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Physical Address:
5129 N 600 W
(aka Mt Comfort Rd/Olio Rd)
McCordsville Indiana 46055
Lessons - Stacey Sheley
(317) 416-8632
Lessons - Lindsey Keeven
(317) 418-8933
Camp Director - Andi
(219) 296-8776
Please call between regular business hours.

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All Rules

Please refer to the rule and guide list when spending time at the facility. Adhering to these rules and guides will make everyone’s experience at the facility more enjoyable and safe.

Regarding ODE supplies.

Open Door Equine Inc. owns the following but not limited to this list of items. These Items shall not be used by anyone other than ODE Board of Director Members.


Permission must be granted for use of these items.

  1. Wheelbarrows
  2. Stall forks
  3. Aluminum shovels
  4. Garden tractor and trailer dump bed
  5. Tractor – is off limits to all but 3 people


No persons other than board members are allowed the use or distribution of these items unless special arrangements are made in writing.

  2. ALL HAY


No persons not owning the following items should be using any of these items under any circumstance.

  1. Boarded horses
  2. Trailers of any style.
  3. Riding or Training Equipment
  4. Horse treats

Standard Stable Rules

The following lists of rules are familiar to any public boarding facility. These are basic and standard.

  1. Upon entrance of the facility property all boarders, guests, friends, relatives and visitors must sign a copy of the release of liability form. Not signing the release form is trespassing.
  2. Feed and bedding belong to the facility and are not free to use by any other person(s) than the barn staff. This keeps horses from getting sick. Taking feed and bedding is theft. Not only is taking feed, hay and shavings stealing from ODE but it makes it imposable to budget and keep proper track of needed feed and supplies. Example: A person wouldn’t go into a storeroom or kitchen at a restaurant and help themselves to supplies or make their own sandwich.
  3. Trained people aka barn staff only, does the feeding. This keeps horses from getting sick and to insure each horse gets what they need in their feed in the proper amounts. Additionally: One must get permission from the owner to feed treats to any horse.
  4. Flush the toilet and put all lids down. Its gross and keeps the cats from putting barn dirt on the toilet seat.
  5. Turn off lights. This keeps our board cost down.
  6. Turn off water spigots. This keeps our board costs down.
  7. Do not use items belonging to other people. This is theft. If one does not recognize an item as owned by themselves, don’t use it.
  8. If a gate was closed before one opens it, close it. This keeps horses and property safe.
  9. Gates to even empty pastures should be closed, at all times. This keeps gates in good working order therefore it keeps our boarding costs down.
  10. Manure goes on the manure pile. Not near the pile but ON the pile.
  11. Do not ride horses in the barn. This is dangerous to horse and human as well as everyone around. Do not ride horse off ODE property, this is trespassing on other people’s property.
  12. Sweep (rake if on the dirt side) the isle ways after one is finished in the cross ties.
  13. Remove manure from the riding arena(s) and isle way(s) after one’s horse. Put manure in the proper receptacle.
  14. Do not enter stalls of a horse that is not yours.
  15. No Smoking On Property!


  1. Items belonging to Stacey Sheley or ODE are private property and should be treated as such. Do not take, borrow or use items belonging to Stacey Sheley or ODE. Look for colored tape.
  2. Do not interrupt riding lessons. The only exception is an actual emergency. Example: If it was your lesson you would be upset if someone interrupted to ask where a broom was. Please respect other people’s paid time as if it were your own.
  3. The ODE staff are our friends. None of the volunteers are “The Help” and will not be referred to as “The Help”. Some of the volunteers are also Board Members who have made ODE possible, they are also some of the boarders, lessees, lesson clients and 4-H clubbers.
  4. The tractor is not a toy, only 3 people are permitted to use it. No person should be on it, touching it or playing with anything on it.
  5. Read the directions on the sliding barn doors before using them. If there is a question regarding operation of the sliding barn doors please find Stacey or Jen and ask for assistance. These doors need to be either all the way opened or closed AND latched on both ends.
  6. The front gate is to remain closed at all times unless a vehicle is entering or leaving the facility. If the front gate is left opened overnight there will be a $25 penalty charge levied on the board or lease fee of the person(s) responsible.
  7. The video cameras record activities at the barn. Not all cameras are obviously visible. Recordings are kept in several locations. Remote access to cameras live feed and recordings are accessible to Board Members and Stacey 24/7.
  8. Stacey and Jen need days off too so please respect their day off barn time. On these occasions please treat them as a fellow boarder. If someone needs assistance find the one who is On Duty.

