Horseback Riding for Kids

If your child is anything like my girls, the pony rides are our first stop at any festival. These farms offering horseback riding classes give children the opportunity to deepen their love of horses and spend a beautiful summer day outside. A simple trail can ignite a life-long interest in horses. 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 for Kids in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Windridge Farm
440 Royce Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 842-5545
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced equestrian rider development. Must be 7 years or older. Check their website for pricing of private and group lessons.

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.

Downtown Equestrian Center
23262 S. 88th Avenue
Frankfort, IL 60423
(708) 203-2225
Typically offering private and group lessons, summer camp, equine assisted therapy riding. Call to confirm availability.

Chrislin Farm
14862 W. 143rd Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(630) 802-4996
Typically offers group and private lessons, as well as boarding. Call to confirm availability.

Windy City Arabians
14433 S. Lemont Road
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 752-1643
Offering group and private lessons, camps, and educational programs.

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The Legacy Ranch
2705 S. Farrell Road
Lockport, IL 60441
(630) 601-8920
Riding lessons, parties, team-building, and equine-assisted therapy 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 4 years old, theraputic lessons, nature-based and equestrian day camps, birthday parties, and tours.

Country Meadow Farm
12635 E. Bruce Road
Mokena, IL 60448
(815) 485-8963
Offering professional training, riding instruction, sales, youth groups, seasonal day camps, and birthday parties.

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 5 1/2 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 8 years and up. Boarding is also available. Due to COVID guidelines, all riding packages are private.

Oak Brook Farms
1201 35th Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 323-0956
Lessons are offered for children 9 years and older (beginning to advanced). Boarding is also available. Call or email oakbrookfarmsinfo@gmail.com for more information.

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

New Traditions Riding Academy
10100 Kean Avenue
Palos Hills, IL 60465
(708) 598-7718
Offering group and private lessons, pee wee classes for children as young as 4 years old, scout groups, and parties.

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Fitzjoy Farm
12211 S. LaGrange Rd
Palos Park, IL 60464
(708) 361-7977
Offering trail rides for children and adults age 10 and up, lessons starting for children at age 4, boarding, birthday parties, and camps.

AZ Acres Riding
26143 W. Renwick Road
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 474-5606
Lessons, camps, parties, group events and boarding are all offered.

Normantown Equestrian Center
12151 S. Normantown Road
Plainfield, IL 60585
(815) 254-1950
Normantown Equestrian Center is a Plainfield Park District facility. Group lessons, scout programs, and birthday parties are usually available. The barn is closed to the public at this time. Call ahead to confirm what is being offered.

Ready Set Ride Therapeutic
13056 Essington Road
Plainfield, IL 60585
(815) 439-3659
Assisting children as young as 3 years old with special needs by providing horseback riding services. If you have older children age 14 and up, they can help by volunteering. Summer sessions available on their Facebook page.

Kinvarra Farm
6N 911 Route 25
St. Charles, IL 60174
(847) 525-0591
Riding lessons available.

Forest View Farms
16717 Lockwood Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 560-0306
Offering trail rides, pony lessons for children as young as 3 years old, group and private lessons, hay and sleigh rides, pony rentals, birthday parties, and carriage rides.

Galusha Farm
27 West 271 Galusha Avenue 
Warrenville, IL 60555
(630) 777-6179
Galusha Farm offers a variety of lessons based on experience. Individual or small group animal interactions, and boarding also available.

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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. 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. As of July 22, 2020, Danada Equestrian Center is not open to visitors. Guests may walk the grounds, but are asked not to touch the animals.

Memory Lane Stables
8290 Kean Avenue
Willow Springs, IL 60480
Bill: (708) 372-6472
Kathy: (708) 845-0865
Beginner horseback riding lessons for children 8 years and older. Trail rides, pony rides, boarding and birthday parties available. All pricing 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 4. Trail rides, pony rides, wagon rides, and parties available.

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

About the Author

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of two girls and a baby boy (ages 6.5, 5, and 1.5). A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. Her three kids keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

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