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Tacoma Horseback Riding Instructors

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Doolittle Dressage
4.7
from 23 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Alice B.
Verified review

Have had several horse riding instructors but Vivian seemed incredibly knowledgeable from the start, and was able to explain things better than any other instructor. She is absolutely fantastic and appropriate for any level of riding, from beginner up! She is also on time, flexible, and easy to get ahold of, and lesson horses were located a pretty short drive from seattle. Absolutely would recommend to a friend.

Rita Kapetansky
4.6
from 12 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Lori B.
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Rita worked with my daughter for basic lessons. She can be a firm task master, but she gets results and enjoys seeing her students succeed. I don't know the names of any particular style/type of training referenced here, all I can say is my daughter now has one of the BEST seats i've ever seen a rider at her level of experience. She doesn't show, doesn't have her own horse, so this was for her to have horse time and learn. Rita made her so solid in her seat that when she rides now, she has no concerns; she is very confident. That was what I wanted for her. We didn't stay nearly as long with Rita as I would've liked but I highly recommend her for anyone who wants to learn how to ride, and she will take you further if you want to compete. But be prepared to work! It's a good thing.

Red Raven Equine
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Emily R.
Verified review

Britt is a great horse person, and I know from working in the industry how hard that is to find. I sought her out to do cross training, and improve my seat. She not only helped me tremendously maintaining my goals there, but she has also provided me with scores of valuable information that have improved my overall experience as a horse person myself. Britt is an incredible asset to the Wester Washington horse community, everyone can learn a lot from her.

Brackenhollow Stables
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jill W.
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9/21/2013 Our daughter has been at Brackenhollow Stables for close to 7 years now. We travel 35 minutes for her weekly or twice weekly lesson and our daughter has grown in her riding and love of horses all along the way. We love Brackenhollow -- Joanna has always challenged our daughter but always in a safe way. The horses are treated with respect and never handled roughly which is not easy to find. Thanks to Joanna and Duschka for the years of outings (thanks Duschka), Pony Club lessons (thanks again Duschka) and many years of attention in lessons and our growth in horse knowledge (thanks to both Joanna and Duschka)!!! Lauren and Jill

Corbett Stables LLC
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 58 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alynda S.
Verified review

We have loved working with Troy and Corbett Stables. We got a block of 5 lessons for my horse loving daughter for Christmas 2 years ago. She was 5 then and Troy has been amazing working with her. His ability to balance being supportive and encouraging, but also pushing her to continue learning definitely is a skill on its own. This is not to discount his knowledge of the sport/horses and willingness to share this with the entire family with our many questions. My daughter’s confidence in her riding abilities and her self confidence in general have benefited by horse riding especially under such a great trainer!

Gates Equestrian
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 19 years in business
Susan H.
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Kristi is a superb equestrian coach and trainer. Before being taught by Kristi I had been riding for several years and had been on a plateau for too long. I am an older adult and had been riding in lessons 2-3 times a week. The progress I made with Kristi was incredible (and immediate) even riding the same horse. Kristi sees the details and can tell/show her student how to fix the problems. In private or group settings, Kristi always brings a high level of energy to each lesson. Kristi is thoughtful, creative and focused on keeping it safe - for the horse and rider. In a group lesson environment, Kristi manages to make the lesson very effective and manageable even with students at different levels. My young adult daughter is also coached by Kristi. Her confidence as well as mine has improved significantly. I highly recommend Kristi Gates whether you want to excel in the competitive show ring or for pure pleasure.

Dressage Dancers
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lydia V.
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I have been taking dressage lessons with Carol for 10 years and it has been an amazing journey. I have learned so much and have ridden a variety of different horses. Carol is very flexible and does what she can to work with my schedule. I have learned lots from her and the horses i take lessons on.

The Whole Horse Place
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Naomi T.
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My husband and I are the proud parents of 3 children ages 6-12. We have been going for two years. We love The Whole Horse Place! The children adore Mrs. Tina and all of the horses. Each of our children have learned everything they need to know, to care for horses by taking the year long course on Equine Science and Horsemanship. One of the coolest lessons included dissecting a real cows eye! My oldest son (12) had some difficulties relaxing; which is why we started taking him for lessons. After just a couple of lessons we noticed a huge difference in his disposition, and confidence! Our family highly recommends " The Whole Horse Place". Give Mrs. Tina and her horses a try, you'll be glad you did!

Canter Lane Dressage
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Heather S.
Verified review

Patty has been amazing with my 7 year old daughter and has given me some lessons as well. The horses and stalls are well maintained and Patty matching the horse to the rider very well. I reserve no hesitation in recommending her to any one interested in riding, no matter your level.

Feather Equestrian Academy
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 17 years in business
Alice B.
Verified review

My granddaughter has been taking lessons and going to camps and clinics now for five years. Leslie has helped her to build self confidence and develop her horse riding skills. Leslie is a very positive influence in her life and she also loves her many friends she’s made. It’s been a very good experience for her.

