Training and coaching for the modern equestrian athlete.
The Ledyard Equestrian Style & Approach
For nearly thirty years I have made my living in the horse business as a judge, trainer, competitor, coach and now as an author. I have been blessed to work with so many wonderful students and horses, many of whom have ridden with me for years. Safety and details are at the forefront of my disciplined approach. I do my very best to coach in such a way that lifts a person up, approaching the horse and rider as a pair of athletes, giving them the respect they deserve.
Feel good about reaching out to Ledyard Equestrian. I promise I will do everything I can to
keep you safe, having fun and helping you and your horse become your absolute best.
Family photo credit Adrienne Morella Photography
Ledyard Equestrian Services
Your riding ability will thrive in our healthy, positive atmosphere that stresses the technical side of the sport as well as a disciplined yet fun approach to horsemanship.
Ship-in or send your horse to a wonderful facility with caring, seasoned professionals. Your horse will enjoy a kind, common sense approach to training that specializes in hunters, jumpers and equitation horses. You will feel good knowing that the training staff and I use only correct, patient and classic training methods.
Fair, honest and accurate judging for hunters and equitation for USEF, IHSA, NCAA, IEA, 4-H and schooling horse show venues. The integrity of the sport is of the utmost importance to me, and I will be well-prepared to be a great compliment to your show.
Business Profitablity & Flow
Running a horse business can be tough. I completely understand this and after years of frustration I learned how to make it fun & profitable while maintaining my integrity. I can teach you how to do the same!
We can work together to help you enjoy the horse business, make it more profitable and strike that coveted "work/life" balance.
Equestrian Safety Expert
As an expert in equestrian safety you can hire me to come to your farm to enable your staff and clients to create a safer and more positive environment for everyone.
Whether you are just getting started or if you have been at it for years, with my coaching you will find ways to stream-line your horse business and spend more time with the people in your life you care about most. I cover brand image, business strategy and client relationships. I would love to help you achieve all of your goals. Feel free to reach out to me anytime!
Instruction & training rates include ongoing support during the week
& a strategy for success going forward.
Training rides for regular clients~55
(+10 with groom)
Custom monthly training programs availiable.
Private & Group Lessons
Private over fences~85 Private flat~70 Group~65
(Pony or horse use additional)
Show Coaching 85/division plus travel
Please contact me for a specialized farm quote. The rates are very reasonable and offer profit & fund raising opportunities for you or your farm.
"I love helping riders succeed and I also really value the relationships that I form with the coaches that I work with. The horse business has given me so much and clinics are a way for me to give back. I promise it will be a great, memorable experience."~ Shane Ledyard
My clinics are ideal for show barns wanting an edge in competition as well as IEA & IHSA teams. I work with all levels of riders & horses nationwide and have several clinic themes to choose from. Get in touch with me today to learn more or to set up an inspirational clinic at your farm!
I have plenty of references from trainers available upon request.
Novels and Books
Available on paperback, Kindle, Audible and in Spanish
In The Pony That Wouldn’t Whinny, Bravado is a sweet pony that has lost his way in the world. Traded from owner to owner, he has been separated from his family and his friends.
Will Bravado ever be reunited with his loved ones? Will he ever find his true purpose?
This heart-warming children's book about faith, encouragement and friendship will inspire the reader to find their very own purpose in life, despite any difficult circumstances
they may go through.
Coloring books designed from original photography of so many fun adventures. The series includes classic farm scenes, wild horses and more! Color Me Real Coloring Books make great gifts for relaxation and creativity.
Basic system: Pick feet, comb mane, curry body, hard brush,soft brush legs, dandy brush, towel*, soft brush, tail (Towel optional)
Curry, dandy brush, towel, soft brush
Bath vs no bath with fan, curry, soft brush, towel, softbrush
Seasonal adjustments to grooming such as bathing and cooleruse
Poultice or Liniment Use
Turn-out/Bringing in; proper procedure
Bringing a horse in from a field
Understanding the turn and face method
The halt before stall entry
Riding and Training
Position (Hunt Seat, Jumper Seat and adjustable training seat)
Line, Pace, Impulsion, Collection
Pace must be adjustable at all three gaits
The two parts to line: The horse’s body and the line that he is riding
Five rein aids (basic)
Three leg aids
Control of the outside aids
Turn on the haunch
Turn on the forehand
Conditioning and cleaning
Parts of the tack
Bits for each horse (Exploring different types)
Saddle fit essentials
Over Fences Training
(Fundamentals of flat work for both horse and rider must bein place before over fence training begins)
Line, pace, impulsion, collection understanding
Height choice and preparation
Setting of jumps: Hunter/Equitation/Jumper
Wrapping, bandaging and booting
Injury wrap (laceration)
Jumping boots (open and closed)
Preparing the horse-the things the horse needs to know before he goes out.
Courtesy to other riders.
Courtesy to property owners.
Using the trail to prepare a show horse.
Basic first aid for wounds
When to call the vet
Wrapping a wound (Covered in Standing Wrap for lacerations)
Wrapping a hoof that is injured or that has a missing shoe
Pulling a shoe that is partially off (Advanced/AgeAppropriate)
Recognizing signs of colic
Recognizing signs of laminitis
Hooking up a truck and trailer
Loading properly and safely
Shipping of the horse
Handling a trouble loader
Ground Training & Longing
Understanding that horse training is nothing more thanpressure and release Everything is achieved through these two principals
Reading body language
Intelligent Longing*, including use of rope halter, sidereins and rigs
Horse Show Preparation
One-day show checklist
Training set-up the month prior
Training the week of
The approach in the warm-up ring
Treatment of staff at the competition
Mental approach to competition
Horse and Horse Selection
Parts of the horse
Conformation for particular use
Facial structure and how it pertains to personality/performance (Advanced)
Interacting with clients and vendors
Treatment of clients
Cultural awareness in the business
Social Media conduct
Business plan, strategy, values and mission
Comprehension of finances for the business including bookkeeping,vendor relationships, credit, and taxes
Personal finance vehicles comprehension. Strategies for savings,retirement accounts, investments, and health care
This is an ongoing list that has been established to make amore complete horseman that is as safe and proficient as possible. At Ledyard Equestrian, we embrace an old-school style combined with a modern, intellectual approach.
As a client of Ledyard Equestrian, these horsemanship lessons come at no additional cost to your training fees. Please make sure you
take advantage of them. Remember, it is up to you to ask for help, as any good horseman would indeed do.
Contact me today to accomplish your equestrian goals. I look forward to helping you succeed.
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