Find a horse riding instructor in Norfolk, VA

Find horse riding lessons in Norfolk, VA

Find horse riding lessons in Norfolk, VA

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Top 10 horseback riding instructors in Norfolk, VA

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Functional Horsemanship

Functional Horsemanship

1 hire on Lessons
39+ years in business
Serves Norfolk, VA
Jeannine F. says, "I have had this trainer work with me to bring up 3 baby horses over the course of about 15 years. His experience and gentle understanding of horses is amazing. The horses enjoy their work and he has brought out a brilliance in each one. He has also been able to problem solve any issues that may come up. From beginner to advanced riders and green to experienced horses, his calm nature, ability to problem solve and make each rider and horse the best they can be is outstanding." Read more
Cedarview Farm

Cedarview Farm

New on Lessons
33+ years in business
Serves Norfolk, VA
I enjoy teaching riding at all levels. I feel it essential to educate both horse and rider, in a gentle yet firm fashion, for both to achieve the utmost of the unique experience of becoming one with the horse. I have taught, trained, shown , foxhunted, horses for over 45 years and enjoyed every moment of it with many accolades to prove it I enjoy having happy horses and happy people.
Foxmont Farm Equestrian

Foxmont Farm Equestrian

New on Lessons
54+ years in business
Serves Norfolk, VA
I am a strong teacher with the best ethics around. I can take you from pastel ribbons to blue ribbons.. Have great references and student , many of which, have gone on to the equestrian field for careers . I love to see my students smiles , I know they are loving it and it is such a thrill to ride... I enjoy watching the smiles on people's faces , riding horses puts the greatest smiles on their faces. Whether you are brand new or simply want a change I'm here for you adult or children. I have taught as little as 4 to 78 , it is never to late to see why all these horse people are smiling!!! Plus, you get to wear the cool clothes!!...

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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