Find a horse riding instructor in Sarasota, FL

Find horse riding lessons in Sarasota, FL

Find horse riding lessons in Sarasota, FL

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Top 10 horseback riding instructors in Sarasota, FL

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Alejandro Sanchez Horse Trainer And Instructor

Alejandro Sanchez Horse Trainer And Instructor

5.0(1)
3 hires on Lessons
17+ years in business
Serves Sarasota, FL
Nancy A. says, "Alejandro is wonderful. He is very knowledgeable and experienced. His horses are very sweet, intuitive and attuned to the riders level of experience. " Read more
Harmony Farms

Harmony Farms

New on Lessons
31+ years in business
Serves Sarasota, FL
United States Equestrian Federation certified trainer. Competing Schooling thru Large A shows. Buying trips to Europe.
Williams Dressage Balance And Harmony Lessons

Williams Dressage Balance And Harmony Lessons

New on Lessons
29+ years in business
Serves Sarasota, FL
I have worked with many breeds of horses and people Lol ... For 25 plus years In Europe , Canada, and of course here in the US . I specialize in Dressage which is simply the French word for training. Regardless of any discipline that you enjoy you and your horse will benefit greatly from Dressage 101 basics , it ensures your horse learns to balance itself more efficiently and in turn the harmony between you both improves greatly. I also train horses at Liberty so this is something fun to do with your horse in between rides and greatly improves your relationship. Not a requirement obviously but it is something you may like to do in the future ...
Suzie GIDDINGS Lessons & Horse Trainer.

Suzie GIDDINGS Lessons & Horse Trainer.

New on Lessons
12+ years in business
Serves Sarasota, FL
Have been teach children and adults in hunt seat equitation, pony club and eventing for over thirty years. Work to condition horses for competition and recovery from injury and brought back slowly. The health and safety of horse and rider are always paramount.
Sammon Equestrian

Sammon Equestrian

New on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Sarasota, FL
I have been coaching for 6 years in this area and love being a part of the progress and growth of my students in and out of the sport. I have been coaching as a head-trainer for 6 years and served as an assitant trainer and barn manager for 3 years prior. In my experience under my former employers I got to experience shows of the highest level and experience in every part of the business. Shortly after opening my own facility I leared that my true passion lies in the children in this sport and growing them into horsewomen and men....
Carousel Sea Horses

Carousel Sea Horses

New on Lessons
Serves Sarasota, FL
Carousel Sea Horses, located in the heart of Bradenton, Florida, offers customers a unique experience of enchanting beach excursions on horseback. Serving the Bradenton area and its surroundings, they are renowned for the beautiful horseback rides, ensuring an unforgettable adventure for all. Reach out today for scheduling your captivating beach ride with Carousel Sea Horses.
Kings Valley Stables

Kings Valley Stables

New on Lessons
Serves Sarasota, FL
With 41 years of teaching experience, I now teach private lessons in Sarasota on my horse ( pictured ) to adults and children of all ages and skill levels beginner through 4th level Dressage. To learn English riding in the style of Eventing Call 301-651-9531 to schedule your free introductory visit. With over 30 years experience in running a successful riding school , I have had the opportunity to work with many students. my enrollment was normally 50 people per month. The skill levels raised from complete beginner 2 4th level dressage and preliminary level jumping. I also work with physically challenged and special needs Riders, very s...
Sun Horse Pointe

Sun Horse Pointe

New on Lessons
14+ years in business
Serves Sarasota, FL
Teaching and training the classic way dressage AND jumping and cross country German Master Degree in equine science. Very patient , always giving feedback and encouragement. Love to show students the right way to ride and take care of a horse. Teaching understanding and respect for all animals, nature and people. Being close to a horse and changing the life of a difficult or misunderstood horse with a lot of patient and love.
Michelle Klettke

Michelle Klettke

New on Lessons
3 hires on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Sarasota, FL
I have over two decades of experience and exclusively trained under only top level professionals in the industry. Currently available to travel to your farm to teach lessons for those who own their own horse. My students have won championships in hunters, jumpers, and equitation and my own show experience has taken me from short stirrup, to junior hunters, big eq, and high jr/am jumpers. I also have always cross trained with dressage. My specialty lies in creating lesson plans that develop riders' confidence as well as programs for development of the equine athlete with excellent success rates in rehabbing from injury to full work and startin...

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?

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