Fall Lesson Information
Fall lessons start this week and we have a few more spots left!
Please email Kassi ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in enrolling.
Should I drop off or stay?
Most parents have the option to stay and watch or leave while their children are participating in lessons.
If you plan to drop your child off, please keep these things in mind:
· Only parents who have given SSH consent for medical treatment may drop off.
· Please plan on staying with your child until your instructor has started class. We cannot provide supervision outside of lesson times unless your instructor has asked your child to come early or stay late to assist with volunteer tasks.
· Make sure your child has everything they'll need for a successful lesson before leaving – most importantly warm clothes and a water bottle.
· Make sure your instructor has your cell number and that you're in a position to answer calls or text messages.
If you plan to stay and watch, here are a few guidelines:
· Young kids must stay within arm's reach. They should not be playing in the hay, on the tractors, etc.
· An important part of learning is allowing kids to work through some struggles with haltering and saddling. If your student is saddling their horse up, please remember that it's part of their lesson and helping them could detract from their learning experience
· A great way to support your child in equestrian sports is by helping glorify the struggle. If they had a difficult time with something, recognize if they started to make progress in getting through it -- even if that means not giving up. We discourage blaming the horse when challenges arise.
· Try not to be a sideline instructor. It can be distracting if your student is dividing their listening attention between their parents and the instructors.
· Dress warm and consider bringing a blanket until the classroom / viewing area is complete
PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY
· Lesson fees must be paid in advance and are due on the 15th of each month on September, October, November and December.
· A $10 late fee will be assessed on balances not paid in full by the 15th of each month
· A make-up lessons can be given to clients who provide 24-hour's notice if they're going to be absent
· A maximum of one make-up lesson may be given per session for students enrolled in an every-other week lesson, or two make-ups for students enrolled in weekly lessons.
· Signing up for lessons requires signing up for the whole session. If you wish to unenroll mid-session, you are still responsible for your tuition for the remainder of the session.
· We cannot provide a credit for missed or cancelled lessons, regardless of how much notice is provided.
· In the event of adverse weather (extreme heat or snow/ice), you will receive notice if lessons are being rescheduled.
· All riders must wear a helmet when mounted. We provide equestrian helmets, but riders have the option of bringing their own.
· All clients, volunteers, and anyone else who expects to be around the horses should wear substantial footwear (hard-soled boots or close-toed shoes). Students cannot participate in horse-related activities in open-toed shoes, rain boots, hiking boots, cleats, sandals, backless shoes or water shoes.
· All students should wear long pants when riding in order to protect their legs from pinching or chafing. Fitted jeans or stretch pants are best.
· Students should tuck in their shirt when riding or wear a shirt that does not cover their hips
· In cold weather, students should come with a fitted jacket and gloves. Even if it doesn't seem cold enough to need gloves, little fingers tend to get very chilly when they're holding reins and exposed for an hour!
· Wearing loose shirts that are not tucked in or baggy coats when riding is dangerous, as the clothing can get caught over the saddle horn.
Please understand that when you're working with children and large, sensitive animals, delays in lesson times often occur! We make every effort to complete our full lesson plan whenever we're working with students. This means that if an issue arises with one of our horses, that lesson might go over if we are still going to complete our educational goals. We schedule cushion time in between our lessons to plan for these instances, but unexpected delays in mid-day lessons can still affect the start time of lessons for the rest of the evening. Please be understanding of this. Please also recognize that sometimes we go over on your lesson time and sometimes your child will get to do some extra stuff before or after lesson. Some days if your lesson starts late and needs to end on time, recognize that it usually balances out in the long run.
Here's what you can do:
- If you know your child's lesson time is delayed, please let us know if you need to leave on time so we can start with your child ASAP.
- Consider attending a volunteer training so that you can work with your child on a horse care activity if his/her lesson is running behind
- Encourage your child to sweep crossties, pick piles out of the arena, organize tack/helmets and tidy our common areas while they wait.