After being in quarantine and under a “Stay at Home” order for months now, we are so excited to be returning to regular operations — with your safety at the top of our priorities!

After June 1st, we are slowly reopening our program and services!!

In this post, we will lay out some of our temporary adjustments to riding lessons, horse camps, and classes for the foreseeable future. We will plan to stick to these practices until at least July 1st, but will modify or adjust as needed.

Thankfully, our facility is very open with excellent airflow. Any activities that don’t occur in our outdoor arena or on our riding trails in our woods will occur in our arena or barn, which is also very well ventilated and wide open. We will be doing several things to ensure that we are providing the safest environment possible for our riders to do what they love in their favorite place!

We have put a lot of thought into our plan moving forward. We are looking forward to SAFELY getting everyone back at the barn!

Please bear with us, because we have had a LOT of wonderful people inquiring about getting on our schedule. We will do our best to get everyone out at the barn for camps, classes, and lessons ASAP while still being as safe and organized as possible!

Before entering the facility, we are requiring all students to sign a new waiver for the 2020 riding season. You can download it here, print it out, and bring it along with you to the barn! You cannot enter the barn without a signed copy of this new waiver.

We are so excited to see familiar friends and new faces out at the barn, finally!

Saddle Club Days *NEW!!*

We are very excited to be offering a new option for our most dedicated riders this year!

Saddle Club Days are opportunities for some of the older and more experienced riders in our program to join us at the farm for the day and help with different chores, tasks, and projects before they have an opportunity to ride later in the day.

For a limited time only, Saddle Club Membership Fees are $10 off!!

You must be a member of our saddle club to participate in Saddle Club Days. Please click here to learn more about Saddle Club Days and joining our saddle club!

Group Riding Lessons

  • Lessons will be scheduled for 45 minutes instead of one hour. Our typical lesson format is hour long riding lessons, which includes 15 minutes for grooming and tacking up horses to ensure that our riders are getting the full experience of grooming and preparing their horse for riding. We are temporarily eliminating that portion of our riding lessons for the students to minimize how many people are directly handling tack and equipment, and to allow for a 15 minute break for students to leave/arrive without coming into contact with those in the next lesson.
  • Riding lesson students will arrive and immediately mount their horses. Following the conclusion of their scheduled lesson time, they will promptly leave to minimize any crossover between scheduled lessons and limit how many lesson students are coming into direct contact with each other between lessons.
  • EHS staff, assistants, or authorized individuals will be the only ones getting horses and tacking up in order to limit how many people are handling tack, going in and out of tack rooms, touching equipment, etc.
  • We are asking parents to please limit their time in the barn. This is in order to minimize how many people are coming and going through the barn and coming into contact with each other even in passing. We do understand that if your child is a new rider with us that you will want to come in and look around and chat with us (from a safe distance of course), and that is okay. For this temporary period while we are trying to adhere to safe protocols, we just ask that time spent hanging out in the barn is limited.
  • Riding lesson rates WILL NOT change ($40 per rider, per lesson) because they are still getting as much riding time as usual and there is still extra labor involved for staff between lessons.
  • Riding lesson group sizes will remain regular — consisting of 1-4 riders per lesson. By ensuring that students only need to show up and get on their horse, we feel completely confident and comfortable with our ability to socially distance once riders are on their horses. We always teach our riders to allow their horses their own personal space and distance between other riders, anyway, so we are not too worried about kiddos getting too close to others once they’re mounted on their horse. 🙂
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided for use upon entering and exiting the facility.
  • Temperatures will be taken upon arrival. If the rider has an above normal temperature, they will be asked to leave.
  • Face masks are welcomed and encouraged, but not required. We will have cute cloth face masks available for purchase at the farm in our new gift shop!

Please note that some of these stricter changes (elimination of students tacking up/grooming their own horses, etc.) is only temporary and we hope to resume regular hourlong lessons by July. We are just trying to gradually phase in to our operations in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

New Riding Lesson Students

As always, we try to do one-on-one hourlong lessons with new students that have not ridden with us before. This will continue to be the norm. A student’s first introductory lesson will still be done privately, and will still be one hour long to allow for plenty of time to get acquanted, answer any questions, and help them get a good start with their lesson horse. We will schedule these introductory lessons with 15 minutes in-between to limit direct contact between clients.

Summer Horse Camps

Our summer horse camp schedule will proceed as planned, with the same careful sanitary and social distance practices in place as any of our other activities.

These horse camps will be slightly more hands on than the shorter format riding lessons, so if you are registered for a horse camp but would prefer to apply that registration fee to riding lessons instead to minimize your rider’s contact with a larger group of children for a prolonged amount of time, we absolutely understand and can make that happen. Just reach out and we will be able to get you on the schedule!

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided for use upon entering and exiting the facility.
  • Temperatures will be taken upon arrival. If the rider has an above normal temperature, they will be asked to leave.
  • Face masks are welcomed and encouraged, but not required. We will have cute cloth face masks available for purchase at the farm.
  • We are asking parents to please limit their time in the barn. This is in order to minimize how many people are coming and going through the barn and coming into contact with each other even in passing. We do understand that if your child is a new rider with us that you will want to come in and look around and chat with us (from a safe distance of course), and that is okay. For this temporary period while we are trying to adhere to safe protocols, we just ask that time spent hanging out in the barn is limited.
  • Introductions between new families/parents/riders during morning drop off will happen in the front yard near the driveway in order to limit how many people are going through the barn at once.
  • As always, drop off for a horse camp that begins at 10:00am can happen no earlier than 9:55am.
  • Pick up is at 3:00pm sharp, unless discussed beforehand with Mary or Sam. Please wait in vehicles for your child at pick up time.

Schedule for June 2020

As we work to transition in to our busy riding season, we have laid out a timeline for everything to get started this June.

June 1st-June 5th: Saddle Club Summer Kick Off – If you are a member of our saddle club, you can join us from 10am-3pm Monday-Friday for our first official Saddle Club Week before any other horse camps and lessons begin! Text Mary and Sam to sign up and pay – our Saddle Club Weeks are open to approved riders only so are not publicly on the website for registration.

June 8-11: Summer Horse Camp – Our first 4 day horse camp of the year is the second week of June!

June 8th: The second week of June, our regular riding schedule gets back into full swing — with our safety protocols, of course! Email enchantedhollowstables@gmail.com to get on the schedule for both Western and English riding lessons. The outdoor arena is ready and the trails are beautiful. Both WILL be utilized for our riding lessons!

June 15-18: Summer Horse Camp – Our second 4 day horse camp of the year!

June 23: LITTLE KIDS Horse Camp – We are so excited for our very first Little Kids Horse Camp of the year!

June 24th: One Day Western Horse Camp – Open to all levels of riders. One full fun day spent riding horses and enjoying farm life!

June 25th: One Day Western Horse Camp – Open to all levels of riders. One full fun day spent riding horses and enjoying farm life!

July 1st: We will reevaluate the current COVID-19 situation in the state of Minnesota, and potentially end some of our stricter protocols such as the reduced lesson time and elimination tacking up portion of riding lessons.

We have also ADDED more horse camps to July! Check out these dates:

As always, please DO NOT come to the farm if you have symptoms or have been around anyone that has symptoms, or if anyone in your household has symptoms or has been around someone with symptoms.

If you have traveled out of state or country recently, please do not come to the farm.

And, of course, if you or someone you come into contact with has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not come to the farm.