The Pony Kids Program is designed to introduce 5-7 year olds to ponies, horsemanship, and riding in an environment of safety and fun. This all-important beginning will provide a solid and correct base for their future enjoyment and learning. It is taught in a half-hour private lesson format to accommodate each child’s individual development and learning style.
Pony Kids lessons are taught primarily on a leadline, in the ring, on the trail, and in the fields. The program focuses on developing your child’s confidence, balance, and coordination while feeling secure in their surroundings. As goals are reached in these areas, each child will move on to more direct control of the horse. Some may be ready to ride independently; this decision will be determined by their instructor. The lesson curriculum is tailored for each child’s individual needs.
Our Pony Kids activities are weather-dependent. In inclement weather, lessons generally occur in our indoor arena. On the unlikely day that options are not available, lessons may be canceled. If that happens, parents are contacted the morning of the lesson by our staff.
ANY ADDITIONAL PROGRAM OR SCHEDULING QUESTIONS OR ISSUES, PLEASE EMAIL [email protected]
PAPERWORK…..All students are required to have a completed waiver/COVID release on file. We ask that everyone coming to the farm fill out IN ADVANCE the electronic release–parents and guardians driving students to lessons will also need to fill that out. They can both be found here: https://waredaca.com/waiver/ Upon arrival for your first lesson please, prior to arrival, download and complete both a student registration form and credit card form to keep on file. Please also review the student and visitor guidelines before your first lesson.
We ask that students arrive wearing long pants, and shoes/boots with a flat sole and small heel. This is a safety requirement – riding in shorts can be very uncomfortable and inappropriate footwear can be dangerous. Rain boots often work well. See the following link for examples: https://www.waredaca.com/acceptable-footwear-for-riding/
HELMETS….. If you have your own properly fitted ASTM-SEI-approved horseback riding helmet, please wear that. We provide helmets for students to wear if they do not have their own. If you arrive in another type of helmet or an ill-fitting helmet, we will ask you to wear one of ours instead. If you would like to purchase a helmet, we recommend you visit a local tack store to receive help finding a proper fit.
Pony Kids Schedule
In an effort to avoid the inconvenience that missed lessons and last-minute cancellations cause, if any lesson is canceled later than 9 AM the day before the scheduled lesson, a $35 cancellation fee will be charged to the credit card on file. All lesson students’ parents are to provide a credit card for Waredaca to keep on file; this card will only be used if payment is not received at the time of the lesson OR a cancellation or no show occurs outside of the time frame allowed.
Thanks and welcome to the program!!
Current Pony Kids Calendar
This calendar is updated month-to-month, so make sure to check here if you have any questions about Pony Kids lesson availability on a given day or about when you’ve scheduled for!