Interested in getting started with us? Here's details:
Please note: we have very limited space for beginning riders.. Feel free to contact us about availability--if we can fit you in, we will! If not, we'll try to recommend another barn for you...
THE LESSON ITSELF FOR ADULTS/CHILDREN 12 & OVER WHO ARE NEW TO HORSES
Lessons last 30 minutes and are either saddle time or horsemanship time. As you become more proficient at horsemanship, you’ll be able to do some of those tasks unattended. Eventually, you’ll be able to get your horse ready on your own, put him away on your own, then the riding portion of your lesson will often be the entire 30 minutes.
Everyone must wear an SEI-approved safety helmet, specific to horseback riding. As well, please wear breeches, paddock boots & half-chaps or tall dress boots, and gloves. For your first few lessons, we can loan most of you a helmet and many of you paddock boots; you should wear long, comfortable pants and closed-toed shoes. Please note: if we do not have a helmet that fits your head comfortably and safely, you will not be able to ride until you have your own, correctly fitting, helmet..
YOUR FITNESS LEVEL
We’re going to have to ask you some questions about your body and your life: how old are you, how tall are you, how much do you weigh, what is your current exercise program, do you have any physical/mental issues that could make horseback riding more difficult? We ask them so that we can make sure that we have a horse that can carry you safely. We want you to be aware that riding is a physical activity with associated risks: to be safe on a horse, you need to be fit enough and coordinated enough to mount and dismount easily, as well as to perform a “flying” dismount. For most people, if you are able to do a forward roll, the first half of backward roll and a T-stand with each leg, you will be fit enough to ride safely. If you aren’t certain, be sure to ask us about this before you come.
PAYING FOR THE FIRST LESSON/CANCELLING THE FIRST LESSON
You will give Pamela your credit card information to secure that first lesson. We have a 48-hour cancellation policy, with some exceptions: (1) if we have to cancel because of weather or other unforeseen circumstances, of course you don’t have to pay and (2) if you are sick or there is another emergency, we may waive the 48-hour period and (3) if, at the time of the lesson itself, we feel that we cannot safely put you on a horse, you have the option to take a dismounted, horsemanship lesson or get a full refund.