How Much Do Horse Riding Lessons Cost?
Horse riding lessons can come in many different levels. Whether you want to simply learn how to casually ride a horse, learn the technique and ways to ride a horse, or learn how to ride a horse competitively, you will need to be taught by a trained instructor. It would be very hard for someone who has never ridden a horse to do so without any type of training or instruction. This could also cause harm to the rider as well as the horse. To help you become a better rider, you may be thinking about taking horse riding lessons. The cost of these lessons is going to come down to the instructor teaching, the facility, the extent of your lessons, your geographical location, and other factors.
How much is it?
- Horse riding lessons can either be done one on one or they can be done in groups.
- Private lessons will cost anywhere from $200 to $450 for one month, and this will normally include around 3 to 5 lessons.
- If the instructor charges by the hour, be prepared to pay $45 to $90 per hour. This price will depend on the instructor’s credentials, experience, and reputation.
- For group lessons, the costs can vary anywhere from $150 to as much as $300. Again, this is going to include a pack of 3 to 5 lessons. Each facility is going to vary with its package plans.
- GreenlawnEquestrian.com has a list of their prices available on their website. The prices here range anywhere from $120 for four group lessons to as much as $260 for four private lessons. The more lessons that are purchased, the lower the price will be. For example, 40 lessons purchased can cost $240 per month, while 12 lessons can cost $170 for a group setting.
- Riding lessons for children under the age of five can cost $35 to $55 per half hour.
- For instance, CastlerockArabians.com charges $50 per half hour for children’s courses.
- Many facilities offer day camps for kids, usually run during summer vacation. In a day camp, the instructors will compile all the information the rider needs to know in one day. These day camps usually last 6-8 hours and can cost $80 to $200. Because each camp is run differently, there may be some facilities that run a week-long camp for 2 or 3 hours per day.
What is going to be included?
- The first time you meet with the instructor, he will evaluate your skill and decide where to start with your lessons. From there, he will be able to determine exactly where you stand with riding. Most novice riders will start with a basic walk/trot instruction. From there, it can be as advanced as jumping instructions. As the rider learns more, the lessons can become more complex.
- In a group setting, an instructor will work more with the group rather than one on one. He will give instructions for everyone to follow simultaneously, and may therefore not notice small mistakes that you might be making.
- After a certain number of lessons, some stables can put on a show for friends and family to showcase what you have learned so far.
- Most lessons last thirty minutes to one hour.
What are the extra costs?
- No matter the situation, a riding helmet must always be worn. Some stables will include an approved equestrian helmet while others may make you purchase one. If you do not have one, most retail for $40 to $125. Aside from the helmet, long pants and riding boots may be required as well. A low-cost outfit should cost you no more than $250.
- Most stables have horses designated for lessons; however, there may be times when you can choose a different horse for a premium fee. All stables will vary.
Tips to know:
- Most instructors will want you to take at least four to six lessons to get a good grasp on riding. One lesson will not really accomplish anything.
- To make sure that you are getting one of the best instructors around, be sure to check his credentials. The ARIA (American Riding Instructors’ Association) is a popular credential that many instructors hold.
- There are advantages to private lessons as well as group lessons. If you take lessons with other people, the cost will be less per rider. However, you will not get the one-one-one attention. A private lesson, while more expensive, will give you the instructors undivided attention.
Questions to ask your riding instructor:
- How long have your ridden horses?
- How long have you been teaching?
- Do you carry any sort of insurance?
- Do you compete in horse shows? If so, how do you compete? How do you place?
- Do you have any sort of credentials?
- How many students do you teach?
How can I save money?
- If you are not in need of immediate lessons, try taking lessons in the off-peak season. When the stables are not busy, many professionals are willing to teach for a lower fee.
- Usually, the more lessons you purchase in a package, the more that you are going to be able to save per lesson.
- Some stables may offer free lessons in exchange for volunteer work. Check with a few places in your area to see if anything like this is available.