What is an Exercise Rider? An Exercise Rider comes out to the barn on a regular schedule to ride their assigned KTRA horse. Our Exercise Riders are a crucial part to our program because they keep our therapy horses excited and engaged. Although our horses love their job in the arena as a therapy horse, it is good for them to get out and have a different workout throughout the week with their exercise rider. These workouts could consist of ring work or trail riding. Exercise Riders also assist the Executive Director with keeping the therapy horses tuned up and help address any issues being exhibited during class times. All Exercise Riders follow the direction of the Executive Director in establishing a work out regiment for their assigned horse. Exercise Riders are expected to care for the horse as it was their own, ensuring that they are brushed prior to riding and cooled out/brushed properly after riding. Exercise riders are trained by invitation only. However, if you are qualified and interested in being a Horse Leader in our program lessons, please contact Ashley at email@example.com
Who can be an Exercise Rider?
All prospective Exercise Riders must be able to:
Lunge a horse.
Demonstrate proficient riding in the English or Western discipline. Proficient defined as safe and controlled technique by Executive Director’s discretion.
Ride KTRA horses with specific training goals in mind.
English Rider Levels 1 & 2 is an asset so are Pony Club Levels.
Riding regularly with an approved outside coach is also an asset.
The Exercise rider will:
Commit to a set schedule for riding agreed upon with the Executive Director.
Keep track of training in the horses training log.
Be responsible for properly grooming their horse (to include any special attention needed to feet, cuts, etc).
Properly cool and groom their horse after riding. No horse should be put away with sweatmarks.
Communicate directly with the Executive Director with any issues or concerns.
Participate in at least one lesson with a guest instructor per month at their own cost.
To become an Exercise Rider, he/she must:
Be a volunteer with KTRA having worked as a Horse Leader for one year (this is ideal but not required – if they do not volunteer currently in a KTRA program lesson they need to observe at least one full KTRA program lesson)
Must be physically capable of riding for 30-45 minutes at a time at W/T/C, bend the horse, ride figures of the arena (circles, serpentines, etc.) work the horse over ground poles, perform transitions between and within gaits and generally be able to school a horse to improve their way of going.
Must be at least 18 years old.
Communicate their interest to the Executive Director.
Pass an under saddle test by the Executive Director. Contact the Executive Director for a description of the test and to arrange a time to be evaluated.
Misses 3 assigned training sessions without appropriate reason and notice.
Is observed mistreating the horse, or putting the horse in a situation that could be considered unsafe or detrimental to either horse or rider.
Is unable to undertake the training required by that horse as assigned by the Executive Director.
What is the time requirement? Exercise Riders develop their schedule with the Executive Director based on the horses training needs. The time requirement could be anywhere from 1 – 6 hours a week depending on whether or not class is in session.
How do I sign up? Contact Ashley Sudds at firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you’re a candidate for Exercise Rider training. All Exercise Riders must attend an additional training before volunteering. All candidates for Exercise Riding must be approved by the Executive Director. If a volunteer is interested, but not yet qualified, KTRA Staff will do their best to make recommendations for necessary training/education.