Age & Fitness Guidelines
Our group lessons are
strenuous and physically demanding. Those considering our lessons should be in good to excellent physical
condition and currently participating in vigorous physical activities on a regular
basis. If not, we recommend starting with another activity
to gain strength and flexibility before registering for our horseback riding lessons. Private lessons at another facility might also be a better option.
- Those in Beginner level and above need to be strong and flexible enough to mount the horse unassisted from the ground or small mounting block. This requires lifting your left foot at least 30" off the ground to get it in the stirrup, and pulling yourself up into the saddle. Dismounting requires swinging your leg up and over the saddle and vaulting off to the ground.
We reserve the right to refuse or terminate horseback riding
lessons based on weight to height ratio, fitness level and other safety factors. We also may require a brief
evaluation ride for placement purposes.
- For horse husbandry reasons, we have a maximum rider weight of 220 pounds. However, if you are overweight for your height and out of shape, our program is not right for you. During the course of providing riding lessons for
over 30 years, we have found that riders whose weight is not in proportion to their height often have less stable
balance and therefore, are more likely to fall off. Overweight riders lacking strength are not able to regain their balance if they tip forward or sideways.
The Older Rider
- We do not have a cut-off age for riders but keep in mind the flexibility, balance and strength requirements needed for riding. Those who have not done well in our program have had prior problems with knees, joints, backs, weak arm and leg muscles and/or have lacked the ability to mount unassisted from the ground or dismount due to age-related physical limitations.
Guidelines According to Lesson Level
Junior Beginner Lessons
age: 9 years
weight: 65 lbs.
Beginner Level and above
- Minimum age: 12 years
- Minimum height: 55”
- Minimum weight: 80 lbs.