How to choose the best Horseback Riding Lesson program and Instructor

Welcome to the Charlotte Equestrian Community!  The Charlotte City Guide is your best resource to finding horseback riding lessons and classes in the Charlotte area. The Charlotte area has one of the fasted growing equestrian communities in the southeast offering many programs for both kids and adults in both English and Western styles.

It’s a good idea to find a reputable barn or riding academy with experienced instructors and staff.  The types of program vary greatly in the type of instruction and philosophy of horsemanship.   Doing a little research ahead of time will be your best tool for the finding the fit that is right for you.

What factors are most important you? Some things to consider:
  • How Far are you willing travel for lessons?
  • What is the cost:  Cost: Horseback Riding Lessons typically range in cost from $35 on the low end to $75 on the higher end with many options in between.
  • Is the facility a Riding Academy a equestrian business which specializes in lessons or a service provided by a qualified private horse trainer to clients.
  • Does the facility provide school horses, can a client bring their own horse to the lesson.
  • How long have they been in business? Does the barn have a good reputation in the community; are there any reviews for this business or trainer?
  • Are there any age restrictions?  Some programs have a minimum age requirement.
  • Are there any long term contracts?  If so, find out if they offer an initial trial class before committing to a full lesson program.
What you will need:
  • Approved riding helmet Helmets come in many styles and price ranges.  Most riding academies will require students to wear an approved safety helmet while riding, and typically will provide a school helmet you can barrow during your lesson if you don’t own one.
  • Boots / sturdy shoes.   Boots with a heel should be worn for riding.  In addition to adding stability for the riders foot and ankle, boots with a heel will prevent the riders foot from slipping through the stirrup.  Sturdy shoes without a heel, can be worn when using safety stirrups. Be sure to check with the stable in advance for the required foot wear.
  • Breeches or Long Pants Breeches are long pant with very flexible fabric well suited for riding. If breeches are not available, long pants (jeans) would be a more suitable alternative to sweat pants (which can be slipperary and not provide adequate support.  Shorts should not be worn as exposed skin can easily chaff on a leather saddle.
  • Gloves (optional) Provide added grip on leather reins