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Terms and Conditions - Privacy Policy

This is an excruciatingly long page full of useful information
and dull-but-necessary legal gobbledygook.

Customer Service and Office Hours

Our website’s Contact Us form is the easiest way to send us questions or comments. You can also email us directly at BossMares @ HorseSenseRidingAcademy.com

We are a small family-owned and operated business. Like you, we have MANY students to teach, horses and dogs and cats and a mischievous donkey and families to nurture and maintain, so our ability to reply to inquiries is necessarily limited to dedicated office hours:

Monday – Friday
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (US Eastern Time)
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM 

However, we make every effort to reply to all inquiries via email within 24 hours.

TERMS of use

Last updated: February 7, 2020

Please read these Terms of Use (“Terms”, “Terms of Use”) carefully before using the HorseSense Riding Academy website (the “Service”) operated by HorseSense Learning Levels, LLC. (“us”, “we”, or “our”).

Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms.

These Terms apply to all visitors, users and others who access or use the Service. By accessing or using the Service you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you disagree with any part of the terms then you may not access the Service.


All content of this site, unless specifically attributed to someone else, is the property of HorseSense Learning Levels, LLC. 

Our course purchases grant our registered users the right to use the content of this site, along with the content of any downloadable materials, for their own use.

This means that you may purchase or print the materials or use the content online, for your own educational, informational, or entertainment purposes. 

Having said that, you are prohibited from violating our copyright by distributing PDF files, modifying, transmitting, reusing, or re-posting any of our content, including the text, images, and video, for any other commercial purposes unless we give you express written permission.


When you buy a course from us you are purchasing access to an online course, along with any printable download files or other Learning Levels resources we make available to you inside the course content.

We may occasionally offer gift codes for discounts on courses. These codes must be applied on the Cart or Checkout pages at the time of purchase. It is not possible for us to apply a discount code after the purchase has been registered.

If you have questions or problems with any course purchase, contact us!


Courses must be purchased by an adult (aged 18 or over) who is legally responsible for both the purchase and the use of the account.

If you purchase a course for the use of any minor child, you agree that the supervision of the child’s account activity is your responsibility.

Of course, we hope that you will be actively involved in helping your child learn and retain all of the information provided in our courses – thus making your investment worthwhile!


All information learned through our online courses MUST be put into actual practice under the supervision of an adult who is well-experienced with horses. As we teach in the courses, every horse and human interaction occurs with a unique set of circumstances: only an equine professional or experienced horse handler has the requisite knowledge and skills to asses those circumstances and determine the appropriate safe course of action.


We use Stripe (for credit card payments) and PayPal (for payments directly from your PayPal account, and for credit card payments with or without a registered PayPal account).

You may choose one of these two payment gateways during checkout.

Both payment gateways offer a secure payment process that will return you to our website’s Thank You page.  Information to complete your account registration will appear on this page.

course refunds policy

As with most digital products, our online courses are not refundable.

Do please let us know immediately if you have technical issues or other problems related to your use of the course, however.



You must be logged in to access the content of any course you’ve purchased on our site. If you need assistance, please contact us!

Your course purchase allows you to access the course at any time (unless you cancel your account) and proceed through the course lesson structure at your own pace. When you have completed all the requirements for the course, you’ll receive access to a printable course certificate PDF file, which you may download for your own use.

You are the only student who is allowed to access the course: your username and password should NEVER be shared with anyone else.

NOTE: Any adult who purchases a course for a minor child is the account owner; at their discretion, they may allow the child to log in and use the account under the adult’s supervision.


You may cancel your account by sending us a message via our website contact form or email. Upon receipt of your request, we will cancel your account and block access to all of your enrolled courses; you’ll receive an email notification from us when the cancellation is complete.

FREE NEWSLETTER subscriptions


When you purchase a course, we’ll ask you if you want to subscribe to our free email newsletter service. You can opt in at checkout or at any later time.

You can also subscribe to the newsletters without a purchase, using any of the opt-in forms around the website.

We’ll send you occasional email newsletters to keep you informed of new courses and special offers. We don’t like spam, so you’ll only receive newsletters when we have something worthwhile to share!


You may cancel your newsletter subscription at any time using the link at the bottom of every email message – or just send us a message using our Contact Us form.

Our liability ~ your responsibility

THE LEGAL STUFF: All of the content on our site and downloadable materials is intended for general informational purposes only; it does not constitute legal (including medical or veterinary) advice and is presented without any representation or warranty whatsoever, including as to the accuracy or completeness of the information.

We are not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information. 

We not liable for any damages you suffer through online use of our site, including direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages arising out of your access to, or use of, the site. Without limiting the foregoing, everything on the site is provided to you ‘AS IS’ WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON INFRINGEMENT.

Check your local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding the exclusion of implied warranties.

You agree and acknowledge that you are fully responsible for your own acts, and that if you, or other individuals are injured or suffer any loss in conjunction with any information or services provided by HorseSense Learning Levels, LLC, it was your choice alone to rely on that information or service and you do so at your own risk.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Use of any of our materials, whether for personal or professional means, constitutes your agreement to indemnify HorseSense Learning Levels from all liability.

