Cross Creek Stables’ large indoor riding arena makes lessons comfortable in any kind of weather. Friends and family are welcome to watch lessons from our climate-controlled viewing room, which has an above ground, EF5 rated tornado shelter. With 40 group and private lesson times available Monday through Saturday, we can accommodate even the busiest schedules. Our four instructors have over 70 years of combined equine experience, teaching both English and Western styles of riding. At their disposal are 15 horses suitable for teaching basics to beginners, as well as fine-tuning skills for advanced equestrians. Scroll down for more information on our group, private, and mini lessons, as well as a section covering what to expect during your first visit. Contact us today to schedule a tour or an introductory riding lesson!
Jeans and tennis shoes, or boots without slick bottoms, are best for your first lessons. Although our riding arena is inside, dress weather appropriate. When it’s hot, you might want to bring a water bottle, and when it’s cold, you might want to bring a coat and dress in layers! You might also want to bring some thin gloves when it gets cold.
When you turn into our drive, follow the signs directing you into the back parking lot, and enter the lesson program area through doors on the north side of the white metal barn. After you walk in, don’t be shy! Introduce yourself to anyone, and let she or he know you’re here for your first lesson, and ask for your instructor. More than likely, your instructor will be busy with horses and difficult to find if you don’t ask for help.
What To Expect On Your First Day
You will be paired with a helper who will go over how to get your horse ready, and help you find a helmet that fits. When the instructor announces it’s time to bring horses to the arena, your helper will show how to lead your horse to the ring. During your lesson, the instructor will explain the basics of riding, and then you and your helper will get the chance to go over these skills until you feel comfortable. If you have any questions about what’s being said please ask your helper or instructor!
At the end of the lesson, you might want to give your horse a treat (they love apples, carrots and peppermints), and also talk to your instructor about continuing lessons. We hope to see everyone who comes out to ride more than once! If you think of any questions or would like to offer any feedback after you’ve left please feel free to call, we’d love to hear from you.
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