Lead line lessons are available for very young riders (4-6 years old)
Regular lessons begin around 7 years old
Many students are in their golden years!
Beginning lessons cover the same things for English and Western. Safe horse handling, grooming, tacking up, and un-tacking are included.
Beginners focus on learning to balance on a horse in motion and how to give correct aids (signals) to the mount.
Riders advance to learn skills for:
Cross Country Jumping
Actual riding usually takes about an hour depending on the fitness level of riders. Intense advanced schooling takes less time.
Students can learn training techniques for starting young horses or teaching skills for advanced competitions.
As in any sport, improvement occurs faster the more one practices
Most people find they need at least one lesson a week and some take two a week
Our groups are small, usually 2 - 4 riders. We attempt to schedule people together with relatively similar skill levels. However, groups are based on when people can come as well as horse and instructor availability.
We give private lessons only on request. Private lessons work best for individuals who are working on very specific skills, usually advanced training for dressage or jumping.
Most lessons are scheduled for hour and a half time blocks.
Clients are expected to arrive at the appointed hour to catch and tack up their mounts. They ride for about an hour, then cool out and put the horse and tack away (all of this is taught to beginning riders).
Normal lesson times are 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm (also 5:30 pm during Daylight Savings Time).
Text 805 217 1549 to make an appointment.
Children younger than 7 generally are too small and immature to safely complete a regular lesson. However, we offer half hour private lessons / riding experiences for 4, 5, and 6 year old children.
Children may mature enough some time during age 6 to switch to regular lessons.
Peppercorn Ranch no longer owns school horses for lessons. However, we are associated with instructors who do have horses and ponies available for lessons. They run their own businesses at the Ranch and you may arrange lessons with them if you do not have access to a horse or pony.
Please find contact information for associated instructors below (under lesson prices).
Peppercorn Ranch normally has horses available for syndication where people may purchase ownership shares. This makes ownership more financially feasible. Lessons and training are available from Peppercorn Ranch when people have access to a horse or pony.
Lessons may be purchased individually, but that is the most expensive way to buy them.
Four lessons to be taken on your own schedule may be purchased as a package.
Weekly lessons may be purchased by the month; we call this our Riding Club Program. Missed lessons may be made up as long as monthly payments continue. Payments are due at the beginning of each month.
Two lessons a week in the Riding Club Program is paid every 10 lessons (about once a month).
There is a 10% discount for the second family member for all lessons.
Students need to be within height and weight ranges which our current lesson horses will easily handle. We recommend that students are at least 7 years old for regular lessons.
Students must wear long pants, hard soled shoes with heels, and ASTM approved helmets. We have a few helmets available to borrow. However, purchasing a helmet is the cheapest insurance you can buy!
EVERYONE COMING TO THE RANCH MUST WEAR CLOSED TOED SHOES; NO SANDALS OR BARE FEET!
LEAD-LINE LESSONS AND OTHER LESSONS ON SCHOOL HORSES
RUBY DOSS HAS SCHOOL HORSES AND PONIES AVAILABLE FOR LESSONS AT PEPPERCORN RANCH
PLEASE TEXT OR CALL RUBY AT 805 640 5241 TO SET UP LESSON APPOINTMENTS
GROUP LESSONS ON YOUR OWN HORSE
PRIVATE LESSONS ON YOUR HORSE
SPECIAL OPTIONS AVAILABLE BY PRIVATE CONTRACT
REQUIREMENT FOR JUMPING LESSONS OVER HIGHER FENCES
COACHING / SUPPORT AT COMPETITIONS