Find a horse riding instructor in Tempe, AZ

Find horse riding lessons in Tempe, AZ

Find horse riding lessons in Tempe, AZ

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Find horse riding lessons in Tempe, AZ

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Top 10 horseback riding instructors in Tempe, AZ

Students agree: these Tempe horse riding lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Sharp Performance Horses

Sharp Performance Horses

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
21+ years in business
Serves Tempe, AZ
Watch the students learn how to connect with there horses
Martin Dressage, PEMF, And JRD Ssddlery Solutions

Martin Dressage, PEMF, And JRD Ssddlery Solutions

Top Pro
Serves Tempe, AZ
Beau D. says, "I think Molly’s being open to coaching a barrel racer is a cool example of her strength in thinking out of the box to come up with innovative performance solutions. Her training has been great across the board including some areas I had been underinvesting such as core strengthening, collection and balance" Read more
Wishing Well Ranch 2LLC

Wishing Well Ranch 2LLC

New on Lessons
5 hires on Lessons
28+ years in business
Serves Tempe, AZ
I have over 25 years in the horse industry. Teaching, Horse training, Rodeo events Trail, love to have fun with my students and see them learn. I am not just a riding trainer I will teach you horsemanship and safty too. I do Western and English but main focus ie western Look forward to hearing from you. I teach all ages and abilities begging to advanced I love seeing people enteract with horses and get excited about what they're learning with me. I enjoy teaching and watching people learn how to be around and safe with horses. Love watching people advance to higher levels....

Your Horseback Riding Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much are horseback riding lessons?

Horse riding lessons cost $45 to $80 per hour, depending on where you live and the type of riding you want to learn. Most riding lessons begin in the ring, where the trainer can safely monitor the beginning rider as they get comfortable in the saddle.

Many trainers offer introductory packages at a discounted price and start beginning riders out in group lessons. As you master the riding basics, then a teacher may recommend private lessons to focus on specific skills or more advanced riding training.

What age to start horseback riding lessons?

There is no particular age that is best for starting horseback riding lessons, instead, it depends on the child's maturity, physical coordination, and interest in horses. Most experts agree that children should be at least 6 years old before taking formal riding lessons.

For young children, the parents should visit a stable to introduce the child to horses and horse care before signing up for lessons. Choose a stable with well trained, gentle horses and experience with young riders.

Do you tip for horseback riding lessons?

Tipping for horseback riding lessons is not customary, but always appreciated. A thank you note is a great way to acknowledge a good teacher and show your appreciation. If you want to tip, 10% to 20% tip is more than generous.

What equipment do I need to begin horse lessons?

Most horse stables have horses and tack for use during riding lessons, so purchasing that is not necessary at the start. Your instructor will let you know their specific recommendations, but the basic equipment you will need to begin horseback riding lessons includes:

  • Helmet
  • Riding pants
  • Boots with heels
  • Gloves

Do I have to own a horse to be able to take lessons?

No, you do not have to own a horse to take riding lessons. Many riding schools and barns have well-trained horses for beginners through experienced riders. Taking riding lessons before owning a horse is a great way to make sure you enjoy riding before committing to horse ownership.

Learning basic equine care before buying a horse is also advised. Riding trainers often include an element of horse care as part of their lessons. Tasks like mucking stalls, cleaning tack, and basic horse grooming are incorporated into lessons and are beneficial to learn before becoming a horse owner.

How often should I have lessons? How many lessons do I need?

The frequency and number of riding lessons depend on your level of experience, riding goals, and budget. Generally, it is recommended that beginners take lessons at least once a week to build foundational riding skills.

Basic riding skills take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months to learn but the more you ride, the faster you will improve. Riders who take one lesson a week will likely spend their first year focusing on riding basics. Riders who practice more often or schedule additional private lessons will advance faster.

How do I choose a horseback riding instructor?

When looking for horseback riding lessons, be sure to:

  • Start by researching different riding styles and disciplines to help you narrow down instructors that teach the type of riding you want to learn.
  • Visit the stables to ensure you are comfortable with how the horses are treated and the arena is maintained.
  • Ask about group or private lessons and decide which is better for your budget and riding goals.
  • Ask about taking an introductory lesson to try out their teaching style and gauge your interest in the sport.

What questions should I ask a riding instructor?

Once you've narrowed down a list of potential riding instructors, ask them the following questions:

  • What is your teaching style?
  • What are your qualifications?
  • What are your rates?
  • What type of horses do you have?
  • What is your availability?
  • What is your cancellation policy?

Reviews for Tempe horseback riding instructors

Recent success stories from people in the Tempe area.
Leslee M.
Molly’s most senior rider, both in age and years with her. Molly has helped me attain some goals with my riding that I never dreamed were possible. The first year with her, which was also my first full year in the show ring, I went from a shaky start to finishing with a win at 2nd level at the Cascade Championships. She continued to train me through 4th level with the same horse, which she had selected as a good match for me. My current horse was previously a hunter and she has helped me to bring him through 3rd level successfully. Along the way, I earned two All Breeds awards, one for Swedish Warmblood Registry and the other for Oldenburg Division GOV. Molly’s knowledge is never ending and she continues to amaze with how much she puts into the welfare of every horse in her barn. Being retired allows me to spend many hours at the barn and I can truly state that honesty and integrity are what keep me coming back for more.
Martin Dressage, PEMF, and JRD Ssddlery Solutions
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