10.16.06.50

.50 Specialized Activities: Horseback Riding.

A. For a camp that offers horseback riding, an operator shall ensure that:

(1) A riding instructor determines a camper's riding experience and level of skill before assigning a horse and deciding whether the camper rides in a ring or on a trail;

(2) A rider wears:

(a) Protective headgear at all times that bears the label of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F1163; and

(b) Shoes with heels or uses closed stirrups;

(3) All horses are healthy and well cared for; and

(4) A horse riding stable meets the requirements of COMAR 15.16.01 and is maintained in good condition.

B. Staff Members. For a camp that offers horseback riding, an operator shall ensure that:

(1) During the horseback riding activity, a director is present at the camp or, when the activity occurs off the camp premises, at the activity site;

(2) An instructor is present at each:

(a) Horseback riding activity; and

(b) Trail excursion; and

(3) One adult staff member, adult volunteer, counselor, or assistant counselor is on duty and supervising the campers for each group of ten riders or a fraction of ten riders at each:

(a) Horseback riding activity; and

(b) Trail excursion.

C. Procedures. An operator shall ensure that a safety plan is developed and implemented:

(1) According to Regulation .52 of this chapter; and

(2) That includes procedures for meeting the requirements of §§A and B of this regulation.