After reviewing the information below, please call our farm line at 410-795-8371 to inquire about lessons!

We have the instructors, horses, and facilities to accommodate all levels — from first-timers to advanced riders.
Our students range from recreational riders who ride once a week to dedicated competitors who ride every day.

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 do not have evening lessons on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. For all other holidays, we only alter the schedule in the event of a large number of rider cancellations.

In addition to our Pay Online option, we accept the following forms of payment: 

Check with the rider’s name, date of ride/lesson set start date in the memo line ($35 fee for all returned checks).

PayPal to (you must calculate & add 4% to cover credit card fees).

Cash is not preferred, but will be accepted if placed in an envelope labelled with rider’s name & date of ride/lesson set start date.

Cancellation Policy: 
To be eligible for a make-up lesson, a minimum of 24 hours’ notice via the farm telephone is required for all lesson cancellations.
Once scheduled, makeup lessons cannot be rescheduled (i.e., you may not make up a makeup; if you must cancel a makeup, you forego that lesson).
Exceptions may be made under extenuating circumstances, at the discretion of our office staff.

Private Lessons

30-Minute Lessons

Package of 3 lessons that must be scheduled & ridden 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 skills with their horse.

Total Cost: $170


Single 1/2-hour private lesson:
Cost: $65

Group Lessons

50-Minute Lessons

Package of 9 lessons over 9 weeks on a recurring day & time.

For adults and children.

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.

Total Cost: $405


Single group lesson:
Cost: $50

Evaluation Lessons

30-Minute One-Time 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.

Cost: $60

X/C Lessons

30-Minute Lessons

Scheduled on a case-by-case basis, weather permitting. Instructor approval required.

Private X/C Lesson

Semi-Private X/C Lesson (2 riders)
Cost: $60*

*additional $5 horse-use fee unless you own or full-lease your mount.

Lesson Policies

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 one week late, you pay $10 in late fees; if you pay two weeks late, you pay $20 in late fees; and so on. If you are late on payment, we reserve the right not assign you a 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 1 make-up lesson in a set of 3, and no more than 3 in a set of 9. (Effective 9/1/22: Policy changed from 2 makeups to 1 makeup allowed for sets of 3.)

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.

Holiday Schedule

We cancel/reschedule lessons on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • 4th of July
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • 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.


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

Attire and Equipment

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:

  • Helmet
  • Saddle pad
  • Crop (if you wish to use one)
  • Grooming kit, including:
    • Hoof pick
    • Curry comb
    • Hard brush
    • Soft brush
    • Fly spray to protect both you and your horse from the bugs (spring/summer/fall)

We recommend that riders go to the following stores:

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COVID-19 Information

Please consult the signs on the property for the most up-to-date policies.
General details can be found below.

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.