Terms & Policies
Class size is limited for safety and quality. We ask that you pay for your classes ahead of time to reserve your spot.
We understand that life can sometimes be unpredictable. Please contact us at least 24 hours before your scheduled lesson during business hours (between 9am-5pm) to reschedule without being charged. If you cancel within 24 hours of your lesson, you will be charged the full price of your lesson. Considerable time and effort goes into planning lessons and reserving horses for riders, therefore it is the responsibility of the rider to come to lessons and be on time.
We reserve the right to cancel and/or reschedule lessons due to weather and road conditions. You will be notified if this is the case.
Our insurance policy requires all participants sign a liability waiver acknowledging the risks inherent in working with horses. While safety is our number one priority, we must always keep in mind that horses can sometimes be unpredictable.
Horseback riding and working around horses requires physical activity and mental awareness. Participants should consult with their healthcare providers about the suitability of riding for their health conditions. Conditions that increase safety risks include, but are not limited to: history of seizure disorders, gross obesity, medication side effects, certain allergies, and other medical instabilities. Please notify your instructor of any health concerns you may have before interacting with any horse.
Proper education in horse safety is the foundation of our program. All riders must be dressed appropriately for horse activities. Equipment differs slightly for "regular" riding vs. vaulting -- see standards below. Under no circumstances are open-toed shoes acceptable when near horses. We have spare boots and helmets available to borrow if you do not have your own.
Riding (in a saddle or bareback): All riders must wear boots with a smooth sole, small heel, and covered ankle. These guard against feet becoming stuck in stirrups in the event of a fall. All riders must wear an ASTM/SEI certified helmet designed for horseback riding when mounted. No exceptions.
Vaulting (on a lunge line with vaulting surcingle): Vaulting is the safest of all equestrian sports due to the nature of the training, horse selection, and controlled environment. With no reported concussions or deaths, vaulting ranks higher than bicycle riding, soccer, and even dressage when it comes to safety. As a member of the American Vaulting Association, we comply with safety standards. This means that vaulters must wear shoes with a thin, flexible sole and clothing that does not restrict movement (we recommend leggings or other close-fitting exercise clothing.)
Additionally, vaulters do not wear helmets when they advance beyond basic movements as helmets interfere with balance, vision, and pose a strangulation threat in inverted movements such as shoulderstands and hangs. To learn more about vaulting safety, visit the American Vaulting Association's safety page here.