Brightleaf Stables is a horse stable in Durham that offers riding lessons for any skill level. Whether it’s your first introduction to horses or you are a seasoned equestrian we offer lessons tailored to you.
A child is never too young to learn to ride. Sprouts range from ages 2-5 and can come enjoy the fun of horses even at a young age. Children will get up close and personal with our safe and gentle horses. Work on fine motor skills with brushing and grooming horses. During the lessons Sprouts will spend some time on a horse lead by our instructor. Parents are encouraged (but not required) to stay during the duration of the lesson to enjoy, and even participate. Children will be engaged with fun games and activities alongside our equines. Because our little ones tend to have shorter attention spans, Sprout lessons may be offered in shorter increments.
Youth Riding Lessons
Geared toward youth riders ages 8-12. Our youth riding program is perfect for those students who are eager to immerse themselves in all things equine related. Students will discover that while riding horses is a fun activity they come with a fair share of work and responsibility. In addition to riding, children will learn the importance of proper horse care, feed & nutrition, grooming, cleaning, and tacking up. Our students will understand the basics of horseback riding, instilling safe and natural horsemanship skills. Our lessons are not your traditional ride around the ring, instructor in the middle, setup. We engage our riders by providing obstacle courses and games to help with steering and control, we will spend some lessons bareback to encourage balance, and we will hit the trails when the rider is ready.
Bright-Teen Riding Program
Ages 13-17 are welcome to participate in our Bright-Teen riding program. Open to all levels of riders. Teens will learn the responsibilities of horse ownership, as well as refine their riding skills. For those who wish to compete in the show ring, we will work with each student to reach their goals.
Our adult lesson program is perfect for ages 18 and up! Whether it’s your first time on horseback and you are checking off the bucket list or you are a seasoned rider who just needs a refresher, we are here to help. We have horses suitable for all experience levels and disciplines.
- Because Sprouts and Youth tend to be more successful one-on-one we recommend keeping these private.
- However, our Sprout and Youth programs can accommodate multiple children from the same household and discounts may be available (inquire while scheduling).
All Sprouts, Youth, and Teen students are required to wear helmets when engaging in horseback riding activities. Helmets are available for use, and students are welcome to bring their own. Adults are strongly encouraged to wear protective helmets, however it is up to their discretion.
All students will be required to have an up to date signed liability waiver either by themselves, or if under age, by a parent/guardian. This document will be provided to you at the start of the first lesson.
Comfortable weather conscious clothing and closed toed shoes are a must. Jeans and/or riding pants are recommended.
What to Bring:
-Helmet (one can be provided if needed)
-A good attitude