The Pony Pool is a mini-lease program where riders (5 years old to infinity) are able to lease a horse to take a weekly lesson. The Pony Pool is designed to develop horsemanship and riding skills by giving our members the opportunity to learn the art of horse care from the ground up.
We have elderly ponies and horses perfect for children from 5 to 11, some being former A rated show champions. These lovely horses have very gentle ground manners for teaching children the basics.
Just as popular with adolescents and adults are some of our well trained quarter horses and crosses. These steady mounts will enable instructors to rapidly teach you the finer skills of English riding due to their good nature and willing spirits.
Additionally, more experienced riders can experience a wider range of temperaments and abilities and may also have the chance to ride our younger and greener horses.
Riders can be almost any age as long as they have the interest to learn how to care for and ride horses and ponies in a quality, safe manner. Pony Pool members are riders who have a limited amount of experience with horses and may not ride without an instructor present. They may be people who have never been around a horse in their life or need to build more confidence in their riding ability before riding alone.
Our riders or their parents sign a 7 month lease agreement for our program. This enables our stable to house, feed, hay, shoe, clip, blanket, bed, and pay the salaries of the stable workers that care for our horses. No one rides without the 7 month agreement to ride.
Included in the contract is a release encompassing the Virginia Equine Liability Act of 1991, which states that horses have a propensity to act in unpredictable way and manner on any surface, and that riding and being around horses and mules is a dangerous activity that may lead to serious injury or even death. Every rider must sign this release prior to working with or being around our horses.
Missed rides cannot be made up. There is no Prorating of Pony Pool Fee's.
Horses may not be jumped unless in a riding lesson.
Horses may not be trail ridden unless accompanied by a guide.
Friends of Pony Poolers are not eligible to ride, it is prohibited by insurance.
Riders wanting to ride twice per week need permission from instructor based on technique and safely.
Saddles and Bridles are provided.
Riders must purchase and launder their own saddle pads.
Boots with heels and ASTM Approved hard hats are required.
Riders need to get their own grooming equipment ( brushes, picks and towels).
Riders are responsible to care for tack by cleaning it and conditioning it after each use.
It is permissible to use your own saddle providing it properly fits the horse.
Rates and Scheduling
Initial evaluation ride | $100
One ride per week in a lesson | $250 per month
Two rides per week | $350 per month
Three rides per week | $450 per month
Maintenance Fee | $200 bi-annually (October & April)
** These rates do no include the instructor fee. Our instructors are independent contractors and fees are approximately $45-$90 per lesson. Riders pay fees directly to the instructor.
** Riding Instructors and Stable Management will schedule riders based on availability of suitable mounts.
** Lessons missed due to inclement weather will be made up based on the availability of the instructors and horses.