Frequently Asked Questions
Q. WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE FOR PARTICIPATION IN RIDING LESSONS?
A. We are willing to evaluate children as young as 4 yrs of age. safety and capability varies in young children. We will help you determine if your child is ready, regardless of age.
Q. HOW LONG WILL MY RIDING LESSON BE AND HOW LONG SHOULD I BE PREPARED TO BE AT YOUR FACILITY?
A. Lessons are approximately 45 minutes long. Please be prepared to spend at least an hour at the stable to allow time for grooming, tacking, and cool down.
Q. WHAT SHOULD I (OR MY CHILD) WEAR FOR RIDING?
A. For beginning riders, minimum appropriate attire includes long pants (leggings or jeans) and boots with at least a 1/2 inch heel. We do not recommend riding in hiking boots, tennis shoes or shorts. We have riding helmets in various sizes for riders to borrow if they do not have their own. When the rider is ready, proper riding attire can be purchased at the following stores: Dover Saddlery, Atlanta Saddlery or The Snooty Fox Tack Exchange – all located in Alpharetta, GA. Horsetown stores also carry English riding attire and equipment – the nearest Horsetown location is in Marietta, GA.
Q. DO I NEED MY OWN SADDLE?
A. Maybe, at some point, when a rider becomes committed to the sport, it is appropriate to purchase a saddle. This is normally when the rider is considering competitive goals, leasing or purchasing a horse, or serious about progressing in their riding skills. A quality saddle that meets the specific balance and fit needs of the rider will have a significant, positive impact on the rider's position and stability.
Q. HOW DO I FIND AND PURCHASE A SADDLE THAT IS RIGHT FOR ME OR MY CHILD? HOW MUCH WILL A SADDLE COST?
A. Purchasing a saddle is a big step. Please let us help you to ensure that you get a saddle that will really fit you and also be versatile enough to fit the horse(s) that you normally ride. If you already own a horse, we can help find one that is a very good specific fit for you and your horse. Saddle prices vary. Expect to spend $1,200-$3,500 for a decent quality used saddle and $2,500-$5,000 for a good to excellent quality new saddle.