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Equi-librium offers adults and children education in horseback riding, horse training, and management.  The facility has two large outdoor arenas and is set in picturesque Stoddard, NH.  The facility is operated and horses owned by Dorothy Crosby,  who is certified as an instructor by both Centered Riding Inc. (CR) and the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA).  Dorothy is currently a Level II Centered Riding instructor working towards and in training for her Level III certification.  With CHA, Dorothy is certified Level III for both English and jumping instruction, as well as Level II in Western riding.  A long time 4-H leader, Dorothy no longer hosts any particular 4-H Club, but is available as a screened volunteer leader to help any club as needed.  Dorothy has  earned her 4-H New England Judges card.  She has over 45 years of equine experience with over 20 years teaching students.

Equi-librium welcomes riders of all levels, abilities and disciplines!  Our well educated, experienced, sweet tempered herd love to participate in camps, workshops, clinics and of course, lessons!

Visitors are Always Welcome! Come visit and talk with us and learn for yourself how Centered Riding can benefit you and your equine companion.

A Nibble of Centered RidingĀ®

Centered Riding utilizes classical principles to create a mutually cooperative and interdependent relationship between horse and rider. By facilitating the way human and equine anatomy work together to best compliment one another, Centered Riding cultivates effective communication, balance, and confidence while eliminating tension and fear. Moving forward, horse and rider are able to achieve positive, relaxed riding.

Tidbit of the Season

Winter is a time for many riders and horses to take time off.  Remember that when you do ride, no one is in their best condition for hard work and snow makes riding hard work for all, equines and humans alike.  Gentle stretching and lots of time to warm-up are a good way to begin and end your ride.  And of course, some trotting and even a canter or two if your horse is in shape for it, can help keep you both warm!   Stiff, sensitive horses can benefit from wearing a quarter sheet, especially on the colder, windier days, and they can also be wrapped around the rider for some extra warmth with no danger of falling or being tangled up in them in the event of a mishap....some horses need work for their brains and any in-hand sessions can be valuable to decrease boredom and increase suppleness.  Not sure what to do?  Go back to basics and simply ask them to move "parts" and do some simple obedience exercises. For example, walk/halt transitions and turns on the forehand are great for the body and brain! Some of us even do them in the barn if we are not willing to experience the outdoor weather!  Regardless of how much or how little you do, remember to spend a little time grooming and bonding and engaging with your favorite equine to minimize boredom and so that you don't have to start from scratch in the spring!  Happy horsin' around, whatever that entails this season! :)

For more information on Centered Riding visit the official site of Centered Riding

For more information on the Certified Horsemanship Association visit CHA's webpage.

"You [Dorothy Crosby] are a natural teacher and you set high standards for yourself and others! Well Done!" ~CHA clinic instructor