Winter 2022-2023 Riding Lessons
The University of Connecticut's Animal Science Department offers a winter horseback riding program to the public with something for everyone!
Dressage, Hunt Seat, Polo, Western riding lessons are open to adults and children who meet the minimum age and skill level requirements.
Winter Riding Lesson Options
(All Registration Instructions Listed Below Lesson Options)
Dressage, Hunt Seat, Polo and Western
RIDERS MUST COMPLETE ALL APPLICABLE ITEMS BELOW
Important: Please submit both your Payment and Registration/Consent Form on the same day. We ask that you don’t pay for your lessons until the required documents are signed and submitted.
1. Review the applicable documents below:
- UConn Horse Barn Safety Rules and Precautions
- UConn Horseback Riding Physical Restrictions Policy
- Barn Rules
- Biosecurity Rules
2. Check Marketplace (our online payment system) to ensure that the lesson you are interested in is not currently full.
*Lessons that are open will appear in Marketplace without a "full lesson" message. If a section is full and you wish to be added to the wait list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Complete the Registration and Acknowledgement and Consent Form - *PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM ONCE FOR EACH LESSON YOU PLAN TO REGISTER FOR*
- For riders under 18: Read, fill and sign CT Code of Conduct Form and email to email@example.com
5. Make Your Online Payment
*Note: Your space is not reserved until your payment is made and registration form completed*
Height & Weight:
Our goal is to ensure a safe ride for all of our riders and horses. Horses are limited in how much weight they may carry. It is important to be as accurate as possible when submitting your height and weight so that an appropriate horse can be matched to each rider.
Weight Restrictions. Each horse is restricted in the amount of weight it may carry. The weight restriction is based on several factors, but the most important is rider’s weight. Too much weight can cause rub-sores from the saddle, strained muscles, and pinched nerves. Permanent damage such as a "sway back" or deteriorated muscle function can also occur over time. It is important to be as accurate as possible when submitting your height and weight so that you can be matched with the appropriate horse. None of the horses currently available for horseback riding are capable of carrying a rider who weighs more than 225lbs. On any given day, it is possible that a horse will not be available for you to ride because of weight limitations (examples include: (1) the only horse capable of carrying a rider who weighs 200lbs is being monitored for injury and will not be available for riding for at least a week and (2) three riders, each weighing 185lbs, are scheduled for a riding program on the same day but only two horses are available to carry such weight.) In the event a horse is not available for you to ride on a particular day, we will try to provide you with advance notice and will provide a refund for each day a horse is unavailable for you to ride. For additional information regarding weight restrictions please contact: Lisa Streff, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riding Program Contacts
- Hunt Seat, Western, Dressage - Alena Meacham email@example.com
- Polo - Andrew Gale firstname.lastname@example.org and Jenny Sale email@example.com
- For Technical, Form or Payment issues please contact- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Lesson Level Descriptions
- Hunt Seat Instructor Biography
- Summer Riding Program
- Parking information for riders: The PayByPhone mobile application (Location 5172 | map) will provide campus visitors the required flexibility in a convenient location ($2/hour; $6-maximum/day).