Welcome to our Lesson Programs

UPDATE: 4/1/2020



We are excited to announce we have implemented a new registration system that tracks your classes, payments, and more!

Lesson Registrations is currently closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are doing our best to accommodate the current interest in our program.

Returning members please check out our "Current Members" page! 

Instructors work closely with their students, adjusting and advancing the course of study based on each unique rider’s needs. Our team of instructors specializes in all levels of riding for a multitude of disciplines including English, Western, Jumping, Dressage, and Equitation. Individual lessons provide the rider with the opportunity to focus on developing their strengths and correcting their weaknesses.


In addition, Cougar Mountain Stables houses over 35 horses in order to address a variety of skill levels. As the riders progress through the levels and acquire new skills or explore different disciplines, Cougar Mountain Stables can provide horses that accommodate the riders’ unique needs. Riders also have the option of leasing horses in order to continue fine-tuning their riding skills.

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In this class, we will teach you the basics of horse psychology, anatomy, feeding, daily chores, learn safety and grooming, tack anatomy and application, breeds and colors, conformation, horse care, and more! We will teach you how to be safe and have fun while learning about these amazing creatures. Please note, no riding in this class.

  • Many students that do not attend this class will spend 3/4th of their time learning how to do everything above during their lesson.

  • If you have attended a Cougar Mountain Stables summer camp you do not need to attend the Horsemanship 101!

  • Please note this does not guarantee or open any additional instructor blocks of time.

Choose a class specifically for Adults or Children, all ages welcome.

4 hours ($37.50/hr)


Introduction to Horsemanship 101

For all students that are new to horses, it is highly advised to go through our Introduction to Horsemanship 101 class before taking lessons.


Intro to Horsemanship 101 is designed for students to take a tour of our facility, ask questions, and take this session from the ground. This is a great way to get your feet wet in the world of horses!


Evaluation Ride

This is a vital step to placing riders into our program. An evaluation ride helps us to match you with one of our skilled instructors in order to pursue your goals!


What you can expect in an evaluation ride,

- Show us your skills on the ground and under saddle

- Demonstrate grooming knowledge and basic anatomy

- Discuss riding goals and previous experience

- Show your skills under saddle

* Please fill out our lesson registration form below and an instructor will contact you to schedule!


1hour - 1.5 hour 



Here's what students can look forward to after completing Horsemanship 101/Evaluation Ride!


The goal of these programs is to make the riding experience one which you will always remember. Each rider is sure to make great new friends, build confidence, measurably improve his or her riding skills, and gain a deeper respect and love for animals. Safe ponies and horses with quiet temperaments, coupled with expert teaching from instructors, can lead to a wonderfully satisfying experience. Once the student is feeling comfortable on horseback, it is possible for them to participate in one of our many group programs.


Lesson Types



1 hour - 1 Rider

Enjoy the one on one instruction with a trainer that can meet your needs at any level. All riders new to CMS start with a Private lesson, no matter the riding experience. We start teaching private lessons at 5 years old.



1 hours - 2 Riders

Want to ride with a friend or fellow rider? Then enjoy this 45 minute lesson where two people can learn not just from the instructor but from each other. To ride in a Semi-private, both riders must first be evaluated in separate private lessons.



1 hour - 3 Riders

Horsemanship instruction is taught with an emphasis on safety and understanding. On horseback, students are instructed using basic Balanced Seat style for correct posture, balance, communication with the horse. Skills are taught using games, obstacle courses, and other fun activities with friends of equal skill. On the ground, students learn to groom, lead, bridle, and saddle the horses they ride. Advanced groups may focus on specific topics and theory such as colt training, jumping, dressage, and other technical knowledge. Safety and responsible care of the horse are always emphasized.

This lesson includes three or more students, one main instructor and one or two working student instructors. To ride in a group all riders must first have an instructor evaluate their ability. Then you can join or create a group with riders who have similar skills and goals.

WSI Instructor


1 hour - 1 Rider

These lessons are only for youth beginners that are just starting lessons. We have several student instructors that are working towards being a main instructor with us here at Cougar Mountain Stables! We all need to start someone where and this is a great opportunity to ride with excellent student instructor at a discounted rate.

Many of the Working Student Instructors have been riding with us for years and know our program and currently take lessons themselves to further their education. They are considered Intermediate to Advanced riders and have a true passion for horses. Many of them own their own horses or are currently full leasing one of ours.

Once a student is comfortable saddling, riding at a walk and halting we highly suggest joining our group lessons for more fun and games!

*Students who own or half/full lease the horse ridden in the lesson receive $5 off the lesson!