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Welcome to Erickson Acres!

Welcome to Erickson Acres, a family friendly horse training facility located in beautiful Spring Valley, Wisconsin. With over 20 years of dedicated horse training experience, our focus is to provide top notch horse training and instruction for our clients in a safe, comfortable, and welcoming atmosphere (for both human and equine). We offer training, riding lessons, summer day camps, clinics, sales, leasing, boarding, and so much more.

We are not a stuffy, rigid, riding barn... we like to have fun! You will find lots of smiles and laughter here; children, adults - entire families - are encouraged to come join the fun. Sarah Erickson will help you find that connection you long for with your horse, and you will make new friends along the journey. Don’t have a horse? No problem! We have several well schooled, safe horses here available that are appropriate for beginning riders all the way up through seasoned, advanced riders looking to challenge themselves to rise to the next level of riding.

Take a few minutes to browse through our website to learn more about what Erickson Acres has to offer. Call or email us for more information or to schedule a visit.

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A note from the Lead Mare:

I have the opportunity to work with Pierce and St. Croix County 4-H Youth Horse Project with Dressage and Hunter/Jumper.

The youth have made me think a lot about my riding and some habits I have gotten into.  We project our insecurities and weaknesses onto our horses.

Horses make us feel invincible, however, we want to control them because they still have a mind of their own.  That control is thought to come through our hands;  in reality it is a 3-way communication between our Seat/Core, Legs AND hand (I put hand last because this is where the least of the communication should come from.  There should be about 2-3 pounds of pressure on the reins to tell the horse direction and how forward the horse should move.  Two common things I see is NO CONTACT because riders want to ride in "lightness" the other is TOO MUCH CONTACT, riding with 5-10+ pounds of pressure on the reins, which is like yelling at your horse. 

Ideally ratio of aids:
   2%   Reins
   18%  Legs (Lower)
   80%  Core (upper leg and above)

What we do with young horses will compound in the future,  if we always use 5 pounds of pressure, soon we will need to use 6,7,8 pounds. The pressure will need to continually be increased. 

If you feel your horse pulling/leaning on your hands, go back to lightness with 2-3 pounds on their mouth.
Openings for training are filling but I  still have a few available for tune-ups and training; but fill up quickly.  Call or e-mail to set up a time for me to put a few rides on your horse.

1 week tune-up starts at $150.

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