Lesson Program & Summer Camps
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Desert Trails summer/fall hours, effective October 1st until further notice. Times and days are subject to harsh weather conditions.
Why should you invest in horseback riding lessons for your child? Because working with horses will:
1) Build Confidence
2) Teach Responsibility
3) Teach Patience
4) Teach Sensitivity
5) Teach Trust
6) Teach Respect
7) Teach Open Mindedness
8) Teach Us to Learn From Our Mistakes
9) Teach Self Discipline
10) Teach Sportsmanship
Download required rider registration and liability release forms here.
1) Pony Rides: $10 each rider (Ages 3 and up) Reservation required.
Pony rides are available for one child, or for a group, at our location. Up to 15 minutes per rider; All ages are welcome, even the very little ones! Your child will be gradually and safely introduced to the pony or horse, and then given hand led rides in an enclosed area. Lots of photo opportunities for mom and dad! Loaner helmets available. Closed toed shoes required for kids and parents.
2) Desert Trails Pony Pals Class: $75 each child
**Ages 6 and up. 1-3 children per class. One 90 minute to 2 hour session, depending on number of children. Boots and long pants required; loaner riding helmets available. Parents and non-participants should wear closed toe shoes also.
This class is a safe, non-threatening introduction to horses. It is a basic beginner program that allows the child to interact with and learn about a pony or horse. Subjects include grooming, saddling, horse body language, and common horse sense, as well as the do's and don’ts associated with being in the barn. This one-time class offers a safe and enjoyable introduction to the wonderful world of horses in a supportive and fun-filled atmosphere. The session includes hand-led pony rides or a 1st riding lesson (at the instructor's discretion) in an enclosed area on the pony the child has been working with, not to mention plenty of photo opportunities for mom and dad! This is a required class for children wanting to participate in riding lessons, and have very little or no previous experience with horses.
We do not currently offer adult beginner lessons at this time. We do, however, offer novice and intermediate adult lessons for hunter/jumper riders who want to get back in riding shape, gear up for showing, or just get some time in the saddle.
*All beginner lesson riders must have completed the Pony Pals or Basic Horsemanship class, or have had comparable horsemanship experience.*
3) Desert Trails 30 Minute Beginner Riding Lessons: $30 each
**Ages 6 and up. Long pants, and riding boots required; loaner helmets available. Approximately 25 minutes of actual riding time. Each child is evaluated for their readiness to take lessons before being allowed in the program, regardless of age or prior experience.
Child should have completed at least the Pony Pals Basic Horsemanship Class (or have equivalent experience at another facility) before embarking on a regular lesson program. The instructor will focus on balance and flexibility exercises to develop a secure seat, the basics of the halt, moving out at the walk, using the reins, and just getting comfortable on the horse. Lessons are begun with the horse or pony securely on the lead line in a small enclosure, and eventually moving into the large arena when the child is ready for a bit more independence. 30 minute lessons are recommended for riders until they are working independently at all 3 gaits and jumping small jumps.
4) Desert Trails 1 hour Intermediate Riding Lessons: $55 each
**Ages 8 and up. Long pants, and riding boots required; loaner helmets available. Approximately 50-55 minutes of riding time.
Students will learn the Secure Seat method of riding, which emphasizes balance, coordination, developing an independent seat and lower center of gravity. The student must have demonstrated the ability to control the horse independently at the walk, trot and canter, and be able to negotiate small jumps, in order to participate in the 1 hour sessions. One hour lessons are offered at the instructor's discretion.
Desert Trails Summer Camps:
All levels camps, ages 6 and up, geared toward 1st time riders and up through intermediates. Activities include riding, grooming, safety lessons, barn skills, crafts, water fun, games, horse painting, and more. Limited to 10 riders. $295 per rider.
Camp I: June 26-30, 7am-noon
Camp II: July 10-14, 7am-noon
50% deposit due on reservation with the balance due by the 1st day of camp. Registration and release forms will be published and must be turned in by camp time. Deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to lessons if child is unable to attend camp for any reason.