Horseback riding lessons

After-school programs to excite young equestrians!

Children receive hands-on training in the horseback riding lessons and venture through beautiful landscapes and trails on horseback, at programs listed here. Listed first are programs committed to horseback instruction, followed by programs that offer a broader base of activities with some horseback riding training. Sort through each list to find the right age range, price, and location for you! Below the listings find more information for parents and students. Read more

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    List of horseback riding lessons programs


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    Programs that specialize in horseback riding

    Rocky Ridge Ranch   
    This Christian camp has horseback riding, archery, swimming, hockey, cooperative games and more, and boasts 3rd generation campers. Kids have been raving about the wonderful family-style meals for over 50 years.

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 15 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $675
    programclasscoed 675 5-15 1MiltonOnlineOntario
    Teen Ranch   
    Just an hour from the GTA, a traditional Christian summer camp & year round retreat facility, specializing in developing youth through horse, hockey, adventure, bmx, soccer, figure skate, ninja warrior, WHAM & day camps.

    Sport (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Program, PA Day
    • from $525
    programclasspadaycoed 525 5-16 2CaledonOnlineOntario
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Alberta   
    Pioneer Camp Alberta is a Christian summer camp with two beautiful locations in Sundre & Rocky Mountain House, AB. Get ready for exploration, adventure, creation, challenge, growth, skill development, and of course, fun!

    Rocky Mountain House; Sundre
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 19 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $269
    daycampovernightcampcoedallgirlsallboys 269 5-19 6Rocky Mountain HouseSundreOnlineAlberta
    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   
    Circle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for youth 6-16. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding, water activities and climbing. Your summer adventure with friends starts here!

    Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region; Western Lanark County
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $660
    overnightcampcoed 660 6-16 7HamiltonHuntsvilleLand O' Lakes Tourist RegionWestern Lanark CountyOntario
    Wildflower Community Farm   
    Learn, grow, and play in nature and with animals on our farm near Calgary, Cochrane, and Airdrie. We offer outdoor learning programs and horseback riding programs and camps for all ages.

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $250
    daycampprogramclasscoed 250 5-18 8CalgaryAlberta
    Benchmark Equestrian   
    Stonewood Equestrian was designed as a tier-one riding academy. Conveniently located in Pickering, Ontario, just 30 minutes from Toronto and other GTA locations.

    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 5 to 80 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program, Virtual Program
    • from $600
    daycampprogramclassvirtualprogramcoed 600 5-80 9PickeringOntario
    Wildhorse Ranch   
    A unique western ranch experience immersed in HORSES! Learning horse connection skills with games and riding in the forests. Practice Heart to Heart energy work. Come Ride! Meet Friends. Own your horse for the week!

    Rocky Mountain House
    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 12 to 17 ( Girls)
    • Program
    • from $1,350
    programclassallgirls 1350 12-17 10Rocky Mountain HouseAlberta
    Whitchurch Equestrian   
    Teaching English riding (beginner to advanced) for 40 years, we promote a positive, hands-on horsemanship experience. Email us for information regarding daily busing, camper ages, and tours during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 8 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $350
    daycampprogramclasscoed 350 8-15 12NewmarketOntario
    Camp Crossroads   
    A traditional camp experience in a fresh and dynamic way. Our core Christian teaching, creative staff, excellent food and exciting recreational programs inspire kids and families to keep them coming back year after year.

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $660
    daycampovernightcampcoed 660 8-17 13TorranceOnlineOntario
    Belle Wood Equestrian   
    A traditional summer camp combined with all elements of Horses from horseback riding, leadership skills, fun & games, arts & crafts and so much more! Don't miss out at Belle Wood this summer

    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 8 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $645
    daycampprogramclasscoed 645 8-15 14PickeringOnlineOntario
    BR Equestrian   
    We teach English riding, helping riders age 7 and up build their skills to become successful riders in a positive environment. Whether you're new to horseback riding, or have competitive goals.

