FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ACTIVITIES AT KFTHC
What should I wear?
- Dress comfortably, Long pants are strongly recommended for horsemanship activities, as well as closed-toed shoes.
- Everyone who rides or participates in horsemanship activities at KFTHC wears an ASTM approved helmet.
- (You can buy your own or use one of ours)
Is this a safe activity?
- KFTHC operates by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) “Standards and Regulations,” so it is as safe as it can possibly be.
- KFTHC’s horses are very well trained and gentle and classes take place in an enclosed arena.
- KFTHC cannot however, eliminate all risk.
- Initially all riders will have a leader and two side walkers to act as safety helpers. As the rider progresses the number of helpers will decrease.
Who can ride?
- Horseback riding is not considered a safe activity for individuals less than two years of age.
- There is no upper age limit.
- There is a list of Precautions and Contraindications based on PATH standards. If you are unsure about whether riding is an appropriate intervention for you or your child, call KFTHC and speak to our Director, Cheryl Martin, M.Ed., PATH, Intl. Advanced Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. 606-965-2158 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- All riders must have a statement from a doctor saying that riding will be a safe activity for him or her. (This form will be provided to you as part of the Registration Packet.)
Is riding the only activity KFTHC offers?
- Individuals who cannot ride may be interested in on-the-ground natural horsemanship activities.
- Call and speak to our Horsemanship Instructor, Mark Martin, if you are interested.
- 606-965-2158 or email us at email@example.com.
- KFTHC also offers an Equine Services for Heroes Program which serves military personnel,
- veterans and their families. This program combines vocational horsemanship activities as well as riding.
What will the schedule be like?
- Scheduling of lessons will be based upon rider preferences, volunteer support and equine availability.
- Many riders ride one time per week, others ride bi-weekly.
- There are several factors which are considered when determining fees.
However KFTHC asks $30.00 for each lesson.
- KFTHC does not refuse services based on lack of ability to pay.
Meet with our Director, Cheryl Martin to discuss your family’s needs and resources.