We receive many of the same questions from interested persons like yourself and have attempted to consolidate these into the following list. Please reach out to us with more great questions and remember we are ready to help!
IS IT EXPENSIVE TO OWN A HORSE?
The initial cost of purchasing a horse can vary greatly depending on the breed, age, and level of training the horse has. Monthly full service care at Sunset Trails ranges between $215 and $400 per month. All boarders have access to our indoor arena, 2 outdoor arenas, tack room, wash rack, and 2,700 acres of groomed horseback riding trails directly across the street. When compared to the cost of other activities like competitive soccer, dance, or gymnastics horse ownership is just as competitive.
Still have concerns? Our leasing programs are a great way to try this fantastic hobby! Give us a call or better yet, come see us at the stable.
IS HORSEBACK RIDING SAFE?
Like any sport horseback riding has its’ risks. At Sunset Trails, we are constantly focused on safety. We work to teach our young riders the responsibility and awareness it takes to safely interact with horses. All of our lesson horses are very experienced and comfortable with novice riders.
HOW DO YOU GET STARTED RIDING HORSES?
Most students start in our Beginner Horsemanship class. Beginner Horsemanship is a six-week group lesson that covers all of the basics of horsemanship. Students will learn safety, grooming, horse care, nutrition, colors and breeds, leading, basic riding skills, and much more. After Beginner Horsemanship student either choose to move up though other levels of group lessons or start with private lessons.
DO YOU HAVE TO OWN A HORSE TO RIDE AT SUNSET TRAILS STABLES?
No! You do not have to own your own horse to ride horses at Sunset Trails. Most riders gain equine experience by taking horseback riding lessons prior to purchasing a horse.
Another great option we offer is our new leasing programs. These programs are a great way to try this fantastic hobby! Come see us at the stable or be sure to give us a call.
HOW DO YOU ENROLL IN CLASSES & CAMPS?
If you are interested in enrolling a group lesson or a camp, you can mail in the enrollment form and payment, which can be on our lessons pages. You can also call the Sunset Trails office to enroll over the phone. Private lessons must be scheduled over the phone.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE TO RIDE?
We require that all participants wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and a horseback-riding helmet. That’s it! Sunset Trails can even provide the helmet if you do not wish to purchase your own. Sunset Trails provides all of the grooming equipment and tack necessary for riding.
DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE EXPERIENCE TO RIDE A HORSE?
Sunset Trails offers all levels of riding instruction. Our staff is experienced at instructing first time riders. We also offer lessons at intermediate and advanced levels.
CAN ADULTS TAKE LESSONS?
Horseback riding lessons are not just for children! Adults can participate in a group Adult Horsemanship class or in private lessons.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PRIVATE & GROUP LESSON?
Private lessons offer one on one instruction. Private lessons are $40 per hour and can be scheduled more flexibly. Group lesson vary in cost depending on the class level. Upper level group lessons have a maximum of four students with two instructors. Introductory group lesson have a larger ratio of student to instructors. Many students prefer group lesson because they feel it is beneficial to see others riding.