Question of the Month: How do you create the schedule for each session?

Answer: You may wonder how Giant Steps determines session dates, breaks and the yearly program calendar. It is actually quite a complicated project! In all of our scheduling we keep rider, volunteer, and horse needs in mind. Because the majority of our clients and volunteers come from the North Bay (from Santa Rosa to Sonoma to Marin), we take into account all Sonoma and Marin County school schedules. Also, realizing that volunteers and riders go away around holidays and long weekends, we try to incorporate mid-term or between-session breaks around holiday times. Finally, we try to schedule our sessions (except summer) for about 10 weeks. At this point, the horses need a break, and this also keeps the term tuition at a manageable rate.