Learn to Ride!, continued...

“We have seen a lot of interest in our summer camp but we are sticking with 50% capacity and have very limited slots available.” – Rachel Doyle, STAR Equestrian Center (Washington County)

“We have started back up our intro lesson

program for those who call about the Discovery Centers.” – Ann Petrasak, Talbot Run Equestrian Center (Carroll County)

“We are back to offering lessons but eased into it. We also produced a video that is on our website to show riders the new [COVID-19] protocols. We’ve been getting several new rider inquires for both our discovery center and therapeutic programs.” – Ann Joyner, Talisman Therapeutic Riding (Queen Anne’s County)

“There have been quite a few people calling to start into riding because they want to get outside and enjoy the fresh air!” – Mary Shunk,

The Retreat at Beckleysville (Baltimore County)

“We are defi nitely getting many requests for les- sons and some for our summer horsemanship experience. We still have pre-COVID students looking to return to our program since our offer- ings have been reduced due to COVID.”

– Gayle Ford, Waredaca (Montgomery County)

“We are currently offering trail rides only.” – Morgan Decker, River Valley Ranch (Carroll County)

“Since our special needs groups cannot come to us, we are trying to gear up to go to them!

We have a mobile visiting program that we are almost ready to launch to bring our minis and program to our students.” - Jo Marie Twining, Rose of Sharon Equestrian School (Baltimore County)

develop and attain goals that allow for individualized success? • Do the instructors use diverse instruc- tional strategies to communicate to stu- dents in a positive and eff ective manner that promotes a growth mindset and cel- ebrates success?

2) Horses T e horses are just as important as the

instructor to the success of riding lessons. Even if you know nothing about horses, there are some basic indicators about a horse’s health. Simple things to look for include shiny coats and a happy attitude so ask yourself while visiting a lesson stable: • Do the horses seem happy with their jobs, healthy and well cared for? (Each horse is diff erent on any given day, but is the overall impression of the school herd a positive one?)

3) Students

• Do the students seem happy to be in class? (Even the most seriously concen- trating student should smile at some point during the lesson!) • Do they seem excited about the lesson? (Students who are happy about their les- sons are eager to get started!)

4) Safety & Responsibility • Does the barn stress safety when riding and working with horses? (Riding can be a dangerous sport and it is vital that les- son facilities teach students how to ride and work around horses in the safest manner possible. ) • Is the tack and equipment used by the students and horses clean and in good re-

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pair? (Tack should be well oiled, free of tears and with stitching in good shape. If helmets are provided, they should bear labeling attest- ing that they meet safety standards, and look relatively new as helmets should be replaced every few years.)

5) Facility Maintenance • Is the overall impression of the barn one of neatness and tidiness? (Barns do not need to be spotless but should be reasonably well main- tained, free of trash, and have equipment prop- erly stored. Aisles should be free of clutter to allow safe passing of horses.)

Make the Most Out of Your Riding Experience

Riding is a fun and enjoyable learning experi-

ence. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your lessons. • Be on time, or even a bit early! • Be sure to consider the horse’s welfare before and after the lesson and ask your instructor what you can do to help with the horse’s day to day care. • Listen to the instructor and avoid chatting with others during your lesson. • Wait for the instructor to tell you the lesson is over before dismounting. • Be sure to thank your instructor at the end of each lesson. • Try to avoid excessive cancelling and resched- uling of lessons. It disrupts the barn’s routine and it interferes with your learning process. • If you have concerns about the lesson program or your progress, ask to chat with the instructor or program head outside of lesson times. • If possible, off er to help out around the barn by sweeping the aisleways or cleaning tack and you will quickly learn more about horses than just the riding part!

Things to do at Full Moon Farm!

•• Check Website for Updates Due to COVID-19 ••

August 9: FMF Farm Family Horse Show #4 & XC Schooling

August 21: Hope’s Legacy Film Screening September 6: FMF Farm Family Horse Show #5

September 27: FMF September to Remember HT (Rescheduled from April 19)

November 8: FMF Fall HT Ongoing: XC Schooling - email Horsemanship Program: See Website for Details

Summer Camp at Full Moon: August 17-21 • See for more information •

Karen & Stephen Fulton • 4326 Louisville Road, Finksburg, MD 21048 410-795-8371 • • 800-244-9580 |



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