Here at Sandridge we get some great frequently asked questions. We decided to share them in case you have the same ones. We are always more than happy to answer people's questions, so if yours are not answered below, please contact us to clarify the questions you have.
Here are some of our MOST asked Questions
Q: DO YOU OFFER TRAIL RIDES?
A: No. Our facility does not offer trail rides. We cannot simply send one of our horses off with anyone whose skill level is unknown to us; there is too much liability. As well, our insurance does not support offering trail rides. However, we do offer instructive sessions on a one time basis if you would like to experience the joy of riding. A session like this would be in one of our arenas with an instructor on one of our lesson horses. Please contact us to set up a one time instructional session.
Q: DO YOU HAVE SUMMER RIDING CAMPS FOR CHILDREN?
A: No. We do not offer summer riding camps. We offer monthly lessons for people (over 5 years old). For further information, please review our Registration and Policies form. Our lesson programs run 12 months of the year and are on a monthly renewal basis.
Q: WHAT IS EVENTING?
A: Here is a great video to watch about eventing, which is what our barn specializes in -
Q: HOW MUCH DO LESSONS COST?
A: Costs will vary depending on the program you choose. There are a number of variables including frequency and type of program and whether or not you have your own horse. For further information, please review our Registration and Policies form.
Q: WHAT DO I WEAR TO A LESSON?
A: To ride a horse at our facility, helmets and boots with a 1/2 inch heel are mandatory. You must supply your own boots. We can supply you with a lesson helmet. CLICK HERE for more information. CLICK HERE to learn more about what to expect for your first lesson with Sandridge. (please note, a riding assessment is NOT your first lesson, you do not need to arrive more than 15-20 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment)
Q: DO I HAVE TO HAVE MY OWN HORSE?
A: No. We have school horses for those who do not have their own horse. Horses and riders are matched for the best available fit and you would ride that horse as consistently as possible in lessons so you can develop a rapport and partnership. We also provide all of the needed grooming supplies and tack for your lesson horse.
If you do have your own horse, lessons are discounted to reflect that you don’t need a school horse. You can either trailer your horse in for lessons (no haul in fee), or board your horse for an extra fee at Sandridge.
Q: I HAVE MY OWN HORSE AND WOULD LIKE TO HAUL IN FOR LESSONS. IS THERE A HAUL IN FEE?
A: No. We only charge a haul in fee if you are coming to use the facilities such as the cross-country field, independent of lessons with a Sandridge instructor.
Q: DO I HAVE TO OWN OR LEASE A HORSE?
A: No. We have horses for lease and for sale, which you may prefer to do, but we also have school horses so you don't have to be committed to ownership/lease obligations.
Q: IS THERE A SHOWING COMMITMENT?
A: No. We offer programs for riders who are interested in showing and seriously competing, but many riders here simply want to improve their skills and enjoy a relationship with the most wonderful of creatures...the horse!
Q: WHEN DO PROGRAMS START?
A: We offer year round, ongoing lessons on a renewing, monthly basis. You can start anytime, even mid-month. If you register for a monthly program, you simply agree to give 30 days notice to discontinue lessons if you want to stop.
Q: DO I HAVE TO REGISTER FOR A FULL MONTHLY LESSON PROGRAM OR CAN I JUST DO A FEW LESSONS HERE AND THERE?
A: The monthly program offers the best value for cost, but for various reasons, sometimes people cannot commit to a regular time or number of lessons. In this case, check the FLEX LESSON PROGRAM. It allows you to book more occasional lessons on a drop in basis.