Horseback Riding Lessons

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Maple Ridge Stables

We offer group and semi-private horseback riding lessons from April 9th thru October 31st.  Don't be afraid to call - even if lessons have already begun.  We are happy to give the private instruction needed to get you caught up and started with a group.

Horseback riding lessons are offered in English (Hunter/Jumper) and Western Pleasure. Students are taught how to care for, groom and tack their own horses. They work with horses "in hand" as well as "in the saddle" and learn to respect and love the animals they care for.

We believe in teamwork, commitment, honesty and fair play. We are not afraid to fail, as this strengthens our character and steels our determination; and of course, gives us a chance to try that again!

Group horseback riding lessons are available for ages 6 thru 16.

Outline of Class Age and Activity Requirements

Young Riders - Ages 5 - 6
Horse Sense, Rules and Reasons....Stop - Start and Stay on the horse. Each rider is paired with a more advanced student to gain confidence and play games on horseback. (The additional $5 fee is paid directly to the partnering student).

Beginner Classes I - Ages 7 - 12
Learn to groom, saddle and care for your horse. Learn to ride at the walk/trot correctly and with confidence. You will navigate small obstacles, practice form and use your natural aids to control your horse both seated and from the ground. Your level will be based on age and outcome of written and riding test.

Intermediate Level I - Ages 8 - 16
Horsemanship, breeds and markings and care of horses with knowledge of parasites and diseases.  Riding will consist of balance, speed and control at the trot and canter.

Intermediate Level II - Ages 10 -16
Beginning jumpers and students wishing to compete in speed events. Riding more advanced patterns, obstacles and with greater confidence. Students testing into this level must be prepared to devote more time and energy to their riding; which means a greater commitment by parents for transportation and support. 

Advanced Class Level I & II - Ages 12 -18
This class will perfect their riding. We will work on lead changes, roll backs, reining, horse behavior and basic training. These students will perform and participate in competitive events. This class of student is spending more time at the barn than at home. They are hard working, committed and dedicated. They bring an unparalleled level of sportsmanship and teamwork to working with other students and each other. These riders are not only talented, but hard working and compassionate. 

Drill Team - Ages 12+
This is a separate class and practices are scheduled as needed on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Students must ride at no less than Intermediate Level II and commit to every practice and event where the drill team is called for. These skilled Equestrians are confident and athletic and are able to react quickly in an environment where you are juggling horses, flags, ribbons, buckets, guns, small children and fire trucks! One of the most enjoyable and easily the most stressful of our classes. We just love it!

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