Horseback Riding Classes for Kids

Saddle up and enjoy a beautiful afternoon horseback riding. Local farms offer activities that help children of all ages get outside for some fresh air, while fostering their love for animals. From introductory lessons and birthday parties, all the way to trail rides and scout badge programming, there are a lot of great opportunities below to connect your child with these majestic 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.

Double J Riding Club
10545 74th Street
Countryside, IL 60525
(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 60423
(708) 203-2225
Offering private and group lessons, summer camp, equine assisted therapy riding.

Chrislin Farm
14862 W. 143rd Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(630) 802-4996
Christy Nahser offers group and private lessons. Boarding also available.

Windy City Arabians
14433 S. Lemont Road
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(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, team-building, and equine-assisted therapy offered.

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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, 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, seasonal day camps, youth groups 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 years old, adaptive riding, birthday parties, and camps.

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 pricing.

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, girl scout groups, and parties.

Fitz Joy 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.

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.

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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 weddings.

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. Pricing for DuPage County and non-residents available on their website.

Memory Lane Stables
8290 Kean Avenue
Willow Springs, IL 60480
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 60480
(630) 802-1316
Pee-wee, private and semi-private lessons starting at age 4. Trail rides, pony rides, wagon rides, and parties available. All pricing on their website.

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 5 1/2, 4, and 6 months), and has lived in the Chicagoland for her entire life. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. The girls 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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