Please review the Time To Ride Program Facility requirements carefully before starting your application. To be approved as a Time To Ride Program Facility, these requirements must be met.


Overview: A safe, clean facility is a reflection of the quality and standards of the overall equestrian facility and the professionalism of the staff.

 Posted Signs

In compliance with applicable state and federal laws, warnings, guidelines and restrictions must be clearly visible to people arriving for horse-related activities.

Safety and Emergency Training for Participants

A participant orientation must be held before or as part of the first lesson, including basic safety rules and emergency procedures.

Participant Supervision

A staff member with knowledge of horse behavior must supervise participants at all times.

 Safe Horse Handling Area

There must be a designated area or areas for participants and staff to groom, tack and untack, and perform other unmounted tasks.

Emergency Equipment

There must be a telephone or cell phone available, and the facility address and directions should be posted next to the phone and/or somewhere easily accessible and visible for cell phone users.

A minimum of one fire extinguisher per building is required.

Bathroom Facility

The facility must have at least one portable toilet or indoor bathroom.

Rider Attire

Participants are required to wear helmets that meet current ASTM/SEI equestrian helmet standards, hard-soled boots or shoes with heels and closed toe, and long pants.


Overview: Professional trainers/instructors are a key component of the Time To Ride program.

Instructor Qualification

Anyone teaching mounted lessons must be a professional trainer/instructor. Membership in one or more organizations that either designate professional status or certify or license instructors is required. Membership and professional/certified/licensed status will be verified as part of the application review process.

Safe Sport Certification

All instructors must have completed Safe Sport training through the U.S. Center for SafeSport. If you have not taken this training and are not a US Equestrian member, a free US Equestrian fan membership will be provided, which will allow you to access the Safe Sport training at no charge.

Lesson Program

An initial eight-week block of lessons is required. The lessons must be 90 minutes to two hours in length and must include unmounted instruction as well as mounted instruction per Time To Ride’s goals and suggested curriculum. It is highly recommended that the lessons be at the same time each week, either after school or on the weekend.

Commercial General Liability Insurance

You must have commercial general liability insurance. Proof of insurance is required as part of the application process.

Liability Waiver and Release

You must have a liability waiver and release form. Participants (or parents/legal guardians) are required to complete and sign the form prior to the start of the participant’s first lesson. A sample of this form is required as part of the application process.

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