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

We have several different lesson programs as well as our annual Summer Horse Camp to meet our client’s needs, as follows:


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Regular Group Lessons

Private Lessons

Horse Therapy





$TBD/hour depending on number of staff


Two instructors, up to four students. 30 minutes of riding, 30 minutes of a craft.

Up to Five Instructors, Five Students (1:1 ratio). One hour.  Covers all aspects of riding.

One Instructor. One Rider. 1 hour lesson that focuses on all aspects of riding, as desired by client.

One rider, one therapeutic instructor, up to two side walkers and a lead, as needed.

Appropriate For

All typically developing children, ages 5 – 17. Children with mild disabilities and non-disruptive behaviors.

All typically developing children, ages 5 – 17. Children with mild disabilities and non-disruptive behaviors.

Any typically developing child

Anyone with special needs. No formal diagnosis required.

Your Child will Learn…

Basics of how to ride a horse. Typically walk / slow trot only. Usually English.

Kinds of Tack, Ground manners, walk, trot, canter, beginning barrel / jumping. English or Western.

All aspects of horsemanship, all riding styles.

Intervention for children with special needs. Classroom also available.

Typically Scheduled

(ALL Lessons are By Appointment.) DO NOT JUST SHOW UP.



Weekend mornings (8:00 – 12:00) and evenings (after 5:00), by appointment

Tuesday, Thursday mornings and M-F evenings, and other times, by appointment

By appointment.

Group and Private Lessons

Our Traditional Lessons are available in small groups or one-on-one with the instructor of your choice.

Our group lessons have up to five instructors and up to 5 students, with one-to-one student to teacher ratios. We focus on teaching all aspects of riding, including:

  • Groundwork
  • Kinds of Tack
  • English Riding
  • Western Riding
  • Lunging a horse
  • Tacking up a horse
  • Bathing a horse
  • Rodeo games
  • Dressage basics
  • Hunter / Jumper basics


  • Group Lessons: $40.00/lesson. 
  • Private Lessons: $50.00/lesson.              book_online

Important Information about Lesson Cancellations: 

It’s a lot of work to get a horse ready for a lesson, and not all of our instructors live here on the ranch. In addition, we usually have a waiting list of kiddos who are waiting to ride. If you must cancel, we ask that you do so at least 24 hours in advance of your lesson. If you don’t let us know in advance, you will forfeit (or be asked to pay) for your missed lesson.

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 typically 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 as our private lessons — $50.00/hour — but we may have to add an additional $15/hour for each side walker, should they be necessary.

Please note: We are aware that many children with Autism are very sensitive to having anything on their head. We are happy to lend you a riding helmet to take home so you can practice having your child wear it. All riders under 18 years old — even riders who are uncomortable wearing a helmet — must wear them. This is not negotiable.

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

Birthdays, Trail Rides, Shows and Other things we DO and DON’T do

Our horses have specific training as Therapy Horses, and our instructors have specific training to work with beginning and intermediate riders with a wide range of abilities. 

  • We typically do not do birthday parties, even for our established riders. We hope you have a happy birthday somewhere else
  • We do not do “nose-to-tail” trail rides. Our horses are not accustomed to this type of riding. We DO let riders go on trail rides with one or more instructors, but… 
    • you must be an established rider.
    • you must demonstrate to us that you know how to walk, trot, canter and do an emergency dismount.
    • we must be comfortable with your riding ability.
    • You cannot “rent” a  horse and go for a trail ride without us.
  • YES! We do attend Hunter / Jumper Shows, Gymkhanas, Rodeos, etc. If you are an established rider, you are invited to attend with us. You are responsible for all show expenses.

Please note: Rancho Escondido is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Public Charity and we do not discriminate (or tolerate discrimination) against anyone, for any reason. This includes people of all faiths or no faith, people of all races, abilities, nationalities, creeds and gender, and people of all sexual identities. Our facility is open to ALL people of ALL abilities. We celebrate diversity. If your actions violate this policy, you will be asked to leave.