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General Barn Rules - IMPORTANT - Please read these rules carefully!

 

  • Barn Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. - we understand occasionally clients need to be here early or late, but it's important for our family and staff to have time to begin and end the barn day.

  • This is a private facility - we are not open to the general public - only URC clients are permitted at the farm. Others by appointment only.

  • A rider is asked to have at least one person, or minors a parent/guardian/family member with them to supervise horse handling and their ride. Additional family members, siblings, friends etc. are welcome but must be mindful they consent to risks, all barn rules and regulations.

 

Quarterly Riding Programs

All students - new and returning - who will participate in riding programs over the yearly Quarters must complete and submit a registration form, which includes the information about our lessons, RideShare leases and combined options. Even if you have already submitted a previous quarter registration form, we ask that you fill out and submit the updated registration form as it includes new options, times, pricing, and waivers. Look over new lesson schedules closely as we may have made changes. 

  • Lesson horses will be tacked by a staff member, waiting in the ring for riders in Beginner lessons.

  • Lesson horses will be tacked with a halter underneath their bridle and a lead rope that is used exclusively by the staff leading the horse.

  • Please note and be considerate when our lounge and lounge bathroom are closed or being used for a special event.

  • Please bring drinks, snacks and coolers to keep you comfortable during lesson times.

  • We try to keep stocked with soap/hand washing, hand sanitizer, wipes and disinfectant sprays, but you may bring your own supplies to ensure you have everything you need on hand.

Lease Ride Rules and Procedures:

 

  • Lease rides should be scheduled, with prior approval, during regular barn hours. 

  • A lease rider must schedule a set ride time window

  • Scheduling may be impacted by boarder rides and care, barn emergencies and services. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.

  • Proper care of your lease horse includes warm up, cool out, tacking/untacking and grooming after your ride.

  • Use of the indoor wash racks is prioritized for boarders. If your lease horse is sweaty and needs to be hosed off, use the pony barn wash racks and sanitize the clips/hose after you are finished.

  • Leasers may use their own grooming equipment and tack, halters/lead ropes, grooming supplies, saddle pads, bridles, saddles, etc. 

  • For both rider and horse safety: NO JUMPING without approval; no groundwork above your routine lesson level. NO EXCEPTIONS. Absolutely NO riding which is careless, rough or exhausting to the horse, e.g., endless cantering, jumping, chasing after other riders, etc.

 

How to Schedule a Lease Ride:

We have a business cell phone to stay better connected with everyone! The phone number is 240-877-4686.

We will generally respond to messages/calls sent to this phone between the hours of 8:00am and 8:00pm; please be patient for a response! 

 

To schedule a lease ride, please text our business cell phone at 240-877-4686:

  • In the text, state your name/student’s name, lease horse requested and time desired.

  • If good to go, you may come at the time requested with or without a confirmation text.

  • We will let you know if your requested time is not open and offer other available times. 

 

 Good to Know: 

  • Winter turn out: Horses are in the field until ~3-4pm; if your ride time is scheduled before 4pm, you may be responsible for bringing your horse out of the field. When the weather warms up,

  • Spring turn out: Horses will be inside between 8am and ~3pm, then turned out during the night. If riding after 3-4 pm, you may be responsible for bringing your horse out of the field.

  • At this time we prefer a text for a lease or practice ride between 48 to 24 hour before your desired time.

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Thank you – happy riding

Sandy & Jessica Henningsen

Henningsen Equine Ventures, LLC dba Urbana Riding Club

Phone: 240-877-4686

Email: urc@urbanaridingclub.com

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