Horseback Riding for Adults

Archived Q&A and Reviews


Want to help groom horses

August 2010

I'm just back from a 5 day horse retreat in Montana, where I learned some basics of horse back riding. I'm just a beginner, but I'd like to find a way to continue my contact with horses. I can't afford to take more than occasional lessons, but am most interested in finding someplace where I can groom or otherwise help take care of a horse on a weekly basis. How do I go about finding such a situation? I live in the Oakland hills.

Good for you for pursuing your horse interest! I recently returned to riding after a 20+ year break and I'm loving it! Here are some resources for you:

1. is the go-to website for the bay area horse community. There is a list of people who provide lessons in your area. You could also post for exactly what you are looking for.

2. Once you have gained some basic skills, leasing or sponsoring a horse is a good low-cost way to continue riding. Some horse owners include monthly lessons as a condition of the lease. Craigslist 'community' section and both are good resources for leasing.

3. This is a little outside of what you requested, but I've found R-Ranch in Napa to be a great way to have horse time for my whole family. For about 1k per year, you get access to a 1,000+ acre ranch with 40 well-trained western horses for trail rides, a huge pool and cabins to stay in.

Feel free to email me off-list if you have any more questions. Happy trails to you! Katia

Riding lessons to get adult up to speed

October 2006

Hi, I'm looking for updates to recommendations for adult horseback riding lessons. I am in Oakland and would like someone in the East Bay (Grizzly Peak thru Skyline preferred). I have been sporadically riding since I was a little kid, from bareback to western to english but not competitively. I would like to spend a few months getting my muscles back in shape and then move towards a sponsorship and trail riding. Emphasis on good form (english, western), confidence building, strength and control. My timeline is to start in March or so of next year. Thanks for the tips LR
Good place for kids and adults in El Sobrante for horse back riding lessons. The owners have a noble mission for saving horses from destruction-retired racing horses and others. Good luck, David

There are 3 places in the Oakland hills that have riding lessons: Anthony Chabot Stables on Skyline near Keller Skyline Ranch on Skyline at Redwood Rd Foxridge Stables on Skyline at Redwood Rd. You might also try Grizzley Peak Stables in the Berkely Hills. If you want to go farther there are many places in Briones Valley along Bear Creek Rd. I recommend Rancho Del Lago, which is out there. I believe you can find phone numbers for all these places in the yellow pages under riding academies. You might also look on the bay are equestrian site

For the person seeking horseback riding lessons, I would like to recommend my instructor/trainer Mia Yellin. Mia teaches english style riding in Briones Canyon. She has lots of experience teaching children, novice adults, and adults returning to riding after many years (like me). She has two wonderful gentle school horses. If interested, give her a call at 925-228-6554.

Lessons and/or hourly rentals for adult?

March 2002

Does anyone know of a good place for an adult to take horseback riding lessons? Or of a place that rents horses by the hour without a guide? Somewhere in the East Bay would be preferable, since we live in Berkeley. Thanks a lot! Gen

Hi, I have my own horse, but began by taking lessons at Eagle's Nest Ranch in Castro Valley. The best trainer there for riding is named Beverly Vreeland. She is kind and encouraging. Their contact information is: Eagles nest ranch (510) 538-8249- Ranch office Bev's direct number: 886-6851 Best of luck. Michelle

One of the best sources of horse related info for the Bay Area is at: They have a listing of trainers and barns in the East Bay at: Recommendations are hard to provide without more info on the type of riding that the adult is interested in... english, western, etc. Hope this helps. BergaHoo