First Time Horseback Riders
Beginner packages are 8 – 10 week sessions that run periodically throughout the year and are offered to those with little to no riding experience. Lessons are given once per week and are conducted in groups of 4-6 students.
Students are asked to arrive at the barn at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled lessons to learn how to groom and tack up their horses. They are then given a one hour riding lesson and will stay 30 minutes afterwards to groom their horses and put away their tack and equipment. This package is designed to prepare beginner students for entry into regular group lessons.
Stonewood will provide beginner students a riding helmet for the first few lessons but they will eventually be required to purchase their own. Boots should have shallow or smooth treads and heels that are about 1.5cm high to prevent them from slipping through the stirrups.
Experienced Horseback Riders
New students with previous riding experience are asked to book an assessment with us!
The Assessment is a chance for us to determine a group level, determine what your goals are and offer riders a brief orientation of the facility and outline the lesson procedures. During this time our friendly staff will give newcomers a barn tour, an overview of general procedures and go over rules and protocols. Afterward, one of the Stonewood coaches will conduct a 30 minute riding session designed to assess your current ability level for entry into the program. Upon completion of the lesson your coach will sit with you to determine how you would like to proceed in either group, private or semi private sessions.