Our mission at Renegade Equine is to provide children of all ages a chance to gain equine education through a safe, thorough, and fun environment. We offer a program consisting of an 8 week series, 1 lesson per week, to teach children about equine safety, care, health, and the skills necessary to prepare them to ride.
Why Renegade? At Renegade Equine we truly believe in partnering with our horses, not using them. The Renegade Equine program has been created to give your child the correct tools, support, and environment to become a compassionate, considerate, and caring leader. We focus on building the human-equine bond while learning the correct skills to assist and propel them in their journey in the equine world. Through this process your child will not only learn those valuable skills but once they graduate the program they will be offered the chance to take on more responsibility and become confident in their learning. Our program encourages the child to use what they learn and apply it to their everyday life.
ShetlandsLessons are 2 hours each
- For children ages 5-7, our Shetlands meets on Monday afternoons from 4-6pm. This introductory class will be divided into a few sections including hands-on horse time, helping with barn chores, and classroom activity such as a worksheet, video, or an educational craft. This class is a prerequisite for all mounted programs with Renegade Equine.
ConnemarasLessons are 2 hours each
- For children ages 8-11, our Connemaras meet on Tuesday afternoons from 4-6pm. This introductory class will be divided into a few sections including hands-on horse time, helping with barn chores, and classroom activity such as a worksheet, video, or an educational craft. This class is a prerequisite for all mounted programs with Renegade Equine.
ArabiansLessons are 2 hours each
- For beginner equestrians ages 12-15, our Arabians meet Monday evenings from 6-8pm. This class begins with learning the basic safety, care, and health of horses and then expands into various groundwork techniques. Students will learn how to communicate in the horse’s language to connect from the ground up preparing them for a safe ride.
MustangsLessons are 2 hours each
- For advanced equestrians ages 12-16, our Mustangs class meets Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm. This class advances into anatomy, nutrition, fitness, and further understanding of the horse’s language. Students will also learn some basic bodywork to help their equine partners relax and connect on a deeper level. *May apply to be a working student and assist with classes.
I had the opportunity to watch Katie work with 6 feral horses, who had been traumatized by their journey, with roundup, auction, killbuyer, and transport. Her gentle approach and communication with these horses moved them forward to become happy, thriving beings. Katie is a miracle worker and an asset to anyone looking to use holistic methods.
Katie's use of holistic modalities made all the difference in the world. We discussed comprehensive options for essential oils, husbandry alternatives, herbs, nutrition, massage and energy work. When someone exceeds your expectations to the degree that she does, you'll wonder why you were ever taught another way. I would highly, HIGHLY recommend!
I have two challenging horses who Katie helped me start and now are amazing, irreplaceable members of my family. Not only does Katie meet your horses where they are at, but she meets you where you are at as well. No judgments ever passed, just guidance and support. Katie has a knowledge of training and horse wellness that is well beyond anyone I have ever met.
Founded by long-time equestrian and trainer, Katie Dixon, Renegade Equine helps equestrians build holistic connections with their equine partners to improve performance through understanding their natural behaviors.
Our training methodologies are guided holistic and personalized approaches based on personality assessments, horse and rider needs, and goals. We travel locally for lessons in and around Brownsville, Vermont and are available nationally for clinics.
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