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COVID-19 Precations

 

Texas Equine Education and Horsemanship disinfects all equipment after each lesson. Hand sanitizer is available, masks and social distancing are encouraged when on sight.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a helmet?
    Texas Equine provides helmets for new students who are interested in booking an Intro Lesson. All Participant are required to wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet while participating in any mounted activity. Due to sanitary and liability reasons, Texas Equine requires current students to provide their own personal riding helmets. Helmets can be purchased directly from Texas Equine as inventory is available, in person from retailers such as Dover Saddlery, Tractor Supply or from online retailers such as Amazon or eBay. *Bicycle helmets are not acceptable protective wear. Used helmets are permitted. However, please note that helmets should be replaced every five years, so be aware of the manufacture's date provided on the tag inside the helmet. When you purchase a helmet, please register it with Texas Equine, and we will provide a reminder of helmet expiration to make it easy for you to be able to maintain safety while participating in horsemanship activities.
  • What should I expect during my first lesson?
    Texas Equine is excited to join you on this exciting horsemanship journey. Once you arrive for your Intro Lesson, you will receive a tour. Following the meet & greet, you will learn how to groom and saddle your horse. Once the horse is ready to ride, you will mount and learn/review basics such as how to go, stop and turn. After the riding portion of the lesson, you will unsaddle the horse and cool them down appropriately. The first lesson focuses on how to safely interact with the horses on the ground and while riding. This lesson is also used to create a baseline to establish your riding goals. Helmets are available to borrow for the first lesson.
  • What should I wear?
    Dress for the occasion! Long pants are preferred (jeans, breeches or leggings) and Boots with a low heel are required-please see below for some examples. All Texas Equine students are required to wear an ASTM/SEI certified helmet while participating in mounted activities. Due to liability and sanitary reasons, we require returning students to purchase their own helmets. Please see our Do I need a helmet? FAQ for more information. *Please note: closed toed shoes must be worn at all times by any visitors-this includes friends and family. Check out our What To Wear page for suggestions! Types of Riding Boots Paddock Boots (zipper) Tall Boots Western Boots Paddock Boots (lace) Dublin River Boots All Terrain Boots Acceptable Footwear UNACCEPTABLE footwear
  • How do I schedule a lesson?
    Click HERE to fill out a Liability Waiver. Upon completion of the waiver, you will receive a welcome email which includes the password for the scheduling page. Please complete a waiver for each participant. Lessons must be booked at least three days in advanced. Introductory Lessons are for new students only and are offered on specific days/time slots. Please be mindful of our policies and procedures.
  • What are your age requirements?
    All students must be over the age of 5 years old to participate in mounted lessons. Students 2 years and older can sign up for Tiny Tot Lessons and participate in un-mounted lessons. These lessons include activities on the ground such as grooming time with the horse, leading the horse, riding the igallop or sitting on the EquiSpring. Students must be over the age of 10 years old to participate in semi-private and group lessons. Texas Equine does not have an age limit!
  • Do I need to have any previous horse experience?
    No experience is required for any services provided by Texas Equine. We pride ourselves on educating participants of all ages and experience levels.
  • Do I have to fill out any paperwork?
    Yes! Our Lesson Liability Form can be completed online. Please complete one submission for each family member who is participating.
  • Do I need a horse to take lessons?
    Texas Equine provides lesson horses as well as appropriate tack. If you are interested in taking a lesson on your own horse, we do allow haul-ins. We do offer lessons off-property on your own horse within a reasonable radius.
  • What type of payment do you accept?
    Acceptable forms of payment include cash, check (payable to Texas Equine Education & Horsemanship), Zelle to (214) 425-3681 and Venmo (friends and family) to @texaseeh.
  • Is there a commitment requirement?
    As a Texas Equine participant, you do not need to commit to a set amount of services. Scheduling a weekly lesson at the same day and time is highly encouraged! This helps with consistency and lesson availability. Rescheduling is possible as the schedule allows. Cancellation Policy: Texas Equine allows for cancellation or reschedule with no charge up to thirty-six (36) hours prior to the scheduled service. The entire amount of the service will be invoiced as a late cancellation fee if the service is cancelled within thirty-six (36) hours of the scheduled service unless the lesson is rescheduled within six (6) days of the original lesson. If that lesson is NOT rescheduled within the six (6) day window or subsequently cancelled again, the lesson amount will be invoiced. This policy is in place to maintain a consistent schedule and to fund the maintenance that our amazing lesson horses require. The schedule closes three (3) days prior. No cancellation fee will be invoiced if the service is rescheduled or cancelled by a Texas Equine Staff Member. Texas Equine does offer lesson packages that may be purchased in advanced and must be used within 8 weeks of purchasing. Please visit out Services page for more information.
  • Can I purchase a Gift Certificate?
    Yes! Click here to order a Gift Certificate.
  • Weather Policy
    Weather Policy: Texas Equine will still host lessons if the footing is unsafe to ride. We offer TECH Classes (Texas Equine Confident Horsemanship Classes) which are un-mounted lessons on our EquiSpring, iGallop, lunging, ground driving or in the barn with our fabulous herd of horses. TECH Classes can include balance, strengthening and coordination exercises as well as equine care. The Cancellation Policy still applies to lessons canceled within the thirty-six (36) hour period. Lessons will be cancelled in severe weather including thunderstorms, ice (temperatures under 35 degrees) and extreme heat (temperatures exceeding 105 degrees).
  • Horse Health Policy
    Horse Health Policy: Conditioned horses are built to carry 15-20% of their weight (this includes the weight of the saddle). In order to keep our wonderful lesson horses safe and happy, we have a weight limit of 200 pounds and a height limit of 6 feet tall. Texas Equine will be collecting height and weight of each new student during the Intro Lesson to adequately pair the student with the appropriate horse. Texas Equine will be collecting data on students and horses 2 times a year to assure continued health and safety. Those who exceed these amounts are welcome to sign up for TECH Classes (Texas Equine Confident Horsemanship Classes) on the ground such as horse care, showmanship, free lunging, lunging and ground driving.
  • Cancellation Policy
    Cancellation Policy: Texas Equine allows for cancellation with no charge up to thirty-six (36) hours prior to the scheduled service. If an individual lesson is canceled before the thirty-six (36) hour window, a refund may requested or the lesson can be rescheduled for a different day/time. No refunds will be provided for unused lessons if a subscription is purchased. No refunds or reschedules will be available if the lesson is canceled within thirty-six (36) hours of the scheduled lesson. Refunds are not available for lessons purchased through Groupon. This policy is in place to maintain a consistent schedule and to fund the maintenance that our amazing lesson horses require. The schedule closes three (3) days prior. No cancellation fee will be invoiced if the service is rescheduled or cancelled by a Texas Equine Staff Member.
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