Find Your Horseback Riding Adventure this Summer
Horses are gentle animals and riding them can be both fun and educational. Does your child ask for riding lessons every time you drive past a riding stable or farm?
It doesn’t matter if you’re a horse expert or novice – these horseback riding stables near Kalamazoo and beyond offer riding experiences, camps, and lessons for all ages and experience levels.
There are several options for family-friendly horseback riding and grooming lessons, plus drop-in trail riding experiences for a unique way to explore the outdoors.
Questions to Consider
No Horsing Around When it Comes to Horses
Working with and handling an animal over twice the size of a child is daunting. It is also a huge confidence builder for children. As they work with and build a relationship with this gentle creature, it can and does empower kids to have an “I can” attitude.
Suggested questions to ask before enrolling your child in horseback lessons:
- What types of lessons are offered?
- How much do the lessons cost?
- What should we expect from the first horse riding lesson?
- The type of clothing that is suitable to wear?
- Any special equipment my child will need – (can the items be rented)?
As parents, we can agree that safety is of the utmost importance. Finding the right instructor and place to take horseback riding lessons is paramount to a successful and FUN experience.
10+ Stables and Equestrian Centers in Southwest Michigan
Whether you’re looking for an introduction to horses before committing to signing your child up for lessons or simply a fun family day out, here’s a roundup of 10+ spots that offer horse riding lessons and/or camps.
True Vine Equestrian Center
72861 28th St, Lawton, MI 49065
Tru Vine offers riding lessons for beginners through advanced riders. Lessons are in four to six-week sessions for one hour each week. They also offer Horse Clinics for riders ages 5 to 18 of any skill or experience level.
Cedar Lodge Stables
47000 52nd St., Lawrence, MI 49064
Cedar Lodge Stables teaches beginners to advanced in English Riding and jumping. Riding lessons are for ages five and up. Children under age five may participate in the Mini-Me and Lead-Line classes. Cedar Lodge also offers summer camps for children ages 7 to 16.
10392 North 44th Street, Augusta, MI, 49012
Eastfork Farms specializes in horse riding lessons for all ages – with classes for children beginning at age four and up. Private lessons are available upon request. Eastfork Farms runs summer camps.
Legacy Stables, LLC
8001 Patterson Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
Legacy Stables provides Riding Lessons, Birthday Parties, One-Time Rides, and ‘Own-A-Horse’ Camp. There are a number of class styles offered for all ages and abilities. Lessons are in a large indoor arena which allows students to ride year-round.
Diamond Sahara Equestrian Services, LLC
6700 Moe Rd, Middleville, MI 49333
Diamon Sahara Equestrian Services offers a variety of lesson options for all ages – private lessons on a client’s horse, schooling horse, and group lessons.
Every Stride Dressage
13482 S 29th St., Vicksburg, MI 49097
At this training facility, the focus is on the education and well-being of horse and rider. Beginner lessons are one-on-one with time in the saddle. Student gets hands-on learning to groom, tack, and un-tack before and after riding lesson.
Model Farm Stables, LLC
67503 38th St., Paw Paw, MI 49079
Model Farm Stables offers weekly group riding lessons, for ages eight and older, beginners through advanced riders. Lessons also include groundwork/lunging and other horsemanship skills.
Pine Meadow Farm
8125 N 42nd Street, Augusta, MI 49012
Pine Meadow Farm Augusta promotes safe riding education and horse care. They offer a variety of school horses to best suit a rider’s skill level and needs. Lessons are offered for all ages, both private and group lesson options available.
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
8450 N 43rd St., Augusta, MI 49012
Cheff’s mission is to serve riders of all ages who have physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities. Therapeutic Riding and Therapy Services (physical, occupational and speech) are offered to clients year-round with programs in both fall and spring semesters, as well as summer sessions.
Crystal Farms Equestrian Center
15203 C Dr, S., Marshall, MI 49068
Horse riding programs from beginner to the advanced show rider to help students gain confidence as they learn. Private and group lessons available. * Children 6 years and under must start with private lessons before progressing to a group.
Lou Don Farm
4115 N 36th St., Galesburg, MI 49053
Lou Don Farm offers lessons for beginning through advanced riders – with individual and group options.