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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.

 

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Types of Riding

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Lessons and Camps

Lessons will open the door to enjoying horses.

You might be interested in an hour or a lifetime of horseback riding. You might be interested in lessons as an activity for kids, as a new fitness program or as a family adventure. You might be interested in learning the English discipline that leads to dressage, jumping or eventing activities. Or you might want to pursue Western riding and its opportunities for show disciplines (roping, trail course, barrel racing) or its simple pleasure/trail riding to connect with nature with a new perspective. Whatever the interest, start by looking into local stables that offer riding lessons.

The best experience is an informed experience. Be sure to ask questions regarding what equipment or clothing will be required or provided, such as helmets or boots. Find out about lesson packages for discount opportunities. Inquire about summer or holiday camps for both kids and adults. Ask for references from other students and plan a pre-site visit before your first lesson if possible.

13 questions to ask when finding a riding lesson program: for detailed info about what to ask when looking for a riding instructor, read this article from the Certified Horsemanship Association.


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