Riding Lesson FAQBeth Hartka

Please read the information below to answer common questions about riding lessons at GEC:

What to Wear:

Proper attire is extremely important to ensure safety of both horse and rider. We provide ASTM approved helmets of various sizes and require all students wear one at all times when mounted.  You are welcome to bring your own helmet as long as it is ATSM approved.

What you will need:

  • Long pants – Not baggy or loose
  • Closed toe shoes with a slight heel (like a western boot, english riding style boot, or rubber rain boot). Tennis shoes are not permitted.

Your instructor may regulate activities in a lesson based on attire for safety reasons. Safety is the top priority at GEC.


All new students must complete both our liability waiver and the student welcome package – both can be found here.  If you have attended camp here in the past you do not have to complete the liability waiver again.

Where do I go:

Lessons begin at the tack up area – follow the gravel/grass lane to two small sheds that are facing each other.


There is ample parking available in the parking lot.  Please do not park outside of the designated parking places.  Also please do not stop along the driveway to drop off or pick up students.  Two-way traffic flow must be maintained along the driveway at all times.

Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel a lesson please do so no less than 24 hours ahead of time.  Last minute cancellations will be required to pay for the lesson in full.

When should I arrive for my lesson?

Please arrive promptly for your lesson as lateness impacts the instructors schedule for the rest of the day.  Please arrive ideally about 5 minutes before your lesson is scheduled.

Students who have completed the Safe Horse Handling Class may arrive earlier to bring in their horse and tack up.  If you have not completed this class the instructor will bring in your horse for you when it is time for your lesson.  Speak to your instructor about taking this class.


Your instructor will contact you directly if lessons will be cancelled due to weather.  Please be aware that due to safety regulations we cannot conduct lessons if lighting/thunder is in the vicinity.  Particularly during the summer pop-up storms may impact your lesson.  Windy conditions and extreme heat/humidity may also affect our ability to conduct lessons.

Barn Rules:

Copies of the barn rules are posted in both the main barn and the lesson barn, please make yourself familiar with them. Unruly or out of control children cannot be tolerated on the property due to safety reasons.  Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times.  Students are expected to clean up after themselves and treat the property and equipment with respect.  All family members or persons providing transportation to students are also expected to treat the property and equipment with respect.  Parking/stopping/standing/drop off and pickup is absolutely not allowed along the driveway, students are to walk to and from the parking lot.

GEC reserves the right to expel anyone from the property due to unsafe, disrespectful behaviour or refusal to follow direction, including students and their companions.

Please DO NOT FEED the horses.