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  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 min
  • Los Altos, CA

Vivian H.

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I love going to Kristen's ranch and meet with her for my horseback riding lesson!! There are several amazing trails near the ranch, and riding on the trial just help you clear your mind so much. Kristen is extremely patient and I love her energy when I'm riding with her. I keep doing all the moves wrong lol , but she is always so patient in correcting me. My work schedule couldn't allow me to stick with the ride weekly which is sad, but I highly recommend Kristen if anyone is looking for a horseback riding instructor in the Bay Area.

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I just started riding a little while ago, most trainers that have given me lessons have looked down on me; being a beginner on the older side. I really appreciated how she treated me like the age I am.

Jenny C.

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Kristen is great! It's so relaxing and fun learning the basics of horseback riding with her. I can't wait for my next lesson! Thanks, Kristen!

  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 hours
  • Castro Valley, CA

Ali M.

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Beautiful facility, very nice and welcoming people, fun riding experience. I would highly recommend coming up and checking it out

Robin D.

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Excellent care of horses, and Danielle found me a great teacher for private riding lessons

Judy E.

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Great first lesson, my daughter learned so much about tacking and riding in one lesson.

  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Griffin E.

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I started taking lessons at St. Francis Riding Club a few weeks ago and have nothing but positive things to say: the horses are well trained and treated well, the instruction is impeccable, and Oni is awesome. I look forward to going every week.

Leslie C.

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I had my first lesson with Oni and had a great time. I felt very safe in her hands and was able to learn how to maneuver the horse. Got to try out the trot which was pretty fun! I would definitely recommend her for future lessons.

  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 11 hours
  • Los Gatos, CA

Katherine M.

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Our 10 year old daughter Ella has been riding with Kate for about 2 years. We cannot say enough about how wonderful Kate is for Ella and all of the other kids at the barn. She builds their self-confidence, their leadership skills, and has high expectations of them...all in a low pressure environment which is an usual magical combination. It goes with our saying that Kate's riding is exceptional and her dedication to all things equestrian is superlative. She trains Ella to ride her best, every ride, but somehow manages to make the hard work FUN. She pushes Ella and the kids to be their best and they are eager to please her and make her proud. And in turn, she helps them be proud of their accomplishments. Last Summer we bought a horse for Ella - we didn't know where to begin. Kate helped us every step of the way to get the absolute right match for Ella. A few months later when Ella developed some fears, Kate worked with Ella to overcome her fears and develop as a stronger rider. Kate works tirelessly, night and day, at the barn for the kids and the horses. The kids all want to hang around and watch Kate instruct the other kids because they learn so much just by watching. Sometimes Kate will bring in experts for specific clinics and this has always been a huge learning experience for the kids. Kate also organizes many fun shows so the kids can get a taste of riding competitively. And as if this is not enough, in Jan 2017, Kate gave Ella the riding goals they had written down for 2017...we were so pleased that, with Kate's guidance, Ella achieved every one of them. I can't say enough about this amazing young woman and how fortunate we feel to have her influence and presence in our daughter's life. She is an all-around, phenomenal role model for kids.

Thomas B.

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Kate is very knowledgeable and communicates well with her students. She is enthusiastic, patient and kind, and able to be firm and professional but always fun. Tabitha (age 10) looks forward to her riding lessons and also the many riding competitions that Kate involves her students in. We are happy to have found Kate Little. Tabitha and Tom

Ellie R.

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Kate Little was extremely helpful and took my needs into consideration during my lesson. I got a full hour lesson if not more, and she was solely focused on me and my riding. I will definitely take more lessons in the future with Kate.

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 14 min
  • Sunol, CA

Christine G.

