Progressive Riding Program

Progressive Riding Program With our passion for our horses & our students, & our dedication to the total horsemanship approach to riding, we offer the best riding instruction around.

At Progressive Riding Program, we have a real passion for our horses and our students. Our dedication to the total horsemanship approach to riding is what makes us special. With a goal of understanding full horse management, our students are trained by renowned instructors in riding theory, practical horse training, and management techniques. Laying a solid foundation for a future of equestrian pu

At Progressive Riding Program, we have a real passion for our horses and our students. Our dedication to the total horsemanship approach to riding is what makes us special. With a goal of understanding full horse management, our students are trained by renowned instructors in riding theory, practical horse training, and management techniques. Laying a solid foundation for a future of equestrian pu

Operating as usual


A bill banning the slaughter of retired racehorses and racehorse breeding stock was signed into law today by Gov. Kathy Hochul. The ban goes into effect immediately; violations are a misdemeanor punishable by fines that will be dedicated to aftercare.
The measure also requires that racehorses be microchipped, and sets up tax incentives for aftercare donations. The new law applies to both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses.
NY Racing Association President & CEO David O'Rourke has said the legislation positions the state "as the national leader when it comes to responsibly protecting our retired racehorses.”

A Step-by-Step Body Clipping Guide for Adult Amateurs - The Plaid Horse Magazine
A Step-by-Step Body Clipping Guide for Adult Amateurs - The Plaid Horse Magazine

A Step-by-Step Body Clipping Guide for Adult Amateurs - The Plaid Horse Magazine

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It’s that time of year. When you don’t know if you’ll go to the barn to find your horse covered in blankets or covered in mud. In Texas, we have the added benefit of going from 80 degrees to 30s in a matter of days. For many of us, that means body […]

Photos from's post

Photos from's post

When in Doubt... Turn Them Out! - Horses and People
When in Doubt... Turn Them Out! - Horses and People

When in Doubt... Turn Them Out! - Horses and People

Going down in history as one of the best Melbourne Cup wins, a horse named Kiwi, originally purchased to round up sheep, dashed to victory in the 123rd Melbourne Cup of 1983. With only 100 metres to go, and at 10-to-one odds, the chestnut gelding upstaged the best long-distance thoroughbreds in Aust...


We have shared this before, but it is always interesting to see how old our horses are in human years...especially as they change.
This week our 26 year old has just been diagnosed with Ring Bone and I was devastated, then I realised that he is "75 1/2 yrs old" so of course he will have some degeneration, but just like my Dad I think he's invincible.💪
Today our youngest horse turns effectively 18....and we all know about 18 year old males 😂


No matter what your discipline goal is, we've got you covered!

New Beginnings Thoroughbreds
TRRAC - Thoroughbred Retirement, Rehabilitation and Careers
After The Races
Blue Bloods Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement

Horses learn from the release of the aid, not the aid.

Horses learn from the release of the aid, not the aid.

Trainer - What day is it
Student - Wednesday
Trainer - What day is it
Student - The 5th
Trainer - What day is it
Student - 😡
Trainer - I kept asking you the same question and you gave me the right answer, but I didn’t accept it as right. So you changed your answer, got frustrated and confused. This is exactly how your horse can feel if you miss the release!

#Horses #HorsesOfInstagram #Horsemanship #HorseTrainer #HorseLife #HorseTraining #CuttingHorse #PDR #LifeBetweenTheEars #BetweenTheEars #LifeInTheSaddle #LiveWithPurpose #Live #Love #Life #FailingForward #BitByBit #MakingProgress #TakeTheTimeItTakes #DoTheRightThings #DoSimpleThings #ComfortableRelaxedWilling



The work of surrealist artist Ingo Lindmeier.


The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures depicting kelpies (shape-shifting water spirits), located between Falkirk and Grangemouth, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in The Helix, a parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area, Scotland. The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott.

The sculptures form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension built as part of The Helix land transformation project. The Kelpies are a monument to horse-powered heritage across Scotland. Each kelpie is 30 meters tall and weighs 300 tons, a monument to the workhorses that for centuries moved the Scottish economy.

This true of horse services as well.

This true of horse services as well.

