Our students are what make Rein with Grace the success it is. Therefore it's important for each student to have the resources needed to stay safe and thrive. If you're one of our students or simply curious to know more about what's required of you while at RWG, we've provided important information that will help make your experience with us a happy and satisfying one.
No Smoking or tobacco is permitted on the property.
No yelling or running.
You will be held responsible for any friends or family that is brought onto the property. All visitors must sign a barn rule and liability form.
Do not feed or pet any animal without permission. Feeding the animals can lead to pushy behavior from the animal. Please do not pet the horses that are in the pasture at any time without permission.
If you are not in closed-toed shoes, for your safety you are not allowed to leave the parking area or approach the tacking-up area.
For your safety, do not retrieve any horse without permission.
Do not wander around the premises without permission. Only student participants are allowed in the pasture during lessons.
If you open the gate, please close the gate.
Do not climb on the gates or fences.
Please be respectful to others and to the animals while on the premises.
Children who are not participants must not be left unattended.
Riding horses is considered a high risk activity by the EMSA, it is higher risk than skiing, football and riding a motorcycle. While most head injuries occur from an unpredictable incident 20% of injuries happen just being around horses. Head injuries is the leading cause for deaths and hospital admission. Most deaths from head injury can be prevented simply by wearing an approved ASTM/SEI riding helmet that is fit and worn correctly. To get the most out of your helmet be sure you bought a helmet that fits your head best and adjust your helmet before every ride, making sure your chin strap is snug.
Why ASTM/SEI certified riding helmets? Because ASTM/SEI certified helmets have been tested for safety and meet safety standards.
HOW TO FIT A HELMET
The front rim of the helmet should sit about one inch above the riders eyebrows.
The side straps should make a “V” shape directly under the rider’s ears.
Helmet should fit snug on the head and should not be able to move front to back or side to side with the chin strap clasped leaving only enough room for one to two fingers.
Important RWG information on how to interact at our stable
Basic horsemanship exercises
Information for identifying the features of a saddle
Students must be read and sign before enrolling in classes
Important info on how to read and understand horse behavior
Visitors must read and sign before visiting our facility
Safety around a horse and how to introduce yourself to a horse
Important information about helmets and where to buy
FUN HORSE FACTS
Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal.
Horses can run within hours of birth.
When horses look like they're laughing, they're actually engaging in a special nose-enhancing technique known as a "flehmen", to determine whether a smell is good or bad.
At one time people thought horses were colorblind. They’re not, though they are better at seeing yellows and greens than purples and violets.
Horses are measured in hands and each hand is 4 inches.
A horse's teeth take up a larger amount of space in their head than their brain.
The Przewalski’s horse is the only truly wild horse species still in existence. The only wild population is in Mongolia. There are however numerous populations across the world of feral horses e.g. mustangs in North America.
Tallest horse ever recorded was a shire gelding named Sampson, later renamed Mammoth, who measured 21 hands 2.5 inches (7ft 2.2in) in 1850.
Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.
Horses will not lie down simultaneously because at least one will act as a lookout to alert its companions of potential dangers.
Horses communicate by facial expressions using their eyes, ears and nostrils.
An adult horse’s brain weights 22 oz, about half that of a human.
Horses cannot vomit.
A horse can see better at night than a human. However, it takes a horse's eyes longer to adjust from light to dark and from dark to light than a human's.
The first cloned horse was a Haflinger mare in Italy in 2003.
Horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day.
On the underside of a horse's hoof is a triangular shaped area called the “frog squat" which acts as a shock absorber for a horse's leg, and also helps to pump blood back up the leg. This is why it is said that horses have 5 hearts.
The average horse's heart weighs approximately 9 or 10 pounds.
It takes 9-12 months to re-grow an entire horse hoof.
Horses with pink skin can get sunburn.
If a horse has a red ribbon on its tail, it kicks.
Horses are social animals and will get lonely if kept alone, and they will mourn the passing of a companion.