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Hello, My daughter really wants to take Western riding lessons. She has taken one set of English lessons and one set of Western lessons. She really liked the Western lessons better and wants to continue with Western lessons. We do not have a horse. I would prefer to keep the lessons close to the Berkeley Oakland area if possible but we can go farther. daughter loves horses
I'm looking for a teacher/stable for horseback riding lessons for middle schooler. I am trying to find a place that will also teach my kid a bit about horses--how to work with them and how to care or them. Any good stables around here? alan
Nola uses a very positive teaching style that encourages children. She uses very creative examples that teach children how to ride correctly and emphasizes safety. She adapts her wonderful teaching style to adults, as well. In addition, Nola provides wonderful opportunities for showing and participating in various events. These opportunities have built both skills and confidence in my daughter.
Nola breeds and trains Peruvian Pasos, gaited horses known for their smooth rides. Her horses are extremely well-mannered and gentle. She takes excellent care of her horses and it's clear that they trust her completely.
Nola gives both individual and private lessons in El Sobrante, just off the Hilltop exit on I80. She also offers trail rides on nearby trails on her horses. Her number again is 510.703.7765. pktak
Please, does anyone know of horseback riding camps/lessons where kids do riding and horsecare? She wants to ride, not do crafts related to horses. The closer the stables are to Berkeley, the better. Thank you so much
Melinda Reed is a young woman who has taught lessons and ran camps for a few years. She's got a draft horse named Rock and a red mare, Mama Horse, that she uses for the kids. Draft horses are huge, but mellow, kind of like St. Bernards--much nicer and more predictable than most ponies, which is what my kid started on last year. He loves it because he's so high up.
Melinda charges $40 for an hour and a half, which includes learning horse care as well. Her information is: firstname.lastname@example.org
My 15 year old son has been riding for about 7 years and we are now looking for a new dressage instructor. We don't own a horse, so we are looking for a place that can provide advanced instruction and an appropriate horse. We would like to stay fairly close to home - hopefully within an hour of Kensington. Thank you for any suggestions!
My daughter loves being with and taking care of horses. She has been taking English lessons for years. However, she just cannot seem to get past some of her fears when she is actually on the horse. Her instructor thinks she might do better riding Western - no jumping, slower gait, bigger saddle, etc. Can anyone recommend a barn where she could hang around and help with the horse care, take lessons, and do some trail riding? horsey girl's mom
My 4-year old daughter is developing quite a fascination with horses (all things cowgirl, books, Breyer horses, barrel racing videos on YouTube . . . ). In our efforts to satisfy this, we took her to a pony-ride place where the ponies are on one of those carousel hookups. She loved the riding part, but only wanted to know 1) why there wasn't a bridle, and 2) why the ponies had to stay on the carousel. Does anyone do riding classes (horse or pony) for 4-year olds? We're specifically looking for classes, not a camp. I'd prefer western. We're in Oakland, and wouldn't want to travel too far. Thanks for any recommendations! anne
A general rule of thumb is that they should be able to confidently ride a bike w/o training wheels before they start riding lessons. Mentally they need to be able to listen to a teacher and focus on a task for at least 30 minutes, and have enough resilience that they won't be too traumatized if they roll off the pony. Finally, make sure that you purchase your own helmet for her and make sure it is well-fitted and won't shift during lessons. Vista Madera tack store in Oakland or Western Saddlery in Pleasanton are good sources. Good luck! Vali
I am looking for horseback riding instruction for a beginner and advanced beginner, both girls aged 11 & 14. We just want to stick with Western and would prefer someone in Oakland or nearby. We want someone who is reliable, responsible and warm and relates well to her students. Sadly, I know a number of parents of kids taking lessons and none feel like they can heartily recommend their instructor. I'm usually not that hard to please, but after being around a few instructors in the past with my older daughter, I am getting pretty selective, especially since the cost is not insigificant. Thanks
We took a family vacation to south western Utah. We went on a 1/2 day horseback trailride in Capital Reef National Monument. (WOW!!!) My 10 yo very anxious and shy son was very excited about this trip. The woman who led the ride and owned the ranch was FABULOUS with my son. To our great delight he took to riding like he'd be doing it his whole short life. He loved it, handled his horse beautifully and was beaming for days. So, now that we're home, getting back to school and routine I would like to find a stable and riding teacher for him. My son doesn't speak to new people (he has a social anxiety disorder called Selective Mutism...he speaks to kids, some adults, no new people, etc).He communicates non-verbally. This teacher would have to understand that and be able to work with my son under these conditions. I'm hoping also for convenience...we live in East Richmond, so Bkly, Tilden, San Pablo or Pinole area would be ideal. Thanks for any leads on this. PS If anyone goes to Capital Reef and wants a FABULOUS horseback trip, 1/2 day, full day, or multi day, Hondoo Tail Rides is the place to go. www.hondoo.com THe woman who owns it is Pat and she is a gem. June
Betsy Arcellana at Chabot in Oakland (http://www.chabotequestriancenter.com/lessons.htm - off 580 at Keller and Skyline) is a trainer who has worked with children who have a variety of developmental issues. In fact, she has been advocating for the son of one of the stable staff - who has selective mutism! so she really would ''get it'' about your son.
