wrap

• Medicated bath

• Body clip

Daily logs and regular owner/trainer/agent/veterinarian updates and interface

Game Ready Game Ready Compression Boots

This unit delivers a dry cold with active compression which can be helpful as part of a treatment program for many conditions involving inflammation and soft tissue injuries.  These include acute tendon injuries, suspensory desmitis, laminitis, and splints.  Additionally, horses may benefit from this therapy to minimize swelling post-operatively in certain procedures.  Treatment sessions are customized to your horse’s needs.

Magnetic Blanket

  • To increase performance of sport  horses
  • To increase suppleness of the horse
  • To vitalize the organism
  • Muscle tension
  • Rheumatic arthritis
  • Slow healing bone & degenerative joint injuries
  • Inflammation & swelling
  • Inhibited blood circulation/metabolic disorders

We love horses and we will do our best to care for your animals, everyday.

Welcome to BreknRidge Farm "Where the trails meet the arena"