Riding Lessons at Palladia FarmWe offer lessons for brand-new students through advanced riders, with an emphasis on strong foundations of horsemanship.
Whether it’s your first time on a horse or you’re looking to advance your riding skills, Palladia Farm riding lessons are exactly what you need to become an exceptional rider. Lessons are available on our school horses as well as student-owned or leased horses, and are tailored to your level of comfort, riding experience, and goals.
At Palladia, we believe that horseback riding and competition teaches more than just skill in the arena or over fences. Learning to work with horses teaches trust, patience, and dedication. And through the relationships you’ll build with other students, your trainers, and the horses themselves, you’ll learn sportsmanship and teamwork, too.
Lessons at our barn are offered 6 days a week, and we schedule them on a first-come, first-served based on trainer and lesson horse availability. To request your lesson slot, please complete our quick contact form and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can. A
30-Minute Riding Lessons: $65 (Boarders: $50)
11 Lesson Package: $650 (buy 10, get one free!)
Monthly Riding School: $40
What to Wear for Riding Lessons
While riding boots and riding pants may be fashionable, they need to be functional if you’re actually going to ride a horse. In order to be safe while riding, you need to wear a shoe or a boot with a low, flat heel and an ASTM/SEI approved riding helmet. Actual paddock boots, gloves and half chaps are recommended and preferred by virtually all riders.
Below you’ll find a list of equipment and some recommended places to purchase. If you have any questions about equipment you’ll need for your lessons, please feel free to contact us.
ASTM/SEI Approved Riding Helmet
A properly fitting, ASTM/SEI approved riding helmet is mandatory, because your safety while riding is our number one priority.
The better a helmet fits, the more protection you have in the event of a fall from the horse. As ASTM/SEI approved helmets can now be purchased for as little as $40, they are readily available to all riders. You can find ASTM/SEI approved helmets at Dover Saddlery and other venues online. When buying a helmet, look for an “ASTM/SEI” tag inside of the helmet, which will guarantee its function as protective headgear and not just as a decorative headcovering. Buy the best helmet that you can afford, and have a knowledgeable salesperson fit you or your child. We do not provide riding helmets for our students. If you’re wondering why, read why we don’t provide riding helmets.
Long Pants, Jodphurs or Breeches
Thin or baggy pants quickly bunch up between your leg and the saddle, creating painful rubs. Special riding pants are designed to avoid this discomfort. Jeans are acceptable and will provide a measure of comfort, but they are prone to chafing and the heavy crotch seaming is often uncomfortable. Thicker leggings or jeggings are also an option, provided they are slim fitting close to the leg and don’t have any rough seams that might rub. You can find inexpensive breeches or jodhpurs at Dover Saddlery on 137 and many other stores online.
Paddock boots are designed especially for equine activities and are the preferred equipment for new riders. They provide the best protection for the feet as well as the most comfort while riding. They can be obtained relatively inexpensively from many online stores or at Dover Saddlery for around $40-$50. Faux leather boots are usually comfortable and always economical.
Shirts and Jackets
Form fitting shirts and jackets are always best. When riders wear over-sized shirts it is impossible for the trainer to determine whether their back is arched or rounded, forward or back. Riding is a sport like gymnastics where posture and balance are extremely important. Can you imagine gymnasts training in the gym in sweat clothes? In winter, heavier clothing may be necessary, but please try to wear more fitted items. In addition, please make sure that you are fully covered; do not show cleavage, bellies, or butts when you ride. This usually means: (1) no tank tops, (2) no off-the-shoulder tops, (3) no belly shirts, and (4) no super low-rise pants. We will not teach anyone who is not dressed appropriately for riding, nor will we refund any lesson fees because of violation of our dress code. If you have any questions about this, please ask your trainer.
Long hair should be pulled back into a ponytail or low braids so that the rider can have good use of his/her peripheral vision, and so that the trainer can see the rider’s facial expression. Low ponytails located at the base of the neck will not affect the fit of the helmet.
Palladia Farm School Horses
At Palladia Farm, we have the best school horses and ponies you’ll find in any lesson program anywhere. They’re sound, fit, well-trained, and–most importantly–they are safe. Each of them can teach you or your young student all of the most important fundamentals of smart, fun riding and create an enduring foundation for success.
1998 Thoroughbred Gelding, 16.1h.
Scottie is a lovely, quiet horse, who is a good listener and wants to please. He’s a little bouncy, but his strong trot rhythm helps riders pick up posting very quickly. He’s great for teaching riders how to post or helping them learn to canter. For our advanced riders he will go on the bit and perform basic lateral work in both directions. Scottie hates jumping, so he only does flatwork. He also likes having his ears scratched.
Rebel is one of the sweetest, quietest horses in the barn. He’s a “been there, done that” kind of guy with a gentle disposition and a willingness to do anything you ask of him. Rebel is super comfortable with smooth gaits at the walk, trot and canter, and he’s a super safe jumper with a great brain who can help both kids and adults learn the ropes of our sport. Rebel’s favorite things are apple-flavored treats, and neck scratches.
1997 Grey Welsh Pony Gelding, 14.0 hands
Herc (short for Hercules) is much, much more than a school horse and is only available for use in our program via a special arrangement with his owner, who is now a college student and too big to ride him. Herc is a fantastically talented, kind pony, who is never naughty and always tries to please. He may be bouncy, but he’ll do anything you want. Herc is a great jumper, and won many, many championship ribbons at horse shows when he was still showing. One day, he hopes that the children will go back to his stall and eat hay with him all night. Herc’s favorite kids are the ones who are just learning how to trot and canter. He thinks it’s funny how they giggle.
1999 Paint Pony Gelding, 13.2 hands
Buster is a funny and sweet little pony. He’s a bit timid, and can sometimes be a little afraid of new people at first. Once he gets to know you, however, he’ll want to cuddle all the time and he really likes it when you hug him. Buster is really, really comfortable, so he’s super easy to sit. He’s also an expert at teaching riders how to canter and jump. No matter what, Buster won’t go too fast.