FAQ for New Students

PRICES

Private lessons: $60 each or $220 for 4 to be used within 6 weeks.

Group lessons (2-4 riders): $40 each or $140 for 4 to be used within 6 weeks.

 

Mini Lessons (20-45 minute lessons for riders 2-5 years old):
$40 each or $140 for 4 to be used within 6 weeks.

 

RIDING ATTIRE

All riders are required to wear ASTM/SEI-approved helmets. We have several available to borrow during lessons for riders that do not have their own. For riders that do not have riding boots, hiking boots with a small heel will often work for lessons. Work books and steel toed boots are not recommended. Riders will also need to wear a shirt that isn’t baggy and either riding tights/breeches or fitted jeans they can squat down in without having their movement constricted. Hair should be pulled back and out of the rider’s face. For cold days, layers, fleece ear warmers, and riding gloves or other fitted gloves are recommended. All riders should also plan to wear sunscreen and bring water with them. Riders riding once a week or more will want to look into purchasing half chaps and paddock boots for more comfortable trotting and cantering.

 

LESSON FREQUENCY

Riders can take as many or as few lessons per month as they desire. For optimal progression, 1-2 lessons per week are recommended. Similar to other sports, learning to ride takes both balance and muscle memory. The more often you train, the quicker you will progress.

 

LESSON HORSES

We have several experienced and calm horses available for our students to learn on. When using one of our lesson horses, we provide all tack required. Each horse has their saddle fitted to them by our saddle fitter. We do not allow riders to bring their own saddles to use on our horses unless we have been able to check the fit and find that it happens to be a good fit for the horse being used in the lesson that day.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

We require you to inform us at least 24 hours in advance if you cannot make your scheduled lesson time. Anyone who gives at least 24 hour notice to cancel a lesson will not be charged. We ride in most weather conditions, except thunderstorms and heavy downpours. If you have a lesson and it is raining where you are at, make sure to still check with your instructor to find out if the lesson needs to be rescheduled or not. Riders who do not show up to a scheduled lesson time without informing their instructor will be charged.

 

LESSON AVAILABILITY

We offer lessons 7 days a week during daylight hours. A week or more notice for scheduling is the best way to insure you get your preferred lesson time.

 

LESSON LENGTH
Most lessons are 50-60 minutes. Riders should plan on an hour and a half of time total at the barn for horse care before and after their lesson. Riders who are not yet able to catch, groom, and tack on their horse will do this during their lesson with an instructor. Riders aged 2-5 can sign up for mini-lessons. These lessons are an abbreviated form of our regular lessons and usually last 20-45 minutes, depending on the riders age and attention span.

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