On Course Equestrian Services is proud to offer personalized horseback riding lessons in Harford County and surrounding areas. We have a small herd of trusted lesson horses that are suitable for the most beginner to the more advanced rider. Our barn is located at 575 Craig’s Corner Road, Havre De Grace, Maryland 21078.
Interested in riding lessons? Please call Mollie at 443-307-1364 or fill out our contact form!
Prices for horseback riding lessons:
Private: $40 per hour, $30 per ½ hour
Tiny Tots (2-4yrs): $30 per ½ hour
Lessons can be taught at your farm on your own horse: Add $10 for gas.
Lessons taught by an outside instructor have a $20 arena fee.
There will be no refunds or carryovers. You will not be permitted to ride without a release form signed first. No exceptions.
Horseback riding lessons at On Course Equestrian Services are taught by a few different instructors based on their availability and the rider’s experience. There are approximately 2-4 students in each lesson group. This allows for your child to have personalized attention during the lesson. Riding times may vary – your child will be grooming, tacking up, riding, and un-tacking all in the allotted hour. As your child becomes more comfortable grooming and tacking up, they will be able to prepare for their lesson faster and have more time to ride. If your child has long hair, it must be pulled back in a low ponytail or braid when riding. Keep in mind that a helmet must fit over their hairdo! We provide helmets of various sizes and they must be worn while riding at all times. Long pants and boots with an approved heel are required for safety while riding. The lesson time that you choose is reserved for your child. If your child is sick or cannot make their lesson for any reason, please call within 24 hours to reschedule.
In most cases, lessons will not be cancelled due to bad weather. If we cannot ride, then we will have an inside lesson (horse management lesson) in the barn unless otherwise discussed. There is so much to learn about horses other than riding. This gives us a great opportunity to understand the “dirty” work and get a better understanding of the total care and management of horses. We will be going over parts, colors, and breeds of horses, nutrition, day-to-day care, emergency care, stall cleaning, tack cleaning, etc.
We love that parents & siblings are interested in learning along with the students as well as watching them ride. Feel free to assist with brushing and tacking up, however at times the student may need to do things independently.
Everyone knows that when riding a horse, no matter what level you are at, you may fall off. At some point during the year, your child or a child in their lesson will fall off. When this occurs, you need to trust in the fact that the instructors know how to handle this situation. We know that it is scary to see someone, especially your child, scared or hurt. If another child is injured, please refrain from entering the ring or trying to take your child off of their mount. It is important to encourage independence and perseverance – we will encourage your child to get back on their horse if they fall off and aren’t injured.
Many of our lesson horses and ponies are available for lease. You will take partial responsibility for the horse or pony and will have access to ride other than regular scheduled lesson times. Not every student is eligible to lease, and not every horse or pony is available. Please contact us with questions you might have regarding leasing.
Prices for Leasing:
Pony: $200 per month ($25 per day)
Horse: $300 per month ($35 per day)