New To Horses

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.


Types of Riding
Types of Riding

From trail riding to jumping, reining to dressage and so much more, there’s almost no end to the fun you can have on a horse.

About Horses
About Horses

Learn more about these magnificent creatures and the special relationship we’ve enjoyed with them for over 5000 years.

Before Your Event
Before Your Event

There are a few things you should keep in mind when you or your kids a chance to meet, touch, or learn to ride a horse.


Find a ride near you

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Horse Racing

Enjoy the exhilaration of horse races.

Is there anything more beautiful and awe-inspiring than a horse engaging its natural instinct and amazing physique as it races for a finish line? Beyond the visual beauty, the sport envelops you in a multi-sensory experience – the sound of the pounding hooves and cheering crowds, the clasping of hands, the hugs of victory or the consoling pat on the back with hopes for the next opportunity.

The benefits of horse racing transcend the odds. While betting adds to the excitement and engages the crowd in the experience, many racetracks are offering family activities and educational opportunities as well. In-fields have vendors and horse-related challenges and the venues may offer behind-the-scenes tours.

A sport that has roots in ancient Greece and were included in the formative Greek Olympics, racing has given rise to horse breeds that excel in the specific race disciplines. Breeds that may be used for flat racing include the Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Arabian, Paint, and Appaloosa. Test out a race experience. Gather the family and take a trek to a track near you.

Never been to the races before? Check out this blogger’s snapshot of a first-timer’s day at the races.