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horseback riding lessons

Cold Spring Farm offers professional riding lessons for children (ages 3+) as well as adults scheduled in either weekly group or private sessions.  Our program instruct beginners through advanced riders in equitation and hunters, with a focus on developing a  strong, proper foundation before advancement.  

Our program is offered year-around, with weekday evenings and Saturday lesson slots offered to accommodate a variety of schedules. Lessons are taught in our all weather, indoor riding arena which includes beautiful footing, surrounding windows for natural lighting and ventilation, large industrial fans for summer cooling, heaters for winter spectators, and a viewing area for parents. 

The stars of our lesson program are our wonderful group of lesson horses and ponies.  They have been selected for their gentle demeanor, patience, and ability to teach riders and allow them the ability to gain confidence as they progress in their riding. Although they come in all shape, sizes, and colors, they all have something unique to offer their riders. 

lesson rates

Group

Lesson

$45

I hour of instruction with 3 to 5 riders of similar level. Instruction includes grooming and tacking until riders are capable of doing so unattended. 

Half Hour 

Private

$45

30 minutes of instruction specifically tailored to the rider. Perfect when building a new skill or prepping for a show. 

Hour 

Private

$60

1 hour of instruction specifically tailored to the rider. Extra time allows to work through issues or perfecting a skill. 

Lesson payment

  • PAYMENT: Due at the time of service. Cold Spring Farm accepts checks, cash, or PayPal (please see Barn Page for link) for lessons. Checks should be made payable to Cold Spring Farm, payments should be made directly prior to, or after each lesson.  Lessons may be prepaid up front for the month for ease of tracking and to avoid missed payments.

  • RETURNED CHECKS: There is a $35.00 charge for any returned check.

  • LESSON CANCELLATIONS: Students (or parents) are financially responsible for all lessons not canceled with a 24 hour notice PRIOR to the scheduled lesson. Notice of cancellation can be made by calling or texting the instructor. Otherwise, payment will be expected in full for the missed lesson. 

  • LESSON SPOT: If you fail to cancel your lesson twice with proper notification, your lesson spot may be forfeited. 

Attire & Requirements

  • ATTIRE: Riders must wear long pants and boots with a 1/2" heel. No sneakers, flat shoes, or sandals permitted. Riding pants and paddock boots are preferred. No baggy or loose fitting tops/jackets. Half chaps may be worn.  Safety vests are encouraged, but not required.  Your trainer can make recommendations for specific brands and styles. Please make sure to dress warmly during winter months- gloves, long socks to cover ankles, and thermal underlayers.  

  • HELMETS: Riders are encouraged to bring their own riding helmet to ensure proper fit and for hygienic purposes.  We do have helmets that can be borrowed for lessons if needed.

  • COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Masks must be worn in indoor and barn areas except while mounted.  We ask that only one parent or guardian accompany each rider in the indoor during lesson times. Parents are asked to remain to the right in the viewing area. 

  • ACCOMODATIONS: Due to the age and size of our lesson mounts, we are unable to accommodate beginner riders over 180lbs.