Tsaheylu Farm

Tsaheylu Farm Private lessons on a skilled lesson horse or your own. Connection with the Horse is of ultimate importance, there’s no yelling or forceful communication.
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Riding lessons offered on both the flat and jumping. Indoor and outdoor ring offers all weather riding. Trailer in lessons welcome or lessons horses and ponies are available. The key to riding is in the relationship between horse and rider, and rider and trainer. From that relationship, confidence grows. At that point, any goal is possible.

Tsaheylu is unique in that lessons are offered on warmblood sport horses, bred and trained by Makendra. Even the younger...
03/25/2019

Tsaheylu is unique in that lessons are offered on warmblood sport horses, bred and trained by Makendra. Even the younger, more advanced horses are trained to a high level of finesse. This offers the rider a chance to learn not only from the instructor, but from a talented sport horse as well.

Lessons are offered to riders of any age in english riding, jumping, dressage, natural horsemanship, groundwork, & lessons on the trail; all of which will enhance your overall horsemanship.

~1hr private- $75

~45min private- $60

~1hr semi-private (2-3 riders) -$55

~30min private- $50

Lessons are taught on Tsaheylu Farm horses or on your own horse. Trailer ins are welcome and encouraged!

Julia got to ride Firefly with Rowen & Pistachio yesterday. Ponies & kids are so fun!
03/25/2019

Julia got to ride Firefly with Rowen & Pistachio yesterday. Ponies & kids are so fun!

Can’t wait to teach lessons out on the trails again. Spring’s coming!!! 🌸
03/20/2019

Can’t wait to teach lessons out on the trails again. Spring’s coming!!! 🌸

Liberty is delightful!
03/10/2019

Liberty is delightful!

03/09/2019

Sophie & Firefly

03/09/2019

Rowen & Pistachio

03/09/2019

Savannah riding Gia

03/09/2019

Johan cantering without bucking~ yay! The things that go on in a 4yr old horse’s mind sometimes 🤷‍♀️

What a fun afternoon at the farm yesterday. Lots of camaraderie, teamwork, and enjoyment of our horses and ponies!  The ...
03/09/2019

What a fun afternoon at the farm yesterday. Lots of camaraderie, teamwork, and enjoyment of our horses and ponies! The snow didn’t deter anyone, but it was lovely to watch from inside the indoor.

Alison & Gia working on their rhythm at walk, trot, & canter today.
03/07/2019

Alison & Gia working on their rhythm at walk, trot, & canter today.

03/07/2019

Julia’s first time trotting over poles in the jump chute. Excellent work!

Great day with the horses. Julia & Ms.Gia did a full lesson off the lunge line! So proud them!! She had beautiful walk, ...
03/07/2019

Great day with the horses. Julia & Ms.Gia did a full lesson off the lunge line! So proud them!! She had beautiful walk, trot, circles, over poles in the jump chute, and navigated with another horse in the ring. Big leagues for her today and she nailed it! Her mama was so proud too and grateful for what a lovely schoolmaster Ms.Gia is.
Liberty a beautiful 4yr old Shire mare in training, is sharp as a whip and had some great ground work, followed by some work under saddle.

02/28/2019

Orange County Hunt (possibly Piedmont Hunt) on Atoka rd this morning. Second field pass the farm. Listen to those clippity clops 😁🐴

02/28/2019

Orange County Hunt this morning at the entrance to Merry Chase. ( or possibly Piedmont Hunt as we straddle their boarder) First field jumping beautifully. Thank you Alejandro Cortes Lopez for the footage!

02/28/2019
Riverman

Ribbons & Lace (Roxette’s) Sire 😍

At 29 years old this year, Riverman is still the King at Hilltop Farm. Available on a very limited basis through frozen semen.

02/28/2019

Rode, free jumped, and did a little ground work with Johan yesterday afternoon. Super fun baby horse! His name is so fun to say too, especially calling him in the field: Yoooooooo-haaaaaaan! 😂 He definitely knows his name.

Have a beautiful night! ❤️ Spring is coming!
02/26/2019

Have a beautiful night! ❤️ Spring is coming!

Mady & Juliet had fun riding Gia double after Mady’s lesson!
02/22/2019

Mady & Juliet had fun riding Gia double after Mady’s lesson!

Juliet decided yesterday was the day to get back to riding, this time on a horse instead of a pony. Gia was perfect & Ju...
02/14/2019

Juliet decided yesterday was the day to get back to riding, this time on a horse instead of a pony. Gia was perfect & Juliet couldn’t keep from laughing with joy through out half of her ride.

Not too cold to ride for this enthusiastic rider. Without the wind it wasn’t too bad and in the indoor perhaps even to...
01/31/2019

Not too cold to ride for this enthusiastic rider. Without the wind it wasn’t too bad and in the indoor perhaps even toasty. Lots of trot work, posting & in 2-point today.

