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Saddle Up: 10 Places to Horseback Ride

As much as our little animal lovers wish they could own their own horse, chances are you don’t have a stable in your backyard. That doesn’t mean that Portland kids are out of luck when it comes to horseback riding though. Whether you are looking for lessons or a pony party, we’ve rounded up several great places around Portland that horse-crazy kids can ride. Giddyup!

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Wish Upon a Pony
“I want a pony! I want a pony!” Imagine the look on your child’s face when a pony shows up at your house. Wish Upon a Pony will bring a pony right to your place. Heck, they’ll bring a whole bunch of ponies to your house or wherever you are having your birthday party or other celebration. Kids are allowed to pet the ponies when they are riding and afterwards.

Once Upon a Horse
Once Upon A Horse offers programs and parties designed to introduce horses and riding to the young or inexperienced. Children from the ages of two through 10 can enjoy activities like You and Me and Pony Makes Three, Pony and Pizza Play Days, The Pony Planet, and Day Camps. They also offer lessons for children and adults and host birthday parties.

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Cowboy Jerry’s Horses
Kids as young as 3 years old can saddle up their very own pony and learn everything they need to know about caring for, understanding, and communicating with their ride. Their fully enclosed facility is ideal for riding year around. Cowboy Jerry’s is also known for their family days where kids can paint a pony using colorful (and non-toxic) paints.


Flying M Ranch
For some scenic trail riding, Flying M offers views of the Coastal mountain range, and you might even get the chance to cross through streams. Make a reservation for a 30 minute grooming and saddling lesson prior to your trail ride. It’s great for the curious beginner and your kids will love getting to spend time with their horse.

Stafford Hills Equitation 
During the summer months, Stafford Hills offers Wednesday riding lessons in English tack style of riding, but you can also learn both bareback and Western style. Group lessons consist of 2-4 students and take about one hour. Your riders will spend time grooming, tacking, and learning how to lead their horse. Lessons start for kids 8 years or older. If your kiddo falls in love with horseback riding, try signing them up for Stafford Hills’ awesome vaulting program.

Skyline Equestrian Center
This is a great place for you and your child to get exposed to the equestrian lifestyle. Skyline offers My Pony Time lessons available for Mom or Dad and a toddler or child (ages three and up). Your little ones can learn how to groom and tack up a pony, then lead the pony around the large arena or outside grounds (with your proud child sitting on top!). They also offer camps and pony parties‑at their place or yours.

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French Hill Farm
French Hill Farm Riding Academy offers riding lessons in English riding for kids 5 and older. They also offer a variety of camps, including Kindercamps for children 5 and 6 years of age. Their goal is to teach the basics of riding and how to properly care for horses in a safe and fun environment. So in addition to riding sessions, your kids also spend time learning all about horses and their care.

Oregon Beach Rides
It doesn’t get more picturesque than riding horseback along the beach. Luckily, there are two different locations offered by Oregon Beach Rides–Nehalem Bay and Pacific City. See the beautiful Oregon coastline, enjoy the rugged dunes and sea wildlife–birds, deer, elk, seals and occasionally a whale all on horseback! They even stop to take photos to remember your adventure.

Wish Upon a Pony

Quarry Ridge Farm
This place really knows how to throw a pony party. After the saddles come off, the crafts come out and the children settle in to create their own pony party work of art. Gifts, snacks and presents follow the festivities to round out the party experience.

Myrewyn Equestrian
Focused on bringing along young horses and young riders correctly, safely, and in a fun environment, Myrewyn Equestrian offers students ages four and up learn the basics necessary to achieve their riding goals whether they wish to ride for pleasure or compete at shows. Summer camps also available.

Where did your kids first learn to ride horseback?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen

photo credit: amboo who?Frank Pierson, & Justin P Lambert, Cowboy Jerry’s Horses facebook page, & Stafford Hills Equitation LLC website


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