Horseback Riding Guide Around Kalamazoo
WHERE TO FIND HORSEBACK RIDING
Has your son/daughter asked about taking horse lessons and you are stumped on where to go for lessons? If so, below are a few suggestions on places that offer horse riding lessons around the Kalamazoo area.
Paradise Ridge Ranch, 9886 West L Ave., Kalamazoo | 269-375-2823
Paradise Ridge Ranch is a family-owned business (since 2001) located in the beautiful countryside of Oshtemo Township. They offer Pony parties, summer camps and of course horseback riding lessons.
One of the popular lessons is the “My Mom & Me” lesson for children 3-8 with a parent/adult. The one-hour class is offered during the week and helps the child learn to groom, halter, lead, saddle and ride, all the while having a fun time!
For 2014, there are two levels of camps offered, depending on the age of the child:
- Miniature Horse & Pony Camps are designed for ages 8 & up. Campers adopt their own pony for the week. The hands on pony time amounts to 3-4 hours per day and no previous experience is required. The child must be 8 by the first day of camp. The camp runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- My Mom & Me Camps are designed for campers between the ages of 3-7. This camp experiences all aspects of the Pony and Miniature Horse Camp with parent/adult supervision. The camp runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Both camps will learn about care/grooming of a pony, how to halter, in hand obstacle course, as well as games, crafts and other fun activities.
True Vine Equestrian Center, 72861 28th St., Lawton | 269-501-0529
True Vine Equestrian Center is located in Lawton and its purpose is to provide therapeutic horseback riding for people with special needs, youth at risk and able-bodied students. Their goal is to combine equine companionship and professionally designed riding programs for physical, personal and spiritual growth. True Vine also hosts group events and Birthday parties and offers volunteer opportunities.
True Vine offers 2 levels of camps for the summer. The Young Rider clinic is for beginners between the ages of 5 -9, and the Horse Clinic for those between the ages of 9-18, with any skill level. All campers will enjoy riding time, learning ground work and horsemanship skill, grooming, listening to Ring Side Chats, learning Bible verses, playing games and more!
Cedar Lodge, 47138 52nd St, Lawrence | 269-674-8071
Cedar Lodge is located about 30 miles west of Kalamazoo and offers residential and day camps for children between the ages of 8-16. It is a family-run lodge that has been in operation since 1964. They have a full equestrian program with strong emphasis on English riding and jumping for beginner through advanced level (8 years – adult). Cedar Lodge has 25 school horses that specialize in all levels of riding, four outside arenas, and an indoor arena and heated observation booth for family viewing. Cedar Lodge has a competitive show team and an IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) Team for more advanced riders that show all year long.
Cedar Lodge also specializes in vaulting (gymnastics on horseback). Vaulters start out practicing on a stationary barrel, and proceed to the horse at a walk, trot, and eventually canter while the horse is being controlled by a lunger. There is a Vaulting Team that competes locally and some members attend Nationals.
Other programs at Cedar Lodge that may be of interest:
Mini- Me Camp Day camp and Residential: (NEW for 2014). Campers attend 3 days a week (Wed/Thur/Fri). This camp is designed for ages 4-7 and children must be potty-trained.
Family Camp: A general camp program including field trips, riding lessons and trail rides available all week. This camp runs August 11-17 and all ages are welcome.
Cedar Lodge also offers riding weekends, Spring Break camps and winter camps. Those wanting riding lessons can take advantage of a special offer – buy 4 lessons at the regular price, the 5th lesson is free.
Eastfork Farms, 10392 N. 44th St., Augusta | 269-501-0529
Eastfork farms is located in the heart of Augusta, Michigan, between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, situated on 65 acres of beautiful horse country. They specialize in horse riding lessons for all ages, beginner through advanced, birthday parties, and special events.
Eastfork offers lessons that run on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, with the Spring Session 2 running from April 28-May 23. Private lessons are available upon request.
Eastfork also offers week-long summer camps where campers between the ages of 4-14 will learn a wide variety of horsemanship skills, ranging from stable management to gymnastics on horseback. Students will spend their time surrounded by horses, with an average of one hour riding independently each day. The camp runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with the option for extended hours.
Lou-Don Farm, 4115 N 36th St., Galesburg | 269-665-9782
Lou-Don is a family-run historic horse farm located in Galesburg that was established in the 1950’s. They offer riding clinics and also special events such as hosting birthdays, hayrides and scouting activities.
Lessons at Lou-Don farms are for all levels: Beginner through Advanced, Hunter – Jumper, and youth lessons. Trail rides are available as appropriate after lessons. Lesson times vary according to the season/weather and rider ability.
Lou-Don farms offer camps through-out the 2014 season. The daily camp schedule consists of horse grooming, horse/barn care education, morning snack, horse riding in arena, horse trail riding, horse bathing, lunch, craft time, swim time & an afternoon snack time.