A Brief Overview of Our Lesson Program:
Our goal is to help all riders gain confidence, learn skills, stay safe, and have fun with the horses! We focus on horsemanship and western equitation during lessons. By developing horsemanship skills we hope to instill the knowledge you need to continue with your goals for horseback riding. All riders begin riding bareback and will graduate into a saddle after they have gained skills necessary for proper horseback riding equitation. This helps all our riders gain confidence, find better balance, and become better all around horsemen and horsewomen. We currently offer western lessons for beginner to intermediate riders, ages 2 to 102+. All lessons are by appointment only and are one hour long.
Private lessons ensure that the rider has one on one time with the instructor. This helps a rider gain confidence and the skills necessary to grow and develop as a rider. Private lessons are required for all new clients so that we can help riders gain the ability to safely ride in a group setting.
Group lessons are a fun and safe way to continue developing horseback skills. Group lessons may include up to 4 riders per session. This is a great opportunity for families to learn together or for individuals who like to spend time with horse friends. Riders are grouped according to age and horseback riding abilities. Private lessons are required until a rider can safely ride in a group setting.
$35/session per rider
Privately-Owned Horse Lesson
These lessons are offered to owners of horses who need to expound on their personal riding abilities. This is a great opportunity for owners that are just getting into horses, who have lost confidence in their riding ability, or who want to brush up on their skills. The goal of these lessons is to help you establish your relationship and accomplish your personal riding goals with your own horse. This lesson is only available to those who own a horse that does not need additional training.
A training lesson is a great way to expound your knowledge of horses and horse behavior. These lessons teach you skills of how to train a horse both on the ground and in the saddle. You can use your personal horse or one of our horses! This lesson is available only to an advanced beginner/intermediate rider who has been evaluated by the instructor prior to the training lesson.
Trail Ride Lesson
This is a fun, relaxing way to enjoy horses and the Arizona desert. These lessons are 1 ½ – 2 hours long and include a ride outside of the arena! This lesson is only available to riders who have demonstrated the ability to walk, trot, and lope on a horse prior to the lesson time with the instructor. This lesson is a walking only lesson.
$65/session per rider
When a rider has reached certain goals associated with riding abilities they can begin leasing a horse. This offers additional riding time along with 4 lessons per month. Both private and group lease lessons are available. Lessons focus on the needs of the rider and will work on troubleshooting any issues or continuing to develop horseback riding skills.
(4 sessions included in cost of lease)
This lesson is for those that already have some skills in horseback riding and would like to do a trail ride lesson, training lesson, or to lease a horse. This allows one on one time with the instructor to evaluate your skills and ensure you are ready to ride in our more advanced lessons.
Our Lesson Horses
We are so proud to have a great selection of horses available for our clients. We strive to have happy, safe, and well-rounded horses for our students. We work hard to keep them at their best so they perform their best for you. It pleases us to introduce you to them and we’d love for you to meet them in person!
- Waivers of liability must be signed prior to the start of the first session.
- Long Pants and boots with a smooth tread and at least a ½-inch heel are required for lessons (tennis shoes or other sturdy shoes are ok for the first few lessons).
- Horseback riding helmets are provided and are required to be worn while riding. (Riders may bring their own horseback riding helmet to their session.)
- All individuals must be physically fit and capable of performing the physical activities required by this program.
- All individuals must come to sessions with a cooperative learning attitude.
- A parent or legal guardian must accompany minor students on the premises during the riding instruction session.
- Payment is due at the start of each session.
We ask that you give a 24 hour advance notice for any cancelled lessons. If cancelled within 24 hours or are a no-show, you may be charged a $20 cancellation fee.
In the case of inclement weather such as lightning storms, sand storms, extreme wind or heat, etc. lessons may need to be rescheduled. Please contact your instructor in the case of inclement weather.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are lessons available?
All lessons are by appointment only. They are currently offered everyday of the week with the exception of Sunday. They can be scheduled throughout the day and night as we have a lit arena. Please contact us to learn more about availability.
Do you offer trail rides?
No, we do not offer trail rides with the exception of current, experienced, horseback riding clients.
How old does my child need to be to start riding lessons?
We have worked with children as young as 2 years old. We only ask that the child is able to communicate clearly before they begin lessons with us.
What do I wear to a riding lesson?
Riding attire for a lesson includes weather appropriate clothing for being outside, long pants and a boot with a smooth-tread sole and at least a ½ inch heel. For the first few lessons, tennis shoes or other sturdy enclosed shoes are allowed.
Where can I find appropriate boots for riding?
We offer a boot exchange box that often will have an appropriate size boot for the rider. We keep this stocked with our clients’ help. As your child grows out of their boots, please bring them to donate/trade to our boot exchange box. If we do not have the appropriate size boots or you prefer new shoes, some places to check out are Boot Barn, Tractor Supply, and Cal Ranch. Also, you can often find them in resale/thrift stores and they are always available online.
Boot Tip: If you are purchasing for a growing child, consider getting a size or two up. The child will still be able to wear them riding (especially with a thick sock) and they will last longer.
Do I need to bring a helmet?
No, we have a large variety of helmets (in all sizes) available for our clients to use. If you would like to bring your own, you are more than welcome to but it must be rated for horseback riding. Bicycle helmets do NOT provide adequate protection for horseback riding.
What should I do during my child’s lesson?
During your child’s lesson you are more than welcome to watch, take pictures, sit in the shade or in your vehicle, read, play a game on your device, or just enjoy the peace and quiet the farm has to offer. You are required to stay on the property during your child’s lesson. We ask that you refrain from following closely to your child. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and the instructor can best do this when they only need to worry about the safety of the child around the horses. She has years of experience and knows the horses very well, she will do everything in her power to keep your child safe so enjoy a little break out at the farm!
Can we bring a treat for the horses?
You are more than welcome to bring CARROTS for your horse after your lesson. Your instructor will show you how to properly feed the horses carrots. Do NOT bring anything besides carrots for the horse and only feed the horses that you have been given permission to feed. We have horses on the property with allergies and other dietary restrictions.
Do you offer birthday parties and other private events?
Yes, birthday parties and other private events can be scheduled with our riding instructor, Jennifer Kaye (call/text @ 928-923-3362). Please keep in mind that this is a working farm and has all the aspects of a farm including a lot of animals.
Can I come to pet the horses and feed them treats?
No, not unless you have previously spoken with the owners or the instructors and have scheduled a time when someone is available to be there with you. Never feed a horse without direct permission from the owner. Some horses have allergies and other dietary restrictions. The only treat we allow our horses to be fed are carrots.
What payment methods do you accept for lessons?
We prefer cash but we can accept checks and major credit cards. A $2 processing fee is added for every lesson paid for by credit card.