HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS
Expert instruction for beginner to advanced riders
Our horseback riding lesson program includes expert coaching for beginner to advanced riders. We instruct in saddle seat, hunt seat, western riding as well as driving. We have over 20 beautiful Morgan and American Saddlebred lesson horses, in all riding styles, for every level of rider, ages 4 and up.
We offer private and group lessons, Tuesday through Sunday. Lesson length varies depending on the stamina of the rider, but lessons average about 30 minutes. Cost is $45 per lesson and you can pay as you go and schedule a lesson when it works for you. We have multiple lesson instructors available to accommodate your riding style and schedule.
Lesson students can compete in Academy Horse Shows, using our lesson horses. Miller Equestrian also has many horses available at all levels for lease.
Answers to frequently asked questions about our lesson program can be found under the link here.
Liability Waiver (print, sign and bring to first lesson)
Like an Angel, Barn Name: Angel
Unconventional, Barn Name: Blue
Festival Bossanova, Barn Name: Boss
Rumbrook Immortal Valor, Barn Name: Captain
Steel Blue Magnolias, Barn Name: Clark
SNR Golden Opportunity, Barn Name: Cowboy
Heartland Infinity, Barn Name: Finn
Gloria Vanderbuilt, Barn Name: Gloria
Jimmy Crack Corn, Barn Name: Jimmy
Karl Malone, Barn Name: Karl
VJC Mystical Faith, Barn Name: Leona
VVM Litigator, Barn Name: Litigator
Battersea Orlean, Barn Name: Orlean
Roadshow Mr. Popularity, Barn Name: Perfect
Festival Sundance, Barn Name: Sunny
Dragonsmeade Wild Note, Barn Name: Wilma
Willow Bay, Barn Name: Willow
LESSON PROGRAM FAQ's
Frequently asked questions
What type of horseback riding lessons do you offer?
We instruct in saddle seat, hunt seat, western riding as well as driving. We have over 20 beautiful Morgan and American Saddlebred lesson horses, in all riding styles for every level of rider.
How old does my child need to be to take lessons?
We take kids as young as 4 years old.
How much time will the lesson take?
I would allow about an hour for a lesson as you should arrive a bit early to allow time for grooming and tacking up. The actual riding length varies depending on the stamina of the rider, but lessons average about 30 minutes. Riders should allow additional time at the end of each lesson to untack and groom their horses before putting them away. Students are also responsible for cleaning all tack and neatly returning any tack/supplies to their proper places at the end of each lesson.
What should I wear to my horseback riding lesson?
Students are required to wear riding pants or jeans. Shorts and capri pants are not allowed. For shoes, please wear paddock or riding boots with a slight heel or running shoes. Helmets are always required but we have helmets available in all sizes for the students to use.
Where can I buy paddock boots or jods to ride in?
We typically have some consignment jods and paddock boots at the barn as the older kids are constantly growing out of their boots and clothes. Ask your trainer if there are any that will fit your rider.
If you are interested in purchasing new jods, paddock boots, etc., check out the “Miller Team Preferred Vendors” article in the October 2020 Newsletter. Newsletter archives can be found under the NEWSLETTER tab on the website.
Where should I park when I arrive for my lesson?
Parking is available on the street on Vista Avenue. You can also park on property, however we ask that you enter the gates very slowly as horses are being worked around the track. If you see a horse, please stop and allow the horse and rider to pass and wait until it is far away before you proceed.
If parking on property, please do not park on the track and if the gates are closed, please park out on the street.
Should I be afraid of the herd of barking dogs?
NO. The dogs bark every time a new (or sometimes seasoned) rider comes onto the property. They will just bark and run up to greet you. They are all very nice and won’t hurt you…however it can be a bit intimidating!
Where should I go when I arrive for my lesson?
Come onto the property through the gate and head all the way down to the Main Barn (largest barn at the far end of the property). There is a side entrance to the Main Barn (about half way down) which is the best entrance.
Please be careful when entering the barn as horses are typically being worked in the main barn aisle and there can be a lot going on in there. Just let someone know that you are there for a lesson and one of the Miller team members will help you out.
How can I pay for my lesson?
We accept cash, check or Venmo @Ann-Miller-60
What is the lesson cancellation policy?
A considerable amount of time goes into planning lessons with instructors and reserving horses for riders, therefore we require all cancellations at least 24 hours prior to your lesson time.
Cancellations within 24 hours or a "No Show" will be charged the full amount of the lesson.
How do I cancel my lesson?
In the event you need to cancel a lesson, please call or text Ann Miller at 858/945-1344.
How do I set-up our first lesson?
The best way to start is to call Ann Miller at 858/945-1344. She can answer all your questions and get you set up in the book for your first lesson.
LESSON HORSE OF THE MONTH
Festival Bossa Nova
Barn Name: "Boss"
Boss is a barn favorite by riders and trainers alike.
He is 19 years old and started his career at Miller Equestrian when he was a coming 2 year old. He left the barn for several years and then his owner came back to ride about 4 years ago. Ann asked her how Boss was doing and she said that he was out at pasture up in Oregon. Ann suggested she bring him down and that was the beginning of what has become a wonderful round two partnership!
Betsy had the chance to bond with Boss while she was in Missouri this past year and she is in love with this gelding. And it doesn't hurt that Boss is the son of Ann's all time favorite horse, Fannie.
He is the "Boss"