Horseback Riding for Kids

Horseback riding is a wonderful activity for children of all ages. It teaches respect for animals, core strength and balance, and general appreciation for animals. Many of these local farms and stables offer riding lessons or pony rides for young children, just starting out and wanting to give it a try, to the very experienced rider. From trail rides, to private lessons, to birthday parties, animal enthusiasts are sure to find the right fit at one of these farms for their family!

Horseback Riding for Kids in Chicago’s South and West Suburbs

Windridge Farm
440 Royce Road
Bolingbrook, Illinois
(630) 842-5545
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced equestrian rider development. Must be 7 years or older. Check their website for pricing.

Double J Riding Club
10545 74th Street
Countryside, IL
(708) 528-4674
Offering a variety of lessons, group outings, horse camps, birthday parties and more for horse enthusiasts of all ages and levels of riding.

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

Chrislin Farm
14862 W. 143rd Street
Homer Glen, IL
(630) 802-4996
Christy Nahser offers group and private lessons.

Chrislin Farms
14862 W. 143rd Street
Homer Glen, IL
(630) 802-4996
Private and semi-private lessons available. Call Christy for more info and check their website for pricing.

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Windy City Arabians
14433 S. Lemont Rd
Homer Glen, IL
(708) 752-1643
Offering group and private lessons, camps, and educational programs.

The Legacy Ranch
2705 S. Farrell Road
Lockport, IL 60441
Riding lessons, parties and equine-assisted therapy

Ellis House and Equestrian Center
13986 McKanna Road
Minooka, IL
(815) 475-4035
Offering group and private lessons for children as young as 4 years old, day camps, birthday parties, and tours.

Country Meadow Farm
12635 E. Bruce Road
Mokena, IL
(815) 485-8963
Offering professional training, riding instruction, sales, seasonal day camps, youth groups and birthday parties.

Nova Quarter Horses Inc
10129 W. 187th Street
Mokena, IL
(708) 479-3696
Offering group and private lessons, pee wee lessons for riders as young as 5 years old, adaptive riding, birthday parties, and camps.

Oak Brook Farms
1201 35th Street
Oak Brook, Illinois
(630) 323-0956
Lessons are offered for children 9 years and older (beginning to advanced). Call or email for pricing.

New Traditions Riding Academy
10100 Kean Avenue
Palos Hills, IL
(708) 598-7718
Offering group and private lessons, pee wee classes for children as young as 4 years old, and parties.

Fitz Joy Farm
12211 S. LaGrange Rd
Palos Park, IL
(708) 361-7977
Offering trail rides for children and adults age 10 and up, lessons starting for children at age 4, birthday parties, and camps.

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Ready Set Ride Therapeutic
13056 Essington Road
Plainfield, IL
(815) 439-3659
Assisting children with special needs by providing horseback riding services. If you have older children age 14 and up, they can help by volunteering.

Forest View Farms
16717 Lockwood Avenue
Tinley Park, IL
(708) 560-0306
Offering trail rides, pony lessons for children as young as 3 years old, group and private lessons, hay and sleigh rides, birthday parties, and weddings.

Danada Equestrian Center
3S507 Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL
(630) 668-6012
Group, private or semi-private lessons offered for 12 or older from basic to advanced. Seasonal camps for children ages 10 to 14 introducing the daily activities of a working stable and includes horse-related arts, crafts and games. Pricing for DuPage county and non-residents available on their website.

Memory Lane Stables
8290 Kean Avenue
Willow Springs, IL
Bill: (708) 372-6472
Kathy: (708) 845-0865
Beginner lessons for children 8 years and older. Trail rides, pony rides and parties available. All pricing on their website.

Sarah’s Pony Rides
8220 S. Kean Avenue
Willow Springs, IL
(630) 802-1316
Pee-wee, private and semi-private lessons starting at age 4. Trail rides, pony rides and parties available. All pricing on their website.

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About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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