Receive instruction with a professional trainer in a discipline best suited to the riders goals.
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Children's Riding Lessons
Setting up a short lessons will help you and your child decide whether riding is going to be something they want to stick with. If they really like it, you can book more lessons.
Beginner Riding Lessons
A 20 minute beginner riding lesson in a small arena< teaches rider basis of control and balance. A beginner riding lesson is an ideal preparation for the Shenandoah trail ride. Minimum Age 6 years old. $25/ person.
Early riding lessons will be in the small arena and will cover skills such as maintaining position at the walk, the basic aids to turn and to stop the horse and exercises to enhance balance and confidence. Once the child can apply the basic aids to stop and turn, lessons will be conducted in an larger arena or other confined area, allowing the child to practice and hone those skills and learn new ones, such as rising to the trot, in relative safety.Children that are old enough will probably be taught about grooming and tacking up too.
Once the child is confident and capable at the very basics, some instructors like to group two or more children together in a group lesson. Group lessons introduce the element of friendly competition, as the children each strive to do their best in front of their class mates and cheer each other on as they learn a new skill.
Children can gain so much from riding lessons. They learn patience, compassion for another being, responsibility, sportsmanship and a lot more. And, can result in a life long passion for horses and the enjoyment of riding.
First Time Horseback Ride or Lead Line Ride
A First Time Horseback Ride is a 10 minute lead line ride for first timers and little ones. A guide will walk the horse while one of the parents walk along side the first time rider. Ages two to eight years old. $15/ person.
Adult Riding Lessons
Our programs giving horseback riding lessons to adults have been chosen with great care to offer the best available lessons with professional trainers who are active competitors . These teachers are not just competent trainers and riders, but give students the personal attention they deserve. Everyone can benefit from lessons and the time invested pays huge dividends quickly by increasing one's enjoyment in riding. The right kinds of lessons make the sport safer and lead to a more rewarding relationship with the horse. One hour lesson for adults is $90/person, which includes use of a school horse.
Instructors are knowledgeable horse-people who teach the lessons at Shenandoah and enjoy working with children.
A Shenandoah Riding Center Liability Release Form and Helmet wavier must be completed before riding.