For new/returning riders and those wanting to enquire about lessons:   Q: Can I come and tour BHF and watch a lesson? A: Of course. We would love to have you take a tour and watch a lesson. Our full schedule of lessons includes hunter/jumper and dressage instruction. We also offer instruction on basic horsemanship skills on the ground if you feel you would like a more hands on experience. There is no charge to take a tour, watch a lesson, and your first horsemanship lesson will be complimentary too.   Q: What is your safety record? A: We have an excellent safety record. We have a great selection of lovely lesson horses who are calm and well trained. We take great care when matching riders with horses so that you are never asked to exceed your comfort level.   Q: What do I need to bring with me for my first lesson? A: All riders are required to wear helmets and we have a selection at BHF for you to use if you don not have your own. Helmets must be for horse riding use (not bike helmets). We also recommend you wear long pants and closed toe shoes/boots with a hard sole and heel, please no flip-flips or sandals.     Q: Am I able to spend time with the horse before the lesson or does someone else do the tacking up for me? A: You can decide what best suits you. We want our students to learn as much as possible about horse care. If you wish to learn how to groom and tack your horse, just arrive about 20 minutes before your lesson. If you would rather we take care of that for you, let us know and when you arrive your horse will be ready for you.   Q: Will I be in a lesson with lots of riders of different ages and abilities? A: We try very hard to keep our lessons focused on the abilities of the riders. Whenever possible, we will have small groups of students of similar age and skill. Sometimes the lessons will have a mix of riders but that is always a positive as you can learn by watching others. We always make sure that even in group lessons, the needs of the individuals are addressed. And if you feel that you need more 1 on 1 instruction, you can book a private lesson.   Q: How much does it cost? A: A full price list is on our website. We have package options for lessons that will reduce the cost. Horse riding can be an expensive past time so we do everything we can to make sure our lessons are affordable and enjoyable.   Q: Do I get to ride the same horse every lesson? A: We do our best to match you with a horse that suits your ability. Whenever possible, you will be riding the same horse if they are available. If not, we will match you with another of our well trained lesson horses so you can see what it is like to ride someone else. It all adds to building your confidence and ability. If you truly fall in love with one of our horses, ask us about leasing options which would allow you more control over who you ride and when.   Q: What if I need to cancel a lesson? A: We ask that you give us at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or change a lesson.   For riders looking to lease/buy:   Q: Can I review a full veterinary report on the horse I am interested in? A: Yes, if the report is available and the owner is willing to share it.   Q: Do I need to buy separate insurance? A: Yes.   Q: What is covered by the lease? A: BHF offers half and full leasing options. Half lease includes 3 days per week use and full lease includes 6 days per week use.   Q: Are your lease rates competitive and flexible? A: Yes. We offer 1, 3, 6, 9, or 12 month lease options that are paid monthly.   Q: Can I still use BHF tack and equipment to care for the horse? A: Yes, if BHF is the owner of leased horse.   Q: If my leased horse is sick, can I ride another lesson horse? A: Yes.   For horse owners looking to board:   Q: What type of insurance does the facility have? A: BHF is insured for facilities, vehicles, transportation, business, and workman’s compensation.   Q: What type of Insurance do I need to provide? A: Boarders need to have mortality and major medical coverage.   Q: What is covered in the boarding agreement? A: Feed, owner provided supplements and medications, turn out, stall cleaning, and daily inspection by a horse professional are all included in the boarding agreement.   Q: What is covered by the training board agreement? A: Training board adds a prescribed number of training rides by a professional rider.   Q: Is there a responsible person on the property 24/7? A: Yes.   Q: In an emergency, what are the procedures in place? A: BHF calls 911 for humans and for horses the head trainer is called first, followed by owner and vet if necessary.   Q: Do you have transportation procedures in place for sick or injured horses? A: Yes. We have 2 trucks and horse trailers available to transport horses. We transport to the clients preferred hospital and provide emergency transport for the local vets.