The average cost for horse riding lessons is $55 per hour. Hiring a horseback riding instructor to teach you to ride horses, you will likely spend between $45 and $80 on each lesson. The price of horse riding lessons can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local horseback riding instructors or get free estimates from teachers near you.
Horseback riding can include many types of riding, such as trail riding, rodeo, dressage, and showjumping, but most horse-riding lessons will begin in the ring—an enclosed space where the trainer can monitor the existing seat and skill of the rider, or assess a beginner’s comfort level in the saddle.
Most horse-riding lessons are given in groups, unless there is a goal to achieve within a set timeframe. The cost of each lesson will depend on the skill and experience of the instructor, along with the length of the lesson and the size of the group.
Amber Hall Dressage in Dallas, TX, offers one-hour lessons for groups of three or more for $90/hour. Noble Road Equestrian Center in Tulsa, OK, asks for $45/pp/hour. Fox Horsemanship in Aptos, CA, charges $55/hour. Monarch Stables in Austin, TX, charges $55/hour, with groups always having five or fewer riders.
Lessons are usually given at a local riding stables or equestrian center. Some instructors are willing to come to your farm or location to give mobile lessons, for instance, DTR Walkers in Cheyenne, CA, will come to wherever your horse is stabled and give you a $40/hour lesson plus charge a $0.56/mile travel cost.
It’s a given that private lessons will improve everything about your riding abilities. Some sample prices for a private lesson are: Rocking J Stables in Garland, TX, who offer a half hour lesson for $55 and a full hour for $70; and Dolly Hannon Dressage in Arvada, CO, who charges $65 for a 45-min to one-hour lesson.
If you’d rather be taught by someone with recognized credentials, look for certifications in the area of horse riding you are interested in. The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is the national membership federation for the equestrian sport of dressage; the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is the national governing body for most equestrian sports; and the United States Equestrian Federation (USHJA) is the United States national equestrian organization for hunters and jumpers.
Once you’ve decided horse riding is a sport you’d like to pursue, package deals can sweeten the cost of lessons. Phoenix Equine Training in Denver, CO, offers a prepaid discount of $5 off each of a six-lesson package. “Instruction includes but is not limited to: haltering, leading, grooming, tacking up, and mounted exercises (walk, trot, canter, etc.). We work in an indoor or outdoor arena.” Whispering Oaks Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL, offers a four-lesson monthly package for $145, a 20% savings off regular lesson prices.
Each horse riding school has the experience to teach different types of riding skills, so while most teach beginners the basics—grooming, tacking up, mounting, balance, posture, and stopping a horse—they then offer lessons in other aspects of horsemanship such as dressage, showjumping, trail riding, Western riding, and cross country eventing. Some will take students to local horse shows to compete.
Given that there are so many standalone passions one can pursue within the sport, it can be easy to find an instructor ready to give private lessons toward the accomplishment of your particular goal. Whispering Oaks Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL, has prepared many students to compete in state, local, and national championships, while Liz at Calypso Bay Stables in Pinellas Park, FL, offers a 45-minute Tiny Tots private lesson for $40 and a 30-minute jumping only lesson for $40. She specializes in starting new riders and building their confidence.
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