Horses are some of the most perceptive animals, as evidenced by the popular saying, "You can lead a horse to water but you can't explain his intimate knowledge of your childhood fears." Tap into equine insight with today's Groupon: for $69, you get a riding-lesson package at the Traditional Equitation School that includes a two- to three-hour tack class ($25), followed by a one-hour private lesson ($135). Riding horses will be provided, boots can be rented for $5, and you have to wear jeans or riding breeches.
This Burbank riding school is the only West Coast school approved by the British Horse Society. To begin, expert instructors will give you a two- to three-hour tutorial in horsemanship (tacking), where you'll learn how to saddle and unsaddle your horse and truly communicate with it in its native Sindarin Elvish tongue (there is no riding involved in the tutorial section). Once you're on whispering terms with your steed, you'll be ready for the one-hour riding lesson, where you'll hone basic equestrian skills such as turning, trotting, cantering, Western techniques, breakdancing, loop-de-loops, 1080 aerials, inverse jousting, and slow-motion leaps. To make sure your horse and equipment are available when you get there, check the class schedule and book ahead.
Whether you're an actor boning up for the next sword-and-sorcery epic, a romantic hoping to propose to your fiancé on horseback without the horse wandering off mid-proposal, or someone tired of riding a rhinoceros, the Traditional Equitation School will help you equitate your equine equus with equitable equanimity.
You must be under 195 lbs. and over the age of 6 to ride. Traditional Equitation School is not equipped to accommodate handicapped or special-needs riders.
- There are great trails nearby, the horses are awesome, and there is a TON of opportunity to learn more if you want to go beyond your lessons. – Shauna S., Yelp
- There is no limit to what they can do for any rider from the beginners to the Masters and it is done with a caring spirit! – cardreal, Citysearch
Traditional Equitation School
Traditional Equitation School's experienced trainers introduce bipeds to equine-style movement with a teaching method approved by the prestigious British Horse Society. The team guides students toward saddled proficiency with three riding programs that include jumping, dressage, and Western riding styles. Private and semiprivate classes allow budding equestrians to experience one-on-one instruction, and group classes let them constructively critique the way other students ride into the sunset. Instructors also focus on younger riders with toddler classes and day camps, where they illuminate horse breeds and general horse handling.
Lessons take place at a 72-acre equestrian show-and-boarding facility, stretched across small and large grass fields surrounded by oaks and pines. Riders rest on an outdoor patio, practice skills on weather-resistant footing, and ride late into the evening under powerful floodlights. In order to mount one of the school’s horses, students must be in good health, don a helmet, riding boots, and jeans or breeches, and resist the temptation to wear a horse costume and befriend the steeds. While the school strives to accommodate riders of all experience levels, its facilities are not equipped to accommodate riders with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities.
480 W Riverside Dr.
Burbank, California 91506Get Directions