Can I bring my four year old out for riding lessons? Sorry! Our insurance policy requires all riders be over the age of five. Once a child has reached his/her fifth birthday a lesson may be scheduled.
Can I just rent a horse and ride for fun? No, it is not safe for someone that has not ridden before to ride without supervision and is not covered by my insurance. Riding lessons provide a fun and safe riding experience for a new rider or a rider that has not ridden in a while and needs to brush up on his/her skills.
Do you offer trail riding? Insurance does not allow trail riding for riders that are not current students. Current students may have the opportunity to accompany me on a trail ride once they have mastered steering and controlling the horse's speed at the walk, trot, and canter on the rail, while maintaining their relaxation and balance. This takes several lessons.
Do you offer birthday parties? The only format that I can do a "birthday party" is a short lesson with two riders at a time with up to three lessons in a row. This is a total of six children. This lesson is similar to the introductory lesson. Children will learn to how to mount, stay balanced, steer horse at a walk, and trot on a lead line. They may pet and give treats to horses after lesson. A short lecture on horse care may also be given if desired. Children will receive a coloring sheet, parts of horse diagram, and coupon for future lessons. Children must wear appropriate clothing and fill out paperwork properly. Check out the Getting Started page for clothing and paperwork information.
Can I bring my child out for a pony ride? No. The only way to ride is to have a riding lesson. New riders can stay on a lead line until comfortable to steer on their own.
Can you bring horses out to my church for pony rides? No, insurance does not allow any type of riding other than lessons. Also, my horses are only covered on my property.
How many lessons will it take before I am a good rider? The art of riding takes a lifetime. No matter how long you have ridden a horse, you can always improve your skills. Every student progresses at his/her own pace. Riding takes balance, strength, flexibility, rhythm, relaxation, coordination, confidence, and an understanding of what the horse is telling you. Riders that possess some of those traits naturally will progress faster than others. Working out, stretching, and studying outside of riding lessons can also help a rider progress faster.
I love horses but have no interest in riding. Can I come spend time with a horse? Yes! My horses love extra attention. You can do unmounted lessons to learn how to lead horses, lunge horses, groom horses, feed horses, and other barn chores. These lessons are $20. You may come out for one or multiple unmounted lessons. Once you are able to do activities without my help you may come out and work with horses while I am there without paying.
Do you offer boarding? No, but this is something I would like to offer in the future, so check back later.
Why do I have to have both parents sign the release form for riders under 18? Insurance requires that both parents or legal guardians sign the release form. In cases of divorce, both parents must sign unless one parent has lost legal rights to child. If parents are not in the picture, the legal guardians must sign. Download and print release form on the Getting Started page.
What do I need to wear? See Proper Attire on the Getting Started page.