FAQ

Q: What will I/my child need to wear?  A: Easy! Here ya go...

...Make sure to wear closed-toed shoes (preferably with a small heel), long pants, and nothing you'd care about getting dirty! We provide helmets, as they are REQUIRED for any riding, all ages. If you want your own on your first lesson, you are welcome and encouraged to bring one! Eventually you will need riding boots and your own helmet. After one of our Introductory Courses or Camps, if you decide to continue riding, a well-fitted helmet should be the first thing you purchase. 


Q: I have a __ year old who loves horses! Is he/she old enough to take lessons?  A: Maybe! Let's see...

...Our program offers lessons for children 6 and up. While getting your child on a horse sooner can be great, especially for their balance, we have found(as many other riding schools and instructors have as well) that the motor skills and attention span necessary for getting the most out of riding lessons often develop no earlier than 6 years of age. Some children may develop those skill early, but in agreement with our insurance, we cannot offer lessons to any younger than 6. We are looking forward to teaching him or her when that 6th birthday arrives!



Q: I have a bicycle helmet, can I use that?  A: NO.

...Sorry, definitely no. They are not designed the same. We do have plenty of approved helmets for our students, but if you want to have your own, there are plenty of decently-priced helmets available both at local tack stores and online.  We purchase most of our all-purpose riding helmets from Troxel and Ovation, so you can start your research there! Here is some more information on why NOT to use a bike helmet for riding: 
http://asci.uvm.edu/equine/law/amea/feb96nws.htm#bike



Q: Do I need to have a horse?  A: NOPE!

...Nope! We've got lots of great lessons horses that can take you from first ride to graduating our program!



Q: I HAVE my own horse, can I take lessons on him?  A: Of Course!

...Absolutely! Our goal is to prepare each rider for what their goals are with horses, and to make sure they develop a relationship with their horses during their lessons. Your own horse is certainly the most important one to develop a relationship with!



Q: Do you do guided trail rides?  A: No.

...Unfortunately we do not. Our focus is on lessons and camps all within the stable. However, we do have miles of beautiful trails available from our stable, and occasionally take students out on rides for a break from the arena.
 



Q: Do you rent horses?  A: No.

...No we do not. Serrano Creek Ranch is a private boarding stable, and you will not find any horse rentals at this facility. We focus on teaching  you how to interact with, handle, and ride horses.



Q: Do you do birthday parties?  A: No, however...


...We do not do birthday parties-  unfortunately it takes a special type of insurance to cover birthday parties, and again, our focus is on our lessons and camps. However, if you'd like to plan a special private camp with us as a way to celebrate your special day, we can do that! We offer private events, for any occasion, keeping in mind it will be a camp and there will be learning! It will be all kinds of fun, but students will be learning and participating in everything they would in a regular camp... though likely also enjoy it just as much! While we won't offer pony rides and photos, we do offer much more, so contact us if you'd like to talk about what we can do for you. 






Please feel free to contact us with ANY questions that you have!

Phone: (949) 354-3603
Email: silverstirrupridingacademy@gmail.com