2021 RECREATIONAL SCHEDULES
Iron Horse has a well established English riding program open to all, including those just starting out. Our goal is to create a safe and fun atmosphere for our riders to learn in. Iron Horse coaches are experienced and knowledgeable and can help you to become a successful rider, whether your goal is pleasure riding or competition. Our quality school horses are well behaved and reliable.
We also host in-house schooling shows, a great way for our riders to test their ability and set goals in a low pressure environment! Our lessons are now offered in seasonal sessions. Please have a look at the schedule below.
SUMMER SESSION - 6 WEEKS
FALL SESSION - 12 WEEKS
July 10 - August 20
No lessons on Civic Holiday Weekend (July 31- Aug 2)
Make up lessons week Aug 21-27.
No lessons Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend (Oct 10-12)
Make up lesson week December 14-19
WINTER SESSION - 9 WEEKS
January 23 - March 26
No lessons Family Day Weekend (Feb 13-15).
Make up lesson week March 27- April 2.
SPRING SESSION - 8 WEEKS
April 17 - June 18
No lessons on Victoria Day (May 22-24).
Make up lesson week June 19-25.
BEGINNING RIDERS PROGRAM
Start date TBD
6 week session
1.5 hours per week
At Iron Horse Performance, we want to introduce beginner riders the basics of horseback riding in a safe and enjoyable learning environment. Our instructors and horses are selected specifically to address the needs of new riders. We have two levels where riders learn the fundamentals of horsemanship - how to handle horses/ponies, proper care (grooming), lesson preparation and completion (tacking up/untacking), and of course, riding.
Beginners will learn the following in small groups:
Riders will be able to groom/tack up with little assistance and be able to ride at the walk on their own.
Riders will be able to groom/tack up completely on their own, and will be able to ride at the walk/trot confidently on their own.
Riders will receive feedback from their coach at the end of each level, and suggest next steps to improve rider skillset. Riders will need to successfully participate in the Beginner Sessions in order to move on to weekly lessons.
Please note the following requirements for new riders: an ASTM approved helmet. We suggest riders purchasing their own helmet for a secure, safe fit. Also, riders are recommended to wear long pants, along with weather-appropriate clothing suited to allow movement. Riders will need a boot with a 1" heel to secure their foot in the stirrups and those with long hair should wear it tied back in a ponytail or hairnet.
If you have questions about the Beginning Riders Program, riding attire or equipment, please do not hesitate to ask!
Lesson prices include HST. Prior to the start of a session, lesson payments should be made in full and can be sent by e-transfer to .
PLEASE NOTE: LESSON TIMES AND DATES HAVE CHANGED
Your coach will assign your day and timeslot prior to the start of the session. Please contact us to book your spot.
MAKE UP POLICY AND CANCELLATIONS:
Please note that lesson packages are non-refundable. Riders will be allocated one make-up lesson per session which can be arranged to take place in the make-up week immediately after the end of the session. 24h notice is required to be considered for this make-up class. In the event your coach cancels a lesson, a make-up class will be scheduled.
Please note: prior to riding at our facility, we will request you print the following Agreement and Waiver to be signed when you arrive for your first lesson: