FAQ’s for General Interest - Equestrian Center -  Spring 2020

Q: Will the Equestrian Center open this Spring?

  • The Equestrian Center is currently open by appointment only or for pre-scheduled PE classes.  Please do not drop in.

FAQ’s for P.E. Riders Spring 2021

Q: Will there be P.E. Riding Classes?

  • Yes, at this time we are planning for in person P.E. riding classes.

Q: Will private and/or semi-private lessons be available?

  • Riders should work to get into a regularly scheduled P.E. group class. Private and semi-private lessons will be on a case-by-case basis and are limited. Contact the Riding Program Manager, Joy Collins, jcollins@mtholyoke.edu for information on availability.   

Q. What if my desired riding lesson is full?  

  • You can email the instructor to let them know that you are interested in joining the class.  Often, there is movement among students and their schedules at the very beginning of the semester.  Please do attend the very first information/paperwork class meeting (Zoom) to see if you can get into the class.  If there continues to be no room for you, you may work to find another class,  inquire about a private lesson or, if there are others such as you, there or there may be the possibility to make a “new” class if horses, space and/or instructor are available.  Also, if no solution is apparent, please try for a riding class in the fourth module.

Q. What if desired lesson(s) do not fit my schedule?  

  • Please inquire with the Riding Program Manager, Joy Collins at jcollins@mtholyoke.edu to see if there may be other riding options for you.  You may have to wait until the fourth module. 

Q: Will I be able to borrow a helmet?  

  • Normally “yes”, but only for PE051 level students.  Due to heightened sanitization requirements and an effort to reduce sharing equipment, we ask that riders of all levels purchase their own ASTM-SEI approved helmet and all other personal riding equipment (we will still supply horse equipment - saddle, bridle, girth) until further notice. If this is a financial impossibility please contact the Riding Program Manager, Joy Collins at jcollins@mtholyoke.edu and we will work to find a solution. 

Online sources for ASTM-SEI approved helmets are:

Q:  Will lockers be available?

  • No. Lockers will not be available. The locker room will be available for changing purposes only, but we recommend coming to class dressed and ready to ride.  

Q: Will there be assistance for catching or bridling? 

  • Please ask your instructor for assistance.

Q: Are masks required when grooming and tacking up?

  • Mask wearing is required at all times in the Equestrian Center except when working alone in a stall with a horse or while mounted.  This exception is for safety purposes. All people at the Equestrian Center will be required to have a mask on their person at all times.  

Q. How many P.E. units are given for each module? 

  • Each module Spring 2021 is worth 1 P.E. unit. 

Q: Are there riding scholarships during this time?

  • There will be a scholarship application opportunity for both modules.  However, scholarship decisions and awards are made after the beginning of each PE class.

Q:  Will there be student TA positions available?

  • Yes.  TA’s will be assigned to each 051 and 052 class.  Please send an email of interest to Program Manager, Joy Collins at jcollins@mtholyoke.edu.

Q. Will I be required to wear a mask when riding?

  • No. There are inherent risks in wearing a mask while riding and therefore people who are mounted on a horse do not need to wear a mask. This is in accordance with USEF standards.

FAQ’s for Varsity and Club Team Riders Spring 2021

Q: Will there be any team riding this Spring?

  • In the current plan, there will be practices this spring but the decision regarding competitions has not yet been made.  Please reach out to the team coaches for more information: 

FAQ’s for Boarders Spring 2020

Q: Is boarding available at the Equestrian Center?

  • Yes. However, there will be some restrictions on riding time depending on whether you are an in-resident or non resident student. If you're interested in bringing your horse to the Equestrian Center this spring please contact our stable management team (stable-manager-g@mtholyoke.edu) for more information.

 Q: Are there specific procedures for boarders?

  • Yes.  A check-in system, sanitizer stations, mask zones and maximum occupancy areas will be clearly marked.  Time blocks for visiting/grooming/riding your horse may be instituted. 

Q: Are there restrictions for boarding my horse?

  • Not currently.  We will keep you informed if anything changes

Q: Do I have to wear a mask in the facility?

  • Mask wearing is required at all times in the Equestrian Center except when working alone in a stall with a horse or while mounted.  This exception is for safety purposes. All people at the Equestrian Center will be required to have a mask on their person at all times.  

Q: What about my horse in the event of a quarantine?

  • Should you have to go into quarantine or are sent home, your horse will be cared for as usual for feeding, turnout and stall cleaning.  You may consider asking a fellow boarder to provide additional care. 

Q: Can I bring visitors to the stables with me?

  • No. Not at this time.

Questions?

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