Jim McDonald is a life-long horse enthusiast, AQHA Professional Horseman, and CHA Master Instructor and clinician who is highly respected in the equine community for his expertise in horse behavior and learning theory. His unique approach to training both horses and humans applies horse-centric principles to help students and clients build trusting relationships, overcome challenges, and reach their goals. Jim’s own horsemanship has evolved over the past 60 years. He grew up believing the prevalent thinking that horses learn via force and intimidation and must be “shown who’s boss” in order to do what we ask. However, as an adult, Jim transformed his approach and adopted a more sophisticated and effective model based on instinctive equine behavior and learning theory. Today, he helps students ranging from brand-new riders to competitive athletes apply those principles to improve their horsemanship and equine enjoyment.

Jim's Lesson Pricing

GROUP LESSON

3 or more students

$55/per person

A four pack $50.00 each $200.00 total

One Hour (including grooming & tacking)
up to 6 students in the lesson

SEMI-PRIVATE LESSON

No more than 2 students

$65/per person

A four pack is $60.00 each $240.00 total

One Hour (including grooming & tacking)
Only two students in the lesson

PRIVATE LESSON

1 student only

$85

A four pack is $75.00 each $300.00 total

One Hour (including grooming & tacking)
One-on-one private instruction

Jim's Lesson Pricing for horse and hive boarders

GROUP LESSON

3 or more students

$50/per person

A four pack $45.00 each $180.00 total

One Hour (including grooming & tacking)
up to 6 students in the lesson

SEMI-PRIVATE LESSON

No more than 2 students

$60/per person

A four pack is $50.00 each $200.00 total

One Hour (including grooming & tacking)
Only two students in the lesson

PRIVATE LESSON

1 student only

$80

A four pack is $70.00 each $280.00 total

One Hour (including grooming & tacking)
One-on-one private instruction

scheduling

Times are schedules based on availability and your scheduling needs.

what to know/bring before your first visit

CANCELLATION POLICY

We please ask that all student cancellations be made 24 hours in advance.

Each horse is scheduled with your child in mind.
Any cancellations made the day of the scheduled lesson that is a non-emergency is responsible to pay the full lesson price.

Horse & Hive and its instructors reserve the right to cancel lessons with less than 24 hours advance notice in the case of instructor emergencies/illness, inclement weather, or when riding conditions are deemed unsafe. Every effort will be made to reschedule cancelled lessons as quickly as possible. In the case of instructor emergencies or illness a substitute instructor will be provided when and if possible.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

When possible, instructors may choose to teach lessons inside in the case of inclement weather. These lessons may not include saddle time, however, will cover other aspects of horses, horsemanship, horse handling, care and maintenance that is not covered or discussed when riding. These lessons ensure the riders have a well rounded equine education.

Each instructor will use their own discretion on holding indoor lessons. Please check with your instructor directly if the road conditions are questionable.

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