LESSON INFORMATION & FEES

At Candy Lane Acres, we offer a friendly environment for all riding levels and ages. Whether you are riding to be able to show or just for fun, it is our goal to develop each rider’s form and function so that each rider can ride to the best of their ability with proper horsemanship while having fun.

COSTS – $35 FOR HOUR GROUP, $40 FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIVATE, $55 FOR 45 MINUTE PRIVATE

We offer a variety of lessons:

Beginner English – 60 minutes

Group lesson for students who want to learn English riding or have limited experience in English. The lesson will consist of English riding only and students will learn their diagonals, leads, and two-point position. Students will also learn the basic elements of jumping over ground poles/small crossrails and coursework. Group lesson limited to 7 participants.

ENGLISH I – 60 minutes

Group lesson for students who have completed beginner English. The lesson consists of English riding only. Students will continue their learning of jumping by working on striding and coursework over crossrails at the trot and work toward jumping at the canter. Introduction of riding without stirrups. Group lesson limited to 7 participants.

PRE-REQUSITE – Beginner English

ENGLISH II – 60 minutes

Group lesson for students who have completed ENGLISH I. The lessons consists of English riding only, students will learn more advanced aspects of jumping crossrails to 18″ verticals over more advanced courses at the canter. Students MUST know diagonals and leads. Students should be able to walk, trot, and canter without stirrups. Introduction to lateral work. Group lesson limited to 7 participants.

PRE-REQUISITE – ENGLISH I

ENGLISH III – 60 minutes

Group lesson for students who have completed ENGLISH II. The lessons consists of English riding only, students will learn more advanced aspects of jumping 2′ TO 2’6” verticals over more advanced courses at the canter. Students are able to walk, trot, and canter without stirrups and jump a crossrail course without stirrups. Group lesson limited to 7 participants.

PRE-REQUISITE – ENLGISH II

Advanced English I – 60 jminutes (Includes jumping 2’9″ and under)

Group lesson for students who have completed Riding Skills III. This lesson consists of English riding only, students should be able to warm up independently and canter a course of verticals and oxers ranging from 2’6″ to 2’9″. Students must have solid body position and balance. They must be able to walk, trot, and canter without stirrups and canter a cross rail without stirrups. Students will learn different aspects of jumping courses such as bending lines, rollbacks, and oxers. Horses at this level present more challenge while still building confidence. Students must understand simple and flying lead changes. Horses at this level are more advanced and require riders that are more skilled. Group lesson limited to 7 participants.

PRE-REQUISITE – ENGLISH III

What to Wear

For the first few lessons, Candy Lane Acres will provide a helmet. After that, riders are asked to bring their own approved ASTM riding helmet (not bike helmets).

  • Paddock boots or shoe (no rubber boots)
  • Jeans or riding pants
  • Half chaps are recommended.

Arrival time and preparation

Riders are asked to arrive at least 20 minutes before their scheduled riding time. In order to get the full horse experience, riders are encouraged to learn how to groom and tack up so they can eventually prepare their horses for riding when they come for lessons. Riding instructors start classes promptly. It is highly recommended that riders allow themselves plenty of time prior to their lesson and after their lesson. This will allow you adequate time to help prepare your horse for your lesson and clean up your horse after your lesson.

Cancellation policy

We have always kept our lesson prices as low as possible to make it affordable for all riders to have the opportunity to take a lesson at least once a week. If you are scheduled for a lesson and cancel under 24 hours beforehand, you are asked to pay for the lesson.

If you cancel under 24 hours and would like to substitute another rider, you are welcome to do so. Please call in advance and let us know who is riding.

ALL cancellations and schedule changes should be done by calling the barn at 412-741-6822.

Weather

Lessons at Candy Lane Acres take place rain or shine due to our indoor riding arena. However, if the weather is extreme, we will call you to make alternate arrangements. Except in the case of sudden, unexpected storms, the cancellation policy will apply.

We love our riders and thank you for choosing Candy Lane Acres, LLC. for your riding experience. We want everyone to enjoy their experience at Candy Lane Acres, but keep in mind this is still a business and we are forced to adopt specific business practices and policies in order to keep the programs running efficiently. We greatly appreciate you supporting our mission to provide you with the best quality riding lessons in a fun, friendly atmosphere at an affordable price.