Links to other websites and third-party services

Our Service may contain links to third party web sites or services that are not owned or controlled by HorseSense Learning Levels, LLC.

We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party web sites or services. You further acknowledge and agree that we shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such web sites or services.

We strongly advise you to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third party web sites or services that you visit.

Governing Law

These Terms shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Georgia and United States, without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

Our failure to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not be considered a waiver of those rights. If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, the remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in effect. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between us regarding our Service, and supersede and replace any prior agreements we might have between us regarding the Service.


We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time. If a revision is material we will try to provide at least 30 (change this) days notice prior to any new terms taking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at our sole discretion.

By continuing to access or use our Service after those revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised terms. If you do not agree to the new terms, please stop using the Service.



Our Privacy Policy

Personal data we collect and why we collect it

We collect information about you on our contact forms and during the course account signup process as well as some basic activities such as the dates you make purchases, login to the site, or cancel/pause/resume your subscriptions with us.

We also collect information about you during the HorseSense Riding Academy Course purchase process (via PayPal or Stripe), as well as information relating to your course progression and quiz performance.

What we collect and store

If you communicate with us via our website Contact Forms, we’ll ask you to provide a name and email address so that we can reply to your message. We won’t use this information for any other purpose.

When you subscribe to a free newsletter with us, we’ll ask you to provide a name and email address.

When you purchase an online course, we’ll ask you to provide information including your name, billing address, shipping address, email address, phone number, credit card/payment details and optional account information like username and password.

We’ll use this information to:

  • Create your course account
  • Send you information about your account, groups and orders. This may include payment receipts, password reset emails, and payment reminders.
  • Respond to your requests, including refunds and complaints.
  • Process payments and prevent fraud
  • Comply with any legal obligations we have, such as calculating taxes.
  • Improve our course benefits, content, and products.
  • Send you marketing messages, if you choose to receive them.

While you enroll in a course, we’ll track:

  • Location, IP address and browser type: we’ll use this for purposes like estimating taxes.
  • We’ll also use cookies to keep track of cart contents while you’re browsing our site.

If you enroll in a Learning Levels Course, we’ll store your course progress, including completion status, quiz scores, assignments and/or essay submissions (if applicable).

We will also store comments on courses, lessons, topics, assignments, and essays if you choose to leave them.

How long we retain your data

We generally store information about you for as long as we need the information for the purposes for which we collect and use it, and we are not legally required to continue to keep it. For example, we will store purchases and order information for 3 years for tax and accounting purposes. This includes your name, email address and billing and shipping addresses.


If you enroll in a course our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you log in to our site.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

What we share with others

We don’t sell or give your data to any third parties except as outlined below. Ever. Period.

Who on our team has access

Members of our team only have access to the information you provide us.

Only our site Owner/Administrators can access your account information, including order information such as payment dates and amounts; information concerning what was purchased, along with billing information; username / email address, and any additional information added in your Account Profile. Access to this information is used solely to help fulfill orders, process refunds and support you.

Should you enroll in a HorseSense Riding Academy Course that includes a Group Leader, that individual will be able to access information such as your enrolled courses, course progress and username / email address.


We accept payments through PayPal and Stripe. When processing payments, some of your data will be passed to PayPal or Stripe, including information required to process or support the payment, such as the purchase total and billing information.

Embedded content from other websites

The only embedded content included on this site comes from our own videos, self-hosted via Publitio.io, and our own quizzes created on H5P.org.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

What rights you have over your data

We store the personal information you provide in your user profile. Yous can see, edit, or delete your personal information at any time. [Exception: for technical reasons you cannot change your username.]

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Should you have concerns about the privacy of your data, contact us using the Contact form on our website.

How we protect your data

Our efforts to protect your user data include a fully compliant SSL certificate, encryption of all data transfers, and security measures from both our hosting account and additional third-party security software.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In the unlikely event of a data breach, we will inform any potentially impacted users immediately via email, with suggestions for a course of action to mitigate your risk.



Contact Us

Want to get in touch with a real person – not a call center in faraway lands? Drop us a line with your question or comment and we’ll do our best to respond quickly.

Like you, we have horses and students and dogs and cats and families to manage, but we check email several times a day so you should hear from us within 24 hours.

Make sure you see our replies: whitelist our bossmares [at] horsesenseridingacademy.com email address!


We have been blessed with many talented photographers over the years: students who voluntarily stood out in a sweltering/ freezing arena – or slogged up and down our hilly pastures – capturing lifelong memories of camps, clinics, and shows. We’re grateful to all of them!

One such student, Delaney Witbrod, is now a professional photographer with a gift for animal portraits – see more of her fine work here.

You’ll also find illustrations throughout our online courses and printed materials (like study guides) graciously donated by Rhonda Hagy, who is a student and lifelong friend. Contact us for information about her work.

Are we lucky or WHAT?!

Online courses coming soon!