From Our Editors
At Little Chaps Riding School, all horseback riding lessons are one-on-one-on-one. That is to say, every time a young rider arrives at the Loveland-based ranch, he or she teams up with a horse named Misty and a 20-year veteran trainer. Because every lesson is private, kids get the full attention of Misty and the trainer.
As the star of the show, the child develops at his or her own pace during lessons tailored to individual goals, whether they include riding in shows or for pleasure. Youngsters typically start out with basics such as safety guidelines and anatomy in 60-minute beginner lessons, before moving on to more advanced riding technique. Though topics may change along with the child's goals, all lessons feature the common themes of instilling a commitment to safety and nurturing an abiding love for the animals.