Decide what type of riding you want to learn.
There are a lot of different types of horses, and riding styles have their own names as well. So when you’re looking for lessons, make sure you know what kind of riding you want to learn. The most common types are English, Western, Trail, Endurance and Jumping (see below). Some examples:
English is the style used in competition like dressage or show jumping. It’s an elegant form that emphasizes grace and control over speed. You’ll be able to see some English-style riders at the Olympics!
Western can be done with two feet on a stirrup or one foot in a stirrup while sitting up straight. This style uses long reins so that your horse has room to move around with no restrictions on him or her, which makes it perfect for trail riding especially when there’s lots going on around them such as other animals crossing paths with yours because they’re not afraid of anything!”
Consider your comfort level with horses.
If you’ve never been around horses before, it can be a little daunting to think about sitting on one and riding it. Maybe you’re afraid of being hurt or falling off, or maybe you’re afraid of the horse itself. If this is the case, then consider your comfort level with horses before signing up for lessons.
If you’ve had experience with horses before and are familiar with how they act and react, then this won’t be an issue at all; but if not, ask yourself if you could get used to it before signing up for lessons. It might be best just to start out by watching others ride until you feel more comfortable enough to ride yourself!
Decide on a location.
Once you’ve decided to start riding lessons, the next step is to find a location that meets your needs. Some factors to consider include convenience and whether or not you want to ride outdoors or in an indoor arena.
- Convenience – If it’s possible, find a place that’s easily accessible for you so that you can fit riding lessons into your schedule without too much hassle. This could mean anything from being close enough to walk there (or bike) during the summer months when other activities are out of the question (when it’s too hot outside), or having access to public transit if public transportation is available in your area and within walking distance of where you live.
- Riding environment – You may also prefer an indoor arena over an outdoor trail due outdoors because of inclement weather conditions like snowstorms or extreme heat waves; however, keep in mind that if this option isn’t available near where you live then it might be harder for someone else—like another family member—to watch over their horse while they’re taking lessons!
Contact your local stable and ask questions.
Once you’ve found a stable, it’s time to contact them. The first thing you should ask is how many horses they have available for lessons. If the answer isn’t “more than enough,” keep looking—you want a stable where there are always plenty of horses available so that you can get the one that’s right for you.
Next, ask about lesson horse availability in general: When are their busiest times? What days and times do they offer lessons? This will help ensure that your schedule will fit with the stables’.
Finally, inquire about instructor qualifications: Are they certified by any organizations or associations? Do they have experience teaching beginners? Ask what kind of training methods (such as clicker training) may be used during lessons—the more experienced and knowledgeable an instructor is, the better equipped he/she will be at helping new riders learn proper technique!
Ask about instructor qualifications and experience.
When looking for a riding instructor, you should do some research to find out about their qualifications and experience. A great instructor will have gone through rigorous training and certification by an accredited organization to become a certified instructor. They will also have years of experience in the field and a positive attitude that makes them fun to be around.
If you’re going to spend time learning from someone, it’s important that they are easy to get along with as well! It is important that your instructor has good communication skills so that you can feel comfortable asking questions when needed. In addition, your instructor should understand how different personalities learn in order to cater lessons toward whichever type of learner you may be (visual, auditory or kinesthetic). The last thing we want is for someone who struggles with math being stuck with an instructor who gives lectures on each lesson rather than helping them explore the subject matter on their own terms.
Factor in the cost.
You will have to factor in the cost of the lessons, but you should also consider how much it costs to rent or lease a horse from someone. This can vary depending on where you live, so do your research and talk to people who have experience with this before you commit yourself financially.
Another thing that you should think about is equipment. If you’re going to be riding all day, chances are good that your clothes aren’t going to hold up very well! You need durable boots that protect your ankles and keep them comfortable after hours of riding; jackets for warmth; gloves for gripping onto reins; hats for keeping sun off face; sunscreen…the list goes on! It’s important not only because it may be uncomfortable riding bareback (especially if there’s no saddle), but also because having proper protection could save lives in dangerous situations where something unexpected happens like an accident or runaway horse – this way nobody gets hurt as much as possible!
In addition, some stables charge other fees beyond just lesson prices: storage fees or tack room fees are common ways they make money outside of lessons themselves.”
Find out about other amenities available at the stable, such as parks, trails, etc.
Find out about other amenities available at the stable, such as parks, trails, etc.
The location of the stables is an important factor to consider when you’re looking into horse riding lessons. For example, if there is a park nearby that has trails for horseback riding or access to open fields where you can practice your skills safely without worrying about cars or roads then this is something worth considering when selecting a facility. It’s also worth asking about facilities like outdoor wash stalls and storage areas for tack (the equipment used for horses). Finally, it’s good to ask about social aspects of the stables and whether riders tend to get along well with each other or if there are often fights breaking out between them.
Learn about the lesson horse options at the stables you’re considering.
If you’re thinking about getting lessons, the first thing you’ll have to do is decide where to go. There are hundreds of stables around the country, and they all have different options for classes and lesson horses. Some stables will only teach their own horses, while others will allow you to choose a horse from their stable that suits your ability level.
You want to find a facility with plenty of options for lessons so that you can start off with the right horse for your needs. This means asking questions like: Are these horses well behaved? Do they respond well to commands? Are they well cared for? And most importantly—how long do these horses stay at this facility before being moved on somewhere else?
Schedule a tour of each facility that interests you.
When you visit a facility, look for some key things that will indicate the quality of care and attention your horse will receive.
- Is the area clean? Are stalls large enough to accommodate your horse’s size? Are mounting blocks and slant boards in good shape? Do they have safety features such as rubber mats on hard surfaces or nonslip treads on stairs leading up to arenas? If there’s a pond or stream nearby, make sure its banks are stable enough that no one would be hurt if a horse were to fall into them.
- Is it safe? Does staff come out regularly to check fences, gates, etc.? Are gates closed properly when not in use? Do they use electric fencing around paddocks rather than barbed wire or rope fencing that may be harmful if caught on it by accident (or even intentionally)? If there is any kind of fence-line riding involved—either trail rides around pastures or arena work—make sure riders aren’t allowed too close together so there isn’t the possibility of being kicked accidentally by another rider’s mount while he/she tries to navigate something tricky like an obstacle course without hitting another animal!
I’m sure these things seem obvious now but trust me: you don’t want to get yourself into trouble by visiting too many facilities before finding one with these basic standards met!
Choose the location where you feel most comfortable and confident that it’s right for your needs.
It’s important that you feel comfortable and confident in the location where you’re getting lessons. It should be a happy place, not one that makes you anxious, and your instructor should be someone you trust to take care of your horse and teach him or her to listen to you. You should also like the other people who are riding there, as they can make a huge difference in how much fun riding becomes!
There are many steps to take when choosing where to take lessons if you are just starting out so go into it with some ideas and knowledge already in mind
- Research the different types of lessons offered. There are many types of riding lessons and each type has its own unique style, atmosphere, instructor and price range. When looking into this you will need to decide which type of riding is best suited for you and whether or not it is worth having a particular instructor teach that class.
- Find out what locations have these classes offered at their facilities in your area. You will want to make sure that there are plenty of places offering this type of class because if there aren’t many available options then it might be difficult for you to find one that works with your schedule or budget because they may only be able to take so many students per day/week/month etc…
- Visit the location(s) where these classes are being taught so that you can observe firsthand what kind of environment it provides before deciding whether or not this would be a good fit for yourself as well as knowing what amenities each location offers such as stables (i.e stalls), tack rooms (i.e saddle racks), wash rooms etc…