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photo of Nikki and DanaWHO WE ARE . . .

HorseSense is owned and operated by Nikki and Dana Surrusco.  Click here to read about us and the rest of the staff at HorseSense.  After operating our riding school and boarding operation for six years as "The Stables at Eagle Mountain" in Ellijay, we spent almost two years at Fowler Farm in Talking Rock, then moved to beautiful Hy-View Farm in Ellijay in 2013.

. . . WHAT WE DO . . .

The short answer:  We run an eventing-based riding academy that is centered on Pony Club principles of riding safety and horse management.

The REALLY long answer:   We have lots of goals!  We teach high standards of horsemanship to insure that both the horse and the rider have a safe and enjoyable relationship.  In the barn, we promote the same high standards of horse care, with the belief that riders of all ages need a system of equine education to prevent unwitting abuse of the horse -- because in the end, it's all about making horses (and their people) happy.

Through weekly riding lessons, day camps, and our Working Student and Internship programs, we teach both young people and adults the realities of horse ownership and competition.  In essence, we teach:

responsibility and commitment to the safety of the rider and the welfare of horse

a strong work ethic

the importance of goals and the sense of empowerment that follows achievement

the role of good sportsmanship in success

the rewarding relationship that develops between a trusting horse and a knowledgeable rider and caretaker


Emma and Nikki . . . AND WHY WE DO IT 

We think that being around horses is an invaluable way to teach kids lessons about life -- and it's wonderful therapy for us adults!  We were fortunate to learn many of those lessons from our experience with United States Pony Clubs.  USPC teaches its members to give back, both to the club and to the community.  This is our way of sharing the joy and fulfillment we've found in a life with horses.