NEW Safety Protocols at Winning Ways
Any participant or member of the public appearing to be ill will be asked to leave Winning Ways.
All participants are to remember the horse safety rule:
Keep one horse length (2-3 meters) between you and all other humans and horses!
Only participants and members of their household will be allowed to co-mingle at Winning Ways. Social distance means NO handshaking, hi-fiving or touching of another person and staying 2 meters apart. Do not to touch your face with your hands, be mindful of where your hands are at all times. Wash your hands carefully before and after engaging in any activity at Winning Ways. Remove gloves before getting in your car; throw them out if they are disposable or disinfect them before putting them in your car (preferably in a plastic bag). When you get home, dip the bottom of your shoes in bleach water before entering the house. We suggest all clothes worn at the ranch be washed and dried with heat.
All participants will be required to have PPE: this includes an approved helmet with chin strap (mandatory for mirrors, recommended for adults), face cover (that can be used as needed), heeled boots, cloth/leather/garden gloves which must always be worn. Learn to do all things, including fastening buckles and knots, with GLOVES ON. Younger participants should practice, with gloves on, at home before arriving at ranch.
All minors (under 18 years of age) must wear a helmet if riding a horse at Winning Ways. We urge ALL beginners to wear a safety helmet for their own protection. It is strongly recommended that all participants arrive with their own helmet that is ASTM approved! Helmets will be available at Winning Ways and will be sanitised before and after each use. We ask parents/caregivers to help smaller riders place the helmet on their head and do up the chin strap. All Winning Ways personnel have been instructed NOT to help with this procedure.
Horse equipment will be sanitised immediately after each participant’s use and again before the next participant uses equipment. All surfaces that participants may touch will be sanitised regularly. All saddling/unsaddling procedures will be entirely completed by either Winning Ways personnel OR the participant (if sufficiently experienced). The social distancing requirement makes hands-on assistance of beginners impossible.
Coach Kelly will give hands-on assistance to Rookie Riders and all participants when mounting. Parents/participants please inquire about these procedures to ensure you are comfortable with the process. Use of face covers will be mandatory during mounting.
All Winning Ways personnel, acting as horse handlers, will remain at the head of the horse. Only in dire emergency will WW personnel reposition the rider. Winning Ways will permit parents/caregivers to act as side-walkers during an initial lesson for the duration of this crisis. (Parents/caregivers are usually not allowed in the lesson ring.)
Hand washing station or sanitizer will be available outside. Paper towel to be placed in trash receptacle. Porta-potty for emergency use. Expanded cleaning and disinfection of common/high-touch surfaces in accordance with the Saskatchewan public health order will be followed by Winning Ways personnel.
Winning Ways offers guided Trail Rides across our pasture land, down to Nesset Lake and through the Northern Provincial Forest. Our trail rides are led by an experienced trail guide, proficient in both riding and horsemanship. At least one guide will go out with your group. While out on the trail, feel free to ask your guide any questions you have about our horses, basic horsemanship and about the other programs that we offer.
Our Trail Rides are suitable for Colt Riders, the terrain is occasionally steep and requires the rider to steer their horse. Please look under the “Colts” tab under “Riding Lessons” on the left navigation bar for more information about the Safe Trail Riding Series. Inquire about rides for more experienced riders.
Winning Ways Trail Rides are arranged for no more than 4 riders per group, plus the trail guides and assistants. We have rides varying from 1-3 hours on the trail. Photo opportunities are provided.
Our trail rides are suitable for individuals aged 10 and older (or 8 if being ponied by an assistant guide; parent or guardian must be present). Riders under the age of 18 must arrive at our facility with an adult; waivers for youth require a guardian or parent’s signature. All riders must have a waiver signed before participating in any program at Winning Ways.
Please ensure that you wear long pants when arriving for your trail ride, and dress appropriately for the weather conditions outside, as we will ride in most weather! Also, ensure that you wear a shoe or boot with a 1/2 inch heel. Absolutely no sandals!! You are also welcome to bring your own helmet if you would like to wear one. A helmet is mandatory for children under the age of 18. While we do recommend that adults 18 and over wear a helmet, this is optional. Helmets are available to borrow at no cost at Winning Ways.
Please book your Winning Ways Trail Ride a minimum of 48 hours in advance. We require 24 hours notice if you will be unable to attend your scheduled Trail Ride. Please contact us by text or phone to notify us of your cancellation, and we can arrange an alternate riding time.
We ride in most weather conditions. However, if the weather or trail conditions are unsuitable for a Ride, we will contact you prior to your Trail Ride in order to arrange an alternate riding time. If you have not heard from us regarding a cancellation, please arrive at the scheduled time as we will still be taking the Ride out as planned!
Winter Trail Rides are available weather permitting. Snow cover must be less than 30 cm and temperature higher than -10 C. Any rider not properly attired will not be allowed to participate. Proper Attire: Riding helmet for those under 18 years old is mandatory, toque or head band may be worn under the helmet, warm winter boots with a heel, long johns are recommended, nylon ski pants are not recommended (they are slippery), winter jacket, lined gloves or mitts.