TEC POLICY ON HORSE EXERCISE RIDERS
Revised: May, 2011

1. Interested individuals must have current and accurate information (volunteer forms) on file in the TEC office with no contraindications noted to riding horses.

2. Suitable horses must be available for individuals to ride- individuals must not exceed the posted weight limits of horses to be schooled; there must be suitable tack for both horse and rider.

3. Exercise riders should be 16 or older. Younger than 16 will be decided on a case by case basis; not everyone may be selected. Factors to consider:

a. Ability of the rider. They are to be a level 2 rider

b. Parent with horse experience must be present if they are the only ones there riding. If another exercise rider is there with a level 2 a parent still must be present but does not need to be an experienced horse person.
c. A parent with horse experience will be determined by the evaluator. It is not someone who can hold a horse to be groomed. Must be knowledgeable on safety and have the ability to make safe decisions.

4. All exercisers will wear approved headgear when riding, and observe appropriate safety guidelines at all times. They will wear long pants and safe shoes and will use safety stirrups.

5. No one may exercise a horse without another person being present.

6. We encourage all exercise riders to have CPR/First Aid training

7. Instructional staff and Coordinator of Exercise Riders will develop guidelines and goals for the horses that will deal with conditioning, behavior, and other training considerations. Exercisers will be responsible for following these, and for providing input on the progress and other needs they feel are important.

8. All potential exercisers will be evaluated considering the following elements:
a. The test will be a pattern of the evaluator’s choice consisting of but not limited to figure eights at the sitting and/or posting trot and canter, serpentines at the trot and canter, leg yields. The rider must demonstrate balanced seat, gentle hands, and quality decision-making. Exercisers will also demonstrate ability to identify and use correct diagonals, and leads. They will be able to apply some training techniques.

b. The rider must also demonstrate good horse handling and grooming, including but not limited to tying safety knots, and dealing with horse behaviors on the ground.

c. The rider will be able to answer some basic questions about tack fit, horse health, and knowledge of goal setting with horses.

d. Exercise riders will be evaluated by an instructor or someone approved by the instructors. This person will be a level 2 rider. They will demonstrate the ability to ride or lunge the TEC horses if they do not meet the size requirements to ride. For example an adult on a smaller pony. Evaluators will not evaluate a relative or friend.

9. Riders will now be only a Level 2:
a. Level Two- will be helping problem solve with instructional staff about horse needs and behaviors. They will be able to exercise horses at a level to keep horses fit in mind and body.

b. Only exception is the owner of a horse leased to TEC and they are only riding their horse.

10. All exercisers must take responsibility to fill out horse exercise log and report back to the Coordinator of Exercise Riders each time they ride. They are only to contact the Coordinator unless there is an accident. Failure to follow this rule on a regular basis will mean no longer being an exercise rider.

11. If an occurrence happens while grooming, lunging or riding an Occurrence report form is to be completed and the Coordinator for Exercise Riders contacted immediately. If this person is not able to be reached the President of the TEC Board is to be contacted. These phone numbers are posted with the TEC emergency phone.

12. All exercise riders will know where the people and horse first aid kits are located as well as the TEC emergency phone.

13. Exercise riders are to use TEC tack only. It is to be the tack approved for each horse. Only exception is the owner of a horse leased to TEC using their own equipment on their own horse. Safety stirrups are to be used for all saddles. Riders may use their own ASTM/SEI approved helmets.

14. All grooming buckets, tack, blankets, helmets, fly spray etc. are to be returned to their proper place. All grooming stalls kept clean of manure etc. Tack rooms are to be swept. All arena items returned to their proper place.

15. Exercise riders will follow the schedule and if not able to ride or if a change is necessary to the schedule contact the Coordinator of Exercise Riders.

16. Horses in for a 30 day trial will first be ridden by an exercise rider under the guidance of the Coordinator of Exercise Riders or a TEC instructor.

17. TEC appreciates all exercise riders for the time and care they give our horses. These rules are designed to keep exercise riders and horses safe.

If you are interested in being an Exercise Rider contact: volunteer@tecfarm.org