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

    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   
    Circle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for youth ages 6-17. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding, water sports and climbing. Your summer adventure with friends starts here!

    Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed, Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $599
    overnightcampcoedallgirls 599 6-17 1HamiltonHuntsvilleLand O' Lakes Tourist RegionOnlineOntario
    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 3MiltonOnlineOntario
    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
    • from $525
    programclasscoed 525 5-16 5CaledonOnlineOntario
    Programs offering horseback riding lessons as an activity
    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
    overnightcampcoed27855-172Haliburton HighlandsOakvilleOttawaOnlineOntario
    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 $675
    overnightcampcoed6758-164Port CarlingOntario


    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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