Learning Experiences on Horseback

Vaulting, Riding, Horsemanship lessons

Here at Hack n Stay, we’re all about developing connections between horses and humans Both in the saddle and on the ground. By combining good horsemanship, Centered Riding and trust based leadership we’re passionate about building relationships between horses and their humans.

Riding Lessons

Balanced riding for all ages & Abilities

One of the things we often hear from our guests is a desire to learn more about our style of balanced riding. By combining Human & Horse Biomechanics, Centered Riding and Good horsemanship, our riding lessons will not only give you the confidence to have fun in the saddle but will teach you how to be an effective and ethical rider regardless of your chosen discipline.

Whether you’re a new rider, returning to riding, or looking to renew your confidence in the saddle; our riding lessons will help you be the best rider you can be for your horse.

Cowboy Challenge

A fun and engaging way to learn how to communicate with your horse. Our Cowboy challenge obstacle course has a number of challenges designed to build your confidence in the saddle and help you become an effective rider. Obstacle course also has a number of difficulties making it suitable to challenge even experienced horsefolk.

Beach Riding Lesson

We believe that there’s no better arena to learn how to ride than the golden mirrored sands of Paton’s Rock Beach. This experience starts at our farmhouse and follows our hack track down to the beach where we’ll split off from the ride for a one on one riding lesson.

Arena Lesson

The perfect introduction to centered riding, an arena riding lesson will help you find confidence in the saddle as you learn how to work with your horse to achieve balanced riding.

Sometimes you just can't contain the feeling of exhilaration that bubbles up when you find your confidence in the saddle.  This photo was taken a few moments after Annette and Brunner had gone for their first canter of the day together along the shimmering sands of #patonsrock beach.  The photo says it all,  Ride on!  #horsesofinstagram #horseholiday #newzealand  #horsenation #takaka #goldenbay #dosomethingnewnz #horserider #horsemanship #appaloosa #hackfarm
One of the coolest things about having a herd of highly trained equine workmates is how well they can adapt to and take care of riders of all ages and abilities.  This amazing morning out on one of our #patonsrock beach rides is the perfect example with a mixed group of 9 riders of all abilities from a few 1st timers to a couple of seasoned riders.  Young kids taking the reigns for the first time through to adults dusting off the cob webs from their lpng retired riding  pants to get back into the saddle - all able to challenge themselves in a fun and safe way and get the most out of their ride.  To our guests, thank you all for such a fun morning and bringing such enthusiasm and joy along for the ride.  To our #horses, thank you for being awesome! 🐎 🥰  Ride on!  #arnie #brunner
One of our young riders doing a great job of finding his centre and standing up as he helps #jasper climb the winding hill of our #hacktrack.  As summer slowly starts to wind down, autumn begins to paint the leaves with her golden colors and the changes are just beautiful!  #kidsridinghorses #youngrider #hacknstay
Bubble ride!
#McDuff shows Sven the trail #PatonsRock
Boxing day sunrise ride • • • •
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#sunrise #horses #newzealand #morning #horse #horsesofinstagram #nzmustdo #equestrian #purenewzealand #sunrise #skylovers #destinationnz #arab #ilovenelsontasman #equine #sunshine #goldenbay #horseriding #horsestagram #kiwi_photos #day #instasky #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #horizon #ponies #newzealandvacations #newzealandfinds #horses_of_instagram #sunsetride #patonsrock
Stunning intimate Sunday ride. 
#hacknstay #rideon #goldenbaynz #newzealand #patonsrock #brownacre
Clydesdale canter
@PatonsRockNZ #patonsrock #brownacre
A very happy 60th birthday ride for Tom! 🤩
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#ridenz #equestrian #mustdonz #goldenbay #ilovenelsontasman #beach #horseride #trek #horsetrek #horsesnz #newzealand #nz #brownacre #patonsrock
Rainy days aren’t so bad! .
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#newzealand #hackfarmnz #horseriding #equestrian #beach #nzmustdo #redwing #patonsrock #brunner
One of the rides at #hackfarm today #goldenbaynz #See #Sun #ridingnz #goodhorses #rideon #hacktivity #hacknstay #hackandstay #patonsrock
#Sunrise #Vaulting at #PatonsRock beach
#luke smiling for the photo down on #patonsrock beach
What a perfect spot to catch the last light of the day ☀
#hacknstay #sunset #rideon #hacktrack #leonard #brunner

Horsemanship lessons

Connection, Intention, Leadership

Good Riding starts from the ground up. Our horsemanship lessons will help you become the leader your horse deserves as we teach you the fundamentals of communication with horses. Horsemanship lessons include Groundwork, Round Penning, Obstacle Courses, Communication and Trust Development.

Kids Horse Husbandry

Help your little one learn how to take care of horses. From Grooming, to leading to the saddling and more, these sessions serve as an introduction to horse ownership and will give your child confidence around horses and peace of mind for parents.

Groundwork

Learn how to communicate with your horse in a manner that they understand. Our Groundwork sessions will teach you the fundamentals of natural horsemanship and cover a range of skills to develop your knowledge, build trust with your horse and to become the leader your horse deserves.

More info

Horsemanship is the language we use to communicate with horses. Through horsemanship we learn how to develop a partnership with our horse, building a mutual language we can both understand in order to get the most out of our time together. 

Our horsemanship lessons all start on the ground as we find this is the best way to help you understand the importance of body language, intent and energy. That being said we believe in translating everything we do on the ground back into the saddle so you can always combine a horsemanship session with one of our rides to get the most out of your experience.

