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Top 10 horseback riding instructors in Columbia, SC

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Adamczyk Andalusians & Equestrian Center

Adamczyk Andalusians & Equestrian Center

2 hires on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves Columbia, SC
Evelyn M. says, "Sandra taught me so much in my time with her. Not only about horses, but life lessons and amazing advice from her own experiences. She helped me find three horses that were a perfect fit to my personality and the level I wanted to reach to. During those moments she helped me understand what to look for in a horses confirmation and if the horse was mentally stable to take on what I wanted to do or not. Sandra was always there to help me, a fourteen year old girl at the time, take a very green horse of nine to Level One Dressage and beyond. She was and has always been there for me when I needed anything and has treated me as one if her own. Sandra is someone I could come to for laughs, lessons, and amazing adventures. She has taught people of all ages and riding styles. Such as English, Western, Dressage, Jumping and more. Sandra always wanted us to learn and succeed no matter what, she finds it important to try knew things and step out if our comfort zone. Sandra will even take us to clinique's and encourage us to compete in many shows so we can take in as much information about how to be a better rider and caretaker to our horses. She is always eager to learn herself while taking those moments to share it with us. 99% of what I know all comes from my experience at being a riding student from Sandra and I am so happy to have been taught by her for as long as I have, and her advice will always be with me in the future. " Read more
Pony Gang Equestrian Services

Pony Gang Equestrian Services

New on Lessons
10+ years in business
Serves Columbia, SC
Horseback riding intruction at the Pony Gang Equestrian center in Hopkins, SC emphasizes balance, seat and legs to communicate with the horse! We love seeing our students grow into Equestrians that see horses as their partners and not as a sport instrument.
Horseback Riding Lessons

Horseback Riding Lessons

New on Lessons
Serves Columbia, SC
I teach english style horseback riding lessons to children under 10 years old. Please contact me at (803) 622-3928.
Cedar Pond Farms Sporthorses LLC

Cedar Pond Farms Sporthorses LLC

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
8+ years in business
Serves Columbia, SC
Being in the saddle for 20 years, Lakin Padgett is a professional equestrian who has shown at the upper levels in Three Day Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping and Hunter/Jumpers. Lakin strives to provide wonderful customer service as well as being a confident match maker among horse and rider relationships. With an extensive knowledge of horses, rehabbing, and riding, Lakin can help curve any aspect of your riding that isn’t suiting you!

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 Columbia horseback riding instructors

Recent success stories from people in the Columbia area.
Diana M.
I met Sandra many years ago when my kids joined Pony Club, they were able to learn quickly and efficiently while also learning the importance of team work and dedication. We really liked her casual teaching style and her leadership. She is always willing to help, give advice, and even offer her house to her students as a safe and inviting area that they could call a second home. She would also come to horse shows and help us understand the dos and don'ts, while so happy to support every moment my kids competed. We spent the past 10 years taking lessons from her and we are forever thankful for all she has done. Sandra is a wealth of knowledge and very enthusiastic to share it with others. We really miss having her near us but we know she will do such great things in South Carolina and make so many children there incredibly comfortable in and out the saddle.
Adamczyk Andalusians & Equestrian Center
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