Find a horse riding instructor in Manassas, VA

Find horse riding lessons in Manassas, VA

Find horse riding lessons in Manassas, VA

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Top 10 horseback riding instructors in Manassas, VA

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Sleipnir Stables

Sleipnir Stables

New on Lessons
3 hires on Lessons
17+ years in business
Serves Manassas, VA
We are a private lesson and boarding facility with two full time and one part time trainers, with focuses on jumpers, hunters, equitation, and eventing. Our trainers have several years of experience training and competing up through the levels. We have several lovely horses who can help riders achieve their goals, whether they wish to show or just ride around the farm for personal enjoyment. I've been passionate about horses my entire life, and I love sharing that passion with others....
Aldie Equestrian Center/Fox Training

Aldie Equestrian Center/Fox Training

5.0(1)
5 hires on Lessons
23+ years in business
Serves Manassas, VA
Carolyn Holloway (. says, "professional and responsive" Read more
CC Eventing And Jumpers

CC Eventing And Jumpers

5.0(1)
1 hire on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves Manassas, VA
Lisa D. says, "I thin Charlotte is a great trainer. I’ve learned so much from her and plan to continue my lessons with her indefinitely!!!!" Read more
Beat The Odds Equestrian

Beat The Odds Equestrian

5.0Exceptional(5)
7+ years in business
Serves Manassas, VA
Vickie N. says, "I love that she meets me and the horses where we are at and then adjusts the lessons accordingly. We are working with older abused horses and I am an older learner." Read more
Recovery Equestrian Facility

Recovery Equestrian Facility

New on Lessons
9+ years in business
Serves Manassas, 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!
Cate Talbot

Cate Talbot

New on Lessons
2+ years in business
Serves Manassas, 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
Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary

Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary

New on Lessons
14+ years in business
Serves Manassas, VA
Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary, located in the picturesque Nokesville, Virginia, is more than just a farm animal sanctuary. It's a place where lives intersect, a haven that fosters compassion, empathy, and mutual respect. As they interact with the sanctuary animals, visitors can experience a healing and transformative atmosphere. The sanctuary extends a warm invitation to be part of their journey, to witness the magic that unfolds daily, and to share in their profound respect and care for each creature. This sanctuary is proudly women-owned.
Horseback Riding Lessons

Horseback Riding Lessons

New on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves Manassas, 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....
Scottie Heffner

Scottie Heffner

New on Lessons
Serves Manassas, VA
Limited availability for beginner through intermediate hunt seat / forward seat riders. Lifelong experience teaching and training. Past ANRC Certified Riding Instructor (Affliated with USHJA/FEI). Experience teaching and organizing summer camp curriculum. Current PATH Certified riding instructor. Will travel to you in the Northern Virginia area. Advice and preparation for those beginning to show at rated hunter shows. I enjoy working with those who want to improve their riding skills and better understand their horse....
Mulford Riding School

Mulford Riding School

New on Lessons
Serves Manassas, VA
Mulford Riding School, located in Centreville, Virginia, is a premier establishment that specializes in providing top-tier riding instruction. The school prides itself on teaching balance, proper seating, and leg positioning, allowing students to safely control and communicate with their horses. It caters to all age groups and skill levels and offers scenic trail rides along the historic Manassas Battlefields. The school is committed to enhancing comfort and building confidence in horse riding among its 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 Manassas horseback riding instructors

Recent success stories from people in the Manassas area.
Teri S.
She is very knowledgeable about the horses body and how to become one with the horse. She’s really help me improve on my good skills and how to work on what needs improvement. I truly enjoy and look forward to all my lessons with her. I sear she speaks horse!
Beat The Odds Equestrian
Jennifer
My girls have been to several places for lessons. But Lauren really knows how to speak to my kids to were they understood what was being asked. She’s hands on and didn’t just project commands across an arena. It was because of her that we now own two of our own horses 🐎 🐎
Sterling Harbor Riding Academy
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