The number of the phone I carry is 575-760-4444. Use this for communication about lessons. You can also text to this
I prefer to talk about any changes to the lesson rather than texting or computer.
I am not set up for plastic. Check or cash is fine. There is a $25.00 returned check charge.
You may pay at the time of the lesson or pay ahead. I am not set up to bill after the fact.
Cancellation of lesson by student
24 or more hours before the lesson, there is no charge.
24 hours to two hours prior to the lesson you are charged half the price of your lesson.
2 hours or less prior to the lesson or no call, no show you are charged full price of your lesson.
Please, make your cancellations by phone and if I don’t answer, leave me a voice mail.
SMOKING In your vehicle only. There is too much flammable material everywhere. Thank you.
Mine – please encourage them to greet you with all 4 feet on the ground and sitting or rolled over on their back for a belly
Yours – for their safety, please leave them at home.
SPEED LIMIT After you turn onto the place – 5 mph. Critters everywhere. The two dogs insist on walking right in front of
our vehicles. Please be careful. Before driving off, please check and make sure no cats are under the vehicle and no dogs in
CANCELLATION OF LESSONS
By student – Please let me know as soon as you know you won’t make it. If something is going on that may prevent riding let
me know then follow up when you know for sure.
By me – I will call you as soon as I know that something will interfere with the lesson.
Weather – If you have concerns, call me. The weather can be very different just a few miles apart. Unless it is obvious that
the weather will be bad all day, I tend to wait it out. If it is going to knock us out I will call you before you would leave
home to come here. I may call you early and have you call me back just before you would leave home.
Weather There is no charge if I call the lesson off due to weather.
LATE if you find that you are running late, please let me know that you are and about how late.
HORSES HAVE LOAD LIMITS which means there is an upper weight beyond which they don’t carry. It is recommended
that a horse can comfortably carry 1/5 of its body weight. Thus a horse weighing 1000# can comfortably carry 200#. We
have to remember to include saddle weight when figuring this. The less the student weighs the more horses he/she should
be able to ride. Load limits are listed on the abbreviation sheet posted by the ride board.
If you are over a load limit please let me know and if your weight changes, please let me know.
GUESTS You are welcome to bring anyone with you. Please advise them of basic safety rules so they can have a safe and
enjoyable visit. Remember, no one goes into a horse pen and no one feeds a horse unless I approve it.
You may also bring a guest to ride with you as long as we make prior arrangements. If you are bringing children and their
parent is not coming, they will need to send signed release forms with you. The forms are available off my home page at my
BROCHURES AND BUSINESS CARDS are kept in the barn. You are welcome to take them to pass on to anyone who might
be interested. And, thank you for spreading the word.
EMOTIONAL ATTITUDE/GARBAGE has no place in this activity. Students are expected to dump it before coming to the
barn. If it is so over powering that they can’t, then take advantage of the special garbage bags that we provide for the
‘garbage’. Ask Ms. Wendy for one if needed. Put all bad feelings into the bag, fold it over and leave it in the feed room. If
you want it after everything is done then go get it. If it is left, it will be trashed.
HELMETS We have approved helmets included in your lesson price. You are free to purchase your own riding helmet as long
as it meets the safety/certification requirements of the equestrian industry. I purchase mine off the Internet. Just put in
equestrian riding helmet as your search. You want them to be ASTM/SEI certified.
Be sure the helmet goes directly from the helmet box onto the rider’s head and from the head directly into open box. If
the helmet is dropped I will have to take it out of service and charge you a replacement fee of $50.
BOOTS We have a boot loan bank which you may use. If you choose to buy your own I consider a slick sole and at least a 1”
heel to be safe foot ware. I prefer that you use pull on boots rather than tie on. If boots are a little loose your foot can
pull out of it should it hang in a stirrup.
RIDING BAREBACK When you ride bareback (without saddle) you may ride in a good, sturdy shoe if you like. Sometimes
the boots slip off children’s feet.
