Riding Lessons

Realizing your love of horses through riding lessons or competition is an invaluable experience that will enrich your life in countless ways.

We specialize in pleasure horses (no jumping) and believe that whether you want to ride down the trail or into the show ring your horse should be a pleasure to ride.

Riding Academy

Learning to ride is a process that takes time and commitment to master and we believe in letting each rider progress at their own pace. The more time you spend in the saddle the more quickly you will improve. As Winston Churchill once said, “No hour that is spent in the saddle is wasted.”

Your safety is our priority:

We offer a variety of reliable and safe lesson horses appropriate for all skill levels so you can continue to ride more horses as your skills improve.

We invite you to join our barn family and meet new friends who share your passion and values.

Our Teachers

Our instructors are all different, with diverse lives, styles and backgrounds but what is consistent is that all of them are kind, committed and inspirational.

Our Lesson Horses

Meet some of our safe, kind lesson horses and see how much fun we have with them!

Tiny Tots


Kids 6 and Under

A 30 minute lesson that includes learning about grooming, tack, and riding. We focus on developing balance, basic aids, good posture, building strength and confidence through fun games. All lessons are individual and a parent needs to stay to help ensure the safest possible experience.

Our goal with small children is to foster their love of horses through positive reinforcement and interactions with our lesson horses. We never want to move too fast, be too rigid or put little ones in situations that will frighten them. Our commitment to the children we teach is that we will move at each child’s individual pace with a focus on their safety and only move onto new skills when they are thoroughly comfortable with their last skill. Weather conditions and other factors from week to week can affect a child’s ability to focus and enjoy their time with horses so we have found the best way to proceed is to book Tiny Tot lessons on a week to week basis. With a little love, patience and continuity our tiny tots grow into confident riders and resilient kids.

Short Stirrup

$200/ Month

4 lessons per month

$400/ month for 8 lessons per month

Kids 7-11

Short stirrup lessons are 45 minutes long and students will learn barn and horse safely, how to groom and tack their horse, and work with their horse on the ground in addition to their riding time. Riders work on building balance and strength, first on a lunge line and progressing to rail work. Lessons start individually and progress to riding with a small group.

Kids in the short stirrup program learn all about horses, building their skills at an age appropriate level and pace to help prepare them for full adult lessons.

Adults & Kids 12+

$250/ Month

4 lessons per month

$460/ month for 8 lessons per month

Ages 12 and over

You should plan on being at the ranch for an hour for your lesson. Basic horsemanship, grooming, leading, tacking and untacking your horse are will be covered and riding time will last for about 30 minutes. Beginning riders start in private lessons and progress to riding in groups as their skills increase.

If you are just starting on your riding adventure we begin with exercises to develop your balance, teach basic commands (starting, stopping, steering) and how to sit a jog and post a trot. Once you have mastered the basics you will learn how to manage your horse’s speed and more sophisticated steering maneuvers including circles, figure 8s, and serpentines to help you control your horse in every situation. In addition to riding we teach you how to work with your horse on the ground, learning how to halter, lead, groom and tack your horse.

Academy Program Expectations 

Cancellation Policy: We adhere to a strict 24-hour cancellation policy. If you are feeling ill please call us as soon as possible to cancel your lesson. We will contact you if lessons are cancelled by the barn due to weather, instructor illness or other issue that may arise.

Cancelled lessons should be rescheduled with your instructor. Lesson packages expire at the end of each month and missed lessons do not carry over to the next month unless the cancellation occurred in the last week of the month.

For Riders

● Proper attire for riding lessons includes long pants (breeches or jods), paddock boots or boots with a heel, and a form fitting top. Please, no loose or baggy clothing, be prepared to wear layers during colder weather and bring drinking water during hot weather.

● Riders are encouraged to acquire their own helmet and riding crop; however, these items are available to borrow for first-timers and beginners just starting. 

● Always treat Rushton Stables and Courtship Ranch staff and borders, horses, facility and equipment with kindness and respect. 

● Listen to the instructions given by your instructor and staff at all times. Horses are large animals and the safety of all people and animals in the facility depends on riders listening to instructions carefully. 

● Accept the decisions and recommendations of instructors as fair and in the best interest of your riding and development. 

For Parents 

● Parents are asked to be engaged in their child’s interest in horses. We kindly ask that parents remain present during riding lessons, ask questions of the instructor as they arise, and maintain an open line of communication regarding the goals and interests of the rider. 

● Please respect signage posted at the ranch in order to maintain order and safety during lessons for all people and animals within the facility. 

● Parents and family members are kindly asked to remain observers in all aspects of the lesson. Do not instruct, criticize or coach your child. Leave the job of coaching to the instructors.

  • Parents and family members are kindly asked to refrain from petting and feeding treats to horses on the ranch. These are privately owned animals each with their own training and feeding program, we ask that you respect their owner’s wishes.

Rushton Stables, LA

Do you have questions about our lesson or training programs or any of the services we offer.


(323) 365-2035

11270 Dominica Ave
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

11:00 am – 7:00 pm
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
11:00 am – 7:00 pm

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