1) Front Porch– The front porch of Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center has been carefully designed to be the focal point of the building, not only for its beautiful view, but also to provide weather protection for people as they enter the handicapped-accessible structure.
2) Inside Entry, Deck and Mounting Ramp – The comfortable entryway into the facility serves as a welcome area for parents, students and visitors. Instructors will meet their students here. This area is where Sprout acknowledges the generosity of our donors. A deck that adjoins the ramp provides a safe viewing area for parents and students. The deck is elevated above the ground to provide a sufficient viewing height for visitors in wheelchairs.). Finally, a mounting ramp (constructed to ADA specifications) seamlessly extends from the waiting area and provides a means for students with physical disabilities to mount horses from the left or right side. A platform at the top of the mounting ramp provides ample room for an instructor, aide and student to maneuver when mounting. Horses may enter the indoor arena after mounting through the bluestone alleyway. This alleyway provides a protected area for mounting, away from any horses or riders.
3) Classroom – Adjacent to the deck, this large climate-controlled room serves as an observation platform for the arena as well as an instructional venue. The classroom Includes a large handicapped-accessible bathroom and a mirrored dressing room for students to change into proper riding attire.
4) Indoor Arena – The arena measures 140′x74′. The arena surface contains a mixture of masonry sand and Lightfoot arena footing. Lightfoot arena footing consists of shredded Nike shoe uppers. This product provides cushion and stability to horses and the fiber holds moisture, thereby reducing dust. The arena is surrounded by a slanted barrier, which restricts horses from walking closely to the sides of the arena and potentially rubbing a rider’s leg against hard wood. Movable panels around the perimeter of the arena provide abundant natural lighting and ventilation.
5) Stalls – The barn was designed to accommodate 10 horses in large (12′x12′), comfortable stalls. Every stall has its own vent door to the outside to allow fresh air to circulate and natural light to enter. The stall floors have rubber mats to prevent waste from seeping into the ground below and are bedded with sawdust. There are two wash stalls that double as grooming areas, providing ample space for brushing, tacking, clipping and washing horses. All wash and grooming stalls have rubber mats over the concrete flooring.
6) Outdoor Arena – A lighted 100’ x 200’ outdoor arena provides a large area that can be divided for multiple groups of students or used in its entirety for more advanced students. The outdoor area contains masonry sand and Airfoot arena footing. Airfoot consists of shredded Nike shoe soles and uppers, providing cushioning to horses and side walkers and moisture retention to control dust.
7) Tack Room – The tack room houses typical and adaptive riding equipment, grooming supplies and gear.