Frequently asked questions
What area does GaitWay serve?
GaitWay serves the communities of East Baton Rouge Parish, West Baton Rouge Parish, Iberville Parish, Ascension Parish, and Livingston Parish. GaitWay operates at two locations in the Baton Rouge area. The majority of lessons take place at GaitWay Farms, located in St. Gabriel. We also offer lessons at the Louis Mouch Jr. Multi-Purpose Facility in Port Allen.
Are there any lessons that involve working with horses without actually riding?
The content of each lesson is customized to suit the needs of the rider. Some of these lessons include groundwork, which means that the rider completes exercises or tasks that do not involve mounting the horse. The benefits of these experiences are as equally rewarding as mounted lessons.
Do I need to provide my own horse or tack to ride at GaitWay?
No. GaitWay provides both horses and tack for our lessons. Riders are paired with an experienced therapy horse who best suites their needs, and goals. All tack is provided, including helmets. Helmets are required to be worn by all riders.
What is the age requirement
Riders must be at least 4 years old to ride at GaitWay.
What should I wear?
Riders, volunteers, and visitors should dress for a barn environment. Wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. We recommend that boots be worn, but any sturdy, closed toe shoes will do. Riders should also wear long pants. Helmets are required to be worn by ANYONE who rides at GaitWay, and will be provided for you.
Who teaches lessons at GaitWay?
Brianna LeBlanc, a PATH certified instructor, teaches riding lessons. Brianna’s journey with GaitWay started over 5 years ago when she became a rider. She has since become a dedicated volunteer and now, a PATH certified instructor.
If my family member is taking lessons at GaitWay, am I permitted to watch lessons?
What types of volunteer opportunities are available at GaitWay?
GaitWay offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. During lessons, each rider requires a diffrent amount of support; some require three volunteers for their lessons! This allows our riders to learn while also experiencing the highest available level of safety. GaitWay also needs help maintaining the farm and caring for the horses. If you would like to volunteer with GaitWay but are not open to working with the animals, we also need volunteers to assist with administrative work in the office, planning and supporting the facilitation of special events, attending community events on behalf of GaitWay. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit this link.
What clothing do I need to wear to volunteer at GaitWay?
If you are coming to volunteer at the barn, please make sure that you wear closed-toed shoes. Boots are ideal, but not required. For the safety of the volunteer, flip flops and sandals should not be worn. For attire, we recommend comfortable clothing that allows you to move around easily. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. If the weather has been rainy around the time that you are volunteering, be prepared for muddy areas around the farm and plan accordingly. Helmets are required to be worn by all riders.
Does GaitWay offer lessons to able-bodied riders?
Yes, but space is limited. Priority is given to family members of current riders. Please contact us for more information or fill out the horsemanship application here.
Do I need to have prior experience with horses before riding or volunteering at GaitWay?
No, you don't. Each volunteer will attend a training session before participating in lessons. Riders are introduced to the horses and surrounding environment at a pace that is appropriate for their level of experience and ability.
Are there any COVID-19 restrictions I should know about before coming?
Yes! We are committed to saftey, and that extends beyond the lesson environment. We ask that everyone please wear a face covering when in the barn, tack room, welcome station, or other enclosed spaces. Whenever possible, please move gatherings outside. The office is restricted to staff for the time being, with a few exceptions for scheduled meetings. If you have any buissenes that needs to be taken care of, we ask that you knock on the door and some one will come out to meet with you on the porch.
I have a horse that I think would make a good therapy horse. Can I donate them to GaitWay?
We are always looking for new equine therapists. Please read this information packet and if you still think your horse would be a good fit, fill out and return it to the office at GaitWay.