What programs do you offer? We currently have 3 programs: 1. Riders with Disabilities Riders With Disabilities 2. Youth At-Risk Youth At-Risk 3. Community Riding Lessons Community Riding Lessons What is the minimum age requirement? The minimum age for riders is 5 years of age. This is due to our insurance coverage.
I am looking for riding lessons for my child. Do you have any openings? For have two riding lesson programs. One is for adults and children with a with physical or psychological diagnoses. The other is a public riding lesson program for those without a diagnoses. This public riding lesson program is a fundraising initiative to generate revenue for our therapeutic services. 1. Riders with Disabilities Riders With Disabilities 2. Community Riding Lessons Community Riding Lessons There is an application process for the Riders with Disabilities - refer to this question below: "I am interested in your therapy program. How do I sign up for it?" I am interested in your therapy program. How do I sign up for it? 1. Visit http://www.ktra.ca/riders-with-disabilities.html and print off an application package. 2. Bring the application package to your doctor to see if therapeutic riding is for you! 3. Call the office (250-554-3811) to bring in the application package once completed.
I want to enroll my child into your program. When can we start? Once you have handed in your completed application package (see question above) then you will go on our wait-list for the next upcoming session (unless we have an opening that works in our current session and we aren't over half way through). We run 2 sessions per year: 12 weeks April-June and 8 weeks September-October.
How much do the programs cost? For Therapeutic Riding and YAR, please refer to our rider fee page here ~Pricing For Community Riding Lessons, please refer here ~ Community Riding Lessons
Do you offer any financial help for your programs? Sometimes we do receive funding towards sponsoring riders. If such funding is available we will send out a KTRA Funding Application when we are having you confirm your participation in our program.
Isn’t the YAR program a riding program? No, there is no horseback riding. The activities are associated around therapeutic ground-work with horses. Activities are designed to increase self awareness and address specific areas for personal growth and learning. There is a possibility for a ride or two at the very end of the session if this is something the instructor feels would be beneficial.
Can a rider wear a bike or ski helmet? No. Riders must wear ASTM/SEIapproved equestrian helmets. We have lots of approved helmets on hand for riders to borrow OR you may purchase your own equestrian helmet. We suggest purchasing from Greenhawk in Valleyview as they are professionally trained to fit helmets properly.
It’s really warm and sunny out, can a rider wear flip-flops and shorts? No open-toed footwear is safe around horses. We aren't even a fan of crocks. Short can be very uncomfortable in a saddle and without protection between the saddle and skin from clothes skin can chafe and blister.
How much notice is given for cancelling a lesson for weather? If KTRA must cancel a lesson we will make every attempt to give you at least 2 hrs notice.
If a rider is sick do they get a refund/credit? Written proof from the rider’s physician is required for lesson credit. The written proof of the condition must be signed and stamped by the physician. No make-up lessons will be considered.
How much notice is required for rider cancelling a lesson? We ask that riders give a minimum 2 hours notice via phone (no email) for lesson cancellations. Some of our volunteers live over an hour away, others take the bus or bike and we need to be able to contact them before they leave. If we receive less then 2hrs notice that the rider is unable to come then it will be marked as a “no show”. If a rider has three “no shows” in a session, it may result in you being asked to forfeit your spot to someone on the waiting list.
Do we let riders/parents/guardians etc. know if there is a change of instructor or horse for a lesson?
If an instructor is going to be away for an extended period of time (holiday etc.) then you will be notified of the instructor's absence and if your lesson will be covered by a sub, who that sub will be.
If a change of horse is required, this is usually discussed with the rider the week before.
If your normal horse is not available that day due to a farrier appointment or health issue we will not notify you before your lesson. You will be notified when you arrive at your lesson.
If an instructor is away last minute you will not be notified unless we have to cancel the lesson.
We want to come for a trail ride today. Can we book a time? We currently do not offer trail rides to the public.