Find a horse riding instructor in Austin, TX

Find horse riding lessons in Austin, TX

Find horse riding lessons in Austin, TX

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Top 10 horseback riding instructors in Austin, TX

Students agree: these Austin horse riding lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Elite Skills Training

Elite Skills Training

Offers online services
3 hires on Lessons
19+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Rashad G. says, "Fun workout sessions and very detailed training to prepare for whatever level of play." Read more
Happy Trails Horsemanship And Literacy Program LLC

Happy Trails Horsemanship And Literacy Program LLC

7 hires on Lessons
15+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Alena S. says, "Nina is an amazing instructor! Definitely recommend her to anyone who wants to learn horse riding!" Read more
Kristi’s Mane Connections

Kristi’s Mane Connections

1 hire on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Leslie P. says, "Kristina has been amazing to work with. She is so patient with my daughter and our horse responds to her so well. We have worked with her for a couple years now and I can’t say enough great things about her." Read more
Michelle Stiglets Riding Instruction

Michelle Stiglets Riding Instruction

New on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
I am blessed to get to do what I love for a living, teach english riding lessons! I started riding when i was 8 and grew up showing on the A show circuit. I teach all levels of riding and specialize in Hunters and Equitation. I believe in teaching everything from how to catch a horse in the pasture, to grooming, tacking up, riding and how to get them ready to be turned out again and everything else in between. It is my goal to create horsemen and women, not just riders. The facility is located on Manor, TX but I am available to come to your place as well. Please call or text with any questions that you may have Thank you, Michelle Stiglets
Royal A Equine

Royal A Equine

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
9+ years in business
Serves Austin, TX
Welcome! I primarily teach western riding lessons, but focus strongly on building confident riders with proper horsemanship. I also teach Barrel Racing Lessons to more advanced students.

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 Austin horseback riding instructors

Recent success stories from people in the Austin area.
Alexander K.
Elite Skills training is dedicated to the game, passionate about teaching and growing confidence within one's self and is well structured. Look no further than ESK for developing your game and building skills that are implementable accross all levels of the sport.
Elite Skills Training
ODelle H.
I was contacted by a great instructor within 12 hrs
Happy Trails Horsemanship and Literacy Program LLC
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