No GUM CHEWING while riding. If you are chewing gum when you arrive, please dispose of it properly.
Any QUESTIONS about horses and riding are welcome. After all, that is why you are taking lessons. No question is dumb
or silly – only the one you don’t ask.
PROGRESS Everyone comes at this activity from a different desire and comfort level. Please do not compare this to
anything else you have attempted and do not compare yourself to another. We each progress at our own rate. I take
lessons slowly in order to build confidence and skills. As the horse speeds up we have to think and react quicker to keep
out of trouble.
POTTY BREAKS need to be taken before or after doing such things as tacking up or untacking the horse. We don’t want to
leave a horse with an unsecured saddle on its back. Location of the toilet is on the left side behind the blue tarp at the
back of the Big Room. It is a camper set up – biodegradable unit.
EVERYONE Please come in closed toe sturdy shoes, and in wash and wear clothing. We always have dirt on everything.
CELL PHONES Minors are not allowed to ride with their cell phone. If an adult must then put it on vibrate. Plan to pull the
horse to the arena fence before you answer the phone. Keep one hand on the reins at all times. Parents accompanying the
student please put your phone on vibrate. The horses have been taught about my ringer. The horses have been trained to
my ringer and have learned over time that Dan emits strange sounds regularly.
FEAR If something causes a rider or family member to have some kind of fear regarding the horses let me know. I have
found that talking about it can be a big start in resolving fear. A lot of fear arises simply because people don’t know what
normal horse behavior is and they think the horse is ‘out to get them’. No fear is silly or stupid.
SNAKES About April snakes are out and about. We hope that bull snakes show up because my history has shown when they
are on the place I don’t have rattle snakes (the poison ones). Keep your eyes open until November when the weather
becomes consistently cold.
HAIR Needs to be secured some way so it is out of the rider’s face. If it can’t be secured push it back before putting on
the helmet so it isn’t falling into your eyes. If it does fall into your eyes, riders keep taking a hand off the reins creating a
HOT/WARM WEATHER RIDING
Hydration is the key to a good experience.
Bring water or sport drink with you. You can refill water at the barn.
Plan on drinking water or sport drink 30 minutes before arriving.
Continue to ingest liquid after you arrive and while you ride.
There are neck scarves in the barn that you can wet and tie around the neck to help keep cool.
Wet it before getting on the horse, during the ride if needed and before going into the barn after riding.
Before getting on your horse take a good drink. After getting off take a good drink and again after entering the barn and
as needed while you finish up.
Some people even wet their shirts – that is up to you.
If you need sunscreen and bug repellant, please bring it with you.
Riding in shorts is strictly up to the rider. I recommend a jean style pant – not too tight.
COLD WEATHER RIDING
Dress warmly. Layering is good.
Recommend that outer layer be wind proof since we seem to always have wind here.
Recommend that gloves have some sort of gripper on the palm. Helps with hands on the reins and slipping. Put them on
before getting on the horse.
Jean style pant for the outer layer recommended.
On really cold days consider some sort of long underwear – hose or tights. If pants have room sweat pants can even be
worn under them. Try to fix it so there is no gap between boot and pant for air to go up.
Something warm for head and neck. Remember, will be wearing helmet and that gets a little tricky. We can’t sacrifice
safety for comfort.
Jacket should zip or button up to be effective. I don’t recommend something with lots of strings for safety reasons. If
these are too big they can cause problems.
BEFORE GETTING ON THE HORSE Have outerwear clothing on, zipped and fixed. Put on your gloves. After you are on the
horse, if you need to adjust things, come to the fence and let someone hold the horse while you do.
GLOVES interfere with either putting on or taking off tack so they will need to be in your pocket at that time.
If you didn’t bring enough outerwear with you, I keep extra jackets and hoodies in gray tubs in the big room by the toilet.
Gloves are in the white, hanging organizer right behind the chairs. Help yourself and just put back what you borrow.