The answer to this question isn’t as simple as it seems. First, riding lesson prices vary from one part of the country to another because the cost of maintaining horses is different from one region to the next. Hay and grain expenses in particular depend in large part on the geographic area.
Next, not only does an instructor or lesson barn have to feed and house the lesson horses, there’s also veterinary care, regular hoof care and more. Add in the cost of equipment–saddles, bridles, brushes, plus teaching materials–and you can see how quickly the costs add up. There’s also the expense of maintaining the barn and property, labor, taxes, utilities and more, which are all part of the big picture that factor into lesson prices.
Last but by no means least, Time To Ride Program Facility instructors are required to maintain professional membership and/or certification and participate in continuing education. As with most things in life, good quality riding instruction may cost a little more than what the 17-year-old kid down the road charges to “teach” your child, but you’re paying for years of experience, training and a safe and welcoming environment on well-trained horses.
Private Versus Group Horseback Riding Lessons
One of the ways to keep lesson costs down is to ride in group lessons instead of individual private lessons. Many instructors will start new riders in private lessons or very small groups while they learn the basics, then offer the option to move to larger group lessons.
Time To Ride Program Facilities typically offer a series of weekly lessons that include basic horse care as well as riding. These lesson series are usually offered at a flat rate for the series rather than a per-lesson charge.
Equipment Needs for Horseback Riding Lessons
Your initial investment in riding equipment should be relatively low. At Time To Ride Program Facilities, riders are required to wear long pants, closed-toe shoes or boots with heels, and helmets designed specifically for horseback riding. Some facilities will have helmets available to share, while others will require you provide your own. As you or your child progress with riding, you might want to invest in paddock or cowboy boots, and if learning English-style riding, a pair or two of jodhpurs (riding pants) is appropriate. Your instructor is a great source for details on what equipment is needed and where to find it at the best prices.