FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How old does someone have to be to learn to ride?
There is no age that we turn down. Much depends on the young rider's ability to stay focused for 30-40 minutes and the adult rider's ability to work out. Many adult riders begin riding and tire after 10 minutes (this is a work out sport)! In a few months they've gotten in shape and can ride for 30 minutes.
How long does it take to learn to ride?
Riding is a wonderful sport that requires diligence and patience. Basic commands will be obtained in a few months, however, riders can spend years perfecting and advancing their skills.
Who will my instructor be?
RDR is proud to say that you will always be instructed by owners Fonzie del Rio and Karen Brandl.
What do I wear?
Long pants or jeans are required and a sturdy boot with a smooth sole and at least a 3/4 inch heel. Helmets are required for anyone under 18. We have some boots, jodpuhrs, and helmets available and we can help you purchase if you want your own. A waiver must be signed for riders who don't want to wear a helmet. Bike helmets are not acceptable. Long hair needs to be in a ponytail. No dangly jewelry and no gum.
What other equipment do I need?
Initially we provide saddles and bridles of our lessons. Most students purchase a saddle within the first year of lessons.
What if I decide to own a horse?
If you fall in love with the sport of horses then we've done our job well. We will help you find the perfect match.
Are lessons private?
Lessons are private, although because learning to ride with other horses is important, a few lessons may be going on at the same time if we feel the situation is safe.
How do I pay for lessons?
You can pay by cash or check each time you come ($40). Or you can pay one month at a time ($115 for 4 lessons used within the month). Sorry, we do not accept credit cards.
Am I required to show?
Lesson riders need to participate in 3 or 4 schooling/barn shows a year.
Do you rent horses?
No, we only give lessons. We do offer leases of horses as a temporary "taste test" or "stepping stone" to ownership.