Find a horse riding instructor in Pontiac, MI

Find horse riding lessons in Pontiac, MI

Find horse riding lessons in Pontiac, MI

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Top 10 horseback riding instructors in Pontiac, MI

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Matador Farm

Matador Farm

5.0(1)
3 hires on Lessons
11+ years in business
Serves Pontiac, MI
Stephanie says, "Great place with wonderful people and horses. I love coming to Matador Farm to escape the hectic time in the city. " Read more
Klein Sporthorses International

Klein Sporthorses International

5.0(1)
5+ years in business
Serves Pontiac, MI
Christine S. says, "Chloe Johnson has deep training and experience and is a genuinely caring person who will always go the extra mile for her horses and people!" Read more
Dynamic Solutions Equestrian

Dynamic Solutions Equestrian

5.0(1)
Offers online services
18+ years in business
Serves Pontiac, MI
Sarah S. says, "Daniel is great with kids and has a true passion for horses and riding. He taught my son Alex the importance of not only learning how to ride safely, but also the care of the horses, and how the horse always comes first. He loves and has a passion for riding and teaching others. I have recommended him to many of my friends." Read more
April's Horse Lessons

April's Horse Lessons

New on Lessons
34+ years in business
Serves Pontiac, MI
Hello I’m passionate about & love having fun with horses in all fields & I’ve worked for & shown other peoples and owned & shown my own horses & have been working with them all my life and am experienced in riding western pleasure, trails and barrel racing (gymkana) which is my favorite thing to do and would love to help with your journey of becoming a more confident & secure rider or helping 1st timers learn about the basics … and teach horse care 101 - handling & starting (groom & care) and learning to ride. If you’d like to start your horse adventure and/or build up your skills to ensure confidence in the seat it would be my pleasure to
Loving Life Stables LLC

Loving Life Stables LLC

New on Lessons
16+ years in business
Serves Pontiac, MI
We specialize in western pleasure, barrel racing & horse training. Also we host many of events on the country estate. If you have any questions please fill free to contact us at our Belleville, Mi location. [email protected] 734-666-5306
Hidden Hollow Farm

Hidden Hollow Farm

New on Lessons
32+ years in business
Serves Pontiac, MI
Hi I am very good at teaching all ages how to ride in the hunter/jumper style of riding(English). I also have a knack with training horses to go to the best if there abilities, with kindness and positivity. We go to double A shows and we also go to local shows in the area. I have been in the horse business my entire life, my parents first and then I followed in there footsteps. I am also big on teaching all my students how to handle and take care of there horses in every possible way. It’s not just riding! We have a great farm family and a great community of riders. We also buy and sell and lease horses so we can generally help anyone out to ...

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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