Kinder Rides: are short introductory rides typically for riders 6 and under and resemble the 5 minute pony ride at the fair but are longer (20-30 min). They are intended to be an affordable, fun, not too serious mounted and/or un-mounted experience. It is normal and healthy for a child to be reserved around the pony and it is our job to introduce them how to behave safely around horses and what behavior is normal to expect from a well behaved horse. Some first meetings are spent just petting and brushing the pony while others are ready to get in that saddle and want to know when they get to jump!!! Often children are mature for their age and want to stay longer and ride more. If this is the case with your child you will want to sign up for regular ,longer, more serious lessons (see below pricing). Regardless of age, when the kinder riders are ready to start steering, and learning to post trot, it will be discussed to graduate them to a regular lesson.
Here at Fairhaven, we believe in the well round horseman. During inclement weather we still meet at our scheduled time and go over grooming, tacking, nutrition, veterinary care, show prep, tack selection and care, etc, appropriate for the level of the lesson.
In addition to my skills and experience as an instructor, it is imperative that I also provide a fit, healthy, suitably trained, suitably sized horse/pony, with suitable tack for the lesson. In order to plan what horses are needed on the farm for the week/month, all lessons must be prepaid either on line, with check or cash.
Except for immediate family emergency, cancellations require 24 hour notice or lesson is forfeited.