Helmets- All students are required to wear SEI approved helmets regardless of age when riding horses. Joyful Noise Riding Academy provides helmets for students that do not have their own. After a few lessons we ask that you purchase your own helmet. Having your own helmet ensures a proper fit.
Pants- Students must wear long pants that cover all skin on their legs when riding. No shorts, skirts, or dresses allowed. Pants may be jeans, stretchy cotton pants, riding tights, riding breeches, or jodhpurs. Please avoid baggy pants and jersey workout material pants. Students wearing inappropriate clothing will have an unmounted lesson instead of riding.
Shirts- Students need shirts long enough to be able to cover their stomach even when doing exercises that require them lifting their hands above their heads. Shirts, coats, vests, and sweatshirts should not be so long that they get caught on the saddle. No tube tops or string tanks. Extra long or shorter shirts will need to be tucked in. Please no low-cut shirts that expose cleavage.
Footwear- Students that come regularly need to purchase short English riding boots also known as paddock boots. New students must wear some type of boots when riding. Shoes that are not closed in or without a one-two inch heel are not allowed. Boots should have some traction on the sole, not completely slick. Hiking style boots that are bulky and have pointy grips on the bottom do not work.
Gloves- Riding gloves are great to have for riding, although not required. They provide grip for the reins. In the winter you may use any glove that provides grip on the reins. Mittens and other gloves that provide no grip are not allowed.
Half Chaps- Half chaps are very beneficial for students riding English. If students have short boots sometimes the stirrup leathers can pinch their lower leg. Half chaps cover the student’s leg from the knee down. Once students spend long periods of time trotting and cantering they should look into buying half chaps.
Sports Bras-I recommend that all females wear a sports bra while riding. Some females may need to wear sports bra over normal bra to reduce bouncing.
Release Form All students under 18 are required to have a filled out release form signed by BOTH parents or legal guardians before riding. Adult students must sign release form before riding. Use link below to print form. Please bring filled out and signed form to your lesson.
Supervision: Anyone under 18 must be supervised by a parent or guardian unless they are with Jennifer in a lesson.
Guests: Students are encouraged to bring friends and family to watch their lessons. However, guests must follow the barn rules and be supervised by the student’s parent at all times if under 18. If a guest is interested in riding please contact Jennifer in advance to see if there is room available for another lesson.
Rescheduling: Lessons can be rescheduled if there is more than 24 hour notice and a slot is available. Lessons with less than 24 hour notification will be charged for ½ a lesson. However, lessons that give less than an hour notification or no notification will be charged a full lesson. Monthly scheduled lessons must be used within the month scheduled.
Weather: If it is raining, lightning, hailing, extremely windy, snowing, extremely hot or cold we will reschedule. I will call you if weather is too bad for lessons. Please notify me if you cannot come due to bad weather in your area. Lessons skipped due to weather without notifying me first will be charged for a lesson. If there is not a slot available to reschedule a lesson canceled due to weather you will be credited a lesson for next month.
Scheduled Lesson Time: This is the time when the student is supposed to be ready to get on the horse. With the exception of Mini-Mites and new students, students are expected to arrive early to groom and tack up horse before lesson. If student is late their lesson will be shorter.
Payment: To reserve your lesson time you must prepay for your lesson. You may prepay for one lesson at a time or schedule and prepay for a month of lessons. Monthly lessons need to be scheduled and paid at the end of the month for the next month. For the monthly lessons discount you must take at least two lessons a month. Checks for lessons must be made out to Jennifer Durham. For bounced checks, student will be charged $35 plus the original amount of check. Cash is accepted. Credit cards are accepted in person or over the phone. No refunds.