Gorgeous day to be at the barn. The footing in our outdoor ring is so wonderful, Roo got a nice canter in and Julia rode...
01/28/2019

Gorgeous day to be at the barn. The footing in our outdoor ring is so wonderful, Roo got a nice canter in and Julia rode Gia in the indoor with great finesse.

SO Many fun things to do with horses. That joyful fulfillment that only connecting with your horse can bring to your sou...
01/18/2019

SO Many fun things to do with horses. That joyful fulfillment that only connecting with your horse can bring to your soul.

I do feel free & alive galloping bareback with no helmet. But I rarely do that now a days as I tend to agree with what t...
01/08/2019
Freak Riding Accident? Hardly.

I do feel free & alive galloping bareback with no helmet. But I rarely do that now a days as I tend to agree with what this article states. It’s thoughtful & well written. My worst accident was when my horse slipped in the mud and pancaked, no time to react- we were both on the ground from a canter in a millisecond. I regained my memory 7hrs later in the hospital. I was wearing a helmet. I will probably still have times where I let my hair go free or pop on quick to school a horse in a lesson, but they are the rarity now as I have so much about life I love, I would rather not risk.

The horse world has lost some good riders in the last few weeks. Sadly, it happens all too often. Horses can be unpredictable and people get hurt. Some of it is unavoidable and some of it is totally preventable. Two of the most recent stories were especially hard: One was a 27-year-old professional....

01/03/2019

Another young rider learning horsemanship & riding on Ms.Gia. This is her first time trotting on the lunge line. Excellent job!!!

Dave sent these two pics to me this morning. ~Secret says “Merry Christmas!”~Lacey says “Baaah- Humbug!” So fitt...
12/25/2018

Dave sent these two pics to me this morning. ~Secret says “Merry Christmas!”
~Lacey says “Baaah- Humbug!”
So fitting, I love these two horses!!

12/11/2018
Local Heroes

Huge respect & inspiration from this woman. Not only is she following her passion into uncharted territory, she is beautiful, strong, and a great rider!

The most badass woman you'll ever see, doing horseback archery.🐎🏹
Aida proves this is no longer a male only sport.

Roo & I on the far right. Great group of horse and riders!
12/10/2018

Roo & I on the far right. Great group of horse and riders!

Jo Emblin so happy to spend time with you and thank you for your help! Handsome Rubichez was my mount at the Devin Ryan ...
12/10/2018

Jo Emblin so happy to spend time with you and thank you for your help! Handsome Rubichez was my mount at the Devin Ryan clinic this weekend at Ohana Equestrian.

12/10/2018

Roo learning and being awesome at the Devin Ryan clinic this weekend at Ohana. I love learning and participating in educational opportunities.

12/05/2018

Julia has been working so hard on her position, aids, quiet transitions, endurance in the saddle, & connection to Gia. Here it is all paying off!

Laura Luís & I both love this philosophy. It brings great rewards!! Merry Chase Farm & Tsaheylu bring this mindset into...
11/28/2018

Laura Luís & I both love this philosophy. It brings great rewards!!
Merry Chase Farm & Tsaheylu bring this mindset into our work, care, training, & riding. We are creating an equine community which fosters and supports likeminded horse lovers.

Take your Time or Things Take Time are words to live by if you work with horses.

Reward and praise are a constant theme in Manolo's being with horses as is quietly standing by, while working in-hand. Giving horses the space and time to absorb a new situation, a new exercise, giving them the time to ground themselves before asking them to move one foot.

I have observed this quiet standing many time. Sometimes before working together with a horse. Sometimes while working with a horse and sometimes afterwards. it depends. If there is someone present, Manolo will be turned slightly away from the horse, in mid-distance or closer as he judges appropriate and he will talk away. If alone, he may lean on his bamboo and gaze in the horizon with mellow eyes...waiting without pressure, expectation, impatience.

There comes a softening in the horse which often is very discreet, like a wind ripple on a lake. Perhaps the neck lowers half an inch or the nose unwrinkles a wrinkle or two, the horse's gaze mirrors Manolo's.... then Manolo approaches. Casually, a friend greeting another with respect and pleasure.

He will caress the horse, run his hands in long, smooth motions over its body. Sometimes, he will embrace its neck or lean on its shoulder, an arm over its neck in comfortable companionship and he will stand a bit more. His long arms may gather the horse, one hand on its poll or chest, one on its croup..his chest lightly resting on the horse's ribcage, matching breath for breath. His touch connecting the horse from feet to ears, mind to body, connecting him to the earth beneath its feet, the arena space, the cavesson, the bamboo, the man. The lunge almost umbilical in its connecting role.

In silence and through touch, the horse is no longer alone, now there stands two united beings, present in the same stillness, sharing the same reality where before was a man and a horse, separate.

All of this the work of seconds or minutes or less or more depending.

"It depends" being something any student of Manolo will get accustomed to hearing... and learn along the way that being flexible and adapting to the horse you have today is a good way to train for the horse, and for his person.

