Your barn should have barn rules posted and your lesson provider or riding school should also have the lesson agreement posted as well. This way, the agreement between student and instructor is spelled out and if there is any question both parties can refer back to the lesson agreement for clarification.
Here is the Lesson Agreement for A&A Equestrian Coaches.
Lessons will average one hour.
This includes ground work such as grooming and tacking up for beginners. Once the student can groom and tack the horse up to specification alone (the instructor will advise when) then the student may come 15 minutes early to get the horse ready for the lesson.
A horse will be assigned that is worthy of the day’s lessons. Check the calendar before you come to find out who you are supposed to ride but then check with the instructor as sometimes horses do not cooperate with our best laid plans!
Everyone will be required to tack up their own horse. In the case of small children who are unable to do so alone, someone will help. When the student can tack up on his/her own, the student can come to the lesson 15 minutes early to get the horse ready. In the case of small children or those that need assistance, groom and tacking up are always part of the lesson.
All horses must be well groomed prior to being ridden. The appearance of one’s horse reflects on the rider.
All tack must be properly fitted. Check for the proper fit of both the bridle and saddle every time you tack up your horse. Even though the instructors will always double check your tack, it is your responsibility to make sure that everything is adjusted properly for your lesson. DO NOT MOUNT THE HORSE UNTIL YOUR INSTRUCTOR CHECKS YOUR TACK!
If the horse shows signs of illness or injury, notify the instructor prior to saddling so that it can be treated and determined if the horse is fit to ride.
A horse must be properly cooled out and cared for after the lesson. All tack must be wiped down and put away properly.
NON RIDING VISITORS
Siblings of students must be with a parent or guardian at all times. The riding lesson is only for the child whom is scheduled. Siblings are welcome to watch the lesson but are not allowed to participate. Release forms are required of all visitors including siblings.
All non-riding visitors must sit on the outside of the arena or in the car. Please do not wander throughout the barns unaccompanied by staff or instructor. Please do not touch or feed any horse unless specific permission is granted by the owner. Not all horses in the barn are lesson horses. Some horses can be aggressive. Some owners can be protective.
A riding boot with a half-inch heel should be worn while mounted at all times. Students MUST provide their own boots. NO FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS ALLOWED IN THE BARN AREA OR AROUND THE HORSES!
For beginner students and club kids, if you do not have boots, then a closed toed shoe like a sneaker will suffice. Independent riders must have boots on in order to ride.
You can get riding boots at different places locally such as Amber Glen Feed Store on Park Blvd (which has consignment), or Spencers Western World on 66th Street and also online www.Ebay.com
SEI/ASTM certified Riding Helmets must be worn while riding, grooming and tacking up the horses. It is recommended that the student obtain their own helmet, however loaners are available at the barn. No Bicycle Helmets are allowed. Do not buy your helmet on consignment or used.
You must sign a liability release form before riding. A Parent or Legal Guardian must sign the form before children under the age of 18 can ride. By signing the release form you are verifying that you have sufficient health insurance for the rider and agree to pay for all medical expenses if any should arise from a fall or other injury from a horse or pony. All visitors must have a release form on file.
A deposit is required in advance to hold your spot for a program such as day camp or a trail event. You can either pay by cash or check in person or by check only through the mail PRIOR to the lessons being received. For Lesson Students, we bill MONTHLY. We offer a 15% discount if you pay for a full month of lessons before the 5th of the month. CHECKS: Make checks payable to A & A Equestrian Coaches . You may hand the check to an instructor or you can mail your check to Alisha at 11067 106th Ave, Largo, FL 33778 Any returned or bounced check will result in a $35.00 fee in addition to the amount of the check.
CANCELLATIONS AND HOLIDAYS
Lessons will be scheduled for a particular day and time. In the event of just rain, lessons and clubs will NOT be cancelled. If riding is not possible, another horse related activity will be done such as watching an educational movie about horses, stall cleaning, learning about parts of horse and tack ect. In the case of high lightening, we WILL cancel lessons as it’s not safe to be at the barn during a severe thunderstorm. Again, check our calendar online as this is the first place we will post if we must cancel a lesson or barn time. Then check Facebook.
To cancel a lesson, you must contact us *24 hours in advance* (except when sudden rain) of the cancelled lesson. We understand life happens and if you need to cancel one or twice, no penalty will be assessed and you will be allowed to make up that lesson the same week with no additional charge. If you cancel an hour or two before your lesson, you will be charged for that lesson in full. If you “no show” (no call) more than once you will be pulled off the calendar and your lesson spot will be given to another student there will be no refunds. Again, we will not penalize you for an act of God, such as severe weather.
There will be NO REFUNDS for missed lessons.
We reserve the right to amend the lesson requirements at any time. If amendments are made to the lesson agreement, a new agreement will be passed out before lessons.