Please note that we do not offer trail rides, multi-person lessons for new/beginner riders, or off-site leases.
Private lessons are one-on-one with an instructor.
Private lessons are generally for beginning riders (who cannot yet join a group), as well as riders that own/lease and are working on specific skills with their own horse.
Set of 3 lessons (must be scheduled & ridden within 3 weeks, usually on a recurring day & time):
Total Cost: $200
Single 1/2-hour private lesson:
3-7 riders in a group. Groups based on ability.
Riders must be able to walk, trot, halt, and steer on their own before joining a group lesson.
Set of 9 lessons (ridden over 9 weeks on a recurring day & time):
Total Cost: $450
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 (single rider)
Semi-Private X/C Lesson (2 riders)
*additional $5 horse-use fee if rider does not own or full-lease their mount.
Once your set ends, we expect you to enroll in a new set the following week. If you plan to discontinue lessons, please let us know before the end of your set so we can plan appropriately.
Lesson payment is due no later than the day before the first lesson of your set.
If you are late on payment, you will not be on the schedule and you will not be able to ride.
The number of lessons you have remaining can be found in your Hopoti account, so it is your responsibility to keep track of your lessons and when you owe money.
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 lessons on hold. Please call us to discuss!
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.
Volunteering at our shows and programs for 10 hours earns riders a discount. These hours may be earned by any family member and given to any rider.
Working Students in more than one weekly lesson may use their hours to pay for a secondary lesson set. Working Students are also eligible for a monthly bonus lesson. Please see updated WSt rates here.
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 wear 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 the following stores:
Effective 5/1/22: Regardless of vaccination status, ALL persons MUST wear a mask (nose/mouth covering) when inside the PCUs (viewing rooms).
Everyone (regardless of vaccination status) MUST:
If you have tested positive for COVID (regardless of your symptom status), do not come to the farm for 5 days after testing positive or while still symptomatic.