RIDING RULES: HORSE USAGE AGREEMENT for WINDY RIDGE RANCH, LLC
By signing this agreement, rider and guardian (if applicable) request rider’s use of Windy Ridge Ranch, LLC (WRR) horses for riding outside of WRR classes. Rider and guardian are aware that this riding will not be supervised by WRR and accept the additional risks involved.
WRR students, practice riders, and lessees are
responsible for following all WRR rules, as posted in the barn or emailed, and
observing all messages posted on the WRR office whiteboard and bulletin boards.
Parents are expected to educate their children about the importance of
following rules for safety’s sake and to insure their continued privilege of
riding at the WRR. Infringement of these rules, no matter how slight, will not
be tolerated and may result in the loss of certain riding privileges or
dismissal from the WRR.
1. Riders must follow the safe and proper skills learned and practiced in WRR lessons. For example, riders may not ride horses with only a halter and lead rope in place of a bridle. Students may not try something new for the first time outside of a lesson, e.g., riding bareback, jumping, or riding a particular horse for the first time.
2. Practice riders must receive advance permission from Mark before riding. Also, before riding, practice riders should log into the PR Log binder and leave payment in the brass payment box in the WRR office.
3. No stunts or dangerous riding allowed, e.g., racing (other than in approved games), purposefully exciting the horse or causing it to buck or rear.
4. No riding is to be done in the feed lot unless supervised by Mark.
5. Riders under the age of 13 must have supervision at all times by a parent or other responsible adult.
6. The rider will not permit other riders to use the assigned horse or ride tandem without specific WRR permission. DO NOT allow anyone (including your children, parent, friend, sibling, other lessee, etc.) to ride your assigned horse for any length of time (even a few seconds) without advance WRR permission.
7. Rider shall not use any other horse than the one assigned to them without advance permission from WRR.
8. First time riding to the nearby woods or park (outside of lessons) must be authorized. Trail riders must note their names, horses and time of departure on the whiteboard in the office. No riding on private property without permission.
9. Rider will give the horse considerable positive reinforcement, but will not spoil the horse by allowing disobedience or dangerous behavior without correction. Unnecessary or improperly timed whipping or kicking or hitting will be grounds for immediate termination of riding privileges.
10. No strenuous riding shall be done for up to one hour after the horse has consumed a full scoop or more of grain. No grain or unrestricted access to water shall be given to a hot horse. Horses should be cooled down before turning out. In winter, horses should be reasonably dry before turning out.
11. Begin your ride soon after bringing your horse in. Return your horse to the feedlot (or pasture) immediately after untacking and grooming. Do not leave your horse unattended for more than 10 minutes, before, during, or after your ride.
12. Horses shall be warmed up slowly, walking for the first five minutes, then trotting and then cantering. The horse shall not be worked beyond a point of healthful activity. Cantering should be limited to periods of 5 minutes at a time with a total cantering time not to exceed what is appropriate, taking into account the horse's total usage for the day. Conditioning, age, and other health factors of the horse as well as weather conditions and footing must be taken into consideration. When working in a ring, riders should work horse in both directions equally.
13. Practice riders using a horse that is under a WRR lease may be asked by the lessee to exchange that horse for another. Unless you do not have experience on another horse or for some other reason are uncomfortable riding another horse, please honor the lessee’s request. Lessees have the right to request an exchange; practice riders may accept or reject that request. The lessee is responsible for grooming and tacking up the substitute horse.
14. Any rider using a horse that is needed for an upcoming lesson that begins is required to forfeit use of the horse to the student at least 15 minutes before class begins.
15. WRR has priority use of its horses for classes and special events. Riders are required to make their assigned horses available for any regularly scheduled class time or other special event (trail rides, Girl Scout groups, etc.). Class rosters and special event information are available so that riders may plan accordingly. A rider may not directly request a student or special event participant to use an alternate horse. Any requests for horse substitution for scheduled WRR activities must be made directly to WRR.
