Types of Lessons

Rancho Escondido will always be a non-competitive environment where children of all abilities will learn to care for and ride a horse. We start from the very beginning and progress through intermediate skills, including barrels, jumping, obstacle courses and trails. Our focus is on developing the abilities and skills to be safe, competent riders.

We have three different lesson programs and our annual Summer Horse Camp to meet our client's needs, as follows:

Traditional Riding Lessons - Group Format

Our Weekend Group lessons are open to anyone of any ability, ages 5 and up, who does not require a side walker and does not have disruptive behaviors. We typically offer one-hour classes on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9:00 and ending at 1:00.

We limit each session to four riders and we have at least four (normally five) instructors in the arena at all times, so even though it's a "group" lesson, students usually get 1:1 instruction.

Our weekend lesson spots are offered monthly, with monthly payment due at the first of each month. We have students who have ridden with us for as long as 6 years, so these spots are sometimes hard to reserve. You'll need to be pretty flexible with your schedule.

  • Cost: $35/hour per lesson.
  • Monthly: $140 or $175, depending on how many weekends in the month.

Riders with Special Needs

We have numerous children on the Autism Spectrum, including some who are non-verbal, lower-functioning or just require additional help. We also have children with Intellectual Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Behavioral Disorders and other conditions such that it is not appropriate for them to attend a group session.

Ms. Kimber works with these students directly and can arrange for one or two side-walkers, if necessary. We conduct these lessons after school hours during the week, by appointment.

Fees for these classes are the same -- $35.00/hour -- but we have to add an additional $10/hour for each side walker, should they be necessary.

Classes are scheduled directly with Ms. Kimber -- please call 915-443-5927 for more information or to make an appointment.

Horses 4 Homeschoolers

Our new Horses 4 Homeschoolers program meets Monday through Thursday, from 9:00AM to 4:00 PM, as scheduled. We have three different instructors, so we're able to offer up to 1:1 instruction, and we can work with your schedule to make sure we're available when you are.

Classes are one hour each and you can schedule up to four lessons per week. You are welcome to drop off your child if you have errands to run, or stick around and enjoy their instruction. (We hope you stay.)

We also have Free Ride / Drop Off classes for $35/hour. These are scheduled 48 hours in advance and your child is welcome to stay as long as you let them.

Please see our Horses 4 Home Schoolers page or contact Ms. Kimber ((915) 443-5927) for more information.