Do you give trail rides?
We can provide guided trail rides to riders with their own horses. We do not give trail rides on our lesson horses. We have access to a public gravel trail which is a 4 mile round trip and takes about an hour and a half if you walk the whole way. We’re also a part of the Orlean Community Trail System if you’re interested in finding other horse trails in the area we encourage you to join the group, membership is free. If you’re looking for a place that can provide horses for guided trail rides you can find them at Kelly’s Ford Equestrian Center in Remington, VA or the Marriott Ranch in Hume, VA.
How do I sign up for a lesson or visit?
How much do lessons cost?
Please refer to our price list. We offer pay as you go or packages of lessons at discounted prices.
How long are lessons?
Lead line lessons are 30 minutes which includes up to 15 minutes in the saddle. Regular lessons are 60 minutes which includes about 45 minutes in the saddle.
When are lessons available?
Lessons are available Saturdays and Sundays typically from 10am – 6pm and on Wednesday afternoons from 4pm – 6pm. Lessons are first come first serve.
How do I pay for my lessons? Do you accept credit cards?
We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards through PayPal. You can pay in person when you arrive or online before your lesson starts. If you choose to pay with a credit card we charge an additional, small payment transaction fee.
What’s the difference between lead line lessons and regular lessons?
Lead Line Lessons – 30 minute instruction for children recommended for ages 4 to 6 or children that don’t have the patience/attention or physical capabilities for a full hour lesson. The child will get to groom and pet the horse and feed it treats but they won’t spend more than 15 minutes in the saddle. There’s some very basic instruction on the tack and parts of the horse. The horse is tacked up for the child and the child is led by an instructor the entire time they’re in the saddle.
Regular Lessons – 60 minute instruction for ages 6 and up. In depth instruction is given on parts of the horse and tack, how to ride, horse care and stable management. Riders learn to groom and tack their horses and will get about 45 minutes in the saddle. Small children always start their lesson on a lead line until we’re sure they can independently stop and steer the horse for safety reasons.
Do you teach English and Western?
We have both English and Western adult and children saddles so you can ride in whichever you feel most comfortable in.
What should I wear to my lesson?
Something you don’t mind getting dirty in. A mid, quarter or long sleeved t-shirt or polo shirt. Riding pants or jeans, yoga pants are okay as long as they cover your leg all the way to your ankle. Socks and narrow toed shoe with a 1 inch heel or lower. No open toed shoes or dresses.Your clothing shouldn’t be movement restrictive but it shouldn’t so large that it makes it hard to see the outline of your body which makes it hard to properly evaluate your position in the saddle. Wear a fitted jacket or vest with a hood or a sweater and a pair of gloves when it’s cold.
Is this is the right place for me to take lessons?
You won’t know until you come out and meet the instructor and horses. See what the place is like and watch how other people and the animals are treated. If you can watch a lesson at various barns to see how the students and instructor interact with each other and how the horses behave when they’re being ridden. Are the students engaged and actively learning? Are they asked to reflect critically and does their instruction vary based on skill, comprehension and other personalized needs? Does the horse fit the rider’s abilities? Are students constantly falling off horses or getting hurt? Is the instructor asking them to do something beyond their skill level? Advancing students too quickly is a huge contributing factor to riders getting injured. Make your own decision and don’t be afraid to try out other places.
How long until I can start jumping?
First of all, do you want to jump? A lot of places will start teaching you to jump even if you’re not interested in it. If you want to jump we start out with lots of ground poles and jumping position and lower leg exercises before moving on to cavalettis and small cross rails. Jumping depends on each person’s physical capabilities and learning styles and natural abilities. Typically it takes 6 months to a year for the average rider who takes lessons once a week to start jumping. Developing the muscle strength to properly hold yourself in the saddle without being thrown forwards or backwards isn’t an overnight learning process. However, riders that are able to stand in proper jumping position (no falling forwards or backwards) for 2 times around the arena or 4 times around the round pen at a trot may start learning to jump.
Can I sign up for weekly or bi-weekly lessons?
Yes we can accommodate anyone, whether you want to ride once for fun or come out regularly. If you’re planning to come out on a regular basis we encourage you to purchase a pair of riding pants, chaps and boots. You may also be interested in purchasing a helmet however we have helmets available for you to use. If you’d like to take regular lessons you should consider purchasing a package of lessons which are offered at a discounted price.