While Nicole is primarily a mobile coach, depending on your ability and interest, there are a few horses at Follyfoot that are available for lease and lessons. Please refer to the Horses of Follyfoot page for details on specific horses. Safety approved riding helmets and shoes with a flat sole and low heel are mandatory. Please, for your sake, no rubber riding boots! Horse Council is highly recommended for any person who is around horses and for a nominal annual cost it is well worth it. For anyone leasing a horse or planning on taking the horses off the property either for trail rides or shows, Horse Council is a must. Please refer to https://hcbc.ca/membership/membership-types/individual-family/ for more information.
Cowichan Valley: $35 1hr semi-private or $45 for a 45min. private. Lessons can be at my facility or yours
South of the Malahat: $40 1hr semi-private or $50 for a 45min private
I currently travel South of the Malahat on thursdays and saturdays. The option to come down on an additional day is available if there is a minimum of four riders. The same applies for coaching in the Ladysmith/Nanaimo area
Follyfoot Horse Lessons:
Single drop-in private 45min lesson $65
4 private lessons/month prepaid $220
8 private lessons/month prepaid $400.00
* If a prepaid lesson is missed a make-up lesson will be made available. Prepaid monthly lessons must be used up within the following calendar month in order for schedules to run smoothly.
For those who are taking lessons here and are experienced enough, leasing a Follyfoot horse either for a "practice day" in the ring or for trail riding is also an option.
Riders who wish to lease will need to have a very solid and safe position in all three gaits of walk/trot/canter. This is to assure their safety and the comfort of the Follyfoot horses. Leasing is a month to month arrangement not a pay/ride option and involves a rider paying a portion of the costs associated with owning a horse in exchange for riding it. This is an inclusive rate so you don't have to worry about paying a share of vet/farrier bills as they arise. Please keep in mind that the costs of horse ownership do not change if you are sick or it's raining Rescheduling a ride will be done if at all possible but there is NO guarantee.
4 days/month $125
8 days/month $225
1 lessons/1 lease day/week $325/month
2 lessons/1 lease days/week $500/month
1 lessons/2 lease days/week $425/month
Depending on your needs and interests we can also customize a package for you. There is also the potential of having your costs reduced by cleaning paddocks.
Lesson and lease fees are due at the beginning of the month. One month's notice required to cease prepaid lesson or lease arrangements.
Riding is a complicated joy. You learn something each time. It is never quite the same, and you never know it all.~ Monica Dickens