Horseback Riding Lessons at A Touch of Majic Equestrian
The horseback riding program at A Touch of Majic is designed to introduce a riders young and old to the joys of horseback riding. We have many experienced school horses ranging from the slow, and steady type for our brand new riders, to spunkier horses for those riders looking to kick it up a notch. Safety is our number one concern with our riders, and we take great pains to match the rider to the horse to ensure safety for both.
Our riding program is designed both for the casual beginner, and for those looking to take their riding to the next level through local and regional events and competitions. We have instructors who specialize in both english and western, and can design a program to help you meet your goals. If you (or your child) is interested in learning to ride, contact us today to schedule a one-on-one evaluation.
English riding is the most common type of riding found throughout the world, particularly in our Massachusetts home in New England. The saddle is designed to facilitate close contact with the horse, and foster communication between the horse and rider. The english style has its roots in military history, where the rider needed complete cooperation from the horse at every moment, and any hint of what the rider is asking the horse to do could result in life-or-death.
English riding has evolved to pleasure and competition riding. As English riders advance, many begin to jump small fences, practice dressage movements, and compete. Meghan Tyler, head trainer, is a very experienced Eventer and loves guiding students through the process and supporting those with a desire to compete.
Western riding evolved from ranching and is typically associated with Cowboys and the wild wild west. The western saddle is designed to be functional for herding and roping cattle, and spending long hours in the saddle on the ranch. The riding style is slightly different from English to account for the needs of the ranch hand, and designed to allow the rancher to ride with one hand and work with the other. Western riders keep the reins in one hand, and use the other for working the farm. At its core, there are very few differences between Western and English, and riders can easily switch from one style to the other.
We have many school horses who pull double duty, and can teach both English and Western. Ryan Tyler, head Western trainer, is a very experienced NRHA Reiner and loves working with novice and experienced students.
Rates & Specials
|1 Hour Private Lesson||$65|
|Half-Hour Private Lesson||$45|
|1 Hour Semi-Private Lesson (when available)||$55|
|1 Hour Group Lesson (4 max, when available)||$45|
Off – Site Instruction Please Inquire
*Students are required to enroll in lesson packages on a per month basis. Lessons cancelled by trainer will be made up at student convenience. Lessons cancelled by students are able to be made up within the same month of the lesson block unless alternate arrangements are made. Thank you for your understanding, this policy was made to ensure the best quality instruction is available to you or your child.
Know Before You Go
Riders new to horseback riding may have a few questions. We give lessons to as young as 6, and as old as 99. If you’ve never ridden a horse before, that’s ok, we’re here to help! All riders must wear long pants, a shoe or boot with a low heel and a riding helmet. We have plenty of school helmets to use before investing in one, and can recommend a store or brand once you decide to invest in your own helmet.
Your first lesson (experienced or not) will be a one-on-one evaluation with our head trainer, Meghan, to gauge your level of experience and comfort with the horse. Meghan will show you how to collect the horse from the paddock or stall, and teach you how to properly groom and tack up your horse. We firmly believe that the horse-rider relationship is critical for a successful ride, and starts on the ground. It is our policy to require each student to learn proper grooming and tacking techniques. Once a student is comfortable catching, grooming and tacking up their horse, they may arrive at the barn 30 minutes prior to the scheduled lesson time to allow more time for riding.
Meet Our School Horses
Hobo is the most patient school horse at A Touch of Majic, and where most of our first-timers start. He’s a sweet old man, who can still turn on a dime if asked.
Hobo got his name because at his old barn he used to let himself out of the paddock and wander down to the local corner store for a snack! Then he’d be back home in time for dinner, and his old owner had no idea he was even gone. Today, Hobo stays put, and is fed plenty of hay and peppermints to keep him happy.
Mocha is a sweet, spunky little pony in a small package. At just 13-hand, she’s our go-to pony for our littlest beginners.
Brooklyn is one of our favorite mares, with style and substance. She’s super safe, and has been known to push riders ready to move onwards and upwards. A little sass, a little sweet, Brooklyn is the best of both worlds.
Guinness is a fan-favorite of our more experienced student riders. As an OTTB (off-the-track-thoroughbred), he defies stereotypes and is just as safe as Hobo. He’s just spunky enough to allow the more experienced ride to stretch him/herself without any of the challenges that come with the typical OTTB. When properly asked, he has a stunning canter, and can take jumps with the best of them.
While Angel usually lives up to her name, she can up the ante, and pull out a little bit of spunk when you least expect it. This sweet girl kicks butt, takes names, and will help push a beginner rider to the next level.