Riding Lessons

OMF Riding Academy

Old Mill Farm (OMF) offers to all interested parties the opportunity to participate in Riding Lessons and activities providing individuals adhere to the following guidelines and rules. OMF reserves the right to refuse a rider or cancel lessons at any given time, due to reasonable cause or failure to comply with OMF’s stable rules and guidelines.

Basic Guidelines and Rules
-Riders must be at least 8 years of age and capable of following basic directions. Riders under the age of 8 will go through an evaluation at the parent’s request.
– All Riders under 18 years of age must wear an ASTM approved helmet while mounted. Riders 18 and over are strongly advised to wear a helmet. Those who choose not to do so will be required to sign an additional release.
– All riders/parents or guardians must sign a general liability release.
– Boots with a hard sole and a small heel appropriate for riding must be worn while mounted.
– Lessons will vary in length depending on lesson subject and weather. Riders may be taken on trail, work in the indoor, or do ground work. Lesson curriculum is at the discretion of the instructor.
– All riders will be required to learn to groom and tack the lesson horse. Students will be expected to groom, tack, cool down, un-tack and store tack before and after lessons.
– OMF is not open for formal lessons from December 1 to March 1.
– Outside of emergencies or inclement weather cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled lesson.
– Abuse or mistreatment of animals, including but not limited to, Barn Cats, Dogs, Horses, etc… will not be tolerated.

Private Lessons : $45.00

Lease fee: $400.00/month. (Leases renew automatically month to month, unless a written notice is received. Board, 1 lesson per week, de-worning, veterinary care is included in lease price. Lessee is responsible for veterinary fees associated with showing and all farrier fees. All additional lessons are in addition to monthly lease rate.)

Show fees. $35.00/day instructor fee. $25.00 minimum hauling charge, $2.00 per mile

Lesson Agenda
Students will learn how to safely perform all of the following:
-Properly groom and tack a horse
-Identify the parts of a horse and tack
-Proper general care of horse and tack
-Proper stall cleaning techniques
-How to safely approach and lead a horse
-Proper mounting and dismounting techniques
-Riding, Walk, Trot, Canter, diagonals, leads, lateral movements, etc…
-Trail ride safely
-For those students who wish to show, more in depth lessons will be given as the student progresses.

For scheduling please call 724-439-9290 or 724-984-2426.

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