In these photos from a few years back, Manolo was working for the first time with a Connemara gelding who had little training and was anxious about a new place, a new person, a bamboo and a cavesson. This was towards the end of the lesson, another opportunity to stand peacefully and reflect in quiet contemplation of all that is new and good. You can see the progression from unsure to slowly relaxing in his carriage, ears and gaze.

NOTE: Manolo's work is rooted in having grown up in rural Andalusia on a farm and learning to be patient planting rice, tending crops, watching over cattle, sheep and swines. You cannot hurry the land, you cannot hurry the ewes into giving births, or the orange trees into bearing fruits.

This is an experience that is very foreign to us who live in a world where we are asked to deliver results immediately (I NEED IT NOW) and do not get to experience for ourselves what it is like to be given time and space.

What Manolo does is not new but it is very liberating. It is ok to take time, to take weeks and months if needed, to be content with standing quietly today. And it is a gift you can give your horse, but also yourself.

Most importantly yourself - it brings back joy into horsemanship that can become very stressful and adversorial when it is focused on instant results.

Taking time gives us the time to figure things out, see patterns, connect the dots - things we miss because we are too focused on the doing.

Taking time, giving ourselves time and being given time are all expression of kindness and respect that I suspect we could all use a little more of in our daily lives. ( from a post by Caroline Larrouilh)

Photo credit: Pamela Stuart

Congrats to Laura on her purchase of Rebel Yell. I know you’ll have many wonderful moments of play, learning, connecti...
11/22/2018

Congrats to Laura on her purchase of Rebel Yell. I know you’ll have many wonderful moments of play, learning, connection, and friendship! And so it begins....😁

This ice & snow!! Lux isn’t a fan but Roo is hamming it up! Very pretty out! Thank you Alejandro Cortes Lopez for the ...
11/15/2018

This ice & snow!! Lux isn’t a fan but Roo is hamming it up! Very pretty out! Thank you Alejandro Cortes Lopez for the wonderful pictures and fabulous horse care!!

A collection of beautiful moments from yesterday.
11/09/2018

A collection of beautiful moments from yesterday.

All Star Secret, Lacey, & I enjoyed our competition days, but now they are peacefully retired with a great friend of min...
11/07/2018

All Star Secret, Lacey, & I enjoyed our competition days, but now they are peacefully retired with a great friend of mine here in Virginia. What a blessing all the way around!

Such a glorious day, we rode over to Joseph’s bar and enjoyed Greenhill Winery’s equine hospitality😁 🐴 The Fal...
11/01/2018

Such a glorious day, we rode over to Joseph’s bar and enjoyed Greenhill Winery’s equine hospitality😁 🐴 The Fall views at Greenhill are simply stunning and the wine is so tasty. Friends + Wine + Horses + VA countryside = Bliss!

Snickersville Hunt on Rubichez, his third time out in 2nd field.
11/01/2018

Snickersville Hunt on Rubichez, his third time out in 2nd field.

11/01/2018

Hunting with Snickersville Hounds on Halloween. Such a fun group of people with beautiful territory. Plus! They embrace both young horses & young riders. So I’ve brought both my son and my young horses out with this hunt, to experience the thrill of the chase and the beauty of the Virginia countryside.

Happy Halloween!! Have an absolutely ridiculous day 🤪🎃👻
10/31/2018

Happy Halloween!! Have an absolutely ridiculous day 🤪🎃👻

Madyson & Gia~ too cute!~ & Hilary & Roo. Common theme here is joyful smiles 😁
10/19/2018

Madyson & Gia~ too cute!~ & Hilary & Roo. Common theme here is joyful smiles 😁

10/12/2018

Session 4: Well that didn’t take long at all. My first Time hula hooping on a horse. Time to be more creative... and graceful! The bareback pad made all the difference as I actually had grip with my feet. And Roo is a Saint 💗 thank you for the bareback pad idea Katie Cawood!

10/11/2018

Session 3: More treats! Now he sees the hoop and moves towards me hoping for yummies. Today I stood on him first and tried to hula without the hoop (not easy!) and then got on with the hoop and waved it around. I think the thing holding me back won’t be Roo, it’ll be my ability to hula hoop on a horse~ I can barely stand! With my horses I use my voice to hold them steady, I find it really steadies them in uncertain situations.

10/10/2018

Session 2: Moving the hoop around his body and getting on with hoop so he gets used to it above & behind him. Can’t say he loved it, but he didn’t hate it. His facial expressions are so funny, I couldn’t see them when I was on him.

New goal~ to hula hoop while standing on a horse. Session 1: get Roo used to the sound and swing of the hoop and decide ...
10/09/2018

New goal~ to hula hoop while standing on a horse.
Session 1: get Roo used to the sound and swing of the hoop and decide to stay with me rather than run.
Though Lux seemed more into so perhaps I’ll work on it with him too. I think it will take a while, I plan on going slow.

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