Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center makes every effort to hold lessons. However, while riders are in the ring for 30 minutes at a time, the horses and instructors are exposed to the heat for 3-5 hours per day.
We look at many factors, including temperature. The window to the left provides guidance. If the “RealFeel” temperature is 90-100 degrees, the parent/guardian and instructor may decide it’s too hot. Instructors have the flexibility to cancel one lesson at a time; e.g., hold morning lessons, but cancel afternoon as the temperature rises.
Please note, in addition to the accuweather.com readings, we also check the temperature in the ring. Because the ring has a sandy surface, the temperature is often higher than outside of the ring. If the temperature or heat index is over 100, lessons will be canceled.
If there is light or intermittent rain, lessons may continue. If there is thunder, the ring and barn area must be cleared immediately. Do not wait under the overhang. The barn is metal. Go to your car. If there is no thunder for 30 continuous minutes, lessons may continue.
Rainbow will close if it is 31 degrees or below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Lessons will be cancelled if there is a sustained wind of 15 miles per hour or if the National Weather Service issues a wind advisory.
For extreme weather conditions – floods, tornadoes, etc. – lessons are, of course, canceled.
Before driving to the farm, please check the calendar. If you are unsure, call your instructor directly. Volunteers should check with our Volunteer Coordinator.