Riders must be at least 8 years old. Between 4 – 6 riders per group. West Winds reserves the right to assign lesson horses and design the make-up of the group lessons. Children under the age of 14 must be escorted to and from the barn/tack area by a parent or guardian Family members are encouraged to watch the lesson from the viewing area. Plan to dress warmly from late fall to early spring – rubber boots will not be suitable! Spectators are asked not to coach or distract students from the sidelines. For mounted sessions, please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled class to groom and tack. Be prepared to stay 30 minutes after class to groom and untack. All classes are subject to change due to registration numbers and instructor availability. Missed lessons must be made up before your next scheduled session, or you forfeit the lesson. Schedules for sessions may be changed at West Winds’ discretion and without notice if necessary. The following documents must be completed for registration: 1. Session Registration Form 2. West Winds Parent Waiver of Liability (parent signing for child under 18 years of age, including siblings who may accompany rider to barn area).
Students must have a safety approved equine riding helmet with chin strap & attached safety harness (ASTM/SEI) which will be worn at all times when working around horses. hard soled boots with sufficient heel to restrict the foot from passing thru stirrup. Long well-fitted pants (stretch if possible). No shorts. Long hair to be tied back. Rubber boots are not recommended for winter months. No chewing gum or loose jewellery. Safety vests are strongly advised. No open-toed or high-heeled footwear is permitted in the barns, arena or riding areas. A clothing package for riding, which Includes, boots, pants, chaps, crop, Gloves can be bought at a store in Calgary called Greenhawk, the price for the package for kids is about 120.00 dollars. Hoodies are not allowed to be worn when riding.
Janice and Peter Hodson, have been owners and operators of West Winds for 16 years, since 2001. We live on site and give horse 24/7 daily care. Janice is a certified Equine Canada Level 1 Coach, graduate of Guelph University Equine Sciences program, Certified Equi-Health Canada Emergency Horse First Aid Instructor. We offer paddock and pasture board.