Am I permitted to watch the training process?
Absolutely. Owners are welcome and strongly encouraged to watch training sessions as often as possible. You are actually REQUIRED to attend training sessions a minimum of once per week to see your horse’s progress and learn how to get the same results at home. It is your responsibility to schedule these sessions with your horse. Special consideration may be given for those travelling long distances.
Can I come out to watch other horse’s training sessions before, during, or after my horse is in training?
Absolutely. Just ask for the most current schedule and you are welcome to watch any session you like.
Am I going to get the opportunity to ride/work with my horse during a training session to better understand how to work with him when I take him home?
Yes. Once your horse is going safely and within your abilities, you will be taught how to do all of the training exercises your horse has learned.
Are helmets required even if I am riding my own horse?
If you are under the age of 18, yes. It is the stable’s policy that all mounted riders under the age of 18 wear an ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmet. Adults must wear a helmet when jumping or negotiating bridges, ground poles, cavaletti, or other similar obstacles.
Do I need my own helmet?
No. There is a limited selection of schooling helmets available for use.
Can I come out to see my horse at any time?
Yes. You are always welcome to visit your horse without making an appointment.
Can I work with my horse outside of training sessions?
No. Consistency is important and for that reason the trainer needs to be present to make sure that your horse is handled in a manner consistent with the training method. As you and your horse progress, you will be given more responsibilities as you learn how to take on the “trainer” role when you take your horse home. Your responsibilities or tasks can be completed during training sessions and will be assigned to you.
What do I need to bring?
All of the equipment that you currently use or intend to use on your horse needs to be brought with him to training. This is important for evaluating saddle and bridle fit, bit adjustment, and more.
If my horse is hard to catch, can I leave the halter on?
No. If your horse is difficult to catch, the training program will address the issue and remedy it.
What do we do if we have an appointment during inclement weather?
Training sessions will be cancelled in the event of a heat index of over 100 degrees, or tornado watches and warnings. In the event of inclement weather, sessions will be held in the indoor heated arena.
When is payment due?
Payment is due in advance or when your horse arrives at the stable. Every payment following is due on the 1st of every month. You can choose to pre-pay bi-weekly or weekly if necessary.
Do I need to give you my original Coggins Test?
No. We do need to see the original upon your horse’s arrival, and please provide a copy to keep on file.
How do you manage adding my horse to an outdoor board herd?
All new training horses are introduced carefully into herds. We let the horses greet eachother across the fence until they have gotten to know eachother a little bit. Horses are likely to bite and kick at eachother when first introduced. Although we cannot completely remove the risk of injury, we try to limit those risks as much as possible.
Does my horse need insurance to be in training?
No. However, if your horse is not insured and something happens to him while he is boarded at the stable, you cannot claim that your horse is worth in excess of $3,000. If you believe that your horse is worth in excess of that amount, it is recommended that you insure him.