Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Gieseke.
Kim, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Originally we were Promenade Haflingers, goal being to breed and raise Haflingers, a beautiful, charismatic horse from Austria. People would come out to see the foals and they were so comfortable around our horses they would ask if I would give them riding lessons. We are now known as Promenade Horsemanship Academy and horsemanship instruction and horse training are the focus. My husband, Jerry, is a farrier and also gives driving lessons.
I enjoy helping people build a strong connection with their horse or educate beginners how horses should be treated and cared for. My favorite is to teach horse agility to show people how to be confident around horses as well as how one can build intricate communication with these animals through body language. I also have a passion for equine biomechanics, study of how the horse moves, and educating people on how they can help their horse stay in better balance for a more enjoyable riding experience. Our services include boarding, short and long term, selling feed, lessons, training, and holding horse-related events. New Year’s Day, we did a public event called “Arrival of the Unicorns,” dressing up our horses as unicorns and people did selfies, riding, and cart rides to 500 attendees. We are currently gearing up for summer camps.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Owning a horse business is a 24 hour, seven days a week business. Horses seem to be accident-prone and in a matter of minutes, you can have a $3000 bill that you weren’t planning on. So many horse owners want a quick fix and approach horse training in a manner that doesn’t take into account that horses are not tools but living creatures and we need to be on their time to make sure they understand what we are asking of them. Horses are very forgiving and actually want to please when given the chance.
The biggest challenge is the weather. It seems the weather is getting worse each year as well as more unpredictable each season. The lessons are outside and we can quickly get shut down due to strong winds.
Please tell us about Promenade Horsemanship Academy.
At Promenade Horsemanship, we help horse enthusiasts with their passion for horses. We enjoy starting all ages, from toddlers to adults who have always had an interest in horses but never taken the opportunity to pursue this journey until later in life. If someone doesn’t know where to start, we have an online introduction program where I teach the theory someone would learn in the first several in-person horsemanship lessons. One can also just come out and get started with private lessons or a camp. Our facility has several lesson horses to choose from and it is always fun to see which horse new students gravitate to for their lesson.
Long term students have several opportunities to try different disciplines and many unique classes that you would not find at other riding facilities. We perform and are especially known for our Haflingers. We perform “liberty” with them, meaning the horses are loose in a large arena with a person who is working with them to do tricks and different obstacles. The horses can choose to perform or just run around and play; either way, the crowd always enjoys it. Actually, they like it better when the horses don’t listen to the handlers! We also coach a few drill teams who occasionally perform at different places, including our facility. We are hoping to have a public performance this fall.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wish I would have done the online horsemanship course sooner. It has been a great supplement to my lesson program. It has helped students to learn and retain information and how to do things, such as how to safely approach and put on a halter. When the student is in their actual lesson we can move forward with new skills rather than spend so much time reviewing or if we have to review it goes so much faster. This program could also benefit people who own a horse and want to build a deeper communication with this horse. I am excited to move forward with creating more courses this year. My goal is to be able to build an indoor so we have a better environment to teach and train in when bad weather hits and the online course revenue may make this possible.
- Introductory Private Riding Lesson $55, Privates $75 each
- Horse Lessons from Home Online Course 3 Part Series, Purchase all 3 for $150, Reg. Price $65 Each Part
- Weekly Group Lessons, $200 for the month consisting of 4 1-1/2 hour Lessons
- Address: 23901 E. 160th Ave.
Brighton, CO 80603
- Website: www.Promenadestable.com
- Phone: 303-941-2037
- Email: Prostable@aol.com
- Facebook: Promenade Stable
Bianca McCarty, two indoor photos of Mardi Gras peroformance