Student & Visitor Guidelines/Business office number: 301 570 4191
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PARENTS AND CHILDREN: Children must have a ‘responsible’ adult with them during their lesson; if not the parent then a designated person assuming that responsibility in the absence of the parent. If a child becomes ill or is injured it is vital that the instructor know who is responsible for the child. Parents are encouraged to observe; however, are discouraged from being in the barn or assisting with any mounting or other skills procedures.
IF YOU ARRIVE LATE for a scheduled lesson, instructors may ask tardy students to observe rather than interrupt a class in progress. Any class disruption must be minimized.
MAKE-UP POLICY: It is our policy to allow one make-up lesson per session. There is no carryover between sessions. There will be no make up lesson other than that planned and scheduled by Waredaca. PLEASE note any calendar dates when lessons are not scheduled, which are stated on the seasonal lesson Schedule of Classes.
REFUNDS are at the discretion of Waredaca. No money will be refunded upon withdrawal after the second lesson. There is a $25 fee charged for any returned checks.
REQUIRED RIDING EQUIPMENT includes close fitting long pants or riding breeches, safety helmet with harness (Waredaca does provide for those students who do not own their own helmet), and boots or leather shoes with a flat sole, closed toe and small heel. Canvas shoes are generally unacceptable unless specifically designed as a riding sneaker. Our insurance policy will not permit students to ride without proper footgear! During cold weather months, please wear warm, flexible gloves and warm socks, especially if wearing rubber boots.
INCLEMENT WEATHER: If the weather is inclement, or if conditions exist where a mounted lesson is not feasible, an unmounted or ‘stable’ lesson may take place. Both mounted and unmounted skill standards exist for each riding level. Students are expected to gain this knowledge as opportunity permits. Because we stress the importance of safe ground handling of horses, occasionally, a portion of the lesson may be devoted to unmounted work regardless of the weather. We do not cancel lessons just because it may be raining or cold.
STUDENT RENTALS/PRACTICE RIDES for Intermediate 2 and above: check the current lesson schedule for available days and time offered; schedule in advance by calling the office at 301-570-4191
LEASING OR PURCHASING of a horse: Call the office for additional guidance.
LESSONS: General group size is 4-7 riders. If the group size is two for any lesson, the instructor may choose to shorten the lesson period to 45 minutes; if there is only student, the instructor may choose to lessen the lesson period to 30 minutes.
STUDENT SAFETY is foremost. No one is to be in the stable area unless accompanied with or having received specific permission from an instructor. Siblings, friends and others are not to be in the stable area or tack room at any time. Please avoid making loud noises or sudden movements around the horses.
- All children, both students and visitors, are to be supervised by a parent or responsible adult at all times. Much of our land is for grazing horses; you may watch them from afar.
- DO NOT mingle in a herd of loose horses. Please do no feed the horses. You may hike across the fields keeping a safe, watchful distance from the horses.
- Running and excessive noise is not safe around horses.
- There are many dogs that live at Waredaca. If you bring your own dog, please keep it leashed at all times.
- DRIVE cautiously in and out of the driveways...many people and animals are at risk.
- THANKS for your cooperation assisting us in keeping Waredaca a safe and welcome place!