Learn About Horseback Riding Lessons And More
Don’t know much about horses? No problem! Even the most experienced rider was a beginner once upon a time. As with any new activity, the best experience—whether that’s horseback riding lessons, or just meeting a horse for the first time—is an informed experience. That’s why we’ve created some helpful information for newcomers.
Looking For Horseback Riding Lessons?
Whether you’re interested in an hour or a lifetime of riding for you or a member of your family, horseback riding lessons at a local stable are a great way to begin. Start with our listing of barns and camps near you.
When you contact your local stable, make sure you ask about lesson packages for discount opportunities, and inquire about summer or holiday camps for kids and adults. Also, be sure to ask what equipment or clothing will be required or provided, such as helmets or boots.
It’s also a good idea to ask for references from other students or parents and, if at all possible, plan a visit before your first lesson. Of course, horseback riding lessons require a teacher. Here are 13 questions to ask when looking for a riding instructor, courtesy of the Certified Horsemanship Association.
Riding clubs, associations, and other groups are a great way to step into the horse world. A ready-made group of friends to give advice, ride with, hit the local trails, and explore leasing or owning a horse with is invaluable when starting your new hobby. Many groups are designed specifically for new riders, focus on a certain style of riding, prepare for competitions together, or simply enjoy trail riding together. One example of an active and fun trail club is the Tri-County Trail Association of Ohio: tri-cotrails.com
National organizations such as 4-H or Pony Club may have a local chapter you can visit; or you can find an independent local or regional riding group. Many groups have ways for the whole family to participate together. Some clubs have a “home” stable and can provide horses, while others may require you to have your own horse, in which case your new fellow club members may be more than happy to share!
In addition to local groups, national organizations can be a great resource by helping you find nearby opportunities, providing educational materials, and connecting you to a certain breed of horse or discipline near you:
On the map, this category also includes other facilities such as retailers, therapeutic riding facilities, rescues, and other horse professionals who can help you connect with a horse. Check out each location’s details for more info.