Giddy Up to These Kid-Friendly Horseback Riding Stables and Farms

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I love looking for unique experiences for my kids, and horseback riding makes the list. It gets them off the couch, keeps them excited to be outdoors, and provides a great exercise session. Whether you’re starting out with introductory lessons and camps, looking to get competitive training, hosting a birthday party, or learning at a scouting event, these barns are a perfect way to connect with these beautiful animals.

Horseback Riding and Pony Rides for Kids in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Double J Riding Club
10545 74th Street
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 528-4674
Offering a variety of lessons, educational programs, summer camps, group outings, birthday parties and more for horse enthusiasts of all ages and levels of riding. Their early enrichment classes offer various classes for kids ages one up to kindergarten and run year round.

Jaynesway Farms
5N080 Route 59
Bartlett Illinois 60103
(630) 483-1827
Jaynesway Farm offers horseback riding lessons, pony rides, boarding, camps for summer and winter, and birthday parties at their stable, or at your location. Lessons take place 6 days a week and are for riders ages six and up. For younger riders, pony rides are available on weekends.

Danada Equestrian Center
3S507 Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 668-6012
Group, private, or semi-private lessons offered for 12 or older from basic to advanced are offered year round. Seasonal camps for children ages 10 to 14 introducing the daily activities of a working stable and includes horse-related arts, crafts and games. Wagon rides, girl and boy scout troops, trail classes, and more.

Windridge Farm
440 Royce Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 842-5545
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced equestrian rider development for riders seven and older. Check their website for pricing of private and group lessons.

Downtown Equestrian Center
23262 S. 88th Avenue
Frankfort, IL 60423
(708) 203-2225
Offering private and group lessons, summer camps, and equine-assisted therapy riding.

Chrislin Farm
14862 W. 143rd Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(630) 802-4996
This farm covers 31 acres with a 36-stall horse stable offering horse activities, horseback riding lessons, horse boarding, and more.

Windy City Arabians (New Location)
15749 W. Doyle Rd,
Manhattan, IL
(815) 838-2099
For riders ages six and up. Offering group and private lessons, camps, horse shows, and educational programs.

The Legacy Ranch
2705 S. Farrell Road
Lockport, IL 60441
(630) 601-8920
This business was set up to provide mental health, occupational, physical, and speech therapy in partnership with licensed therapists. Riding lessons, parties, team-building, mommy & me classes (for ages 3-5), and more are offered.

Ellis House and Equestrian Center
13986 McKanna Road
Minooka, IL 60447
(815) 475-4035
Offering group and private lessons for children as young as four years old, as well as therapeutic lessons, nature-based and equestrian day camps, birthday parties, and tours.

Country Meadow Farm
12635 E. Bruce Road
Mokena, IL 60448
(815) 485-8963
This family-owned farm offers professional training, riding instruction, sales, youth groups, seasonal day camps, and birthday parties. Lessons are for children ages six and up.

Nova Quarter Horses Inc
10129 W. 187th Street
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 479-3696
Offering group and private lessons, pee wee lessons for riders as young as seven years old, adaptive riding, birthday parties, and camps.

Trillion Equestrian Center
23W 731 Hobson Road
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 800-8422
Riding lessons for children eight years and up. Boarding and horse sales also available. No group lessons are offered at this center.

Oak Brook Farms
1201 35th Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 323-0956
Specializing in English-style riding lessons. Lessons are offered for children nine years and older (beginning to advanced). Boarding and horse sales also available.

Stanley Luke Farm
10101 Fifth Avenue
Countryside IL 60525
(708) 557-3951
Operating year round, they offer private, semi-private, and group lessons.

Gateway Riding Center
2280 Plainfield Road
Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 554-1446
Riding clinics, boarding, birthday parties, and lessons available.

New Traditions Riding Academy
10100 Kean Avenue
Palos Hills, IL 60465
(708) 598-7718
This business offers group and private lessons, pee wee classes for children as young as four years old, scout groups, and more. Pony birthday parties are also available. Palos Hills Stables also shares the same address as New Traditions Riding Academy.

9 Acres Equestrian Center (formerly Fitzjoy Farm)
12211 S. LaGrange Rd
Palos Park, IL 60464
(708) 361-7977
A new generation of owners gave this family-owned business a name change. Offering trail rides for children and adults ages ten and up, lessons starting for children at age four, boarding, birthday parties, and camps.

AZ Acres Riding
26143 W. Renwick Road
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 474-5606
Lessons are available for ages seven and up. Camps, parties, group events, and boarding are all offered.

Normantown Equestrian Center
12151 S. Normantown Road
Plainfield, IL 60585
(815) 254-1950
Run by the Plainfield Park District facility, Normantown Equestrian Center offers pony rides, group lessons, scout programs, and birthday parties.

Ready Set Ride Therapeutic
13056 Essington Road
Plainfield, IL 60585
(815) 439-3659
Assisting children as young as three years old with special needs by providing horseback riding services. If you have older children ages fourteen and up, they can help by volunteering. Trial rides are available for new riders or parents who may be unsure if their child is ready for lessons.

Kinvarra Farm
6N 911 Route 25
St. Charles, IL 60174
(847) 525-0591
Family owned and operated. Riding lessons available for all levels from beginners to competitive riding.

Forest View Farms
16717 Lockwood Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 560-0306
Offering trail rides, a petting zoo, pony lessons for children as young as three years old, group and private lessons, hay and sleigh rides, pony rentals, birthday parties, and carriage rides.

Memory Lane Stables
8290 Kean Avenue
Willow Springs, IL 60480
Bill: (708) 372-6472
Kathy: (708) 845-0865
Beginner horseback riding lessons for children eight years and older. Trail rides, pony rides and parties, boarding and birthday parties available. All prices are listed on their website.

Sarah’s Pony Rides
8220 S. Kean Avenue
Willow Springs, IL 60480
(630) 802-1316
Pee-wee, private, and semi-private lessons starting at age four. Trail rides, pony rides, wagon rides, petting zoos, and parties are available.

Check out our outdoor activities page for other ideas to enjoy the fresh air with your family! Or for more classes, see our Local Classes and Teams Guide.

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