What To Wear For Riding Lessons

Cost For Horseback Riding Lessons

How to dress for a horseback riding lesson can depend on your instructor’s specific preferences, but some of the basic elements will be consistent no matter where you take your lessons. For instance, you will be required to wear an equestrian helmet that has ASTM/SEI certification. This is essential to ensure you’ll be protected in the event of an accident. (You can find a decent quality helmet for a price of $100 or less.) Remember that horses are big, strong animals and occasionally can be unpredictable. You need to be dressed for safety. You will also need to wear horse riding boots (good equestrian boots can cost between $200 and $400 or more) or at least a pair of supportive shoes that will stay on your feet. If you are horse riding for recreation only, you may not need to invest in riding clothes but you should at least select jeans and a t-shirt or other items that are close fitting and will allow you to move without fear of them getting in your way.

What It Costs

What you spend on horseback riding lessons depends on what type of sessions you select. You might opt for private lessons, which will be the more expensive avenue, but it will also help you learn the basics in the most efficient recommended way. An hour-long private horseback riding lesson can cost from $40 to $100 an hour, or can cost $25 to $65 for a half-hour private lesson. Semi-private horseback riding lessons can accommodate two students who split the cost. An hour semi-private horseback riding lesson might cost between $30 and $90 per student, or can cost $20 to $50 for a half-hour semi-private horseback riding lesson per student. Group horseback riding lessons are the least expensive. These horseback riding lessons can cost from $15 to $75 per student for an hour lesson, or can cost from $10 to $40 for a half-hour group horseback riding lesson

It can cost $10 to $65 for a half-hour lesson or from $15 to $100 for an hour lesson, with the price varying depending on whether you select a group, semi-private, or private setting.

Note that many horseback riding schools offer lesson packages that include multiple sessions. You may save a little (up to about 10 percent off) on the cost per horseback riding lesson by paying up front. Just keep in mind that the exact prices and how they are calculated, as well as what types of package deals are offered, can vary a great deal from stable to stable.

A Final Note

If you have your own horse and you want to learn to ride it, you should look for an horse instructor who will give you horseback riding lessons on your own animal. This can be very beneficial because it will allow you and your horse to be trained together and can enable you to learn how to ride most successfully. Some horse stables will charge you a little less for lessons if you use your own horse. (You might save about $10 per lesson), while others will charge the same price no matter whose horse you use because the same amount of work is involved.

Last Updated: Aug 15, 2011

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