Riding lessons at Privateer Riding Academy are taught at a beautiful facility in Ypsilanti MI, minutes from the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. We have an indoor arena that allows students to take lessons rain or shine, as well as an outdoor arena. This gives us the versatility to teach lessons all year round and gives our students a competitive edge in the show ring.
We strive to make riding fun and challenging while still maintaining high standards of safety and animal welfare. Lessons are approximately one hour in length. For the first several months, the first minutes of the lesson are taught on the ground and devoted to basic horse handling knowledge. These are the core skills students will need to become a well-rounded equestrian capable of safe and responsible horse ownership. From there, we move on to the riding portion of the lesson, sometimes saving a few minutes at the end to again work on ground skills. As students become more proficient, you will be able to groom and saddle up your own horse prior to your lesson time. At that point, the full hour will be devoted to riding.
For your very first lesson, please wear long pants such as jeans and sturdy boots with a 1/4 to 1/2 inch heel. Loaner riding helmets are available for you to use if you don't have your own ASTM approved helmet. Most serious students eventually choose to invest in specialized riding clothing and equipment.
If you have been riding seriously for three months, it is probably time to think about investing in your own riding equipment. At the minimum, you will want an ASTM/SEI approved riding helmet, riding breeches (full-seat are ideal), riding gloves and either a combination of paddock boots and half chaps or a pair of leather tall boots.
Students are encouraged (not pressured!) to consider showing. We will attend a number of shows together throughout the year from inexpensive, entry-level schooling shows to USDF recognized dressage shows. Showing is not only a lot of fun, it's also a great way to evaluate your progress and show off all your hard earned riding skills.
Once you have learned to groom and tack up a horse by yourself and can comfortably maintain balance and control at the walk, trot, and canter, it is time to consider a horse of your very own. Having your own horse allows you to form a partnership that skyrockets your learning and allow you to experience a level of trust and companionship that few things in life can match.
We use a system of graduating levels to help you take charge of your learning and progress. As you master each set of skills, you will receive a star patch to wear proudly on the sleeve of your Privateer team jacket. When you have earned all of the stars, you are ready to graduate to the equestrian coaching program and a whole new world of horse and rider partnership!
For the serious, goal-oriented student of horsemanship we offer equestrian coaching services. These sessions are highly-individualized and targeted to help you maximize every moment in the saddle. We will go in-depth into such topics as horse and rider biomechanics, fitness, motivation, and sports psychology as it applies to riders, and equine behavior.
Coaching is the perfect fit for the ambitious rider with a high level of dedication. You will be given information to study and exercises to perform between sessions. This is a format where you will most definitely get out what you put in.
One Hour Private Riding Lessons
Monthly private lessons - $225/month
A la carte private lessons - $55
One Hour Semi-private Riding Lessons (2-3 riders)*
Monthly private lessons - $190 per person per month
A la carte lessons - $45 per person
All prices subject to change without notice.
*Some restrictions on availability and/or rider eligibility.
Horse Lease (Available to Privateer students only)
Half lease - 3 rides per week - $425/month
Full lease - 6 rides per week - $675/month
Full care stall board with turnout - $500/month Full care pasture board - $350/month
Coaching - $75 per day
Lesson horse use - $50 per day
Transportation - $1.25 per mile
**All entry fees and membership dues are the responsibility of the exhibitor. Lesson horses may be shared between multiple riders. Privateer Riding Academy reserves the right to restrict showing of any lesson horse at any time when there is a question of the horse's welfare. No refunds will be given in such an event.