Horse Riding Lesson Costs

By David

Starting a child in horse riding lessons can be a financially daunting task from the start – but take heart, by not owning your own four-legged friend, you will be netting some serious cost savings up front.

Understanding riding-related costs and their need will help you make informed decisions as your child embarks on their riding career.

Frequently, costs can be categorized:
• learning-related,
• equipment-related,
• subscriptions and membership fees
• leasing/ownership-related.

Learning-related expenses

These usually involve lesson costs. For novice “horse parents” the expense of riding lessons may seem high compared to your child’s other chosen recreational activities – but lets a minute to analyze what’s your getting for your money: Firstly, you are paying for an instructor’s time, knowledge and experience. Secondly, there is the horse involved in lessons which requires food, shelter, routine veterinary and blacksmith care. Thirdly a facility is required to host lessons and care and maintenance of the property is not a cheap endeavor. Additionally, the instructor or school will be required to cover the cost of insurance and provide suitable equipment to teach lessons including tack, artificial aids and even jumps. All of these costs quickly add up and contribute to the cost of lessons. However please, do not always assume that high costs translate into quality – take the time to visit a riding school and meet with instructors prior to committing to lessons.

Initial equipment-related

These costs for a budding equestrian include safety apparel including an approved helmet and suitable footwear. Occasionally, gloves and riding pants (referred to as breeches or jodhpurs) and sometimes a safety vest will be requested by your child’s instructor. While sharing equipment may seem like a good way to save on these upfront costs, please, resist the temptation. In order to function properly and afford maximum safety, your child’s equipment should be properly fitted. Helmets should always be purchased new, and replaced if a head related impact occurs. All other items can be purchased used if in good working condition. Good quality equipment, if properly cared for will last until your child outgrows their current sizes.

As your child progresses, there may be a need to purchase a saddle or other pieces of equipment. This will come in time and follow extensive discussions with your child’s trainer. Please, take to heart to any safety recommendations made by your child’s trainer and put the wellbeing of your child ahead of any financial reservations.

Subscriptions and membership fees

Subscription and memberships can be an occasional part of riding. If your child opts to join Pony Club, or a similar organization, there may be a small membership fee to cover related costs.


As your child progresses, leasing or ownership will come with a complete set of financial responsibilities outlined with many of the aforementioned costs that go into lessons. We’ll talk much more about leasing and loan horses in a later article


Costs are often one of the biggest reasons parents hesitate to start their children in horse riding lessons. Rest assured, aside from initial equipment purchases they really are controllable and additionally, if your child is willing to work hard and learn, eventually, they may be able to help out at the yard and earn some additional riding time. Opportunities will certainly vary by yard, instructor and even child, but many an international equestrian star gained their start through hard work, commitment and dedication.

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