Q: What should I wear to my first lesson?

A: Long pants, a shoe or boot with a small heel, and upper body clothes to suit the temperature.

Q: How often can/should I ride?

A: Most people start out riding once a week then move up to 2 lessons per week as they progress.

Q: When can I go to horse shows?

A: When you feel comfortable jumping a small course of jumps you will be ready.

Q: Do I need to buy special riding clothes/boots?

A: You may borrow one of our helmets but most people prefer wearing their own.  Paddock boots (ankle high) with chaps (leather pants) or breeches and tall boots are suggested.

Q: Can I feed the horses treats?

A: Yes, but we prefer you feed them carrots.

Q: How old do you have to be to take lessons?

A: It’s not a bad idea to occasionally put 2 or 3 year olds on a pony for a few minutes.  4 year olds can ride longer.  At 5 or 6 they can start in 15 minute private lessons.

Q: Can we get manure for our garden?

A: Absolutely – we constantly produce it.

Q: Do you have any clubs I can join?

A: Once you start competing in horse shows you will want to join the OPHA (Ohio Professional Horseman Association) and the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation).

Q: Are you part of 4-H?

A: No but we do offer seminars and clinics for 4-H groups.

Q: Can I take private lessons?

A: Most people prefer group lessons because it’s fun to ride with the friends you make at the barn but private lessons are available.

Q: Do you train horses?

A: Yes.  Kathy Holland specializes in young horses, hunters – jumpers – ex-race horses and J. R. Holland breaks horses who have not yet been ridden and he also trains horses with behavior problems, both on the ground and riding.

Q: What type/style of riding do you teach?

A: Kathy Holland teaches hunter seat riding and dressage as it applies to jumping and the soundness of the horse.  J. R. Holland teaches western, roping and extreme cowboy racing.

Q: Do you have horse camps?

A: Yes, we have day and overnight camps for kids; a trainers camp for more experienced children; and an adult camp.

Q: Do you have clinics?

A: Kathy Holland gives jumping clinics all over the country as well as 3 clinics each year at Still Waters Farm.  J. R. Holland gives clinics on ground manners, longing and loading problem horses.

Q: Can I trailer my horse in for lessons?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you offer trail rides?

A: We don’t have open riding or open trail riding but we do have trails available for our boarders to use.

Q: What shows do your riders go to?

A: The more experienced riders travel to out of state shows at Kentucky Horse Park, etc.  Many of the others stay close to home showing at local OPHA shows.

Q: Do you have classes to learn about horses without riding them?

A: Lesson students are encouraged to go to our camps and clinics where we cover everything from taking care of a horse to how the horses muscular system works.

Q: Can I board my horse at Still Waters Farm?

A: Boarding is available for horses in training or for people who take at least 2 lessons a week.

Q: Are you associated with any riding or horse organizations?

A: The OPHA (Ohio Professional Horseman Association) and the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation).

Q: How long are lessons?

A: Lessons are scheduled on the hour.

Q: When are lessons available?

A: We have lessons on Monday thru Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Q: Can I ride if I don’t have a horse?

A: Yes, we have 16 school horses and ponies.  All sizes and experience levels.

Q: Do you have lessons for adults?

A: Yes, over half of our students are adults.

Q: Do I need my own saddle?

A: No, we supply the saddle.

Q: How big are the lessons?

A: Class sizes vary.  We try to keep the classes at 5 or 6 riders.

Q: Can we ride in the winter?

A: Yes, we have a large, warm, well lit indoor arena with mirrors and good footing.

Q: Is there any where to sit and watch my child ride in the winter?

A: Yes, we have a beautiful 20′ X80′ heated and air conditioned viewing area with men’s and women’s restrooms.