Rusty Bar Ranch has been approved and is now endorsed by Time to Ride, a division of the American Horse Council. There was rigorous criteria which had to be met, including being licensed, insured, having a proper facility, completing Safe Sport training, a criminal background check, and membership in at least one training association such as the Certified Horsemanship Association.
Rusty Bar Ranch features the only training simulator in Washington state. Sheena has seat, bit, leg, head and neck sensors and is non-judgmental. She will show you everything you are doing correctly as well as areas needing improvement. She goes English and Western, never tires, and can be ridden when temperatures exceed what is considered safe for lessons as she lives in a climate controlled room.
Lessons are taught from the ground up. Students learn how to halter, lead, groom, tack and ride. All lessons start out as private lessons, meaning the rider, horse and instructor are the ONLY ones in the arena or training area. Rusty Bar Ranch is a multi-discipline training facility, teaching English, Western, agility, trail, obstacles, safe and sane gaming, safe horsemanship, in preparation for everything from competition to trail riding.
Rusty Bar Ranch has several well mannered horses, many of whom can take a rider from their very first lesson to as far advanced as they would like to go with their riding. These horses are happy, and are ridden in other venues, so they do much more than give lessons day after day.
Owner Kathy Richardson is a Certified Horsemanship Association Instructor, rated both English and Western, A Horse Agility Accredited Trainer and Judge, an Equine Trail Sports Judge, and a Western Dressage Association of America certificate holder.