ODE Arena Guide

Indoor Arena

  • If one needs access to the other side of the arena, go around the arena during lessons and turnout. During seriously inclement weather let instructor and or rider know you need to cross, however being considerate to those working in the arena and to those taking a lesson is advised.
  • Lunging horses should yield to riders and lessons, however being considerate to those already working in the arena is admirable.
  • No lunging if riders are using the arena first in the indoor arena.
  • Turn off all lights as soon as possible. If weather is permitting the use of natural light is in keeping with our Eco-Friendly goals, please open the doors. Opened doors need to be latched as well, line up the holes in the brackets with the door anchors.  (Close and latch any door you open when you are done.)
  • Use quiet voices while horses are working.
  • No more than 3-4 riders at a time in the indoor arena.
  • Mounting and dismounting should be done at X.
  • Travel in the same direction as majority of riders.

Outdoor Arena

  • Mounting and dismounting should be done on the inside track.
  • Use the Left-to-Left rule to pass when going in opposite directions.
  • Lunging is permitted on the inside track IF the round pen is in use and as long as your horse is manageable.

Both Arenas

  • Be present when your horse is turned out in the arena. Turnouts yield to riders after 15 minutes.
  • Observers may pet horses after they are finished working.
  • Remove your equipment when you are through and put it in designated areas.
  • Refrain from feeding horses in the arenas.
  • Announce when you are entering or exiting the arena.
  • Faster work stays to the outside, slower work to the inside.
  • Remove your horse’s manure from arena not the footing! Use a manure fork and sift please. Put it in a manure wheelbarrow not the hay wheelbarrow or a manure bucket.
  • Wait until a lesson or session is over to speak with instructors unless there is an emergency that needs immediate attention.

Boarding and Leasing Rules

  1. Board at Open Door Equine Inc. starts at $400.00 Per month. Leases begin at $225.00 per month.
    • Board and Lease payments are due on the first (1st) of each month.
    • There is a 7 day grace period. After the seventh (7th) of each month a $25.00 late fee will be added.
    • Each consecutive week that board is late the fines will increase. 2nd week the fine will be $25.00 (total $425.00 on board $250.00 on leases), on the 3rd week the fine will be $65.00 (total $490.00 on board and $290.00), on the 4th week the fine will be $100.00 (total $590 on board and $390.00 on leases).

The first week of the month in known to regularly occur, every month, payments can be made instantly even by phone and on the internet from any location on the planet and perhaps even from the Ionosphere (which would be really cool). Leaving town is not a valid excuse. Late payments hurt everybody at the barn and are not advisable. We have made every effort to be as flexible with payment options as we can.

