Q: I would like to take horseback riding lessons - how do I get started?
A: The best way to enter our program is through the New Rider Package. This package consists of 3 sessions - the Introduction to Horsemanship Class, the Tack Class, and the Private Rider Assessment. Contact us for available dates and times. Once you submit the Contact Us form, you will be directed back to this FAQ page - that is confirmation it has been sent. We will get back to you to discuss your experience and match you with the right instructor, class and horse. You will be required to r, and complete necessary to bring with you.
Q: How soon can I start?
A: Depending on your schedule, we typically book 2-3 weeks in advance. In the event of a cancellation, we may be able to get you in sooner. Our horses and trainers are in demand!
Q: What should I wear?
A: You will need an ASTM / SEI certified riding helmet and hard-soled shoes or boots with a heel. Tennis shoes, hiking boots, bike helmets and ski helmets are not allowed per our insurance company. For your first lesson, you are welcome to rent one of our helmets and a pair of paddock or cowboy boots ($5/each). Long pants, close-fitting denim or English riding breeches are most comfortable. There are several tack shops in the area that can supply you with your riding gear.
Q: Where should I park? Where will I meet my instructor?
A: Denver Equestrians operates exclusively out of Colorado Equestrian Center (formerly known as Normandy Farms and Stables) in Littleton. Park in the lot adjacent to Coal Mine Avenue. Check in at the office, which is located in the center of the barn.
Q: What about cancellations?
A: Your horse and arena times are reserved especially for you each week. Should you cancel your lesson, your horse will need to be assigned to another student that day. For this reason, a 48 hour advanced notice is required. If you provide us with a 24 hour notice, you will receive a 50% refund. If we do not receive advanced notice, you will be charged for that lesson in full. *Please note that we do not issue refunds.
Q: How long can I expect to be at the barn?
A1: The Introduction to Horsemanship class is 90-minutes long. It includes signing paperwork, getting fitted for boots/helmet.
A2: The Rider Assessment is a private lesson, and lasts a total of 45 minutes. This time includes instruction on how to groom and find the appropriate tack for your horse.
A3: Group Lessons are 1 hour, and Private Lessons are 45 minutes in length. After completion of the Tack Class, we will discuss your ability arrive early to find your horse, groom and tack in advance. You must pass a test given by one of our trainers before arriving early. After riding, you will groom your horse, clean his tack and bring him back to his stall. Take your time and enjoy the process.
Q: Is your facility open year-round?
A: Yes, on days with heavy rain or snow, we have a beautiful with a breezeway to the stables. The outdoor arena and 80 foot round pen are just as lovely and serene when the weather is Colorado perfect.
Q: The weather is really hot/cold, are lessons automatically canceled?
A: Typically we will only cancel lessons if it is below 10 degrees or above 99 degrees. We will cancel via email and/or telephone. Please sign up as a member- notifications of all kinds will be sent via email blasts. If you are unsure and have not heard from us, please call (303) 973-0077 if the weather is extreme.
Q: Should I bring my own tack?
A: We can supply all of your tack if needed. However if you have a saddle you would prefer to use, please bring it. We can check to see if it fits your horse and go from there. If you also have your own clean white saddle pads and leg wraps, we would love for you to bring them!
Q: My question is not listed here. May I call the barn?
A: Yes! Please contact our office team: (303) 973-0077.