Where are you located?

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We board our horses at Sidekick Stables. 

7585 78th Ave N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781

This is a private boarding facility where horse owners can rent a stall, like an apartment for your horse.  We love visitors, but please make an appointment by calling or texting 727-637-3022 before you come out.    Also fill out a release form as all visitors must have the waiver signed. 


How long do lessons last?

Lessons will average one hour.  Sometimes we will go over an hour, it depends on the horse and rider.   Younger children may last only 45 minutes.  The lesson costs $50 no matter the time spent at the barn. 
This includes ground work such as grooming and tacking up for beginners. Once the student can groom and tack the horse up to specification alone (the instructor will advise when) then the student may come 15 minutes early to get the horse ready for the lesson.


What type of horses do you use?

We teach English, Western and some Gaited Riding.  We have Horses and Ponies that are suitable for beginner to intermediate lessons.  A horse will be assigned that is worthy of the day’s lessons. Check the calendar before you come to find out who you are supposed to ride but then check with the instructor as sometimes horses do not cooperate with our best laid plans!
Everyone will be required to tack up their own horse. In the case of small children who are unable to do so alone, someone will help. When the student can tack up on his/her own, the student can come to the lesson 15 minutes early to get the horse ready. In the case of small children or those that need assistance, groom and tacking up are always part of the lesson.
All horses must be well groomed prior to being ridden. The appearance of one’s horse reflects on the rider.
All tack must be properly fitted. Check for the proper fit of both the bridle and saddle every time you tack up your horse. Even though the instructors will always double check your tack, it is your responsibility to make sure that everything is adjusted properly for your lesson. DO NOT MOUNT THE HORSE UNTIL YOUR INSTRUCTOR CHECKS YOUR TACK!
If the horse shows signs of illness or injury, notify the instructor prior to saddling so that it can be treated and determined if the horse is fit to ride.
A horse must be properly cooled out and cared for after the lesson. All tack must be wiped down and put away properly.


Can we bring a friend or sibling to the barn while my child rides?

Of course!
Siblings of students must be with a parent or guardian at all times. The riding lesson is only for the child whom is scheduled. Siblings are welcome to watch the lesson but are not allowed to participate.
Release forms are required of all visitors including siblings.
All non-riding visitors must sit on the outside of the arena or in the car. Please do not wander throughout the barns unaccompanied by staff or instructor. Please do not touch or feed any horse unless specific permission is granted by the owner.    Not all horses in the barn are lesson horses.  Some horses can be aggressive.  Some owners can be protective. 


What is the required gear to ride?

A riding boot with a half-inch heel should be worn while mounted at all times. Students MUST provide their own boots. NO FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS ALLOWED IN THE BARN AREA!
For Level I students and club kids, if you do not have boots, then a closed toed shoe like a sneaker will suffice. Level II & Level III riders must have boots in order to ride.
You can get riding boots at different places locally such as Amber Glen Feed Store on Park Blvd (which has consignment), Foxwood Saddlery or Spencers Western World on 66th Street and also online www.Ebay.com
SEI/ASTM certified Riding Helmets must be worn while riding. It is recommended that the student obtain their own helmet, however loaners are available at the barn. No Bicycle Helmets are allowed. Do not buy your helmet on consignment or used.

You must sign a
liability release form before riding. A Parent or Legal Guardian must sign the form before children under the age of 18 can ride. By signing the release form you are verifying that you have sufficient health insurance for the rider and agree to pay for all medical expenses if any should arise from a fall or other injury from a horse or pony. All visitors must have a release form on file.


What types of Payment do you accept?

A deposit is required in advance to hold your spot for a program such as day camp or a trail event. For Lessons and Club, you can either pay by cash or check in person or by check only through the mail PRIOR to the lessons being received.
All Lessons are $50.00.  Horse Club is $50 for 3 hours at the barn.   Active Lesson Students will receive a $10 discount on Club.  To be an active student, you must take at least two lessons per month with one of our instructors.
CHECKS:  Make checks payable to A & A Equestrian Coaches .  You may hand the check to an instructor or you can mail your check to Alisha at 11067 106th Ave, Largo, FL 33778  (mailing address only)  Any returned or bounced check will result in a $35.00 fee in addition to the amount of the check.
We accept Paypal!  PinellasHorse@hotmail.com


What happens if it's raining or a lesson is cancelled?

Lessons will be scheduled for a particular day and time. In the event of just rain, lessons and clubs will NOT be cancelled. If riding is not possible, another horse related activity will be done such as watching an educational movie about horses, stall cleaning, learning about parts of horse and tack ect. In the case of high lightening, we WILL cancel lessons as it’s not safe to be at the barn during a severe thunderstorm.  When in doubt, Call or Text your instructor and then Check our Facebook page when in doubt as this is the first place we will post if we must cancel a lesson or barn time.
To cancel a lesson, you must contact us *24 hours in advance* (except when sudden rain) of the cancelled lesson. We understand life happens and if you need to cancel one or twice, no penalty will be assessed and you will be allowed to make up that lesson the same week with no additional charge.  If you cancel an hour or two before your lesson, you will be charged for that lesson in full.  If you “no show” (no call) more than once you will be pulled off the calendar and your lesson spot will be given to another student there will be no refunds.  Again, we will not penalize you for an act of God, such as severe weather.