Horse Riding Lessons
OCHS will be honoring Mother's Day by hosting special one and a half hour horseback rides for Mother's and her family May 8th, 9th and 10th, 2015. To learn more, please click on the following link:
Mothers Day Rides
If you have never ridden a horse before or would like to learn more about horses and advance your skills, you've come to the right place! We have several excellent lesson horses. Please read about them on our “The Horses” link on the left hand side of this page. We'll match you to the horse that matches your ability so that you can be confident with horses. Our goal is to help you achieve better communication and ride more fluidly with the horse, whether you prefer English or Western riding. Click the following link to learn about our horsemanship skill levels:
Beginner Riding Lessons:
Learn to safely and confidently lead, tie, groom, and tack up your horse prior to learning to how to ride. Doing this from the ground, such as grooming, helps you gain confidence and build a bond with the horse. You will learn basic skills about how to steer the horse with the reins and your legs using leg pressure. Learn about horses in a fun, safe, and relaxed environment with a gorgeous view of the Rocky Mountains for an even better equine experience. Contact us today to discuss your needs and desires! We look forward to sharing our passion and knowledge about horses with you.
Private Lessons for ages 4 and up are $45 per hour for initial lesson. $35 per hour weekly thereafter.
See our discounted package deals below!
Also offered are 1.5 hour lessons for $65 initial lesson. $50 for 1.5 hour weekly thereafter.
Intermediate Riding Lessons:
If you will be using one of our lesson horses, you will be expected to catch, groom, and tack up the horse Lessons are catered to your needs and desires based on your current knowledge and ability to best help you advance your skills. Learn to make smoother transitions between gaits; post and sit to the trot; cue effectively for the canter in both directions, and improve your balance. Learn to communicate better with the horse by using your aids effectively. Your aids include your energy, your seat, your legs, your core stomach muscles, your eyes, and the reins. Learn to move the horses head, shoulders, hindquarters, ribs, and legs separately, and together, as you progress to more advanced movements such as collection, shoulders-in, half-pass, rollbacks, pivots, lead changes, and more.
We would be happy to travel your location for a small additional travel fee. Contact us today to discuss your goals!
Private Lessons for ages 8 and up are $45 per hour initial lesson and $35 per hour thereafter. Also offered are 1.5hour lessons for $65 initial lesson. $50 weekly thereafter. See our discounted package deals below!
Semi-Private or Group Lessons:
Bring a buddy or two for riding lessons! Lessons are based on the general knowledge of the group so that each student can still advance their skill while enjoying the company of others. Start in the arena to improve your riding ability and then enjoy a relaxing trail ride on the plains within the property. We can accommodate up to four riders with our horses.
Semi-Private and Group Lessons for ages 8 and up are $25 per person per hour.
Want to have even more fun with horses? Come learn about Equine Agility! If you know what dog agility is; you’re on the right track! Equine agility is similar to dog agility, on a much larger scale. Handlers cue the horse from the ground by using body language and some verbal cues to guide the horse through a set of obstacles at liberty. At liberty means that the handler has no rope attached to the horse, the horse is free to do as he chooses. The handler must have good horsemanship skills so that the horse has trust in his handler and wants to do what is requested of him. The obstacles in Equine Agility could include, but are not limited to:
Please note that our facility does not have all of the objects listed above. Equine Agility as a sport, however, can incorporate all of these obstacles and more.
Jumping an object or a set of objects
Going through water
Going through a tunnel, or under an object.
Backing through a pattern
Jumping through a hoop
Going over a bridge
Going over a teeter-totter, and etc.
Lessons start with proper handling of the lead-rope, positioning your body for effective cueing, and learning to “read” the horse; what he needs; what he wants and why he does what he does. Learn how to effectively use your equipment and body language to cue the horse. Learn how to move different parts of the horse’s body such as his head, neck, shoulders, and hindquarters. Progress will be made such that there is very little pressure on the lead-line as you guide the horse through a set of obstacles. Eventually you will be off the lead-line and testing your skills at liberty!
2014 Package Deals Available:
Package Deal for Individuals = $150 This includes 5 private, one-hour lessons.
**Expires 8 weeks after purchase date.**
Package Deal for Couples = $230 This includes 4 one-on-one, one-hour lessons for two family members.
**Expires 6 weeks after purchase date.**
Package Deal for Families of 3 = $275 This includes 4 group, one-hour lessons with 3 family members participating together.
$400 for 1.5hour lessons for 3 family members participating together.
**Both options expire 6 weeks after purchase date.**
Package Deal for Families of 4 = $365 This includes 4 group, one-hour lessons with 4 family members participating together.
$550 for 1.5 hour lessons for 4 family members participating together.
**Both options expire 6 weeks after purchase date.**
Recommended Apparel includes:
- Boots with a heel
- Long pants such as breeches, leggings, or knit type pants for English style riding and jeans for Western style riding.
- Gloves such as good fitting driving gloves, leather gloves, or other gloves that are non-slick, so that the reins do not slip through your hands.
- Sun screen
- A lightweight hat to wear underneath your helmet
- Glove warmers or thin gloves to wear underneath your thicker gloves, but no mittens please.
- Winter socks or double layer socks
- Close fitting jacket or vest.
- Long underwear
- Layering is very beneficial!
- During camp, we keep our student to instructor ratio small to ensure each student gets plenty of
- Summer camp dates are subject to change.
- Must pre-purchase package deals.
- Package camps are valid for the season issued.
- Package Camp Lessons expires 8 weeks after purchase.
- Individual Package of 5 lessons expires on the 8th week after purchase date.
- Group Packages expire 6 weeks after purchase date.
- To reschedule lessons, please notify us 48 hours in advance.
- Cancelation within 24 of scheduled lesson results in a $20 cancelation fee.
- Rescheduling of camps must be done 7 days prior to the start of camp and only if there is available space in another camp - otherwise receive refund of half of total camp fee.
- Deposits for camp are required 14 days prior to the start of camp.