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Top 10 horseback riding instructors in Ontario, CA

Students agree: these Ontario horse riding lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
My Horses And I

My Horses And I

15 hires on Lessons
10+ years in business
Serves Ontario, CA
Jason K. says, "Renetta is very kind and knowledgeable, and the lesson was very easy going and informative. She is receptive to questions and makes you feel comfortable regardless of your level of experience." Read more
King Performance Horses

King Performance Horses

5 hires on Lessons
65+ years in business
Serves Ontario, CA
Steven S. says, "No words can say how good she is discompletely outstanding." Read more
High Valley Horses

High Valley Horses

New on Lessons
Top Pro
5+ years in business
Serves Ontario, CA
My name is Cami Claar and I’m a Hunter/Jumper instructor in Southern California working primarily out of Chino, CA. I am very passionate about what I do! I am always eager to learn more and better myself as both a rider and instructor! I believe there is always more to learn and everyday is an opportunity for growth! We create well-rounded students who learn both how to best care for and understand their horses, as well as take their skills to the next level! Whether your goal is to win in the show-ring or better yourself in your riding/ horsemanship, we are here to help! We have a handful of well-schooled lesson horses ready to partne...
Melissa Souza

Melissa Souza

New on Lessons
20+ years in business
Serves Ontario, CA
Semi-retired from the horse business, I am available in a limited capacity for lessons for youth, young adults, and amateur adult riders. Please note, I won't start anyone younger than 7 years, and youth between the ages of 7 and 10 will be tested in an initial lesson/consultation to determine capability. Also note, riders must have their own horse that they feel comfortable upon. I have a degree in horse ranch management and a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science with a concentration in Horse Science. I specifically studied horse training and am a former horse trainer who showed at the Intercollegiate level as well as Western Pleasure for

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 Ontario horseback riding instructors

Recent success stories from people in the Ontario area.
Jolene D.
My Granddaughter thought you were a lot of fun and funny! And Shelby was a very sweet gentle horse. Aryann started her lesson being nervous by the end of the lesson. She was directing the horse herself without a lead, and having a good time riding.
My Horses And I
Susana M.
JJoline King Pebley is an amazing trainer. She grew up in the business. Her parents were master trainers. You will start becoming a better rider from the very first lesson. And she makes every lesson fun.
King Performance Horses
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