    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 7 to 90 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $56
    programclasscoed 56 7-90 15MiltonOntario
    Radiant Girls   
    All Girls Wellness & Leadership camp/programs led by professional coaches, chefs & teachers. Featuring Cooking, Adventure, Creative Arts, Horses, Spa and Self Care, Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Emotional Inteligence!

    Burlington; Midland
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 ( Girls)
    • Overnight Camp, Virtual Program, Day Camp
    • from $179
    overnightcampvirtualprogramdaycampallgirls 179 7-16 16BurlingtonMidlandOnlineOntario
    Programs offering horseback riding lessons as an activity
    1-UP Leadership Programs at Ernescliff College   
    Leadership program and fun summer camps for boys 9-13 years-old, focused on character formation, service and friendship.

    South Annex, Toronto; Bancroft; Quebec City
    Education: Leadership Training
    • Ages 9 to 18 ( Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $150
    overnightcampallboys1509-183South Annex, TorontoBancroftQuebec CityOntario, QuebecDowntown
    Camp Frenda   
    Summer camp in the heart of Muskoka. Very reasonable rates. Activities include horseback riding, rock climbing, water skiing, rocketry, archery, and many others.

    Port Carling
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $640
    overnightcampcoed6408-164Port CarlingOntario
    Camp Can-Aqua   
    A traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here.

    Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $2,785
    overnightcampcoed27855-175Haliburton HighlandsOakvilleOttawaOnlineOntario
    Timberline Ranch   
    Known for its delicious, home-style food, friendly staff, beautiful, convenient location, and exceptional programs, Timberline is open all year for camps, retreats, youth groups, banquets, and conferences.

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 18 (Coed, Girls)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $359
    daycampovernightcampcoedallgirls3597-1811VancouverBritish Columbia


    What is taught in horseback riding lessons?

    Children learn how to take control, in horseback riding lessons. As they navigate various trails and terrain, students learn basic horse riding techniques including mounting, directing, and commands. These help them control their horse and gain confidence. Other skills, such as tack care and identification help children become comfortable with all aspects of riding.

    Young equestrians find peace in the beauty and serenity of surrounding nature. Some programs are available to children as young as 2 years old, though, of course, these young pupils must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Older riders, typically 10 years old and up, control their horses individually whilst following instructors for direction and cues.

    Horseback riding lessons are purchasable per lesson, and costs vary depending on the duration of each session. On average, the standard price for a lesson is between $20-$70 per person. Multidisciplinary programs offering horseback activities focus on wellness activities such as yoga and arts and crafts

    Consult with individual programs listed above to learn what they teach.

    About advanced horseback riding lessons

    Advanced horse programs encourage children to emotionally connect with their steed. Animals are known to be supportive for young children, providing them with comfort and ease through times of stress, anger, or anxiety. Horseback riding programs that encourage deeper connections between the rider and horse explore the mental health benefits of horseback riding. 

    Advanced horseback riding programs nurture capable, strong leaders. By learning to control an animal as mighty as a horse, children adopt leadership skills including confidence and empathy. Since programs are coeducational, children practice these skills with a diverse group. 

    Why enroll in horseback riding programs?

    Horseback riding lessons bring out the best in your son or daughter. Here’s what you can expect in these lessons:

    • Develop a deeper understanding of horses. Children learn how horses communicate their emotions through body language and vocal cues.
    • Adventure! Students navigate through everything from forests to badlands in programs. Horse riding lessons satisfy children’s need for nature.
    • Horseback riding is great exercise! Through consistent riding, children strengthen their legs and arms, and improve their endurance.
    • Socialization between peers, teachers, and animals is important during lessons. Children broaden their social circle in these programs.

    Mental and physical health benefits have been found with horseback riding. Serotonin is released throughout the body, relieving stress or anxiety. Horseback riding’s meditative nature is also therapeutic. 

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