A customer asked me how much it cost to do this job....
I answered him: $ 1500
He said: So expensive for this job?
I asked: How much do you think it would cost you?
He answers me: $ 800 maximum... That's a pretty simple job right? !"
- For $ 800 I invite you to do it yourself.
- But.... I don't know how to.
- For $800 I'll teach you how to. So besides saving you $700, you'll get the knowledge for the next time you want
- It seemed right to him and he agreed.
- But to get started: you need tools: A welder, grinder, chop saw, drill press, welding hood, gloves etc...
- But I don't have all these equipment and I can't buy all of these for one job.
- Well then for another $300 more I'll rent my stuff to you so you can do it.
- Okay, he says.
- Okay! Tuesday I'm waiting for you to start doing this work
- But I can't on Tuesday I only have time today.
- I'm sorry, but I'm only available Tuesday to teach you and lend you my stuff. Other days are busy with other customers.
- Okay! That means I'm going to have to sacrifice my Tuesday, give up my tasks.
- I forgot. To do your job yourself, you also have to pay for the nonproductive factors.
- That is? What is this?"
- Bureaucratic, tax, vat, security, insurance, fuel etc.
- Oh no!... But to accomplish these tasks, I'm going to spend more money and waste a lot of time!
- Do you have them? You can do it to me before?"
- Okay!
- I'll make you all the material you need. Truck loading is done Monday evening or Tuesday morning you'll have to come by 6 loading the truck. Don't forget to be on time to avoid traffic jams and be on time
- At 6??? Nope! Too early for me! I used to getting up later.
- You know, I've been thinking. Y ' all better get the job done. I'd rather pay you the $1500. If I had to, it wouldn't be perfect and it would cost me a lot more.

When you pay for a job, especially handcrafted, you pay not only for the material used, but also:
- Knowledge
- Experience
- Study
- Tools
- Services
- Time to go
- punctuality
- Accountability
- Professionalism
- Accuracy
- Guaranteed
- Patents
- Sacrifices
- Safety and security
- Payment of tax obligations

No one can denigrate other people's work by judging prices. My prices to do this would be much higher than it says here for that job but its the point not the amount.
Only by knowing all the elements necessary for the production of a certain work can you estimate the actual cost.

I am sharing it to support craftsmen and entrepreneurs.


10 handy facts about lameness

1. A forelimb lameness is identified by looking for the head nod. The head will go up when the lame limb hits the ground and down when the sound limb hits the ground. It is easier to notice the 'head nod', therefore when the head nods, it is the opposite leg that is lame.

2. Check for heat and a pulse. Inflammation brings blood to the area.

3. A horse with arthritic wear and tear (common in older horses), will often get better as he goes, which is known as 'warming out of it'. The lameness will usually be less obvious after a few minutes. Additionally he will often be worse on hard ground (tarmac) in comparison to the ménage. This is due to more concussion on his joints.

4. A horse with soft tissue damage will often get worse as he goes and is often lamer on a soft surface (ménage), as the tissue such as an affected tendon or ligament is being stretched more than it would be on a hard surface with no give.

5. A horse with bilateral forelimb lameness will be harder to detect as the head nod will now be apparent when both limbs hit the ground. However he will show a shorter cranial phase (his forelimbs will not come out very far from underneath him resulting in a 'choppy' gait).

6. If you are struggling to detect lameness get the Slo-Pro app for your mobile phone and record your horse. This will slow everything down until you train your eye into detecting lameness.

7. A hind limb lameness is more difficult to detect. If you watch the horse trotting away from you, the lame leg usually has more movement at the hip. It helps to attach white sticky tape to both hip bones to make this more obvious to the eye.

8. Putting a horse on a circle (lungeing), often shows up a forelimb and hindlimb lameness more easily.

9. If the horse looks lame on one limb, but has a stronger pulse in the opposite limb, it is usually because the sound limb has taken more weight to allow pressure relief of the affected limb.

10. A horse can look completely sound without a rider, and then almost three legged once someone is on board. Therefore if your getting a feeling that something just isn't quite right, do not just jog him up on the straight or on the lunge and assume all is well.

