Becoming a rider
Our number one goal during each lesson is to be safe. Our number two goal is to have fun!
The majority of our students partake in riding lessons, however for those students who are not able to ride (we have a 180 pound weight restriction for the student's safety), we also offer ground lessons in which the student is taught how to safely care for a horse. A Physician's form must be completed before the first lesson to rule out contraindications to horse back riding.
For new students, the first visit to our facility will include an evaluation with one of our certified instructors, which takes approximately 20 minutes. During this evaluation our instructor will be learning where the student is physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively, if there are any physical adaptations for mounting and dismounting, observing how he/she behaves around and reacts to our horses, as well as fitting those that will ride to a saddle and helmet.
After the initial evaluation the student is then placed in either a riding lesson program or into ground lessons, which are scheduled once a week on the same day and time. The instructor will design a goal oriented plan for the participant based on the goals of the rider and/or parents, the information gathered during the evaluation, and what the instructor deems appropriate.
When can you commit to ride
Lessons are 30-minutes long and scheduled within a 45-minute window to allow time for horse and student preparation and lesson summary.
Lessons take place on Monday afternoons, Thursday mornings, and Saturday mornings. Placement is based on availability of rider and staff.
Fill out the forms
New participants will need to fill out these forms, including a medical physical from your doctor. These are updated every year in the summer. Currently there is a rider weight limit of 180 lbs for the safety of the student and the horses. If the rider weighs more than this, they can choose to participate in ground lessons.
Fill it out and return to the Barn Office or Mail To:
Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast
P.O. Box 651312, Vero Beach, FL 32965
Set up an evaluation
An evaluation is set up to allow students and families to meet their instructors.
Come prepared with goals you would like to meet as a rider.
Examples of goals: Balance, sensory work, leg strength, confidence, following directions, etc.
During an evaluation, the student will be fit to a saddle and horse if available.
This is the best time to ask questions on what to expect out of riding lessons.