Please wear pants that do not slip, bunch up, or pinch when you sit. Most riders wear jodhpurs, riding tights, breeches, or jeans. A top, with short or long sleeves (depending on the season), that can be tucked into your pants is preferred. Boots with a small heel are required as this prevents your feet from slipping through the stirrups.You cannot ride with sneakers or Ugg-type boots. Non-slip gloves are recommended but not required. If you have long hair, please have it tied back. Always bring a bottle of water.
A bit on helmets: You MUST wear a helmet. You will be required to wear a helmet any time you are on a horse. A bike helmet will not be allowed. We have helmets available for you to use if you do not have a riding helmet. Helmets must fit well and all retention straps be securely fastened. Helmets are constructed so that the energy of an impact may be absorbed through partial destruction of the helmet. Helmets that suffer an impact should be destroyed and replaced. The protective qualities of helmets may be compromised by prior impact, age, use, and many common substances. Helmets cannot offer complete protection from injury or death to riders in case of fall, collision, impact, loss of control or otherwise. Helmets cannot protect areas of the head that are not covered. Helmets offer no protection against injuries involving force other than impact.
No gum or candy can be eaten while riding.
Do not wear jewelry.
Do not wear pins or barrettes under your helmet.
No loose clothing, especially scarves.
No waist packs.
Accidents can happen anywhere, during any activity. You are dealing with animals who have a mind of their own. I always teach safety first which is why students are required to wear helmets and proper clothing. Learning safety in the saddle as well as on the ground is what prevents accidents.
Massachusetts - Warning - Under Massachusetts law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to, or death of, a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to section 2D of chapter 128 of the General Laws.
While it is good to be aware of the dangers, simply try to relax and have a good time... Dash does!
Photo by James Striker
You can expect to learn how to groom a horse, tack up a horse, mount and dismount and ride at the walk while steering. Of course all these things take practice so taking lessons regularly will help you improve.