Lesson Programs

Woodloch runs a comprehensive year-round lesson program that covers both Western and English riding. Learn the basics in a fun, relaxed, and supportive atmosphere! Lessons go beyond just riding; students learn to catch, lead, groom, tack up, ride, and care for their horses. Our instructors and lesson helpers guide students through the process, emphasizing safe horse handling both on the ground and in the saddle.

For experienced riders, we offer more specialized lessons in many different disciplines, including Western Pleasure, Games, Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, and trail riding. Each of our instructors brings a unique perspective and experience to Woodloch’s overall guiding philosophy of effective communication, and will work with you to help you accomplish your goals.

We believe in creating well-rounded horsepeople, so we also offer opportunities for our students to participate in fun activities outside of regularly scheduled lessons. We have schooling shows, drill teams, clinics, day camps, trail rides, and more. We will also consider leasing out our school horses during certain times of the year to our more advanced regular lesson students only. Half lease and quarter leases might be available. These extra opportunities are available to Woodloch students at the discretion of the instructor. Minimum skill levels may be required for some activities.

2018 Lesson Prices

  • Hourly Group Lessons (Package of 4 Consecutive Weeks) – $150.00
  • Hourly Group Lesson (Per Session) – $40.00
  • Private Lesson (1 Hour) – $70.00
  • Private Lesson (45 Mins) – $55.00
  • Private Lesson (30 Mins) – $40.00
  • Semi-Private Lesson (2 to 3 Riders, 1 Hour) – $50.00 per Rider

Pay For Lessons Online (COMING SOON)

Group Lessons

Please register for lessons in advance at the lesson office or by phone at (651)429-1303. All lessons must be prepaid with a signed liability waiver on file. Lesson schedules and instructors may change seasonally as needed.

  • 4:00pm – Beginner/Intermediate (Maggie)
  • 5:00pm – Beginner/Intermediate (Maggie)
  • 6:00pm – Beginner/Intermediate (Maggie)
  • 7:00pm – Teen/Adult Advanced (Bill – Oct 1-April 30)
  • 4:00pm – Beginner/Intermediate (Maggie)
  • 5:00pm – Special Needs (Melissa)
  • 6:00pm – All Levels (Maggie)
  • 4:00pm – Beginner/Intermediate (Bill)
  • 5:00pm – Beginner/Intermediate (Bill)
  • 6:00pm – Intermediate/Advanced (Bill)
  • 7:00pm – Teen/Adult Advanced (Bill)
  • 9:00am – Intermediate (Heather)
  • 10:00am – Beginner/Intermediate (Heather)
  • 11:00am – Beginner/Intermediate (Heather)

Private Lessons

Private/Semi-Private Lessons are great options for riders looking to advance their skills in certain areas with more personalized instruction. Please note that any individually-scheduled lesson (I.e. not part of our regularly-scheduled group lessons) must be scheduled directly with the instructor & are subject to availability.

Contact an instructor to schedule a private lesson.

Important Lesson Information

When you check in prior to your lesson, it is your responsibility to sign up for the following week or note that you will not be there; we encourage students to stay in a consistent time slot to assist with planning and continuity. We limit the size of our lessons, and your time slot is yours until you change it.

If you must cancel your lesson, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance. If Woodloch must cancel a lesson due to inclement weather, we will try to let you know as soon as possible and will not charge you for the lesson; all lessons are canceled if the true temperature is 0 degrees or below.

Students are encouraged to wear proper riding attire (jeans/breeches, riding boots/cowboy boots/hard-soled shoes) and dress for the weather. Helmets are highly encouraged and are the student’s responsibility; Woodloch sells Troxel Helmets in the lesson office.


We have a variety of lesson horses to help you build your riding foundation & advance your skill level. Each lesson horse is unique, offering new learning challenges to our students!

In Memoriam


“Horses change lives. They give out young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope.” – Toni Robinson
CHA Stone School Horse of the Year, 2004
So God Made a Lesson Horse (the Poor Amateur’s Almanac)