Horseback Riding Spots + Lessons for Kids
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 places in Kalamazoo and beyond have camps, lessons and more for all ages and experience levels.
Confidence Creator + Tips for Getting Started
No doubt about it, 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.
What are several things to think about or questions you’ll want to ask before making a commitment?
- Many factors to consider before choosing a horse school or camp (the type of lesson)? And the cost, how expensive will this be?
- 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.
Horseback Riding – Lessons, Trail Rides, Camps in Southwest Michigan
We’ve rounded up a dozen farms or equestrian centers that offer horse riding lessons and/or camps around Southwest Michigan.
1 – True Vine Equestrian Center, located in Lawton, 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.
2 – Eastfork Farms in Augusta specializes in horse riding lessons for all ages – with classes for children beginning at age four and up. They offer beginner through advanced lessons in eight-week sessions that run during the week. Private lessons are available upon request. Eastfork Farms runs summer camps.
3 – Riding programs at Karin’s Horse Connections & Legacy Stables in Caledonia are structured to allow riders to build a special connection with a horse. 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.
4 – Diamond Sahara Equestrian Services, LLC is located in Middleville and offers a variety of lesson options for all ages – private lessons on a client’s horse, schooling horse, and group lessons. Day Camps are also offered and they designed to help horse riders and owners get the best out of their riding and showing experience.
5 – Every Stride Dressage is a full-service dressage training facility located in Vicksburg, focusing on the education and well-being of horse and rider. Beginner lessons are 1/2 hour long in the saddle plus student gets hands-on learning to groom, tack and un-tack before and after riding lesson.
6 – Model Farm Stables, LLC is located in Paw Paw and offers weekly group riding lessons for all ages (generally starting at age eight), beginners through advanced riders. Lessons also include groundwork/lunging and other horsemanship skills.
7 – Pine Meadow Farm in 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 children and adults in 1/2 hour and one-hour increments or a one hour group lesson.
8 – The Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Augusta serves riders of all ages who have physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities. Therapeutic Riding and Therapy Services (physical, occupational and speech) are offered to clients all year round with programs in both fall and spring semesters, as well as summer sessions.
9 – Adults and children alike are welcome at Crystal Farms Equestrian Center in Marshall. Their lesson program extends from beginner to the advanced show rider to help students gain confidence as they learn. Summer camps are available for children age six and up.
10 – Heart 2 Hoof Equine Services, LLC is located near Paw Paw and offers intermediate and advanced group lessons where students can have fun and make friends while learning.
11 – At Lou Don Farm in Galesburg, lessons are offered for beginning through advanced riders. Summer camps are available for kids of all ages and experience level.
12 – Cedar Lodge Stables in Lawrence teaches beginners to advanced in English Riding and jumping. Riding lessons are for ages seven and up. Children ages six and under may participate in the Mini-Me classes. Cedar Lodge also offers summer camps for children ages 7 to 16.