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Top 10 horseback riding instructors in San Jose, CA

Students agree: these San Jose horse riding lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Golden Ridge Stables

Golden Ridge Stables

5.0(2)
1 hire on Lessons
17+ years in business
Serves San Jose, 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
Dreamor Ranch

Dreamor Ranch

5.0(1)
48+ years in business
Serves San Jose, CA
Brittany R. says, "The owner was beyond amazing. She really cared about her horses & took the time, and had a ton of patience to teach me. Most places I have tried in the past wern't fun or as pleasant either. So this was one of my best experiences so far. She answered all of my 100 questions too. Had wonderful experience & weather couldn't have been more perfect . We will use again in the future. Highly recommended" Read more
Horizons East Equestrian Center

Horizons East Equestrian Center

New on Lessons
4 hires on Lessons
Serves San Jose, CA
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ABequestrian

ABequestrian

New on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves San Jose, CA
Welcome, I’m a German dressage, jumping and eventing trainer with over 10years of experience teaching and training horses professionally. I’m grown up with horses and earned my degree in riding when I was 19years old. I worked and competed in jumping, dressage and eventing through out my years riding. My philosophy is to help rider and horse to understand each other and help them archive there goals together and in harmony.
ALK Equine

ALK Equine

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves San Jose, CA
Andrea has been very fortunate to grow up surrounded by horses; as soon as she could sit up on her own, she was on a horse. She began taking formal lessons at age six, switching between both english and western throughout the years. She began her time as a trainer and teacher working for two different trainers, both at the facility that she was at. As the second trainer moved on, Andrea decided to continue with her own business. She aims to create confident riders who are in tune with their equine partners. Andrea is all about staying cool, calm and collected in the saddle, and values working with riders on staying relaxed and understanding t...
Horse And Heart

Horse And Heart

New on Lessons
22+ years in business
Serves San Jose, CA
Horse and Heart, founded in 2002, is based in Soquel, California and serves the surrounding areas. They are committed to personal transformation through experiential learning with horses. The tranquil setting of their ranch offers a nurturing environment for self-healing. Their team, led by Lori and Ella, leverages their deep understanding of the equine mind to provide Equine Experiential Learning and Intuitive Horsemanship. They also run the Equus Anam Cara program, a non-profit offering effective intervention and alternative therapies for youth and families in transition.
VDB Stables - Hunter/Jumped Horse Riding Lessons

VDB Stables - Hunter/Jumped Horse Riding Lessons

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
8+ years in business
Serves San Jose, CA
Provide English horse riding lessons specializing in Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation from beginner level to the serious competitor. We attend all major shows on the West Coast. Will travel to private facilities if requested. We encourage all levels of riders to join our team in hopes of being the best horsewoman/man we can be. We enjoy teaching our students to learn all they want to learn about horsemanship as well as skills in the tack. We encourage curiosity, determination, and a positive attitude because we believe learning should also be fun!...
Prince Horse Rental

Prince Horse Rental

New on Lessons
8+ years in business
Serves San Jose, CA
Prince Horse Rental, established in 2016, operates across San Jose, California, and surrounding areas. They specialize in providing beautiful horse rentals for a variety of occasions, including Baraat weddings, photoshoots, birthday parties, and stage performances. In addition to this, they offer horse riding lessons for all ages. They pride themselves on delivering exceptional services and creating memorable experiences for their clients.
HC Equestrian

HC Equestrian

New on Lessons
Serves San Jose, CA
HC Equestrian, located in Milpitas, California, caters to all equestrian enthusiasts in the surrounding areas. The company is renowned for providing quality instruction in Dressage, Cowboy Dressage, Eventing, and Hunter/Jumper. Their teaching is led by certified instructors and top-level clinicians, ensuring the highest level of expertise in every class. Offering more than just riding lessons, HC Equestrian is committed to delivering an exceptional equestrian experience.
Maple Leaf Equestrian

Maple Leaf Equestrian

New on Lessons
Serves San Jose, CA
Maple Leaf Equestrian, located in the heart of California, serves the Cupertino and Palo Alto regions, along with their surrounding areas. This business offers premier equestrian services, focusing on the highest standards of horse care and riding instruction. Whether you're a novice or experienced rider, Maple Leaf Equestrian is committed to making your equestrian experience top-notch.

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 San Jose horseback riding instructors

Recent success stories from people in the San Jose area.
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
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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