** Shoeing/trimming intervals should be kept as short as possible. Studies have shown that as the toe grows, the foot 'shoots' forward (long toes, low heel), putting excess strain on the flexor tendons. If your horse always looks slightly 'off' just prior to shoeing, then this is a very probable cause and it may be worth shortening your shoeing cycle.

As a horse owner, developing an eye for lameness is one of the greatest skills you can learn. This will not only allow you to have your horse treated more quickly, but will hopefully nip smaller issues in the bud before they escalate into far bigger ones.

E. J Westwood.


The great Mark Todd at Badminton in 1986. And yes, you had to jump that big vertical at the bottom of the slide! 😲


It’s that time of year… ❄️ 💨 ☃️
While you are warm and cozy in your homes getting ready for work, our staff is currently leading your fire breathing dragon out to the paddock. The temps are no longer 80 degrees, and the wind whips faster than a greyhound. That’s right, your precious pony that “ would NEVER do that…does in fact, DO that.” They spook, they leap, they are anxiously awaiting to rip away from you and gallop to their friends…and our staff is doing their best to get them safely to/from turnout. Most of the horses are good, but they all occasionally go a little rogue when the weather gets crisp.

Even if your horse is perfectly behaved, the weather still isn’t, and the $15/hr our industry pays their staff suddenly becomes pennies. Businesses are desperate for help, there are Help Wanted signs everywhere. Your boarding facility is no exception. I had a staff member (who I really like and did a good job) quit with no notice. Her direct feedback was “I don’t need to risk my life for $15/hr.” Now, albeit that’s a bit dramatic and our horses are no different here than at any other facility… she’s not wrong. It is A LOT of work to do the barn even on a beautiful summer morning. It becomes even more work when you’re breaking ice in troughs and trudging through wind, ice and snow. ❄️ 😩

So this is my 🙏 to those who rely on a business to care for their horse. Be kind and generous to their barn staff in the cold months and help keep the labor shortage away from the horse service industry:
-Stopping for coffee? Grab them one!
-Have an extra ticket to a 76’ers game, give it to them!
-Have another Gatorade? Offer it to them even if you’ve never spoken to them before!
-See a full muck tub? Dump it!
-Horse splattered p**p on the wall of the grooming stall? Wipe it off!
-Tack room needs a sweep? Sweep it!
-Have a new order from SmartPak that comes in a huge box? Bring the empty box home with you. Our staff needs less work, not more garbage to take out.
-See a cobweb? Knock it down!

If our horses are our top priority, then that means those that care for them should be too. Let’s all survive these next few months with a happy barn staff and happy horses! ❤️

Thank you to all of our staff. Your work is always appreciated!

#gentrysporthorses #barnstaff


From a lesson mom… 💗 Inspired by a lesson a few weeks ago.

Photos from Millington Equine's post

Photos from Millington Equine's post

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Photos from HorseAddiction's post

Photos from HorseAddiction's post

Starting a young horse is a training proceedure and is definetly different from riding horses. You have to start to thin...

Starting a young horse is a training proceedure and is definetly different from riding horses. You have to start to think about things the way horses t
hink the first time you introduce anything new.

A recipe for the young horse

Start with a base of excitement. Look at this horse and get excited, you’re about to build a horse’s future - that’s something to get excited about, but it’s also a responsibility to take seriously, you could determine where this horse is in 15 years time, remember that.

Next, add a sprinkle of insanity. Yep, you’re going to need it. Whether it’s a 12hh bog pony or 17hh warmblood, you are going to need to be a little bit insane to embark on this journey (yes, even the stone faced professionals out there).

Now you’re going to need a boat load of patience, as much as you can find. Young horses are great levellers (horses are at any age, but particular in their younger years). One minute you’ll be floating around the place thinking this is the next Valegro, and the next minute you’ll be trying to convince them that that tree has always been there and they’ve actually walked past it about fifty times. Take the good with the not-so-good and always, always keep your cool.

Add in a good cupful of determination because there are going to be days that you wonder what in the world you are doing. Whether it’s after tasting your arena surface for the second time that week, or spending ten minutes trying to get them into the far corner of the arena, you are going to need to dig deep sometimes, real deep…

Pour on a whole packed of resilience. You are going to be the bounce-back, come-back king/queen. You are going to need to use the not-so-good to spur you on to the really good stuff. You are going to want to call it day at some point, possibly at many points, so if in doubt, jadd a bit more and just keep going.

