We believe in developing a complete relationship between horse and rider including:
• Learning how to prepare your horse for riding by grooming (brushing and cleaning) and tacking up (saddle and bridle)
• Handling your horse on the ground (leading and training proper horse behavior)
• Balanced seat riding with development towards training, dressage, and jumping
• After riding, care of your horse (cooling down, brushing and putting away tack and horse)
• Learn about horse behavior, health, and especially safety
Arrive fifteen minutes early for your lesson so you begin on time. As you become more comfortable and knowledgeable you will be able to do the grooming and tacking on your own. This will optimize your riding time.
Horses in Harmony is a business and your instructor has reserved specific time just for you often turning others away who would like to ride at that same time. When you don’t show up for your lesson many people are inconvenienced. If you need to cancel or reschedule a lesson, please call at least 24 hours in advance. Messages left at the barn are not forwarded to your instructor. You will be charged $15 for a canceled or missed lesson if you do not show up, or if you do not call your instructor in advance.
Rescheduled Lesson Policy
We are more than happy to reschedule your lessons for another day or time during the same week at no extra cost depending on lesson time available which may be less desirable.
What to Wear
The standard uniform of a rider is a riding helmet, long pants (sweat pants, riding breeches or stretchy jeans - - no shorts). Boots with at least ½“ heel (no fashion platform soles or flat tennis shoes). Shirts should be well-fitting, comfortable and temperature appropriately (no spaghetti straps). During colder seasons, dress warmly in layers. Other items which may provide extra protection and comfort are riding gloves to protect your hands; half-chaps to protect your calves and a riding crop or dressage whip to regulate the pace of the horse.
Helmets are required
Please purchase an ASTM-approved riding helmet shortly after you are sure that you wish to continue riding. New riders will find that helmets are best purchased and fitted “in-person”. Bicycle helmets cannot be used as they are not designed to give the same type of protection and may not fit properly. Helmets are riding apparel/equipment can be found at local track shops and on-line. Here are some resources:
Outback Tack in Easton 410.820.5050
- Private 45 minute lesson with Jackie Kinney - on your horse $70; on HIH horse $80
- Semi-private one hour with Jackie Kinney - on your horse $45; on HIH horse $55
- Private 45 minute lesson with Assistant Instructor – on your horse $55; on HIH horse $65
- Semi-private one hour with Assistant Instructor - on your horse $35; on HIH horse $45