Horse Riding Practicum

The University's Animal Science Department 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 and staff. Although priority for riding is given to Animal Science majors, all students are welcome on a space available basis. Lessons offered are Hunt Seat, Dressage, Western,  Trail, and Polo classes at a variety of levels.

Registration is Closed!
Fall 2021 Practicum and Riding Teams 
September 13, 2021-December 10, 2021
Fee: $540: riding 1x per week for 12 weeks
$1,080: riding 2x per week for 12 weeks

Mandatory Fall Riding Practicum Meeting:
August 30, 2021, 7:00-8:30 PM, Young Building Room 100

All individuals interested in riding lessons during the fall semester must attend the mandatory practicum meeting. 


Practicum Registration Deadline: September 3, 2021
Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
Schedule will be created based on rider interest/availability

1. To register, please email your completed and signed Registration/Acknowledgement and Consent Form
(download forms here) to: Alena Meacham 
2. Review Documents Below

3. After September 7, 2021, an email will be sent with the date and time of your Practicum Lesson. 
4. If you are available at that time, a link to make your semester payment will be emailed to you. Please pay promptly to secure your slot.

Payments and Registration/Acknowledgement Forms Due by August 31, 2021


Fee: $45 per tryout/test date
Payment online by credit card only

If you are trying out for more than one team, please submit $45 for each tryout date you plan on attending. 

Western Team: 9/2/21 & 9/9/21 4:00-6:00 PM
Equestrian Team: 9/7/21 4:00-6:00 PM
9/8/21 3:00-5:00 PM
Dressage Team: 9/3/21 & 9/10/21 3:00-5:00 PM
Drill Team: 9/8/21 5:00-6:30 PM
Varsity Polo: 9/7/21 and 9/9/21 6:00-8:00 PM

Trail Test (Mandatory for all riders interested in Trail regardless if you have previously ridden): 9/8/21 10:00 AM

1. To register for a Team Tryout, please email your completed and signed Registration/Acknowledgement and Consent   
     Form (download forms here) to: Alena Meacham  

2. Review Documents Below

3. Make Tryout/Trail Test Payment here: Tryout payments are no longer being accepted. 
4. Attend Tryout Dates (Only if you have submitted your forms and payment by the deadline). Please bring a copy of your receipt to your tryout.
5. Riders who have been accepted by a Team or Trail will receive an email from the Team Coach/Trail Instructor by 9/10/21 with a link to pay the riding fee. 
*Those who do not make the team will be provided options to enroll in practicum lessons. 

Important: 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
For more information on the riding teams, please click here.  

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