Speckled throughout the Columbus area lay equestrian facilities that specialize in horseback riding lessons! Most stables offer a calm, non-competitive environment to start, as experienced instructors teach how to saddle up and ride independently.

The age at which your child starts riding can vary, depending on the child's size and maturity. Generally, however, most stables require the minimum age to be around 4-7 yrs. Here is a list of best facilities around Columbus, where kids can learn to ride!

    K&J Equestrian

     (361.6 mi)

    Brittany Kozielski:  K&J Equestrian offers horseback riding, lessons, horse leasing, boarding and birthday parties.

    Age: 8+

    Cost: Contact for pricing

    Bookmark Farms

     (364.8 mi)

    Brittany Kozielski:  Bookmark Farms offers a hunter jumper program for beginner and experienced riders, in private, semi-private, or group lessons. Private lessons are recommended for beginning riders as they start out, and a half hour option is available for younger kids. An indoor arena allows lessons to take place throughout the year, and a comfortable observation room is offered for spectators. The farm also offers boarding, show programs, and camp.

    Age: 4+

    Cost: $50/half hour private lesson, $55-$70/hour long lesson

    Clearwater Equestrian Center

     (374.1 mi)

    Katie G.:  Clearwater Equestrian Center offers lessons and training on hunter/jumper, equation and showmanship. Horses of all sizes and ability levels are available for lessons from beginner to advanced. Beginners will learn how to care for their horse including tacking and brushing and be responsible for this before and after each lesson.

    Ages: 2+

    Cost: $25/half hour private lesson, $40/hour private lesson (discounts available if paying for more than one lesson at a time)

    Field of Dreams Farm

     (374.6 mi)

    Brittany Kozielski:  Founded on the principles of education and safety, Field of Dreams Farm offers instruction for riders of all experience levels in both hunt seat and western. Lessons are held weekly in 1 month increments, and occur year-round in outdoor and indoor arenas. Riders can also experience the farm's 60 acres of wooded trails. Summer camps are offered. A sister center, Dreams on Horseback, specializes in therapeutic riding.

    Age: 7+

    Cost: $75/1-hour private orientation lesson, $45/semi-private lesson

    Dreams On Horseback

     (374.6 mi)

    Katie G.:  Dreams on Horseback is a non-profit facility specializing in riding lessons for individuals with special needs. Children and adults with special needs can ride a gentle and kind therapy horse while accompanied by a side-walker and horse handler. Traditional riding lessons are also available in both English and Western where riders will learn basic riding and horsemanship skills.

    Cost: Contact for pricing

    The Friesian Empire & Equine Center

     (379.8 mi)

    Katie G.:  Offering riding lessons for kids, teens and adults, The Friesian Empire & Equine Center provides a fun, interactive and focused approach to riding. Beginner and advanced riders can receive instruction in western, hunt seat and dressage. Lessons are focused on the individual rider and progress at the rider's own pace. Friesian is open year-round offering both indoor and outdoor arenas.

    Cost: Contact for pricing

    Liberty Farm

     (392.8 mi)

    Brittany Kozielski:  Liberty Farm cares about fostering relationships between people and horses in a safe environment, specializing in show jumping and training for riders of all ages. Students participate in weekly hour long group lessons, and riders seeking advancement can take twice weekly lessons. Camps are also offered.

    Age: All

    Cost: $60/lesson or $195/month for a 6-month session

    Fay Baynton Stables

     (397.5 mi)

    Katie G.:  Fay Baynton Stables is a smaller horse farm offering riding lessons for all ages from beginner to advanced. Riders will learn fundamentals and how to care for the horse while riding safe, quality horses. Lessons are held indoors and outdoors, making this perfect for riding year-round. Boarding and training is also available at Fay Baynton Stables.

    Cost: Contact for pricing

    Neely Equestrian Center

     (400.4 mi)

    Brittany Kozielski:  Neely Equestrian Center offers boarding, training and riding lessons. Instruction is offered for all skill levels in hunter, jumper, and dressage, with an emphasis on proper position. Students receive a full education in horsemanship, including horse care.

    Cost: $30/half hour private lesson, $45/1 hour private lesson, $30/1 hour group lesson

    Sid Griffith Equestrian Center

     (402.0 mi)

    Brittany Kozielski:  Sid Griffith Equestrian Center offers lessons and boarding. You can also consider having a party or outing here.

    Cost: Contact for pricing

    Autumn Rose Farm

     (404.2 mi)

    Brittany Kozielski:  Autumn Rose Farm offers Western lessons throughout the year to riders of all experience levels. Hour-long private or group lessons are available, and half-hour lessons are offered to kids 7 and under. The facility boasts 3 lighted outdoor arenas, 3 indoor arenas, as well as 2 heated viewing areas for spectators. Camps and group rides are also offered.

    Age: 3+

    Cost: From $38/half hour and $43-$75/hour

    Duzan Riding Academy

     (404.6 mi)

    Kelly R.:  Duzan Riding Academy offers lessons in the hunter/jumper and equitation disciplines for all ages and levels of experience. The facility includes an insulated indoor arena, outdoor arena, trails, jump field, and comfortable viewing areas. A variety of other offerings support the lesson experience, including camps, clinics, parties, and United States Pony Club activities.

    Age: 5+

    Cost: $35-$60/half hour, $38-$42/hour

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