Farm Rules

In order to maintain safety to all riders and horses, as well as maintain cleanliness throughout the farm, Painted Hilltop Farm has established the following rules:

Return to Riding Lessons - Covid-19 Protocols

If you or anyone in your household have been in contact with someone ill, or are feeling ill yourself. You must cancel your lesson and wait to re-book until you are feeling better. If you are awaiting a Covid 19 test - Do Not Come to your riding lesson. 

  • All visits to the farm must be booked in advance. Absolutely no drop in's.

  • Only one family member can accompany participants to their lessons. Others will be asked to remain at their vehicles until lessons are finished. 

  • There is no hanging out before or after lessons. Riders must be prompt in their arrival and departure.

  • As soon as you arrive, you must sanitize your hands.

  • For colder weather - riding gloves must be washed before each use.

  • parents of younger riders will be asked to assist with helping your child mount.

  • Please ensure you have your own riding helmet.

  • Inclement weather: In the event of high heat, pouring rain, high winds, or thunderstorms. Lessons will be cancelled and made up at a later date. 

Regular Farm Rules

  • No person shall feed treats, or enter any field without permission; unless it is your own horse

  • No smoking in or around any buildings or riding rings. Designated smoking area is at the road. 

  • No horse is to be left unattended in crossties

  • Everyone is expected to clean up after themselves. Please sweep and tidy all areas. All tack must be returned to tack room

  • Lock the tack room/ close barn doors prior to leaving the property. Be sure ALL lights have been turned off

  • If you use the hose in the barn – it MUST be recoiled and turned off when finished

  • Children must be under adult supervision at all times

  • No running or screaming in or around the barn

  • Lessons must be cancelled at least 2 hours before the scheduled session. Failure to do so will result in a full charge for that lesson

  • If you, your guest or horse break something on the farm please inform us right away


  • The fences on the property are electric. Please make sure you and/or your children do not touch them

  • All Garbage brought onto the property must find its way to the garbage can

  • Please, leave your dogs at home. No pets are allowed on the property.

Tacking and Untacking

  • Beginner to novice riders will have their horses tacked up and in the ring waiting for them. There will be no grooming/tacking up.

  • Intermediate to experienced riders will be permitted to arrive 15 minutes prior to their lesson time to groom and tack up. 

  • If you have been given permission to tack up please ensure that you grab the following:
    Cleaning pale: Which includes saddle soap and conditioner, sponges and rags for bit cleaning and saddle cleaning

As restrictions lighten we will start to resume normal grooming/tacking procedures for all riders as horse care is a huge part of riding.