Horse Riding Practicum

UConn's Department of Animal Science offers a self-improvement, non-credit, extracurricular horse riding program entitled "Horse Practicum." The Practicum is open to all students enrolled at the University as well as faculty, staff and the community. Although priority for riding is given to Animal Science majors, all participants are welcome on a space available basis. Lessons are offered in Hunt Seat, Dressage, Trail, and Polo at a variety of levels. The Riding teams are Equestrian, Dressage, Morgan Drill, Varsity Polo, and Western.

Spring 2022 Riding Practicum and Equine Teams 

January 31, 2022-April 29, 2022

*Riding Practicum is open to all riders 18 and over. Dates are subject to change based on University Guidelines. Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Lesson spaces are not guaranteed.*

$540: Riding in one lesson per week for 12 weeks.
$1,080: Riding in two lesson per week for 12 weeks.

Practicum and Team Tryout Registration Deadline: January 26, 2022
Payment Deadline: January 30, 2022

Mandatory Spring Riding Practicum Meeting:
January 20, 2022 7-8 PM via Webex
Click Here to Join the Meeting

*Those interested in riding lessons and teams must attend the Mandatory Meeting.*

Spring 2022 Lesson Schedule
Click here to download

Additional Spots in Spring Practicum Flyer



Practicum Registration

1. To register, please email your completed and signed Registration/Acknowledgement and Consent Form.
Community Riders please email a copy of your vaccination card along with your registration documents. 
(DOWNLOAD FORM HERE) to: Alena Meacham 
 2.  Make payment. Click Here
 3.  Review Documents Below

Team Tryouts: UConn Students Only

(Prospective New Members Only)
Fee: $45 per tryout       

​​​​​1. To register for a Team Tryout, please email your completed and signed  Registration/Acknowledgement and Consent   
     Form. (DOWNLOAD FORM HERE) to: Alena Meacham  

2. Email the Team Coach for a payment link and tryout date.

3. Review Documents Below

4. Riders who have been accepted by a Team will receive an email from the Team Coach with a link to pay the team riding fee.
*Those who do not make the team will be provided options to enroll in practicum lessons.* 

Trail Registration

Please email your completed and signed Registration/Acknowledgement and Consent Form to Dr. Jenifer Nadeau and and await instruction. 
Community Riders (non UConn students/faculty/staff): please email a copy of your vaccination card along with your registration form.

Please note:
  • Riders interested in Trail who have not recently ridden with UConn are required to take a Trail Test.
  • If Dr. Nadeau requires you to take a Trail test a link will be emailed to you to make the test payment.
  • Payment must be made before the test.
  • A payment link for the session will be emailed to you after you have been accepted to ride.

Additional Information for all Riders

All students will be required to supply the following equipment: (1) a properly fitting ASTM/SEI approved riding helmet within 5 years of manufacturing date and (2) boots that have a heel with a rubber sole.

  • Riders must be paid in full before lesson start.
  • Makeup lessons will not be offered.
  • There are no refunds, however refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis for extraordinary circumstances. 
Height & Weight:
Our goal is to ensure a safe ride for all of our riders and horses. Horses are limited in how much weight they may carry.  It is important to be as accurate as possible when submitting your height and weight so that an appropriate horse can be matched to each rider. 

Weight Restrictions:
Each horse is restricted in the amount of weight it may carry. The weight restriction is based on several factors, but the most important is rider’s weight. Too much weight can cause rub-sores from the saddle, strained muscles, and pinched nerves. Permanent damage such as a "sway back" or deteriorated muscle function can also occur over time.  It is important to be as accurate as possible when submitting your height and weight so that you can be matched with the appropriate horse. None of the horses currently available for horseback riding are capable of carrying a rider who weighs more than 225lbs. On any given day, it is possible that a horse will not be available for you to ride because of weight limitations (examples include: (1) the only horse capable of carrying a rider who weighs 200lbs is being monitored for injury and will not be available for riding for at least a week and (2) three riders, each weighing 185lbs, are scheduled for a riding program on the same day but only two horses are available to carry such weight.) In the event a horse is not available for you to ride on a particular day, we will try to provide you with advance notice and will provide a refund for each day a horse is unavailable for you to ride. For additional information regarding weight restrictions please contact: Alena Meacham .
Riding Program/Team Contacts
Questions For more information on the riding teams, please click here.  

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