Thank you for your interest in taking horseback riding lessons with HMC Equestrian LLC! Please see our class descriptions below and let us know if you have questions about the appropriate class for your riding ability. We look forward to seeing you in the saddle soon!
PLEASE note a rider's progression through these various lesson levels may take a while, as each level teaches a lot of new information. Horseback riding takes a lot of muscle strength, balance and rhythm. How quickly those skills are developed is different in every rider. We never want to rush a rider into a higher level than they are ready for.
All new students must register for beginner lessons! If you have prior riding experience and feel you would be better suited for our intermediate or advanced lessons, you MUST schedule an evaluation lesson with us BEFORE scheduling group lessons. Evaluation lessons are scheduled based on student and instructor availability and cost $95 per student for 30 minutes of riding and evaluation. To schedule, email us at: email@example.com.
Riders must have permission before signing up for Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 lessons. If you have questions about what level you or your child should be in, please talk with your instructor or contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In these classes, we teach the rider how to control the horse safely on the ground, including how to lead and mount the horse. The rider will learn how to maneuver the horse at the walk and trot, including starting, stopping, moving around obstacles and going over poles.
In order to enter into intermediate lessons, the rider must be able to do the following:
Proficiently control their horse and themselves at the trot. Including trotting circles and over/around obstacles, such as ground poles
Post the trot, in rhythm with the horse, without using their hands to balance.
Ride different "types" of horses. No two horses are the same, they all have a different skill to teach us.
Riders must be ready to learn to canter in order to move into the intermediate lessons.
Must have approval from your instructor to move into advanced lessons. In order to move into advanced lessons riders must be able to do the following:
Riders need to be able to confidently walk/trot/canter and jump 18in courses
Confidently ride a wide range of horses
Sitting and posting trot without stirrups
Two- Point without using hands
Students must be able to groom, tack/untack on their own
Must have approval from your instructor to move into advanced 2 lessons. Riders must be able to jump over 2'3"
Open to riders of all levels must be 18 years or older.
Trainer Lesson Schedule
Holly: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
Jamee: Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday
Liz: Private lessons, substitue instructor, and barn manager
Trainer schedule is subject to change without notice.
Types of Lessons
$52.50/rider, up to seven riders for an hour lesson
Two riders for an hour lesson, please inquire for price and availability.
One rider for an hour lesson, please inquire for price and availability.
Private and Semi-Private:
Private and semi-private lessons are available at various times and must be scheduled directly with an instructor or by emailing us. Once you make arrangements with your instructor, you will then be sent a direct link to schedule and pay for your lesson.
HMCE Policies and Procedures
Appointment Rescheduling Policy
Appointments may only be rescheduled, and these changes must be made up to 48 hours before the start of your class. No appointments may be rescheduled within 48 hours of the class start time, regardless of illness or emergency. We cannot accept cancellations at any time.
Summer Camps may only be rescheduled, and these changes must be made up to 60 days before the start of the first day of camp. No camps may be rescheduled within 60 days of the start of camp, even due to illness or emergency. We cannot accept cancellations at any time.
Parents/Guardians Must Remain on Premises
All parents and guardians must remain on the premises while anyone 16 years old or younger is riding in a lesson. Horseback riding is a high-risk sport, and accidents may happen. Therefore, parents and guardians must remain onsite in case of emergency.
Arrival and Departure Procedures
We are now allowing ALL students into the barn to groom and tack horses before lessons and to untack and turn out their horses at the end of the lesson (for those at the end of the day)!
Please plan to arrive 20-30 minutes before your lesson to groom and tack your horse and plan to stay about 20 minutes after your lesson to untack, give treats and turn out your horse. If your horse is used in the lesson before yours, you are welcome to watch the prior lesson from outside the gate and learn from the ground.
For those who are not familiar with our procedures for grooming, tacking, untacking and turning out, our staff will work with you to teach you the necessary steps.
If you are not comfortable with coming into the barn, please email us at: email@example.com as soon as possible so we can make sure we have your horse ready for you when you arrive!
COVID Precautions and Requirements
If a student or someone in the student's immediate family is exhibiting symptoms of COVID or has been exposed to someone with COVID, please do not come to the barn for your lesson until every family member has been cleared in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Anyone who has been fully vaccinated may choose to wear or not wear a mask while visiting HMC Equestrian.
Thank you for adhering to these important policies and procedures! We look forward to working with you soon!
What to Wear or Bring With You
We recommend riders wear the following clothing items for a safe and enjoyable lesson:
Leggings or athletic type pants are best if you don't own riding breeches. Long pants are required, please no shorts, jeans, or pants with adornments on the seat pockets such as buttons, studs, or jewels. Here is an example.
Boots with a heel. Here is an example.
Horse back riding approved helmet, ATSM and SEI Certified. Please no bike helmets. We have some helmets for riders that don't have their own, but it's best if the rider is fit for their own helmet. Here is an example.
Layered clothing with zippers - We recommend dresing in layers with zipper closures for fast and easy removal during a lesson.
Gloves with a grip are also helpful. Example
We recommend visiting Dover Saddlery in Chantilly, Va or Saddlery Liquidators in Haymarket, Va. Their helpful staff is well equipped to help fit helmets and find the appropriate riding apparel.