THE FIRST LESSON — Lessons are booked and paid for in advance. The first lesson can be booked as a single before deciding whether the rider who is wishing to carry on with the lessons. Prior to the lesson the parent of children under 18 will be asked to read and sign a Release form. A friend or relative cannot sign for the student.Proper riding footwear is mandatory, in particular, a boot with a small heel.
MONTHLY SCHEDULE — Before the end of the month, please make sure you have informed us that you wish to continue to participate in lessons at your regular time. This ensures that you receive the same time slot as the month before. If you do not pay for your lessons before the beginning of the month they are not considered to be booked. Should the student want to take a hiatus from lessons over the summer months their current time slot will unfortunately not be held open for their return.
CANCELLING LESSONS — Please call or leave a message on Kaila’s cell phone, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send her a FaceBook Message should you have to cancel your lesson. It is important that you call and not become a “No Show”. Lessons may be canceled without penalty with 48 hours’ notice, lessons that are canceled with less than 48 hours notice will be subject to the lesson fee, unless we can find a substitute for your riding time. We do not guarantee our ability to find last minute substitutes.
MAKE-UP LESSONS — It is the rider’s responsibility to make arrangements with their instructor to make up the missed lesson. The missed lesson must be made during the month in which it was originally scheduled. NO CARRY OVERS to the next month to avoid schedule and administrative difficulties.
WHEN TO ARRIVE FOR LESSONS — Grooming and saddling the horse are part of every lesson. Horses need to be thoroughly groomed before and after each ride. All equipment must be put away. Students should arrive 10 minutes before the lesson. The more the riders learn about grooming and tacking up skills the more tasks they can do by themselves in the future.
ROUTINE FOR PARENTS — Parents are welcome to watch their children ride.
HORSE ASSIGNMENTS — The instructors consider many different factors when assigning horses including the riders’ size and skill, and the horses’ temperaments, workloads, training. Each horse will teach you something. Asking is all right, but please do not demand that you ride (or not ride) certain horses.
WHAT TO WEAR —
Helmets: Unfortunately we cannot guarantee their fit and function for safety. So all riders are required to own an ASTM-certified riding helmet.
We recommend taking your child to Greenhawk (either in Truro or Halifax) to get properly fitted for their own helmet.
Boots: must have a well-defined heel.
Pants: jeans, leggings or sweat pants may be worn
Gloves: are a must during the cold weather.
Tops: Form-fitting tops should be worn.
Riders should dress for the weather in layers with sweaters that zip or front-button so they can be easily removed or put on while the student is helmeted and mounted. Jackets must be zipped up if they are worn while riding. Hair must be kept out of the face by being tied back. No gum chewing while riding.
FEEDING TREATS — Horses love carrots and apples but please ask first before feeding them. Please feed with a flat, open hand to avoid harm to your fingers.
RULES OF THE BARN — All Riders, parents and guests are expected to follow the Rules of the Barn. These rules are in effect for the safety and well-being of all the horses and all the riders. Please respect our rules and understand that everyone has the same rules. If people attending at the barn cannot respect and participant under the said rules they will be asked to ride and train elsewhere.
WEATHER — Lessons, or any portion of lessons, canceled due to inclement weather (i.e. thunderstorms, high winds, snow) will be made up. We will make every effort to contact you in advance of inclement weather. If you have any concerns about the weather call 902-986-6999.
Meadow Brook Stables – Payment Information
We ask that all students commit to taking at least one lesson per week and commit to a calendar month of lessons at a time. We request a minimum of two weeks’ advance notice in the event that you need to change your lesson schedule or withdraw from lessons.
Payment is due on the first lesson of the month. This must be in the form of cash or eTransfer or a check (payable to Meadow Brook Stables) for the correct and full amount. In the event you are unable to make your (full) payment at that time, you will be issued a Payment Reminder Slip. Your instructor will retain your invoice. Payment must be made prior to your next scheduled lesson, or that lesson will be forfeited.
You are responsible for the cost of all of your scheduled lessons.
PLANNED ABSENCES – If an absence is noted at the time of payment, i.e. the first lesson of the month, this will be considered a Planned Absence. A make-up lesson may be scheduled within the same month as the absence. A Make-up Lesson Request form must be filled out by your instructor at the time of payment for a make-up lesson to be scheduled. Any absence not noted at the time of payment is considered an un-planned absence.
UN-PLANNED ABSENCES – The lesson will be forfeited. If you are going to miss the first lesson of the month: This absence must be noted upon payment for the prior month. Payment must be made at the first lesson following the missed lesson. A make-up lesson can be scheduled within the same month as this missed lesson.
CREDITS – Credits will be issued only in instances where lessons are cancelled by Meadow Brook Stables or the Instructor (i.e. inclement weather or instructor illness). Credits will be applicable to the following month’s invoice and must be used within 1 month of a cancelled lesson. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.