We recommend wearing comfortable long trousers (no zip-offs) and closed shoes. A loose long sleeve shirt is also a good idea to protect yourself against the harsh sun. If you’ve booked a swimming ride, bring your swimmers along too.

We believe in using the best tool for the job at hand and don’t prescribe to only one style of horsemanship. Over the years we’ve honed our toolbox and acquired new tools from a number of horsemanship practitioners. 

Have more questions?

Sometimes you just can't contain the feeling of exhilaration that bubbles up when you find your confidence in the saddle.  This photo was taken a few moments after Annette and Brunner had gone for their first canter of the day together along the shimmering sands of #patonsrock beach.  The photo says it all,  Ride on!  #horsesofinstagram #horseholiday #newzealand  #horsenation #takaka #goldenbay #dosomethingnewnz #horserider #horsemanship #appaloosa #hackfarm
"Horses Lend us the wings we lack" 
- Pam Brown  Every rider can remember the very first time they went for a canter. The gift of flight offered in partnership with your horse that leaves you feeling so much lighter, so much... 'more' than you were before.  We cherish these moments, and with experiences like our "Ride & FLy" we love helping our guests find their own wings in a fun and safe manner.  #horsesofinstagram #horse #Hackfarm #GoldenBay #Takaka #BrownAcre #vaulting #RideandFly #NelsonTasman #Horsemanship #visitgoldenbay
Sound On 🎶  As well as the ever changing coastal beauty of #goldenbaynz , our #horse trails are full of surprises around every corner! From kids flying kites to balls being kicked around to racing go carts and motorbikes - No two days are ever the same!  So how do you prepare a horse for the unexpected? How do we train our trekking team to stay cool, calm and comfortable regardless of what they might encounter?  Well... it all starts with a foundation of good #horsemanship principles: encouraging curiosity over fear and helping them find their own calm in the face of something new. Once we've taught them these tools, we regularly like to check in and challenge our team with new and exciting obstacles.  To help us to this end, we bring in some of the best teachers we know: our tried and trusted old timers to show the newbies the ropes. In this video you'll see #brownacre, #song and #arnie all lending their courage to the newbies like #kelly .  What's your favorite game to play with your horse? 🙂  Ride on!
Todays riding lesson at the beach while sunrise. #hacknstay #goldenbay #nzmustdo #wwooferlife  #horsemanship #lesson

Vaulting Experiences

Grace, Balance & rythm. Learn to fly with our exceptional vaulting experiences.

Vaulting is often described as a combination of dancing and gymnastics on horseback and is considered to be the safest equestrian discipline.

 We’ve seen time and time again how transformational the sense of confidence and self awareness gained by finding your balance and expression on horseback has on individuals of all ages and particularly for kids and Baerbel is passionate about sharing this magic with others.

No previous experience is required for this fun and engaging activity.

Ride & Fly

Our Ride & Fly is the best combination of experiences. We start off at the homestead and ride down to beach over our farm track and through native forest as part of our Paton’s Rock Beach Ride. Once on the beach the fun really begins as we split from the group and teach you how to find balance, confidence and grace on horseback with a vaulting lesson on the water’s edge.

Vaulting Arena Session

Utilising our purpose built vaulting arena we’ll introduce you to the magic of flying on horseback. Within no time we’ll have you standing on horseback, connecting with the rythm and motion of your horse like never before.

More info

Yes, vaulting is actually considered to be the safest of all equestrian sports & is proven safer than riding bicycles, playing on playground equipment, and even playing soccer due to Vaulting’s 3 points of Safety.

Vaulting is suitable for riders of all ages and in fact we recommend riding in a vaulting saddle for riders under the age of 5. In no time at all your child will be flying up on the horses back as they find confidence, balance and freedom of movement.

We recommend wearing comfortable long trousers (no zip-offs) and closed shoes. A loose long sleeve shirt is also a good idea to protect yourself against the harsh sun. If you’ve booked a swimming ride, bring your swimmers along too.

Definitely not! Vaulting actually finds it’s origin in the cavalry and was originally used to display the physical prowess of the mounted soldier.  Think of vaulting as an introduction to trick riding. Vaulting is loads of fun for folks of all ages and gender.

Have more questions?

"Horses Lend us the wings we lack" 
- Pam Brown  Every rider can remember the very first time they went for a canter. The gift of flight offered in partnership with your horse that leaves you feeling so much lighter, so much... 'more' than you were before.  We cherish these moments, and with experiences like our "Ride & FLy" we love helping our guests find their own wings in a fun and safe manner.  #horsesofinstagram #horse #Hackfarm #GoldenBay #Takaka #BrownAcre #vaulting #RideandFly #NelsonTasman #Horsemanship #visitgoldenbay
Getting ready for the display at RDA Richmond 12:30 tomorrow #Vaulting #Brownacre #kids
Vaulting workshop at Hackfarm  #vaultingnz #hacknstay #funriding
#newzealand #goldenbaynz #chloe
Happy kids at #hackfarm #kids riding #vaulting #vaultingnz #newzealand #horseridingnz #chloe
#Sunrise #Vaulting at #PatonsRock beach
1. NZ Vaulting Tournament 
Tomorrow is the day of the days Up North 
A big thank you to kapiti equestrian centre

Guests learning to fly on horseback with @hackfarmnz