summer 2022 Utah – Horse days

SunHorse Stables presents

Horse Days

COME JOIN THE FUN! HORSE DAYS IS A 4 DAY, ALL-AROUND, SMALL GROUP HORSEMANSHIP PROGRAM HELD AT ARROWHEAD COUNTRY INN, ON THE EAST SIDE OF ZION NATIONAL PARK.

This page subject to change – please check back for updates…

  • $450 per attendee, plus tax (discount available for students currently in lesson program)
  • Includes:
    • 4 full days of horsemanship instruction, 9am-5pm.
    • Lesson horse and all necessary tack (attendees are not to bring their own horses)
    • Lunch included (M-Th) but lodging and other meals not included.
  • Dates (tentative)*:
    • June 6-9: Beginner Child (7-11yo)
    • June 13-16: Intermediate/Advanced (all ages)
    • June 20-23: Beginner Child (7-11yo)
    • June 13-16: Intermediate/Advanced (all ages)
    • July 11-14: Beginner Child (7-11yo)
    • June 13-16: Intermediate/Advanced (all ages)
  • Email sunhorsestables@gmail.com for an application packet.
  • Attendees will need to bring riding helmet and riding boots, as well as minor misc. gear (list will be provided far ahead of time).

*Must meet minimum attendance requirements: 3 attendees required, 4 max.
*At this time, we do not offer sessions for beginner teens or adults.
*Combined sessions available at instructor’s discretion.
*Intermediate and advanced riders must submit evidence of their riding level.

SunHorse Stables: Trainer Laura Jennings has competed in everything from rodeo to endurance to dressage, and has spent decades studying all aspects of horsemanship. She grew up rodeoing, working on ranches, and racing bareback through sagebrush meadows (while hoping that no rabbits jumped out and spooked her horse from under her — it was a long walk home on foot). She worked for a top reining trainer in college, worked as a guide for cattle drives and fast-paced backcountry adventures, trained for many many years under the guidance of professional dressage riders, and she now trains horses and teaches lessons full-time at her riding school in Las Vegas.

All of these experiences, good as well as bad, have shaped her horsemanship. Her focus is on riding and training to increase the comfort and longevity of our hardworking horses. She does this through assessing and adjusting everything that affects the horse, including stabling, nutrition, groundwork, saddle fit, biomechanics, rider position, and physical and mental health (human and equine). Laura shows riders of all levels how to interact with their horse in ways that build up the horse and rider’s fitness and comfort, to keep everyone sound and safe for long and successful partnerships. 

For riders new to horses: Where do you start? Laura provides a holistic view of everything a horse person should be aware of, including feed, stabling, first aid, terminology, tacking up, rider position, and how to think like a horse. New riders have the opportunity to cover all the basics so that should they decide to pursue horse ownership, they have a good foundation of knowledge to support them. 

For advanced riders: Frustrated, tired, not sure how to smooth out your relationship with your horse? Ever feel like you missed a day in horsemanship kindergarten? Western or English, Laura can help you work to discover and fill any gaps you might have in your horse keeping skills. On the flip side, everything is going great with your horse? Come try some new skills to keep things fresh, including many types of groundwork, dressage principles that can help any horse learn to move in healthy ways, new and old games to keep things fun, and fine-tuning rider position for strength and safety.

MORE DETAILS (program details subject to change):

Lodging and meals: Lunch is included for registered attendees, M-Th, but lodging and other meals not included. Accommodations may be available at onsite Arrowhead Country Inn (reservations required) or through the various hotels, b&bs, campsites, RV sites, etc nearby. All lodgings fill up quickly so book ahead.

Tuition: A $200 deposit and Student Application for each person is required to reserve a space. The deposit goes towards the total tuition amount and is refundable prior to June 1st. There is a non-refundable $75 registration fee, per student, charged at the time of registration. Full tuition payment is due by June 1st (or at the time of registration after June 1st). SunHorse Stables accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for payment. There are no refunds after June 1st.

Prior to June 1st, we will honor a full refund of all deposits and all tuition payments made beyond the deposit, minus a non-refundable $75 registration fee per student. There will be no refunds after June 1st. There are no make-up days, credits, or refunds for missed days of lessons due to illness, injury, vacations, or dismissals.  SunHorse Stables reserves the right to make changes to the program without notice by adding, modifying, or canceling activities as deemed necessary by the Directors, and no refunds or tuition adjustments will be made.

Absences: If you or your child will be absent from lessons, please call or email us as soon as possible and no later than 7:30am on that day. There are no make-up days, credits or refunds for missed days due to illness, injury, vacations, or dismissals. We are not able to accommodate special pick-up/drop-off of students during the day. 

In case of inclement weather, non-riding classes will be held indoors. There are no make-up days, credits or refunds for missed riding time due to weather, but we will do everything safely possible to switch lessons around within the 4 days to accommodate weather.

Full Disclosure: To ensure Horse Days is safe and enjoyable for everyone, parents/guardians must provide SunHorse Stables complete and accurate information about themselves or their child on all forms and in all communications. False or misleading information can negatively affect the experience and is grounds for dismissal from lessons.

Criteria: In order to ensure the health and safety of all students, all students must meet and follow our Essential Eligibility Criteria. Students who need special assistance should register and complete a Health History Form by June 1st in order for us to adequately assess their needs and put in place any necessary program adaptations. Please contact us if you have questions.

SunHorse Stables is licensed, insured, and complete with a current background check.