  1. Payment Options
    • Cash
    • Check – Returned (NSF) fee is $40 and late fees have and will accrue(d).
    • Chase Quick Pay
    • Money Orders
    • PayPal – Processing fee for PayPal is $15.00 unless it is a PayPal to PayPal Payment which would be free
    • All credit cards are now accepted (2014) – Processing fee for all other credit cards is $5.00
  2. If ODE Inc. receives notice from the bank of NSF the boarder/lessee will be considered Probationary to Expulsion. A second NSF will result in boarder/lessee termination. See #13
  3. Please give 7 days notice for moving if boarding. If it is necessary to terminate a lease please refer to options on the specific lease.
  4. ODE Inc. gives all new boarders a 30 day probationary window. If a horse is unsuitable for boarding i.e. dangerous we will allow one week for boarder to remove the horse unless the horse proves to be sick which will result in mandatory immediate removal. A horse deemed dangerous will not be handled by ODE Inc. staff and is the sole responsibility of the boarder. See #13
  5. ODE Inc. requires that all horses have vaccines and worming up to date upon arrival.
  6. ODE Inc. shall provide stall, bedding, feed, hay and daily (or as necessary) cleaning of stall(s). Horse(s) shall be fed twice daily with a balanced feed ration and hay in an amount recommended for proper maintenance of an average horse. Addition of special supplements will be fed if provided by owner and additional feed (hay and or grain) or bedding will be an up-charge for difficult keepers. NOTE: ODE Inc. will not allow a horse to become unhealthy regarding feeding whether it be obese or too thin. Body Scoring Guide This reflects on ODE Inc.’s animal husbandry skill and reputation. We will keep horses in the 5-7 range.
  7. ODE Inc. will not be responsible for lost or missing equipment of boarder/lessee. It is recommended that boarder/lessee provide their own equipment storage container and or label all equipment.
  8. Boarder shall be responsible for all veterinary fees and blacksmithing costs and are responsible for the overall health of their horse. Lessee’s are responsible for their percentage of vet and farrier fees. ODE Inc. has a listing of service providers we have used or recommend because we know their workmanship.
  9. Boarder/Lessee is fully responsible for keeping their horse from all claims arising out of injury or death of their horse. It is expressly understood that ODE Inc. carries no such insurance on other people’s horses/property or while leased horse is under use of lessee and boarder/lessee agrees to hold ODE Inc. et al., harmless from any and all claims from any person whomsoever, whether for personal injuries, or property damage, arising out of said horse whether on or off premises owned and or leased out by ODE Inc., and whether horse is under control of agents, board members, volunteers and or employees of ODE Inc. or otherwise.
  10. Boarders/Lessees are responsible for the conduct and supervision of all persons including guest’s of  boarder/lessee on ODE Inc.’s property. Boarder/Lessee shall be specifically responsible for all actions and conduct of her or his friends and guests in all matters, hold ODE Inc.,et al., harmless from any and all claims including but not limited to personal injury and property damage claims made by or on behalf of any such friends, guest or person on the premises of ODE Inc. at or with the expressed invitation, knowledge or consent of boarder/lessee.
  11. Boarders/Lessees shall be responsible for the supervision of all guests riding their horse(s). ODE Inc. will not be held responsible the actions or conduct of such persons.
  12. ODE Inc., does not allow “friends” of horse owners to use boarder’s/lessee’s without boarder/lessees presence and permission and prior written notice. It is not recommended that lessees invite “friends” to ride ODE Inc. owned horses.
  13. Leases and benefits of leasing horses and equipment from ODE Inc. extends only to the lessee and their known immediate family members listed on the leasing contract. These lease rights and privileges do not extend the lessee’s: friends, extended family members, friends of extended family members, or people loosely known to the lessee.
  14. No horse shall be removed from ODE Inc.’s property until all bills are paid in full and this debt shall be secured by a lien upon boarder’s/lessee’s property in the event it should become necessary to secure payment of any unpaid obligations of owner. In the event it is necessary to refer this agreement to an attorney, for collection owner agrees to pay all collection costs including all; attorney fees, court costs and any and all fees and or costs associated with such an action. Leased horses do not leave ODE Inc. property without written consent.
  15. Boarder/Lessee will not be in any way responsible for injuries sustained by ODE al., caused by boarded/leased horse.
  16. Boarder/Lessee accepts all risk for injury or death of horse and hereby releases ODE Inc. from any and all liability for the death or injury of boarded/leased horse(s).

Lesson Rules

Private lessons are $160.00 per month ($40 per hour); semi-private and group lessons are $140.00 ($35 per hour). Semi-private and group lessons are on specified times. Riders must meet qualifications to ride in the group lessons.

All beginner lessons and new clients are required to take private lessons. Acceptations to this rule are made for family groupings. Once an instructor deems the Rider safe to ride in a group setting the rider and ODE Inc. can opt to change this contract to reflect such a change.

Group Lesson Qualifications:

  1. Must be able to retrieve their horse from pastures or stalls, unassisted.
  2. Must be able to fully groom, tack and un-tack their horse, unassisted.
  3. Must be able to stop fully and turn a horse to the left and the right while mounted, unassisted.
  4. Must be able to demonstrate safe horse handling.
  5. Must be able to demonstrate proper adherence to the Arena Guidelines.

Lessons are to be paid for on the first (1st) lesson of each month or if paying for a year’s worth of sessions at the commencement of the lesson program. If payment is not received at the start of each month, the above-mentioned rider will be dropped from riding lessons until payment is received. In the interim, the time spot may be filled with another rider. ODE Inc. reserves the right to make available Private Treaty lesson arrangements.

  • Incase of the need to schedule make up lessons there will be hours available to choose from and the instructor available at that time may or may not be the usual instructor.

