Horsemanship Lessons

Our horsemanship program is offered seasonally during spring and fall for riders 7 years and older. Our goal is to help develop our student’s knowledge both in the saddle and on the ground. Our lessons cover but are not limited to:

  • Basic equitation (western only)
  • Horse care
  • Basic barn chores

Our goal is for our students to have a broad knowledge of horses– more than just in the arena. Our CHA-certified riding instructors will help your equestrian set and achieve goals, and of course, have fun! 

Students attend 4 1-hour lessons per month, which are assigned by our ranch director after registration.

Contact our Ranch Director, Emily at emomberger@myY.org  for more information.

Horsemanship Frequently Asked Questions

No!  Our team of CHA-certified instructors are great at working with all levels of riders.  Students coming in with minimal to no experience will be registered for private lessons.  Once they become comfortable with the program and are at least 9 years old, they can move on to group lessons if preferred.

Beginner lessons are for those students who are ages 7-8 or who are coming to us with minimal to no experience.  Beginner lessons are offered as a private lesson only.

Some experience lessons are for those students who are 9 and older and have some experience riding horses.  Some experience lessons are offered as both private and group lessons.

We make group riding lesson decisions on a case-by-case basis. Students need to be able to ride independently and have the ability to focus on the instructions being given before moving to a group lesson setting.

Horsemanship lessons include 4 scheduled lessons per month.  All lessons are assigned on the same day each month (for example- each Monday of the month) and are one hour long.  Our ranch director will contact you after you complete your registration to confirm your scheduled days/times.

Horsemanship lessons include 4 lessons per month.

  • Beginner and private lessons: $180/month.
  • Group lessons: $140/month.

Please note that lessons cannot be pro-rated if you do not attend all 4 lessons.

Cancellation for lesson session (included the 4 lessons per month) must be made at least two weeks before the start of the months lessons. All cancellations must be made in writing, by emailing ce@MyYcamp.org.

In the event that you will be missing a lesson, please notify your instructor.  Rescheduling, refunds, or pro-rated options are not available for missed lessons.

Long pants, closed-toe shoes, and a facemask are required for each lesson. Crocs or any other shoes with holes are NOT permitted. True riding boots and purchasing your own ASTM/SEI certified riding helmet are highly recommended if your child decides to continue riding.

At your first lesson, we will give you a tour of the barn, go over our barn rules and all of the basics like grooming, saddling and bridling. Depending on how far we get, we may not even begin riding until the 2nd or 3rd lesson. Our skills begin on the ground with the horses, so it’s important to get comfortable there first!

Please plan to arrive/leave no more than 10 minutes earlier/later than your scheduled riding lesson time.

The Ranch is open for tours and questions by appointment only. Please call our office or email our Ranch Director (emomberger@myY.org) if you are interested in setting up a time!

Yes! We offer lessons starting at 7 years old. Be aware that our riding weight limit is 220 lbs.

No. I support my students that would like to go on to compete, however, there are many activities to do with horses that do not require competition.

No! There are many lesson horses here at camp, at various levels of riding skills.

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