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RIDING FAQ'S

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

We are located along Highway 17, 20 minutes west of Dryden, Ontario in Minnitaki, Ontario. Please see map located under the 'Contact Us' page.

 

DO WE RIDE ENGLISH OR WESTERN?

We are a western riding facility!

WHAT DO WE WEAR?

Western riding boots, a shoe with a good heel. Please NO HIKING BOOTS OR LACED BOOTS WITH HEAVY GRIPS. THEY CAN BE DANGEROUS BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT EASILY SLIP OUT OF THE STIRRUPS. Jeans are preferred or long pants are acceptable, and a top that you don't mind getting a little dirty. We don't have extra clothing, so please bring enough layers to keep you warm on those chilly days.

DO I NEED TO BRING HEAD OR FOOTWEAR?

You can bring your own helmets and boots, but we do have extra helmets for you to use as well!

CAN I BRING MY OWN HORSE?

All lesson horses are provided.

DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN TACK?

No, we provide you with all of the equipment necessary for riding.

DO I GET TO PICK MY OWN HORSE?

Not in the beginning, for your safety we leave that to the riding coach. As you progress you will be matched with a horse that will be suited to your experience level and capabilities. 

WHAT LEVEL OF RIDING EXPERTISE IS REQUIRED?

We offer programs for any level of horse riding experience. CONTACT US for an assessment to find out where you will fit in!

 

HOW LONG ARE THE LESSONS?

Depending on the program you are looking at, our programs and lessons range from 1 hour to 2 hours.

 

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER PROGRAM?

Generally there will be 2-4 riders per class, however numbers may vary slightly. We also offer individual lessons.

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?

Our facility is operated through experience. We have a combined experience of 33 years of horsemanship from mini ponies, to barrel racing, cutting and penning. Our head coach and owner, Joyce Gardner has 20 plus years experience in several disciplines.  Maegan Gardner, owner and manager, holds accreditation as an Early Childhood Educator, Police Foundation graduate and is finishing off her social worker degree and has 11 years of horse experience. Tori Gardner has accreditation in Business and 11 years experience riding and running barrels in Alberta. Tori is also our animal health consultant.

PERMISSION FORMS?

Once you have registered, we will provide you with all the permission forms via email

WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS TOO COLD OR WET?

As we don't have an indoor arena, we will re-schedule if the weather is too cold or wet.

WHAT IF I AM ALLERGIC TO HORSES?

Knowing is half the battle! Remember to take your allergy medication before you come. 

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO RIDE YOUR HORSES?

Our minimum age requirement is 3 years old for lead-line, but we offer classes for youth and adults! If you want to experience the sport of horseback riding, we will make it happen regardless of age!

DO PARENTS HAVE A PLACE TO HANG OUT?

We encourage parents to stay and watch, however you know your child best, its really up to you!! We can provide a lawn chair.

FORMS OF PAYMENT AND WHEN IS IT DUE?

All payments can be made via cash, cheque or e-transfer. Payment is due 24 hours prior to the first lesson.

ARE THERE ADDITIONAL CHARGES AND HIDDEN COSTS AFTER WE BOOK OUR PROGRAMS?

No. All costs are included in the price that you see on our website.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Unfortunately, there is no refund to our clients who cancel within 24 hours of the lesson. Due to the time and effort put into planning lessons, it is the rider's responsibility to show up and on time as we do not offer make-up sessions. In the event that we may have to cancel, a make-up session will be re-scheduled.

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