Saddle Rock Stables LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Jessy M.
    Verified review

    I've been riding here for close to 6 years steadily and there was about a year before that where I came and did trail rides and the odd lesson. For most of those years I've ridden with Markelle and she is incredible. She has all the patience and good will to work with new, inexperienced riders and take them to becoming capable riders with a good foundation in all parts of riding and understanding the horse. I started out a western rider who was truly terrible at english but she's made me into a confident eventer who is now riding and partly training horses for her and an owner at the barn. Saddle Rock is a great place for any rider of any skill level. Jordan, Markelle's older sister, is more experienced and competes regularly in Olympic level competitions so she knows how to train champions and she's really good at pushing the rider. She's not as good with new riders because she's very go go go and doesn't work with new riders anymore. They either go to Nicolette who is amazing for young riders or to Markelle and they stay with her because Markelle is the type of trainer you grow up with in riding. Markelle is more laid back but don't mistake that for lack of skill in teaching, she just knows when to push and when it's enough. I learn more from her every lesson and am totally grateful for my years at Saddle Rock Stables with Markelle and Jordan. The facility is also super nice and we have both an indoor arena where we do more of the dressage and a large outdoor arena with lots of varied types of jumps for practicing showjumping. For cross country we go to other facilities that have a cross country course as we do not have one. The barn is also located in a large horsey neighborhood so we can go on trailrides in the summer and they are the best. Saddle Rock is truly a special place and I would rather ride here than almost anywhere else.

    Cadbury Farm
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Elisia M.
      Verified review

      I have had the pleasure of working with Nichole over the last 15 years. Her style of teaching is unique and amazing. Nichole has an ability to explain how to correctly use your body (posture, alignment, use of muscles, bones etc) to ride each stride, movement and gait of your horse in harmony. Her lessons are the perfect combination of fun, hard work and understanding the theory behind what you are working on. Nichole has a phenominal understanding of classical dressage theory and shares this knowlege freely with her clients through many modalities. Her understainding of how people and horses learn and the biomechanics of dressage is unmatched.

      Sunset Lake Horsemanship
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 61 years in business
      Scott P.
      Verified review

      My 8 year old daughter has been taking lessons for the better part of one year now. She loves the instructor, the horses, and the facility. Instruction is age appropriate and well paced. The staff is friendly with flexible schedules. I highly recommend Sunset Lake for anyone looking to improve their horsemanship skills.

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Teasha F.
      Verified review

      Super friendly, very clean set up & beautiful horses.

      Tempo Horse Training
      5.0
      from 1 review
        Jessica B.
        Verified review

        My 6 year old daughter is taking her first horse back riding lessons from The Red Horse Farm. Ihave to say it is truly an amazing place. She has learn so much in only 3 lessons and to be able to watch her smile and enjoy every moment is a wonderful experience. Everyone at The Red Horse Farm is friendly, and it feels more like you are part of the family. Susan is teaching my daughter and I could not have asked for a better teacher. She is funny and has taughter her every single thing that a new rider needs to know and beyond. This is such an amzing place! Thank you to everyone at The Red Horse Farm for everything you do!

        Jackie F.
        Verified review

        Jim was kind and courteous. It's great that they have a covered arena. The instructor was fine, but I decided not to continue with lessons due to health issues.

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        I provide riding and general horsemanship in a caring and loving way for kids and adults to learn and have fun. I am great at teaching beginners or experienced riders in caring for horses, health issues, explaining tack, and riding.

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        Offering school horse and pony lessons, summer horse and pony camp, board and training for riders ages 5 and up! Our horses and ponies are calm, safe, and excellent teachers. Our competition riders have competed at both the national and international levels with many top accolades. The Hillcrest Training staff has over 20 years each in the horse industry and our private facility and safe lesson horses and ponies allow us to customize a lesson or training program to fit all riders even those with special needs.

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        We are specializing in barrel racing, gymkhana, horse breaking, tune-ups, and riding lessons for the beginner to advanced riders.

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        I offer a mindful approach to riding and interacting with horses. My number one priority is my students and horses. I have been riding for over 25 years. I became a professional in 1999. I have spent the last 10 years intensely focused on coaching and training national-/world-level horses and riders. My students have brought home over 80 Youth World and Reserve championships as well as many Youth High Point awards. Four of my past interns have started their own successful training businesses. My students would tell you that I am passionate about what I do and that I do it with a smile! I am gentle and kind, and my coaching style is a unique mix of empowerment, enthusiasm and accountability! So, join me this spring for horseback riding lessons. I teach both English and Western disciplines fro ages 4-100. I offer basic beginners through advanced-level education. I'm structured, responsible, and professional. It will be safe, fun, educational, high energy and refreshing; I promise! Our community is awesome, wholesome and supportive.

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