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Heart And Soul Equine Sports Massage LLC

Heart And Soul Equine Sports Massage LLC

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
Serves Arlington, VA
I have been a horse owner and rider for over 50 years. I have trained with a natural horsemanship trainer for 10 years and taught riding at a barn and individually. I’m also a certified equine massage therapist. My goal for each rider and their horse is for them to enjoy and respect each other.
Aldie Equestrian Center/Fox Training

Aldie Equestrian Center/Fox Training

5.0(1)
5 hires on Lessons
23+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
Carolyn Holloway (. says, "professional and responsive" Read more
Heart Of Riding, LLC

Heart Of Riding, LLC

New on Lessons
Top Pro
8+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
I created Heart of Riding, LLC to serve two purposes: 1) to be a riding coach for the people who want to be deeply connected, balanced, and highly skilled riders, and 2) to help horses and their partners learn a common language, making the relationship one of partnership and mutual joy. I am a Mary Wanless accredited Ride With Your Mind Coach, and have studied rider biomechanics (the way the rider sits and balances so the horse can move better) since 2002. I graduated from college with a degree in Equine Management with a Teaching track in 2000. Prior to that I was an average rider, riding school horses at a balance seat barn in Virginia from...
Cate Talbot

Cate Talbot

New on Lessons
2+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
Several qualities make me an asset in an equestrian environment. I possess a deep passion for horses and a genuine desire to share this passion with others. I have been riding since I was five years old and have been fortunate to own my horse for the past four years. I have competed successfully at A-rated shows nationwide, from the 3'3" children's hunters at Tryon to the low children's jumper classic at Upperville. These diverse experiences and my work on a rural cattle ranch in Charlotte, Vermont, have given me a broad range of skills in handling various animals, including goats and pigs. While I have been around and worked with horses my w
Horseback Riding Lessons

Horseback Riding Lessons

New on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
I take a horse centered approach teaching so that, in addition to proper equitation, students learn to truly understand their horses as individuals which ultimately leads to a higher quality of their riding abilities. I love seeing my students become more than just good riders and grow into true horse people. I seek to foster the ability of my students to understand their horse as an individual and modify their equitation to work with their horses needs for reaching their full potential....
Recovery Equestrian Facility

Recovery Equestrian Facility

New on Lessons
9+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
Recovery Equestrian Facility offers weekly group or individual English & Western lessons, trail rides ( manicured trails) birthday parties, day and overnight camps, same day appts. Day visits, pony rides, and much much more!
Meadowbrook Stables

Meadowbrook Stables

New on Lessons
Serves Arlington, VA
Meadowbrook Stables, located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, is a renowned establishment that has been providing high-quality equestrian services since 1936. The stables offer hunt seat riding and horsemanship lessons for all levels, from age 6 to adults. They are reputed for their popular summer camp programs, school team competitions, horse showing, boarding, and training services. Meadowbrook Stables is recognized as one of the top riding facilities in the Washington DC area.
Willow Mist

Willow Mist

New on Lessons
3+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
Hello! I have been riding horses for 15 years, I started riding western and show running barrels for the NBHA and local shows on Long Island. Around the year of 2016, I changed disabling of riding and showed in jumping, with my current horse that I have now! In 2019, I began teaching horse back riding lessons in New York, I taught therapeutic lessons as well as able body lessons. I built up a clientele of over 50 students. I teach my students about confidence on the horse, pushing the students to accomplish what they never thought they could and finding out their personal goals and helping them achieve them.
Lift Me Up

Lift Me Up

New on Lessons
Serves Arlington, VA
Lift Me Up! Therapeutic Riding, located in Great Falls, Virginia, has been serving the community for over 40 years. As a premier accredited center with PATH, Intl., they provide therapeutic riding lessons seven days a week. Their team of PATH-certified instructors, volunteers, and 11 horses and ponies ensure quality service.
Wheaton Park Stables

Wheaton Park Stables

New on Lessons
63+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
Founded in 1961, Wheaton Park Stables is located in Silver Spring, Maryland and caters to the surrounding areas. They pride themselves on providing horseback riding experiences that everyone can enjoy. From group lessons to summer camps, Wheaton Park Stables offers activities for all ages. Highlights include escorted trail rides available on Sundays for riders of any experience level, and a summer horsemanship camp for riders aged 8 to 18. They also offer pony rides for children aged 3-7 and host special events like birthday parties and group activities.

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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