Please note that we do not offer trail rides, multi-person lessons for new/beginner riders, or off-site leases.
Holiday Schedule: We cancel/reschedule lessons on New Year’s Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. We alter the schedule on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve to avoid evening lessons on those days. For all other holidays, we only alter the schedule in the event of a large number of rider cancellations.
Cash (in an envelope, labelled with rider’s name & date of ride/lesson set start date)
Check (rider’s name, date of ride/lesson set start date in the memo line; $35 fee for all returned checks)
PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org (you must calculate & add 4% to cover credit card fees)
Package of 3 lessons that must be scheduled within 3 weeks (usually on a recurring day & time).
For adults and children.
Private lessons are generally for beginning riders (who cannot yet join a group) and riders that own/lease and are working on certain skillsets with their horse.
Total Cost: $170
Single 1/2-hour private lesson:
Package of 9 lessons over 9 weeks on a recurring day & time.
For adults and children.
3-7 riders in a group.
Riders must be able to walk, trot, halt, and steer on their own before joining a group lesson.
Total Cost: $405
Single group lesson:
A great way for anyone to determine whether horseback riding at FMF is right for them!
Highly recommended for those that have never been on a horse.
Required for anyone with prior riding experience who wishes to go directly into a group.
Scheduled on a case-by-case basis, weather permitting. Instructor approval required.
Private X/C Lesson
Semi-Private X/C Lesson (2 riders)
*additional $5 horse-use fee unless you own or full-lease your mount.
Please note that we have an “automatic renewal” policy for lessons: Once your set ends, a new set begins the following week. If you wish to discontinue lessons, please let us know before the end of your set.
Lesson payment is due by the second lesson of your set. After the second lesson, there is an additional $10 late fee per week. Thus, if you pay on week 3, you pay $10 in late fees; on week 4, you pay $20 in late fees; and so on. If you are late on payment, we may not assign your horse until you pay, meaning you will be unable to ride.
In the event that you are unable to ride for more than 4 consecutive weeks due to an injury/surgery/illness, we can place your lesson set on hold. Please call us to discuss!
Once your lesson set has ended, missed lessons may not be made up. You will forego any lessons you have missed if you have not scheduled a make-up for them. We do not allow more than 2 make-up lessons in a set of 3, and no more than 3 in a set of 9.
We write your “lesson count” on the Lesson Board each day, in order to keep everyone on the same page. However, it is your responsibility to keep track of your lessons and when you owe money. If you believe there is an error in your lesson count, or your set is marked with a “$” (indicating you owe) and you believe you have paid, please call us right away.
We cancel/reschedule lessons on the following holidays:
We alter the schedule on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve to avoid evening lessons on those days.
For all other holidays, we only alter the schedule in the event of a large number of rider cancellations.
We offer a 10% discount on concurrent lesson sets (i.e., for riders enrolled in 2 or more lessons per week):
$364.50 for each additional group set
$153 for each additional private set
Volunteering at our shows and programs for 10 hours earns riders a $36 discount.
These hours may be earned by any family member and given to any rider.
Working Students may use their hours to pay for an additional lesson set:
65 hours for a second group set
27.25 hours for a second private set
Given the importance of safety for all riders, failure to comply with the following policies will result in a missed lesson without a make-up/refund.
All riders must bring their own long pants and hard-soled boots with a heel.
Please note that after 4 lessons, ALL riders must bring the following items each lesson:
We recommend that riders go to the following stores:
Effective 5/25/21: EVERYONE on the farm MUST:
At this time, parents/spectators are not permitted up at the grooming barn, unless their rider meets ANY of the criteria below:
If a rider meets any of those criteria, ONE parent/spectator may accompany them to the barn.
At this time, parents/spectators are permitted to watch lessons from outside the arenas and/or from the PCUs.