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I came to horseback riding rather late in my life, and at first I was a bit apprehensive around horses. But right from the start, Susan was able to create a such a sphere of peace and calm around us and the horse, that I was able to center myself and let myself be totally absorbed in the experience. Any uneasiness I might have felt just evaporated. This first impression of peace lasted throughout all the lessons I took with Susan. She was able to gradually, naturally introduce new elements in the riding / handling of the horse so that I felt each time comforted and elated at what I was able to accomplish. At the same time she challenged me just so to make it interesting, especially since I always felt safe in what she was asking me and the horse to do. I knew I could do it, and my confidence and enjoyment grew steadily. What I like about her approach also, is that she considers the horse and the rider as a whole, as a team moving together. Doing ground work with her is an eye-opener. With fun and creative exercises, Susan will point out all the little details that make you understand and feel closer to your horse. And what a thrill to experience that you can, at a distance, be "in sync" with your horse, running along together at liberty, but being connected nonetheless by that invisible thread that is the mark of a real, close relationship based on trust, understanding, and respect. If you are in the SF Bay Area, I would highly recommend that you check her out. I don't live there anymore, but if I did, I would go back to her. Why don't you give yourself a little break, especially if you feel stressed out? Take the time to be out in a beautiful natural environment, get close to these great animals and be helped by this special teacher, and it will make you forget about everything else, leaving you very relaxed, joyful, and revitalized.

Kevin K.

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I have been taking horsemanship lessons with Susan for nearly three years and, in that time, I have improved my riding skills and my confidence working around horses immensely. She's an extraordinarily patient teacher and I value her natural approach above other forms of riding I have tried before. At the ranch where she teaches, Susan has access to a large covered arena, a large outdoor arena, round pen, and trails... plus, with any number of horses to choose from, you are guaranteed to find a good fit for whatever your horse riding goals are. I recommend her natural approach without hesitation. Try it... I think you'll like it!

Suzanne L.

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I had always wanted to learn to take horseback riding lessons but as I got older I felt that maybe it was too late. Then I found Susan. When I had started I had never been on a horse. Her Natural Horsemanship method of teaching gave me a wonderful foundation and made me very comfortable around horses because I learned how they think and how they may respond. Susan, is a wonderful, patient instructor and I highly recommend her. Suzanne

  • Pleasanton, CA

Lena C.

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I have been training with Dina for 10 years. She is a phenomenal teacher. Dina learns each of her students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailors her lessons accordingly. She always talks with her students to find out each of their goals and develops a program to help them reach it. I am always telling her she has the patience of a saint. My riding skills would not be where they are today if it weren’t for her teaching me over the years. Dina always gives the horses the best care and training. I never worried about my horse when I had to leave town because I knew he would be cared for like he was her own. Dina incorporates many different activities (shows, trail rides, cross country schooling, horse camping) to make her students’ riding experience the best it can be. If you are looking to advance your riding skills and have a good time doing it, I highly recommend training with Dina.

Katie F.

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I loved my experiences at Vescera Show Stables! Dina is kind and easy going-she makes riding and the barn fun. I have moved on as a professional jockey at the racetrack and I credit Dina and her experience combined with her teaching ablilty for a lot of my success. She teaches the foundations needed to go on in this business. I would recommend her to riders of any level-everyone can benifit from her. Can't say enough good things about her-shes a trainer, a rider, a teacher, and a worker!!

Monica N.

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Dena has a fun goal oriented program appropriate for all levels of riding. She helped me gain confidence, refine technique and has helped me reach the goals I have always wanted for me and my horse. Her program integrates fun, safety, real horsemanship and a focus on a high level of riding. Her range of experience and ability is training young horses makes her a wonderful resource for starting horses, helping with specific problems as well as a focus on developing strong riders.

  • 19 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Martin, CA

Michelle S.

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Dee Dee is wonderful. She's professional, very knowledgable in her field, patient with kids, and a pleasure to work with. Very much enjoying watching my daughter learn to ride!

  • 27 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 22 hours

Lori B.

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I highly recommend Dennis and Bright Ranch for horseback riding! My 10 year old son begged for us to get him lessons for almost a year. I found the Bright Ranch and explained exactly what kind of experience we were looking for. After the first lesson, my son gave Dennis the highest compliments and is looking forward to many days spent learning to ride and care for the horses. We are very happy to have found such a great program!