Now reach to the back of your cupboard and dust off that self-belief. There are going to be times when you’ll feel like you’re on your own, that nobody can see what you see. So you are going to need a good bit of confidence in the mix to keep yourself on track. Just remember why you started this, you saw something in this horse, so make sure you finish the job you started.

Even if you follow your recipe to the letter, there is no guarantees, there will be deviations, over cooking, under cooking, spilt milk and huge messes to clear up… but when you get it right…

Well, there is nothing quite like homemade cake is there?

Photo by HKF Photography

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

To maintain a correct upper body position in the corners, imagine you are balancing on an exercise ball. If you lean your torso into a turn, your seat bones will push the ball (horse) in the opposite direction (below left). To help the horse balance, keep your spine straight and use your shoulders to turn. Your seat bones will follow. Try it on a ball, it works!

Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz


This luck, but not all luck, strength and fitness made this possible as well as luck.


Things you should know before buying a horse:

1. They will multiply. You’ll have one, then suddenly you’ll have another, and the cycle repeats itself for all of eternity. Pro tip: Some horses are the exact same color. This means those free souls who are not horse people aka husbands will not be able to tell the difference. You can have multiple horses of the same color and claim to have only one and your husband will never know.

2. You will buy specific outfits to wear around your horse. They will smell terrible. Then you will go shopping in these outfits and everyone in the grocery store will turn their noses up and avoid you. These outfits will cost more than everyone’s grocery carts combined and yet you will smell and look like a complete pauper.

3. Barn time is not like other time. You might go to the barn planning on spending an hour there, but you won’t leave until the barn feels its time for you to go. A week later you might walk out to see your husband and kids lying in the driveway waiting for dinner. There’s no telling what the barn will decide. It is its own entity. Respect it. Don’t make plans around it.

4. They wear shoes. Like human shoes, except 5x more expensive. Also, they only wear them if they want to. Some days, they’ll take their shoes off and leave them piled up in the mud. It’s impossible to find these shoes after they leave them somewhere.

5. You will be called horse girl. You can take this as you’d like to take it. Some horse girls take it poorly. Some take it well. Sometimes its an insult. Sometimes it’s a mark of respect for a human who is strong enough to keep a 1200Ib “my sole purpose is to die from stomachaches” animal alive.

6. Oh yes, stomachaches. Did we not cover stomach aches yet? My bad. Let me explain. Horses don’t like having stomach aches. When you have a stomachache, you might have a soothing drink and sit down a minute. Horses are not like you. Horses will feel slightly off anywhere in their bodies and will simply decide to give up the ghost. Everything and anything can kill a horse. If it moves, it will kill a horse. If it doesn’t move, it will kill a horse. If you’re not sure if it moves or doesn’t move, it will still kill a horse.

7. Most importantly, horses will change your life. You will cry and laugh at the same time. You will look like a total fool at a show, but you will have the time of your life doing it. You will meet people who’ve got the horse bug too and suddenly you’ll have a second family. You will ride one day and then spend four days trying to learn how to get out of your car without groaning. You will have horse cookies in your laundry and your house will smell like your best friend. You will spend every waking minute and every sleeping half second thinking about them. And, when the moon aligns with the earth just right, the tree sways in the exact manner needed, and the birds quiet for one instant, you will realize you are living inside the dream you had as a child. You will be the princess on a horse.

-- Angelina Vita


3491 James Madison Hwy
Haymarket, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 8pm
Tuesday 8am - 8pm
Wednesday 8am - 8pm
Thursday 8am - 8pm
Friday 8am - 8pm
Saturday 8am - 8pm
Sunday 8am - 8pm


(703) 754-2982


Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Progressive Riding Program posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Progressive Riding Program:



Nearby food & beverage services

Other Farms in Haymarket

Show All


No Lessons today Saturday Jan 23.
Lessons this weekend $50 per group. Call by Thursday to get a spot.
Jan group lessons $50 weekends 1PM and 2PM weather permitting.
Judi please check your messages!
Congratulations to Megan De Michele for making the Emerging Athletes List!
Wednesday lessons 7 PM this week.
Oh, how I wish we lived closer, Cuz!