Sarah and Krista, the lead trainers at Elite Equine Group, help students develop confident horseback-riding skills during lessons and nurture comfortable relationships between humans and horses. The teaching duo takes into account each rider’s variables⎯including experience, age, abilities, and hat gallon number⎯as they teach students within the two indoor rings or one outdoor arena.
With a focus on safety, the instructors typically start young riders out in 30-minute lessons, while older students partaking in hour-long lessons that teach grooming, tacking, and groundwork.
Details Day Spa doesn't just prettify faces; it also fosters community. The spa regularly holds 30-minute public forums during which local medical and dental professionals give brief lectures about a relevant topic in their fields and then answer questions from attendees.
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Linda’s testimonials page is growing steadily with a variety of stories about helping dogs. By taking a calm leadership role, Linda urges dogs to stop their unwanted behavior and become the peaceful, nondestructive animals their owners want them to be. The canine expert has studied a number of training approaches and has mastered the methods she thinks achieve the swiftest and most satisfying results, forming a program based on positive reinforcement of good behaviors and calm rejection of bad ones. Beyond in-depth dog-whispering sessions, Linda also specializes in structured walks that ease dogs’ stress with strolls free of marking, sniffing, or suggestive whistles at nearby poodles.
Jen Sauchelli, the owner of Pompton Pet Sitters, lends a helping paw to pet owners with services that cater to all manner of beast. Jen and her fellow pet experts take pride in their ability to establish relationships with the animals in their care. Pet walkers and sitters take time to learn about pets’ dietary restrictions and exercise habits before they even meet, allowing them to immediately build a friendship forged by a secret handshake.
Spring Valley Equestrian Center has been family owned for four decades. Current owners Marie Cotton and Chuck McWhirter spearhead instruction in both English and Western horseback-riding techniques on the scenic ranch, which abuts the Appalachian Trail Ridge. A large indoor arena complements the center's three riding rings, allowing horses to gallop comfortably throughout the year and eliminating the need for them to fly south for the winter. Spring Valley’s saddle shop allows equines to suit up onsite. In addition to group and private lessons, the center hosts summer horsemanship camps that include a week of lessons and conclude with a student horse show.