MERIDIAN RIDING CLUB’S
Preferred Barn Etiquette!
I know, I know…rules…rules…rules…
It’s about having good, safe and sound horsemanship… PLEASE!
- Arrive early enough before your lesson time to thoroughly groom and tack your horse correctly. No mud, shavings in manes or tails, etc. Take the time to groom: curry, vacuum, blow dry as needed! Pick hooves thoroughly: treat thrush as needed and oil the hooves!
- Please ride in breeches/jeans and half chaps with paddock boots or tall boots. Close fitting shirts and jackets – nothing long or baggy. Please keep shirt styles athletic. If I can’t see you – I can’t help you improve. No tank tops/spaghetti straps and no visible under garments! I prefer you ride in gloves. Helmets are required at all times when riding.
- Hair should be up under the helmet and/or in a hair net.
- Tack up in crossties, designated groom area or a stall.
- All school horses have their own bridle. There is a large selection of girths and many different kinds of pads. Please choose appropriately.
- All tack whether owned by you or MRC should be cleaned each time of use. Cleaner and sponges are kept by the cross ties. Please remember to return equipment to the tack room!
- Take time to cool your horses correctly. In hot months, you can hose or sponge your horses. Take the horse out to eat grass and dry completely. Dry your horses’ legs with a clean towel to avoid scratches/rain rot! In cold weather, thoroughly groom sweat off by drying and then currying and brushing. Only blanket when thoroughly dry!
- Pick up after yourself. If your horse poops, pick it up. Always sweep cross ties prior to and after riding.
- Pay attention to the way everything else is put away. Please leave all supplies and tack as neat as you found them!
- Always check the area you were in for anything that you might have used that is still be out!
- No client dogs at the barn! If you do bring - they must be closely monitored and kept on a short leash or in your car at all times.
- No stall guards allowed – they are dangerous and promote territorial behavior in your horse!