Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear to the barn?
Safety is our #1 priority, so we want to make sure you know how to be properly equipped for riding and handling horses.
Standard hunt seat riding apparel consists of breeches, riding boots, and a helmet. If you are not ready to invest, jeans and a sturdy, heeled shoe will suffice. All riders are required to wear an ASTM/SEI-approved helmet. Other types of helmets (e.g., bicycle) are not permitted. Riders are welcome to borrow our helmets at the barn.
Tank tops and open-toed shoes of any kind are strictly prohibited.
How should I prepare for my lesson?
We love welcoming our new students and beginner riders! For your first lesson, we recommend arriving about 30 minutes in advance so we can get to know you and tack up one of our fantastic school horses for your lesson. Please be sure to bring:
1. Proper riding attire
2. Completed release form
3. Lesson payment
We also recommend bringing water and sunscreen, especially in the warmer months.
What payment methods do you accept?
We currently accept cash, checks, and Venmo. Please write all checks payable to On Course Riding Academy. We do not accept credit cards.
What is the minimum age for lessons and the Summer Program?
All riders must be at least the age of five.
What showing opportunities do you offer?
Showing is one of the best ways to develop excellent horsemanship, make friends, and gain valuable, fun riding experience! We host several schooling shows throughout each year, where our riders are invited to compete in a less formal, low-stakes setting. We also offer the opportunity to travel to NIHJA shows with our horses from February through September. Our IEA Team is also a fantastic showing option for riders of all levels in grades 4-12.
When is the IEA Show Season?
Shows are held during the school year starting in September, with postseason shows in March through May for those who qualify.
Is horseback riding dangerous?
Just like any other sport, horseback riding does come with its risks. However, the odds of a dangerous incident are very low. Safety is our top priority, so we strictly implement all horse handling best practices. We have some of the most trustworthy schoolmaster horses who have taken care of our riders––from young children to older adults––for many years. On the other hand, riding has so many excellent benefits:
- Exercise for the body and mind
- Increased confidence
- Community and socialization
- Horsemanship, responsibility, and care