Find a horse riding instructor in Portland, OR

Find horse riding lessons in Portland, OR

Find horse riding lessons in Portland, OR

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Top 10 horseback riding instructors in Portland, OR

Students agree: these Portland horse riding lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Once Upon A Rescue

Once Upon A Rescue

1 hire on Lessons
12+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
Marissa P. says, "I have had two lessons with Ryan so far and cannot wait for my next ride. Ryan is a great teach weather you are new to ridding or are looking to hone your skills. I would highly recommend Once Upon A Rescue to anyone. " Read more
Matriarch Equestrian

Matriarch Equestrian

New on Lessons
13+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
Vanessa has experience all over the United States as well as internationally training courses and students and show Jumping. She can ride, train, and help any type of course. Vanessa has an amazing connection with Horses of all types and personalities, and specializes in figuring out solutions for misunderstood Horses. When teaching lessons, Vanessa is very passionate about helping every individual meet their goals, staying safe, and enjoying the ride!
The Pony Express

The Pony Express

New on Lessons
33+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
Word of mouth/certified Canadian Equitation Inst.
Samantha Gilchrist-Tweet Traveling Instructor

Samantha Gilchrist-Tweet Traveling Instructor

5+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
Dahlia M. says, "Samantha was always very patient, and knew exactly how to explain terms I didn’t understand. She was always super nice and understanding!" Read more
Wilsonville Equestrian Center

Wilsonville Equestrian Center

New on Lessons
3 hires on Lessons
18+ years in business
Serves Portland, OR
We teach all levels of English riding. We have lots of lesson horses to choose from.

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 Portland horseback riding instructors

Recent success stories from people in the Portland area.
Donna L.
Very knowledgeable and NICE to boot!!
Samantha Gilchrist-Tweet traveling instructor
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