Horseback riding lessons and programs

Lessons and after-school programs for young equestrians

Find horseback riding lessons near you, listed below. Every child should experience the pleasure of learning to ride a horse. Camps and programs listed directly below offer extensive lessons in horseback riding. Under that list find after-school and weekend programs with some horse-related activities. Beneath the lists, learn more about horseback riding. Read more

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    Programs focusing on Horseback Riding/Equestrian (4 results)

    Places and programs listed below offer lessons for both beginners and experienced riders who want to learn more. Providers will be rurally located, offering extensive opportunities to ride trails with others, develop a rapport with horses, learn about tack, and more.

    Horseback Riding

    Horseback Riding Group Lessons
    Mar 27, 2023 - Nov 30, 2024
    • Pickering, ON
    • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $265

    Weekly Horseback Riding Lessons Ages 7 and up Visit website

    Belle Wood Equestrian2656-192023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-01,30,3,programclass,coed,
    Horseback Riding

    Weekly Lesson Program - Beginner Program
    Mar 24, 2023 - Nov 30, 2024
    • Pickering, ON
    • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $375

    Private introductory to riding lessons. One to One with Belle Woods elite coaches. Visit website

    Belle Wood Equestrian3756-192023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-01,30,3,programclass,coed,
    Horseback Riding

    Trail Rides
    Oct 17, 2022 - May 31, 2023
    • Caledon, ON
    • Age 10 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $55

    Horseback riding through the beautiful Headwaters region in Caledon, Ontario. Visit website

    Teen Ranch5510-192022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-01,30,3,programclass,coed,
    Horseback Riding

    Inspirational Trail Rides
    Apr 01 - Dec 15, 2023
    • Rocky Mountain House, AB
    • Age 10 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $100
    Rocky Mountain HouseAlberta

    Learn to connect heart to heart with your horse. Emotional connections enhance your trail ride = Wellness for all! Visit website

    Wildhorse Ranch10010-192023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,320,1,30,3,programclass,coed,

    Programs offering Horseback Riding/Equestrian as an activity (1 results)

    Programs listed below may offer some horseback riding, part of a broader schedule of activities.


    Open Farm Days
    Aug 19 - Aug 20, 2023
    • Rocky Mountain House, AB
    • Age 10 to 18+ (Coed)
    • From $10
    Rocky Mountain HouseAlberta

    Agri-tourism and rural sustainability. Join us for fresh from the garden food tasting, lunch, horse events and more! Visit website

    Wildhorse Ranch1010-192023-08-01,81,6,292,5,337,134,320,1,153,30,3,188,0,programclass,coed,

    Programs with Horseback Riding/Equestrian, session dates TBD

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    Five benefits of horseback riding lessons

    Access to fresh air. Horseback riding is a great way for kids to engage with nature. During lessons, kids get a chance to take a break from their homework and screens and venture into the natural world for fresh air.

    Socialization. Kids will always be socializing with their riding instructor or their peers. Horseback riding lessons encourage kids to communicate, learn, and share with a diverse group of people. Broadening social skills is an important part of becoming strong, well-rounded adults.

    Exercises the body. Horseback riding may seem like a sedentary activity, but it does exercise the body. Kids will begin to strengthen their legs and posture in these classes, helping them initiate and maintain an active lifestyle.

    Connection to nature. Of course, horseback riding lessons are a great way to connect with animals. Kids grow a bond with their horse. This exposure is a great way for kids to connect with the animal world and come to relish the beauty of nature.

    Long-term mental health benefits. Riding a horse may seem daunting at first, but over time, riding can become an important outlet. The British Horse Society found that “horseback riding stimulated mainly positive psychological feelings”. During horseback riding lessons, kids will be beneficiaries of these mental health benefits, thus improving their wellbeing and reducing their stress.

    What will your child learn in horseback riding lessons?

    On our horseback-riding camps page, learn how instructors help kids partner with the right horse or pony, and how lessons providers teach kids how to dress for safety. Here are some other things kids and teens learn. 

    Animal care. Horses are strong, fast, and large creatures. Kids learn how to be gentle, communicate with, and stay safe around them. They learn how to be considerate and respectful of the horse. Practice of this proper care can lead to deeper interest in, and understanding of, other domestic animals.

    Reading body language. Staying safe is important during horseback riding sessions. In classes, instructors educate kids on how to read a horse’s body language. This will help them identify when the animal seems stressed or excited. With an emphasis on safety, instructors teach kids the necessary cautionary steps to take. In this, kids develop their sensitivity to animals, understanding how they express emotions.

    Control. Taking control of the horse is an important step in horseback riding lessons. Kids must be able to lead and assert their dominance over their horse, to stay safe and ride with ease. By taking on this assertive role, kids develop confidence.

    Increased awareness. Kids’ spatial and emotional awareness get tested during lessons. Kids must be aware of what’s around them, where they’re going, and how their horse is behaving at all times. When they remain focused, kids preserve the safety of both themselves and their steed.

    Essential character building. Children’s responsibility, courage, and generosity are challenged during horseback riding lessons. These skills are important to master as young children. Kids develop character traits and use them in school and future employment. Horseback riding lessons nourish strong, confident, and compassionate children worthy of being leaders.

    Questions to ask horseback riding programs

    1. Are there clear first aid procedures in place in the case of an emergency?
    2. Is there a dress code during lessons? What clothing or accessories are provided?
    3. How much time is dedicated to instructional and safety training vs. riding?
    4. How many instructors are supervising riders at a time?

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    Sources and further reading

    "How horseback riding is beneficial for mental health."

    "Understanding horse body language."

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How many Horseback riding lessons and programs are there?
    There are 4 programs specializing in Horseback Riding/Equestrian. In addition, there are 1 programs offering horseback riding/equestrian as an activity. Use the filters to narrow by age and program type, then click on matched programs to see daily activities, dates, rates and registration information.

    What are the fees to attend Horseback riding lessons and programs?
    Fees for Horseback riding lessons and programs range from $55 to $825 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.

    What age do Horseback riding lessons and programs start at?
    There are programs available for children aged 6 through 19.

    Where can parents meet with Horseback riding lessons and programs?
    Meet with program directors and staff at the Our Kids Camp & Program Expo. The Expo is held annually in February, and is a fun and informative day for parents, kids, and teens. Find event details and free tickets here.


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