Reasons for rescheduling include but are not limited to:

  • Severe weather
  • Health related cancelation by either party
  • Family related cancelation by either party
  • Client vacation

ODE Inc. will make reasonable attempts to insure that the instructor of choice is available for lessons. However, when that is imposable on a particular lesson day a suitable replacement will be made available in order to honor the client’s time and time slot. If such a substitution is not possible a make up lesson should be scheduled.

A lesson is 60 minutes in length and is to consist of; Grooming, tacking, mounting each rider, tack adjustments, exercises while mounted, warm up and cool down time as well as dismounting, untacking, returning the horse to their proper place, returning equipment to its proper place and cleaning up of the working area.

Please note we consider a lesson starting when the riders enter stable area and is greeted by the instructor. The riding instructor additionally has the responsibility of safety for riders, volunteers, and horses at all times, the instructor has the right to deviate from the lesson outline when safety is a concern. For example, the lesson could be barn management-classroom activities, types of tack and bits, tack cleaning, stall cleaning, etc.

Pre-ride time where grooming and tacking is done is an essential part of the lesson. Part of the design in ODE lessons is to build a proficient equestrian, a whole rider who understands all elements of horsemanship. A lesson consists of equine management, ground time and mounted time.

Please note: If a horse is uncooperative it is most likely due to rider error not the fault of the horse. It is the rider’s responsibility to learn the techniques and cues that the horses understand. If the horses do not understand the cues, the action was not performed properly. The horses will respond to the cues given, most of the time.

Lesson rules;

  • No helmet, no ride. Groundwork lessons will be put in place of riding lessons unless the client is of majority age and has signed a helmet waver. No stable owned helmets will be made available.
  • No appropriate footwear, no horse handling or riding. The time slot will be treated as a cancelation and all fees will apply.
  • Payment is to be received by an Open Door Equine Inc. representative prior to all lessons.
  • Please arrive on time or 15 minutes early. 10 minutes late or more will be treated as a cancelation and all fees will apply regardless of whether the lesson is Private, Semi-Private or Group. In the event of late arrival, the end time of the lesson will remain as scheduled. The only condition for extending lesson time is if the riding instructor is not present at the scheduled lesson beginning time.
  • The only people who are to be in the arena are the instructors and riders that are getting ready to ride in current lesson.
  • Parent/Rider waiting area is located by the front door behind the half wall in the indoor arena or near the in-gate of the outdoor arena (please bring own seating).
  • While a riding lesson is in progress all parents, family members, and guests must stay outside of the arena. If you need to move around use driveway, cutting across the arena is inappropriate. You may only enter arena if asked by an instructor or volunteer.
  • The riding instructor should be the only person coaching the rider during a lesson. The rider should only be expected to take direction from one person at a time. The instructor has the ability to distinguish the most important task at hand for the rider because they are the experts.
  • If you need to talk to the riding instructors about medical or physical problems which may have a safety implication for the current lesson, please do so before the mounting phase of the lesson gets started.
  • No loud noises (clapping, door slamming on cars, honking of car horns, loud talking/ laughing, calling to riders, etc.) No ball playing, tag games, or fast type movement games allowed before, during or after lesson scheduled times.
  • Horse and tack use is at the discretion of the instructor. No unauthorized changes will be tolerated. The riding instructor has the final say in which horse(s) will be used in the lessons.
  • ODE Inc. reserves the right for riding instructors to discipline a rider or guest. Some examples of reasons for disciplinary actions: disruption to lesson, behavior problems that are unacceptable or unsafe, sexual comments and conduct disrespectful to; fellow clients, instructor, volunteers and or horse(s) failure to follow program stated policies, rules or instructions, inappropriate “disciplining” of horses, etc.
  • Tacking the horse is solely the responsibility of the rider. The instructor will not ready horses for riders. This is a mandatory part of horsemanship.

This disciplinary policy has been developed to ensure a safe and conducive environment for all involved in our riding program. If disciplinary actions are required lesson fee is non refundable.

Warning Policy:

  • ODE Inc. riding instructors have the right to discipline a rider, parent/guardian, and/or volunteer
  • First offense, the rider will either have a mounted time-out or removed from the horse, a bystander will be asked to leave the immediate area.
  • Second offense, the rider, or bystander along with their rider, will be dismissed from the riding lesson for that day.
  • Third offense is final warning. The rider will be removed from horse and suspended from further lessons with ODE Inc.
  • If the offender is a parent, guardian or volunteer, they will follow the same disciplinary policy and can be dropped from the program on the third offense, in the case of a parent or guardian this will include the rider.

