RIDING LESSONS in Chapel Hill, NC
Our lesson program is designed to teach overall horsemanship principles; not just how to brush and put on a saddle, but how to read your horse — are they calm and focused or are they distracted? We want our students to have fun while practicing safe riding, and reach their full potential. We offer beginner to advanced lessons, for riders of all ages.
Private lessons: $55 | 1 student for 1 hour
Group lessons: $45 | 3 to 4 students (same riding level) for 1 hour
Students must arrive at least 20 minutes before lesson time to get your horse ready and tacked up. Riders should expect to be in the saddle for the full lesson hour. When preparing for your lesson, plan for 20 minutes after the lesson to cool down and untack your horse, as well as time to clean up and put away your equipment.
What Are Riding Lessons Like?
At RHS, we have riders of different ages, skill levels, and disciplines all working towards improving themselves in the saddle and learning new things with their horses.
Beginner riders will learn about how to handle a horse: proper leading and grooming techniques, staying safe around horses, tacking up (putting on the saddle, bridle etc,) and starting to walk, steer, and even trot. Make sure to bring a waiver for your first lesson!
As riders advance they will learn and practice cantering, staying centered and balanced in the saddle through transitions (walk-trot, trot-canter) and maintaining gait (speed) through different patterns including circles, poles and lead changes.
For riders wanting to jump, they must have the basics down and be able to control the horse confidently through their gaits before starting on trot/canter poles, cross rails and eventually moving up to verticals.
In case of inclement weather, please call 919-225-8872 to find out if lessons are cancelled. If you are a “no show” you will be charged the full cost of the lesson.
We need at least 24 hours notice if you will not attend your lesson. You will be charged the full cost of the lesson if you are a “no show.”
First-time lesson students must fill out a waiver to participate. You can print it off and come prepared to save time, or we have extras at the barn.