Horseback riding lessons are available for adults of any skill level from beginners to performance professionals. Instructors offer lessons in Western or English-style riding. Student goals when taking riding lessons include fun and relaxation, dressage, competition, trail riding and show jumping. Students do not need to own a horse to take horseback riding lessons. Lesson costs typically include the use of a horse owned by the instructor or stable. Several factors affect the cost of horseback riding lessons.
Most horseback riding instruction begins with an introductory lesson during which the coach can evaluate the skill level of the student and determine the best course of action. Depending on the teacher or riding academy, the intro class may cost more or less than subsequent lessons. Here are a couple examples:
Intro lesson with Julie Blackburn in Bridgewater, Massachusetts: $45
- One-hour evaluation session with Debut Arabians’ head instructor at the company’s stables in Seagoville, Texas: $80
Lesson length directly affects the cost. Students pay for not only the teacher’s expertise but also his or her time. Lessons are commonly offered in 30- or 60-minute increments. Here are some pricing examples based on lesson length:
Julie Blackburn: Half-hour private lesson for $45; one-hour private lesson for $60
- Hillary Carlson LLC in Westerville, Ohio: Half-hour private lesson for $50; one-hour private lesson for $75
Private lessons will almost always cost more than semi-private or group lessons because students get the exclusive time and attention of the teacher. The more in-demand a teacher’s time is, the higher his or her private lesson rates will be. Debut Arabians only offers private instruction, as an extension of their training beliefs. Each private half-hour lesson (beyond the company’s introductory one-hour lesson) costs $45.
Semi-private horseback riding lessons are often made up of groups of two or three riders. They tend to be less expensive than private lessons but more expensive than group lessons. Students still benefit from individualized instruction. Here are some examples of semi-private lesson pricing:
Julie Blackburn: $45 per rider for a one-hour semi-private lesson
- Hillary Carlson LLC: $60 per rider for a one-hour semi-private lesson
Students may opt to take group lessons, which Hillary Carlson LLC defines as a lesson with four or more riders. Teachers can charge less per person for group lessons because they are maximizing their time resources. For example, Hillary Carlson LLC charges $50 per rider for a one-hour group lesson, which is a $10 savings over her one-hour semi-private lesson and a $25 savings over her one-hour private lesson.
Some instructors offer horseback riding lesson packages, which typically must be prepaid upfront. The immediate cost will be higher, but the price per lesson will be less than if students buy each lesson individually over time. Packages benefit the rider with a lower overall cost and benefit the instructor with the insurance of ongoing business.