Find a horse riding instructor in Seattle, WA

Find horse riding lessons in Seattle, WA

Find horse riding lessons in Seattle, WA

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Find horse riding lessons in Seattle, WA

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Top 10 horseback riding instructors in Seattle, WA

Students agree: these Seattle horse riding lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Doolittle Dressage

Doolittle Dressage

5.0(4)
1 hire on Lessons
42+ years in business
Serves Seattle, WA
Ava M. says, "Vivian takes the time to talk through the various different exercises she employs to improve both the horse and rider, and explains the why behind every aid for every movement. She pushes you hard to be both the best rider and the best equestrian possible, and is extremely supportive and encouraging of whatever your goals may be in both the show ring and at home. She helped me bring my gelding up to second level and work through his many quirks, I HIGHLY recommend her as a trainer for all levels of riders." Read more
Duke Horsemanship, LLC

Duke Horsemanship, LLC

5.0Exceptional(9)
6 hires on Lessons
Serves Seattle, WA
Linda B. says, "Sheri Duke is amazing: supportive, patient and knowledgeable. An excellent instructor for all levels. Her stables and horses are very well cared for. A really good experience. " Read more
Sara Suryan

Sara Suryan

New on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Seattle, WA
Please email or call for details. Broader Seattle, WA area. ———————
JumpStart Training

JumpStart Training

New on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Seattle, WA
Kirsten (Kiri) Smith specializes in building a program to meet the needs of the horse and riders at their current level and discipline, creating achievable goals, and stretching their skills and progressing safely and patiently. The training program is customized to each horse and rider and the lesson program is designed to help you learn all aspects of horsemanship and partnership and gives you the tools needed to eventually own a horse if that is your goal. Kiri can help you find the perfect partner when you are ready. She also offers quality lesson horses which are available for full or partial lease. Her foundation started as a “Hunter/Ju...
Absolute Hunter/Jumpers

Absolute Hunter/Jumpers

New on Lessons
Serves Seattle, WA
Absolute Hunter/Jumpers is a reputable establishment located in Issaquah, Washington, and extends its services to surrounding areas. The company is renowned for its exceptional services and commitment to customer satisfaction. Take a chance on Absolute Hunter/Jumpers and experience unrivaled service delivery.
Gamble Creek Stables

Gamble Creek Stables

5.0(1)
1 hire on Lessons
18+ years in business
Serves Seattle, WA
Vikki S. says, "Tanya is a great instructor. The horses are well taken care of. Tanya is very knowledgeable and has a great way of explaining riding terms" Read more
Legacy Hunters And Jumpers

Legacy Hunters And Jumpers

New on Lessons
Serves Seattle, WA
Legacy Hunters and Jumpers, based in Woodinville, Washington, is the Northwest's premier organization for equestrian enthusiasts. With a focus on inspiring a lifelong love of riding, they offer training programs for riders of all levels, from beginners to advanced. Under the experienced guidance of owner Shelly Kerron, they provide specialized attention to each horse-rider duo, helping them become successful teams. Legacy's offerings also include summer camps and the opportunity to participate in prestigious competitions across the US and Canada.
Sage Meadows

Sage Meadows

New on Lessons
Serves Seattle, WA
Sage Meadows offers one-on-one, private riding lessons in various disciplines including huntseat, jumping, western, dressage, and showmanship. We also believe in teaching our riders good horsemanship. This includes teaching proper horse handling, grooming, tacking, maintenance, equine anatomy and vocabulary, as well as equine vet and health care practices. Teaching proper horsemanship not only prepares our students for horse ownership, but also teaches important life lessons of hard work, responsibility and the love of caring for animals....

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 Seattle horseback riding instructors

Recent success stories from people in the Seattle area.
Viktoria
I’ve been taking lessons with Vivian for a few years now. She’s very flexible and easy to work with. I had ridden as a teen and come back to the sport as an adult. She helped me to overcome some anxiety I’d developed as a result of my long break from riding. She was very patient and encouraging although I’m sure my nerves made me a challenging student. Ultimately, two years on she’s helped to find the perfect horse for me and continues to be a wonderful resource both as a teacher and someone I can come to with any question that pops up with first time horse ownership. With her help I’ve moved past my riding anxieties and we are now preparing for our first show experience. If you want someone who has years of experience, goes out of their way for their students through flexibility, book recommendations and has a vast amount of horse knowledge then she’ll be a great fit for you!
Doolittle Dressage
Linda B.
Sheri is an outstanding instructor. She is very knowledgeable, patient and supportive. Duke Horsemanship is a wonderful experience. The barn, grounds and horses are very well taken care of.
Duke Horsemanship, LLC
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