Typical Riding Lessons

DESCRIPTION: Typical Riding Lessons

People with special needs are not the only ones who can reap rewards from horseback riding. Everyone can benefit from the balance, strength and coordination demands of riding horses, as well as the sensory experience. Horseback riding can be a fun way to exercise, learn responsibility, gain work ethic, sportsmanship skills and increase self-esteem.

Standard horseback riding lessons are ideal for those who are developing typically. They are also an option for people with mild disabilities who do not require adaptive strategies or equipment to safely interact with horses and learn. Seeking lessons with well-trained instructors and horses is important, no matter the person’s abilities. The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) accredits facilities and certifies instructors for teaching English, Western, driving and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback).  Our instructors are all CHA certified.

AGE RESTRICTIONS: All participants must be at least 4 years of age


  • ½-hour private lessons:  $35.00
  • 1-hour private lessons:  $60.00 hour


    • 10 Private ½-hour lessons: $300.00
    • 10 Private 1-hour lessons: $550.00
      • A block of ten (10) half hour sessions can be purchased, in advance, for $300.00 (a saving of $50.00 over paying for each session individually).
      • A block of eight (10) sessions needs to be used in a twelve (12) week period.
      • Exceptions will be made on an individual basis


  • To enroll, all riders must have current paperwork on file dated within 1 year
  • A valid email is required for communication
  • Payment is due prior to the start of each session
  • Payments can be made through Venmo or by check.
  • Riders may be denied a riding time if they have an outstanding balance from prior sessions.


Cancellations really hurt!  Making Strides of Virginia has staff, volunteers and horses ready for a session and no one to participate. Please help us respect the time of our volunteers and staff.  We do understand that unexpected medical conditions can affect our riders and, if that is the case, we will discuss tuition adjustments on an individual bass.  If Making Strides of Virginia cancels an appointment, we will notify you by phone as soon as we can and credit your account.  If you do not show up for a lesson and you do not call, you will be charged for the appointment.