16. No medications, supplements, extra hay, grain (beyond a treat-sized portion) or additional feedstuff (feed only carrots, apples, commercial horse treats or limited amounts of sugar cubes), shall be given a horse without specific WRR permission. Do not add bedding to a stall or feed a stall horse without permission. Keep plastic bags out of the reach of horses. This includes the area under the trough.
17. Limit practicing of games to walk, trot and some easy cantering. Practicing games at fast speeds should be limited to a maximum of two runs per day total (outside of lessons). No jumping without advance permission. Jumping with permission shall not include jumps higher than two feet and no more than 20 minutes of jumping total per day (outside of lessons).
18. Tack and grooming equipment shall be cleaned and returned to its correct storage area. Brushes and curries should have hair and dirt removed. Saddles, girths, stirrup leathers and stirrups that have become sweaty or dirty must be cleaned with saddle soap. English stirrups must be properly run up and secured. Western girths and latigos must be secured so they don't touch the ground when the saddle is stored.
19. Horses’ tails and manes may not be pulled or trimmed without specific approval (each time) by WRR.
20. Rider must clean up after the horse, including manure, large clods of dirt from hooves, and shedded hair.
21. Riders shall do everything possible to make sure the tack fits the horse comfortably, e.g., the saddle does not touch or put pressure on the withers, the girth is secure without being too tight, and the bridle is adjusted properly.
22. Riders must not ride horses suffering lameness, open girth sores, open wounds, signs of colic, breathing problems, or other health problems. Riders with questions about whether a horse may be ridden may call Mark. Please be sure to check for a "do not ride" sign on the horse's halter/bridle hook.
I have read, understand, and will follow the WRR Horse Usage Rules as described above.
RIDING RULES: STABLE AGREEMENT for WINDY RIDGE RANCH, LLC
ALL RIDERS – Please follow these rules to keep our barn safe, neat, and enjoyable for everyone. Observe all posted notices. Each time you ride check the bulletin board, white board, and your horse’s halter/bridle nail for important information. Riders are responsible to inform their guests of WRR rules.
Barn hours are 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The last person to leave will be responsible for “closing up”; see below.
Adult visitors of riders are welcome to watch or wait for students and lessees. In the riding arena visitors and guests should stay at away from the path of horse and rider traffic. All children not riding (anyone under 13) must be supervised by an adult at all times. Do not let children wander off by themselves – NO EXCEPTIONS. Do not allow children to run, throw things, yell or walk along the arena or fence lines.
Students and other riders should make
arrangements to be picked up when they are finished riding unless the rider
arranges, in advance, to help out with chores or participate in other
Use of the Office/Bathroom
· Seating in the office is limited. Do not store personal belongings on the chairs.
· Food and beverages should be stored in containers that won’t spill or attract flies. Clean up any spills right away.
· The phone is available for brief local calls out. It cannot receive calls. There’s a phone book in the desk.
· Due to our septic system, do not place Kleenex, paper towels or any feminine hygiene products in the toilet.
· Do not use the bathroom sink for cleaning tack.
· Help keep the bathroom clean by wiping the sink when you are done.
· Do not use hot water to warm your bit.
Security and Safety
· No smoking in or near barns or outdoor hay/straw storage areas.
· Always make certain that gates are securely latched after passing through.
· Close the little pedestrian gate behind you each time you enter or leave the parking area.
· Horses must be tied at designated spots only.
· Do not turn off the electric fence.
· No one is permitted in the tack storage stall or medicine/utility closet except by permission.
· Do not enter the ranch house or garage without first ringing the doorbell and/or knocking and receiving permission to enter.
· The ranch trucks, equipment and machinery are strictly off limits. Do not allow children to play on these items.
· Emergency numbers are posted on the bulletin board next to the phone.
With others: It is important to be polite at all times. Resolve misunderstandings and problems in a polite, positive, and rational manner. Please report rude or inappropriate behavior to Mark Ward. Remember, WRR is a place for everyone to share a positive mental attitude.
With horses: Be calm and keep control of your horse. Horses must be properly restrained and carefully handled with safety in mind. Pedestrian traffic receives right-of-way.
