Ready to mount up? We recommend that you start with a reputable instructor to teach you the basics or riding a horse. Our list of professional instructors will help you get started!
No luck finding a riding instructor? Your state, provincial or international affiliate may be able to assist you in your search. Find your affiliate.
BEFORE YOU RIDE ASK YOURSELF A FEW QUESTIONS:
What are my riding goals?
Do I want to be more comfortable on a horse and ride recreationally?
Do I want to learn to ride Western or English?
Do I want to participate in horse shows?
How much time do I have for riding?
No matter what your goal, you should ride at least one time per week, possibly more.
Although a lesson lasts approximately an hour, an important part of the learning is how to groom and tack/untack the horse, which adds another hour.
What is my budget for lessons, etc.?
Private lessons range from $40-80/hr. for beginners.
Semi-private lessons and group lessons range from $20 - 50/hr.
You'll also be investing in the proper attire - from jeans to boots to safety helmets.
QUESTIONS TO ASK AN INSTRUCTOR:
Do you work with beginners?
How long have you been teaching? How many years have you been involved with horses?
Do you teach children? Adults? Can we ride together?
What are your prices?
Do you offer private, semi-private, group lessons?
Can I watch you teach a lesson?
Can you give me some references - other students, resume, etc.?
For more information on finding a riding instructor go to American Quarter Horse Association.