FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DO I NEED FOR MY FIRST LESSON?
No doubt you are excited to ride, but what do you need?
1. Helmet - we have lots of extra's for you to borrow
2. Heeled shoes/boots.
Heeled shoes are preferable for riding as this prevents your foot from accidentally slipping through the stirrup iron and getting caught. If you don't have, we have a few extra's to get you started!
3. Tight, stretchy pants.
If you don't have breeches, Pants with 4-way stretch are best, think yoga pants/tights.
4. Long(er) socks!
You don't want any bare skin rubbing against the horse or stirrup leathers as this can pinch and be uncomfortable. You can wear your socks over your pants! Don't worry, this isn't a fashion show, no one is judging!
Unfortunately the water on the property is from a well and not drinkable for people. It gets HOT out there, please bring some water with you.
We are so lucky to have so many sunny days, but don't forget to put your sunscreen on. We always have extra if you do, so don't be afraid to ask.
WHAT DO I NEED FOR MY FIRST SHOW?
So many things! Lol! But I will make this brief. Lets start off with you.
1. Beige breeches. (White's are worn for the Classic's class)
2. Tall Boots and Helmet.
3. Show Shirt. Usually white, grey or blue. I like long sleeves to keep my arms protected from the sun.
4. Gloves, Whip, Spurs.
5. Hairnet the color of your hair. Hair ties.
6. Show Jacket. Safety pins are useful.
7. Ensure you are registered with USEF and USHJA and have completed/up to date with your SafeSport Training
8. Treats for your horse.
9. Snacks for yourself. There is catering at the shows, but it's always a good idea to bring your own healthier snacks too.
10. Sunhat / Peak cap for when you aren't riding
12. A good attitude no matter how you do. Please watch and support all other riders in the barn. Ask if they want you to video them too, as these are great to go over and learn from.
For the Horse... chat to your trainer about this as it will depend on what you are competing in.
A good book is not a bad idea, as there is often plenty of waiting around.
HOW DO I FIND YOU?
Great Question! When you turn into Ansel Ln, you will drive past Portola Valley Training Stables on your right. Keep following the dirt road, go past the indoor, under the bridge (280 freeway). You will see a sign saying Rancho Viejo. Keep going. When you see the stables on your left, find a parking space. Stone Pine Stables is the barn parallel to the gravel road.
WHAT METHODS OF PAYMENT DO YOU TAKE?
We love getting paid and try to make it as easy as possible :-) We take checks, Paypal, Venmo or Apple Pay. Please make it out to "friends and family" so we don't get charged credit card fee's. Thanks!!!
WHAT ABOUT COVID?
Being an outdoor, non contact sport, we are still operating.
Trainers and clients alike are asked to avoid coming to the barn if they are feeling unwell. (Even if you don't think it is Covid, rather safe than sorry. )
You can wear a mask, and we won't be offended if you ask us to,
but we do not require that one is worn as we are outside.
Normal hygiene practices are recommended such as washing and disinfecting hands regularly.
Still have more questions? Contact me today and I’ll be in touch.