My son, who is almost 10, rode with Betsy on her pony Flash for most of this past year. He's grown out of it now, but he really enjoyed being with the horses, talking away to them etc. You can reach Betsy through the stables or by calling 510 568 6262.
hope that helps. njl
My daughter has fallen in loves with horses this summer at her camp. Does anyone have recommendations for a place that she could go weekends and ride/help exercise/help groom/help clean/ etc.? Years ago we had a neighbor who stabled her horse somewhere and there were some horses that were rather neglected by their owners, and they needed extra attention that the stable crew could not provide. Any suggestions as to where she can get horse time? for not too much money? as a volunteer?
I am looking for recommendations for horse riding lessons for a nine year old with some experience already. We are in Oakland and are willing to travel some for a really good teacher. She has been riding English. We are concerned about safety and a positive learning environment. The only suggestion on the site is for Bottomley and we found them a bit more geared towards the competition than we like. Sharon
I am looking for friendly, relaxed horse riding lessons for my 4 year old around the Walnut Creek area. Does anyone have any recommendations?
Bottomley Farm stresses care of its horses, so part of a riding lesson is grooming the horse both before and after the lesson and cleaning the tack you use. So though a private lesson is only a half of an hour, it's takes 15 to 30 minutes to get the horse ready and about the same amount of time after the lesson to clean everything up. If your daughter continues with lesson, at some point she'll be able to join a group. Then for the same price, she'll be able to take an hour lesson with a group of one to three other riders at the same level of ability. The cost of a lesson is $40.
Bottomley Farm also offers one-week day camps in the summer. Beginners are welcome to sign up for these. They are from 9 to 4 and expensive (I think $300 per week this year.) The children get to ride twice a day and spend the rest of the time learning about horses, what they eat, what diseases they get, how to take care of them, parts of the saddle and bridle, etc. There is a little horse show for the parents on the last afternoon of the camp. The phone number for Bottomley Farm is (925) 228-3766. Janet
I'm just back from a 5 day horse retreat in Montana, where I learned some basics of horse back riding. I'm just a beginner, but I'd like to find a way to continue my contact with horses. I can't afford to take more than occasional lessons, but am most interested in finding someplace where I can groom or otherwise help take care of a horse on a weekly basis. How do I go about finding such a situation? I live in the Oakland hills.
1. http://www.bayequest.info/ is the go-to website for the bay area horse community. There is a list of people who provide lessons in your area. You could also post for exactly what you are looking for.
2. Once you have gained some basic skills, leasing or sponsoring a horse is a good low-cost way to continue riding. Some horse owners include monthly lessons as a condition of the lease. Craigslist 'community' section and www.bayequest.com both are good resources for leasing.
3. This is a little outside of what you requested, but I've found R-Ranch in Napa to be a great way to have horse time for my whole family. For about 1k per year, you get access to a 1,000+ acre ranch with 40 well-trained western horses for trail rides, a huge pool and cabins to stay in. http://rranch.info/
Feel free to email me off-list if you have any more questions. Happy trails to you! Katia
Hi, I'm looking for updates to recommendations for adult horseback riding lessons. I am in Oakland and would like someone in the East Bay (Grizzly Peak thru Skyline preferred). I have been sporadically riding since I was a little kid, from bareback to western to english but not competitively. I would like to spend a few months getting my muscles back in shape and then move towards a sponsorship and trail riding. Emphasis on good form (english, western), confidence building, strength and control. My timeline is to start in March or so of next year. Thanks for the tips LR
Does anyone know of a good place for an adult to take horseback riding lessons? Or of a place that rents horses by the hour without a guide? Somewhere in the East Bay would be preferable, since we live in Berkeley. Thanks a lot! Gen
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