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Top 10 horseback riding instructors in Livermore, CA

Students agree: these Livermore horse riding lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Kelly Maddox Training, Inc.

Kelly Maddox Training, Inc.

5.0(3)
21+ years in business
Serves Livermore, CA
Ashleigh C. says, "I love the property, the team, and of course, all of the horses are fantastic! KMT is a great place to reach all of your riding goals and make lasting friendships! :)" Read more
Creek Hill Farms

Creek Hill Farms

New on Lessons
Serves Livermore, CA
Julie of Creek Hill Farms Provides english, dressage, jumping, pleasure, horse back riding lessons for ages 6 and up in a fun and peaceful setting. Julie has been around horses her whole life and started showing at the age of 13. Julie has been training students for over 17 years. Julie has lesson horses for beginners to advanced riders. It’s very rewarding for me to watch my students experience and progress in learning or enhancing their riding skills....
Thomas Ranch

Thomas Ranch

5.0(2)
2 hires on Lessons
40+ years in business
Serves Livermore, CA
Jannelly S. says, "I'm only two lessons in but a very good experience. Eric is a holistic teacher so you understand how everything goes together. " Read more
KMT Riding Academy

KMT Riding Academy

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
21+ years in business
Serves Livermore, CA
We are a family owned business and proudly offer lessons and training to all levels! Are you interested in lessons? Call Ashleigh at 219-689-0368. Are you interested in full training? Please call Kelly at 925-575-4818.
Brittani's Riding Lessons

Brittani's Riding Lessons

New on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Livermore, CA
Join us for riding lessons at instructor Brittani Edwards. With many national and regional titles on the Arabian horse circuit and years on an equestrian drill team Brittani is ready to teach rides of all ages and levels. Western & English!
Golden Ridge Stables

Golden Ridge Stables

5.0(2)
1 hire on Lessons
17+ years in business
Serves Livermore, CA
Nancy B. says, "I have been riding with Golden Ridge for nearly eleven years. The trainer-instructor Teddi Estes is superb at helping riders be comfortable on a horse. She is patient, kind, and extremely knowledgeable about Saddlebreds and about good riding. Her clients range in age from four to nearly seventy, and she instructs them all with ease. Moreover, her horses are happy, healthy, and in superb condition. As far as I’m concerned, Golden Ridge is one of the top Saddlebred barns in California, if not the entire West." Read more
Alexis

Alexis

New on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves Livermore, CA
Welcome! Located in the heart of Livermore, CA, I offer English horseback riding lessons tailored to suit your individual needs and skill level. Whether you're a beginner eager to learn the basics or an advanced rider looking to refine your technique, my focus is on providing a supportive and enriching environment. Join me to enhance your riding skills and experience the joy of horseback riding.
Horizons East Equestrian Center

Horizons East Equestrian Center

New on Lessons
4 hires on Lessons
Serves Livermore, CA
Hi there! Please give us a call and we can chat about lessons.
Kelly Maddox Training

Kelly Maddox Training

New on Lessons
21+ years in business
Serves Livermore, CA
Founded in 2003, Kelly Maddox Training, also known as Team KMT and IEA Team KMT, is located in Castro Valley, California and serves the surrounding areas. The team specializes in providing quality equestrian competition and instruction to middle and secondary school students. The academy creates a fun and safe environment for learners above the age of three. They offer riding lessons for all levels, horsemanship classes, riding clinics, and summer camps. Their approach combines horsemanship and fun, making them a leading riding academy in the East Bay.
McKinley Farms Riding Club

McKinley Farms Riding Club

New on Lessons
Serves Livermore, CA
English riding school for beginners to intermediate students. Teaching hunters, jumpers, dressage, and eventing. Experienced instructors and safe horses.

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 Livermore horseback riding instructors

Recent success stories from people in the Livermore area.
Skylar H.
I have been riding with Kelly for about 6 years now and have loved every minute! They have the best horses and trainers who go above and beyond to help riders reach their goals. Truly cannot say enough good things about KMT!
Kelly Maddox Training, Inc.
Angie D.
Excellent instruction from a professional, experienced teacher. I am enjoying my time at Thomas Ranch immensely!
Thomas Ranch
Jean B.
Teddi is a very talented trainer with horses - yet she is also an extremely talented teacher when it comes to children. She taught my two boys to ride over the course of six plus years and I will be forever grateful for her for the patience and endurance that she exhibited with my boys. They went on to show and did a fantastic job and I was so proud of them. They could not have done this without Teddi’s incredible instruction.
Golden Ridge Stables
Silvia N.
Cece is amazing at building confidence and giving instruction on the hows and whys of the aids shes teaching. I'm the kind of crazy that decided it was a good idea to get back into riding at 50 after 30 years out of the saddle and adopt a 3 year old chestnut ottb mare/dragon. If it weren't for cece I would have thrown in the towel.
Academy of Equestrian Games
Maria C.
I am an adult rider, coming back from an injury, and finding Jenn through the myriad of trainers out there has been miraculous. Her attention to detail and gentle approach as I return to the saddle is helping restore my confidence. I've noticed her ability to match my temperament and riding level to her personally trained lesson horses for optimal success. I highly recommend her for all levels, especially those with fear issues and/or gaps in past training experiences. She can fix you or start you from nothing!
Collins Equestrian
Linda M.
Becky does not just teach one to be a rider. She is a walking encyclopedia of equestrian knowledge that she selflessly shares with her students at every opportunity. Lessons with Becky are the whole package. If one has the desire to learn they will not only become a better rider but your your horse will love you for the knowledge you gain in all aspects of horsemanship. The foundation I received from Becky will always be with me. I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to have been her student.
Becky Hart Horse Pro
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