The Pony Pool
Pony Pool - a mini-lease program where riders (5 years old to infinity) are able to lease a horse to take a weekly lesson. The Pony Pool is designed to develop horsemanship and riding skills by giving our members the opportunity to learn the art of horse care from the ground up.
We have elderly welsh ponies perfect for children from 5 to 11, some being former A rated show champions. These lovely ponies have very gentle ground manners for teaching children the basics.
Just as popular with adolescents and adults are some of our well trained quarter horses and crosses. These steady mounts will enable instructors to rapidly teach you the finer skills of English riding due to their good nature and willing spirits.
Additionally, more experienced riders can choose from a wider range of temperaments and abilities and may also have the chance to ride our younger and greener horses..
Riders can be almost any age as long as they have the interest to learn how to care for and ride horses and ponies in a quality, safe manner.
Our riders or their parents sign a 7 month lease agreement on our two available programs. This enables our stable to house, feed, hay, shoe, clip, blanket, bed, and pay the salaries of the stable workers that care for our horses. No one rides without the 7 month agreement to ride.
For more information on the lease agreement and the general release forms, click on the Forms link found in the menu bar.
Included in the contract is a release encompassing the Virginia Equine Liability Act of 1991, which states that horses have a propensity to act in unpredictable way and manner on any surface, and that riding and being around horses and mules is a dangerous activity that may lead to serious injury or even death. Every rider must sign this release prior to working with or being around our horses.
Angelica Run has 2 large outdoor sand rings both of which are lighted for evening riding. One ring is a jumping ring and the other is a dressage ring. In addition, we offer a 64' round pen for beginner riders just learning to control horses. Its 35 acres adjoin the Washington/Old Dominion Bike and Horse path. Our boarders and experienced pony poolers ride out on the path and frequent the nearby Clarks Crossing horse park.
Pony Pool Rates (2017)
*Pony Pool members are riders who have a limited amount of experience with horses and may not ride without an instructor present. They may be people who have never been around a horse in their life or need to build more confidence in their riding ability before riding alone.
Initial Evaluation ride $50
One time per week in a lesson $250 per month
Twice per week $350 per month
Three per week $450 per month
Fall and Spring Maintenance Fee $150 bi-annual (October & April)
(These rates do not include the instructor fee. Their fees run somewhere between $35 to $75 per lesson. Instructors are paid directly by you.)
Instruction is an additional cost seperate from the Pony pool fees which is paid directly to the instructor. The fee for lessons is not included in the Pony Pool Fee. Lesson fees are set by individual instructors.
Use of Horses
Missed rides cannot be made up. There is no Prorating of Pony Pool Fee's.
Horses may not be jumped unless in a riding lesson.
Horses may not be trail ridden unless accompanied by a guide.
Friends of Pony Poolers are not eligible to ride, it is prohibited by insurance.
Saddles and Bridles are provided.
Riders must purchase and launder their own saddle pads.
Boots with heels and ASTM Approved hard hats are required.
Riders need to get their own grooming equipment ( brushes, picks and towels).
Riders are responsible to care for tack by cleaning it and conditioning it after each use.
It is permissible to use your own saddle providing it properly fits the horse.
Riders wanting to ride twice per week need permission from instructor based on technique and safely. Approved hard hats must be worn at all times while mounted by Pony Poolers.
Riding Instructors and Stable Management will schedule riders based on availability of suitable mounts.
missed due to inclimate weather will be made up based on the availibility of the instructors and horses. Missed independent rides cannot be made up..