Examples of reasons for disciplinary actions: disruption to class, behavior problems that are unacceptable or unsafe, disrespect to instructor, horses, riders and/or volunteers, failure to follow program stated policies, rules, instructions, shaming rider for not performing up to an individual’s expectations, etc..

Immediate Termination Policy:

A rider, parent or guardian, volunteer, or instructor will be immediately removed from the ODE Inc. program for sexual comments or sexual conduct, bringing weapons on the property, bringing illegal items on the property, fighting of any type.

General Rules:

  • All gates and stall doors (when horses are in the stall) are to be kept closed.
  • No entry into feed/hay storage areas.
  • No climbing, sitting, or standing on stall doors, fences, gates or facility property including but not limited to hay, bedding and vehicles.
  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • No consumption of alcoholic beverages or drugs.
  • You are responsible for your friends and visitors conduct and safety while on the property of ODE Inc.
  • No running around horses or riding areas.
  • All trash is to be disposed of in the trash barrels.
  • No horses to be handled in or out of the stalls without supervision, if needed.
  • Boarded horses are off limits.
  • Always respect others when speaking or socializing.

Special note to parents;

As parents ourselves we understand the day-to-day struggles that occur at home, at school and in life in general. ODE is a place of learning. Horsemanship and riding have a higher risk factor. It is encouraged that arguments be held until after the lesson. This includes patent to child, parent-to-parent and child-to-child. A stiff, angry upset, sad and or crying rider is at even greater risk for mishaps. Arguing, sideline coaching and or arguing over horses will not be tolerated.

Participation in riding lessons at ODE Inc. implies that the rider, their family and friends have read and agree to follow the Facilities’ Rules and the Lesson Rules. Participants further understand that if any of the ODE Inc. policies or rules are not followed, ODE Inc. has the right to cancel the contract(s) in full without any refund of moneys remaining for the session(s).

Additional fees that may be applied

  • Rescheduling Fee – $5.00 per incident
  • Cancelation Fee – Full lesson fee if less than 24 hour notice is given
  • Mediation Fee – $40 per incident

ODE Lesson Rules (Supplementary to Contract and Agreement)

  1. Instructors are the only people in charge of which horse and tack a rider uses. Riders requests will always be taken into consideration but the final choice will be the instructors.
  2. Boarders are also customers and are considered residence of the facility. When boarders are working with their horses, volunteering or enjoying their time at the stable, harassment of the boarders will not be tolerated.
  3. Side coaching of riders is not permitted. Please refer to the Lesson Contract and agreement.
  4. Do not argue with riders before or during any lessons. This is a SAFETY ISSUE.
  5. Do not use lessons as a leverage tool with children or former spouses. This puts ODE’s lesson program in the middle of private family matters and in the position of mediator. Mediation charges will be applied. $50 Per Incident. We expect parents to communicate with each other on their own time regardless of the legal situation they may be in.
  6. While at ODE all friends and family are our guests. We want to welcome and enjoy visiting. However please do not distract staff for too long as there is much work to be done and other guests to attend to.
  7. Please remember to replace items and clean up after your horse and work space.
  8. Remember that prep time of your mount is your responsibility and a function of proper horsemanship. Horses will not be made ready for your lesson for you. During the early phase of riding, instruction of tack, tack usage and tack function is a part of the lesson as is stated in the lesson Contract and Agreement.
  9. If you are going to be late to your lesson – Refer to your Contract and Agreement.  Reminder, if you are later than 10 minutes to your lesson your lesson your lesson is forfeit and you will be charged for the lesson. 15 minutes early is highly advisable.
  10. If you are going to reschedule your lesson – Refer to your Contract and Agreement.  Rescheduling your lesson will incur a $5 Fee. Rescheduling lessons throws everything out of balance for everyone. This makes proper processing and schedules out of alignment. It is a lot of work and a hardship for scheduling other lessons, horses and tack usage.
  11. If you purchase tack to use during your lessons it MUST fit the horse(s). If it does not fit the horse it will not be used.

Success in riding depends on clear states of mind between rider and instructor. If instructors are mediating or having to deal with conflict issues we cannot perform at our best nor can riders. If there is an issue we can help with we are happy to do so at appropriate times. Please communicate properly with your instructor after lessons.