· Throw trash away right away. Do not leave it in the troughs, in the small barn, on the desk, or on chairs. Empty your pop cans and water bottles before placing in trash. Use recycle bin for cans and water bottles. PLEASE DO NOT LITTER ON THE RANCH PROPERTY.
· Please do not leave open pop cans anywhere. Keep your can with you until you are finished and then recycle the can. Water bottles should be kept in your tack container or bag or other personal belongings. Do not leave water bottles at the ranch. Recycle empty water bottles in the recycle bin. Empty cans and bottles before putting them in the recycle bin.
· You can store bags, coats, etc. under the chairs (not on the chairs) in the office, or on hooks above the bridles. Grooming kits can be kept under the troughs (not on or in the troughs).
· For the safety of the horses, food in plastic bags (i.e. carrots, sugar cubes, apples) should not be placed in the troughs or on the ground near the troughs – the horses will grab the entire bag. This could lead to the death of a horse from choking or colic.
· Take all your belongings home with you every time. Do not leave tack, clothing, hangers, cookware, water bottles, etc. in the office or barn.
· A lost-and-found bin is in the office. Anything found on the desk, chairs, in the troughs or elsewhere in the barn will be put in the lost-and-found, stored briefly and then given or thrown away.
· Tack stall in the small barn: There is very limited space in one stall of the small barn that is assigned to certain riders on a rotating basis using a waiting list. You may store tack here if you have permission and if you keep your items neatly stored and not in the way of others. Any grain stored by lessees should be in a metal container to deter rodents
Use of Barns, Stalls, Arenas, Pastures
· Whenever possible, the corridor should be kept free of all obstructions (including horses).
· When a lesson is underway in the indoor arena, tack your horse up in the aisle. Begin tying horses near the east end of the aisle at post #6 so that horses coming in after you don’t have to try to get around you to another empty post. Feel free to remind riders of this policy.
· You may tack up in a stall if it is not needed to feed oldsters and if you clean up your manure.
· The small barn is available for tacking up, riding or lunging on a first-come, first-served basis.
· Whenever possible, secure your horse with the panic snaps provided rather than a lead rope.
· The indoor and outdoor arenas are available for anyone’s use except during riding lessons and special events.
· Beginner riders have the right-of-way and are to receive every courtesy from more advanced riders to ensure safety and a pleasant atmosphere.
· Right of way: Riders at the walk should move 10 feet to the inside of the rail if other riders are working faster in the arena. If you are using the rail, keep to the right of opposing traffic. Keep other riders in mind at all times.
· When mounting, standing or adjusting tack, stay in the center of the arena, in a corner, or otherwise out of the way of horses working in the arena.
· If you use the sink in the utility/medicine closet, make sure the faucets are completely off.
· Do not let hay, grain, manure, or other solid debris collect in the sink. Clean the sink after you use it.
· Water should be dumped outside away from barn entrances.
· Frozen buckets are to be dumped against the “pen” – the small pasture next to the wooden ring.
· Keep the hose coiled and avoid spilling water in the barn corridor. There is not a drain under the water spigot in the corridor.
· If you unreel the hose it is your responsibility to recoil it or inform the next person using it of their responsibility to recoil it when they are done. Do not let the hose lie around waiting for someone else to use it.
· During November – April the hose must be disconnected after each use to prevent frozen pipes.
Last Person to Leave the Barn -- “Closing Up”
The following procedure must be followed by anyone who is the last person to leave the barn. The security and safety of the ranch and its horses are in your hands. Read the message board in the office to find out if any special procedures are required for the day, (since sometimes horses are meant to stay in, heaters are meant to be set higher or turned off, etc.). Call Mark at 651-436-6557 or on his cell at 612-209-5027 if you have questions when closing up.
Please don’t forget to chain the pedestrian gate. The horses don’t really want to escape, but they can’t help themselves from being curious when they find a gate open. We never know when a horse might somehow get out of the feedlot area. It’s rare, but they even crawl under the fence sometimes. And on a very windy night, that pedestrian gate can actually blow open. So it’s very important to keep the “second line of defense” secure at night by putting the chain across at that gate that leads to the parking lot and of course, ultimately, the highway!
I have read, understand, and will follow the Stable Agreement as described above.