Idylwild Farm Services

    Lessons  |  Equine Training  |  Therapeutic


Our coaching follows Mary Wanless’s “Ride With Your Mind”  method optimizing the rider's ability to learn independently and unlocking the horse's ability to become more athletic. (Read more HERE.)

This interface bio-mechanics method teaches the rider to use the body as a sophisticated tool to influence the horse, enabling riders to adopt the techniques that gifted riders use unconsciously – “behind the art lies a science of cause and effect”.


Consult with Lisa on Rider Biomechanics to support their own students.

Learn to create a framework with their body that shapes the horse’s movement on the flat and over fences.

Dismounted (horseless) biomechanics clinics can be scheduled anywhere for groups. Also see Horsemanship Classes (scroll down). 

Schedule a clinic at your farm or boarding stable: Lisa travels widely to coach clinics (email for details) AND you can bring your horse to visit for intensive lessons!

Visitor's horses have box stalls and a paddock. Hay & bedding are provided. You bring their  feed. Current negative Coggins required. $15 per horse per night –self-care.

IDYLWILD FARM sports a turf Dressage arena, large sand ring, round-pen, modern barn, safe slip-board fenced pastures, jumps and an obstacle course. Idylwild Wildlife Management Area has 25 miles of trails over 3000 acres:


Since 1993, we have  hosted small groups of young people ages 8-16 for day programs

of horsemanship and fun.

Our specialty is working with individuals, small groups and families with emotional or psychiatric challenges.


Over the last 20 years, while working in employee assistance, psychiatric rehabilitation, drug & alcohol recovery, and Hospice, our Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Lisa May has developed therapeutic horsemanship programs especially for people with challenges. She has presented at regional and national conferences addressing horsemanship for women trauma survivors and adults with mental illness. Lisa has a Masters Degree in Social Work and is a nationally certified Grief Counselor. She is an accredited instructor with the with Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International and the first U.S. coach accredited in the "Ride With Your Mind"(TM) method.

Benefits Include

Increased tolerance for frustration 

Learning to ask for help & help others

Improved attention, communication, and interpersonal skills

Teamwork and problem-solving practice

Overcoming fears

Building safety awareness

Bonding with an animal and companions

Improved self-esteem & motivation
Development of mutual trust

Caring for something other than yourself

Discovery of hidden abilities

Doing something you’ve never done – stepping out of the comfort zone

Gaining a sense of accomplishment applicable to other activities in life…& more!

We can schedule these classes for your group or family (4 to 8 participants):

• Safe Handling  • Grooming  • Saddling & Bridling  • Equipment  • Feeding • Hoof Care • Preventive Care

• First Aid • When to call the Vet

Horse Behavior: The needs of herd animals • Thinking & Communicating like a horse


Therapeutic Horsemanship

Horsemanship Activities

“This is an amazing gift, to not only the children, but the family as a whole. Lisa  is extremely insightful and adept at connecting the dots between horse and human interaction and relationships. We all looked forward to going every week and left each session having learned something new about ourselves and our relationships.” GH -Preston, MD

Linda Parsons