FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ACTIVITIES AT KFTHC
What should I wear?
- Dress comfortably, Long pants are a must 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 Program Director, Cheryl Martin, M.Ed., PATH, Intl. Registered 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?
- Most of KFTHC’s lessons begin with the participant assisting with grooming and tacking the horse.
- 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.
- Rides are approximately one hour long.
- Many riders ride one hour per week, others ride bi-weekly.
- There are several factors which are considered when determining fees.
However KFTHC asks $30.00 for each hour long lesson.
- KFTHC does not refuse services based on lack of ability to pay.
Meet with our Director, Mark Martin to discuss your family’s needs and resources.