Anthony B.

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Dennis is thoroughly knowledgeable on horses and horsemanship. He is attuned to the needs of the student and learning styles. I am still taking lessons and look forward to the next lesson and the positive aura at Bright Ranch.

Maria L.

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Awesome experience. Great family atmosphere. Great skills.

  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Livermore, CA


Our services include horse riding lessons, training for the horse and rider, colt starting, dressage, jumping, eventing, warm blood inspection preparation, stallion handling, etc.

  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Brentwood, CA

Kimi S.

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Megan is awesome at what she does! No matter your experience level she is able to accommodate riders of all ages. I had not rode a horse since I was about 10, so I was a little nervous, but Megan made it so much fun and eased my nerves! She has several horses that will accommodate riders of all ages.

Jennifer M.

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I had a fantastic riding lesson! Peter was patient, encouraging and confident as he taught me the basics of riding. I was really nervous but Peter gently led me through the lesson and I would definitely recommend him. As a classroom teacher I can recognize when someone is able to impart information clearly so that the learner can experience success. I highly recommend Peter Adame

  • 6 years in business
  • Redwood City, CA


Everyone offers a different way of training, horses and humans alike respond differently with who they interact with. I like to make relationships with the students as well as horses and see how we can better communicate between all parties by studying human and horse behavior.

  • Redwood Estates, CA


I am an English riding instructor. I teach English riding from beginner to advanced. I teach dressage, jumping and eventing. I also teach very beginner riders balanced seat. Please call for more info.

  • Pleasanton, CA


Highland Riding... the place to ride before you own! Highland Riding is a program specifically for children, teens, and adults to begin English riding and develop skills for a lifetime with horses. We emphasize strong basics in dressage/balanced seat/beginning jumping to provide for safe advancement to future horse ownership. Our students have gone on to compete at national levels in dressage and eventing. Several of them have become professional trainers, while many others continue enjoyment on a recreational level.


We offer horseback riding lessons for children in Milpitas, CA. Ride Robbie the Quarter Pony or your own horse or pony. Relaxed high-quality lessons are geared to the rider's own pace. Focus on rider confidence, correct technique, and fun. Enjoy trail rides and plenty of low-stress practice time. Lessons are given in Milpitas CA.


Fremont Hills Stables offers year round riding lessons in private, semi-private, or group formats. We have Mommy 'N Me classes for 3 to 5-year olds and can start regular lessons at age 6. We offer birthday parties and summer camps for all levels of riding, as well as adult horsemanship classes.


We are teaching therapeutic riding to all ages and disabilities, and Centered Riding-inspired techniques to our abled volunteers.

  • San Ramon, CA


Providing western riding lessons to ages 5 and up! We also offer birthday parties, ranch days and more. Our horses are gentle giants and welcome their riders. We offer excellent full service boarding with trail access to Las Trampas Regional Park.

  • San Juan Bautista, CA


Seven Oaks Farm is a fun and friendly place for people who want to learn about horses, learn how to ride, or who want to train in dressage. We have several safe, well-trained school horses, many of whom can go to horse shows, that will help you learn to be the best horse person that you can be.

  • Watsonville, CA


We do it all! We are dedicated to serving our customer's needs, and our goal is 100% horse satisfaction. We strive to bring you the best in quality knowledge, experience and service. We want every horse to become an enjoyable partner, whatever your discipline. Michelle has ridden horses all of her life and has trained horses and riders professionally for over 25 years. Our ranch offers horse boarding, training, horse sales, horseback trail rides and pony parties.


We offer horseback riding lessons in a variety of disciplines. We offer lessons for the beginning rider all the way to the advanced rider. Our horses are well cared for and quality trained. Our horses are trained in western, English, hunt seat, dressage (training level through 3rd level), endurance and pleasure riding. The lesson fee includes a one-hour lesson and a one-hour practice session.

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