Step up your summer activities with a little help from everyone’s favorite large furry friends. Horse camps and lessons are a hit for little ones obsessed with the animals, and it’s an excellent option for seniors and adults, too. Some horseback riding places offer private groups rides that end with a campfire and s’mores, while others provide team-building sessions for coworkers. So, saddle up and stop by these metro Detroit horse centers for a guaranteed good time.
- Address: Windmill Farms, 2552 Wixom Road, Commerce Township
- Phone: 248-245-5587
This farm is a full service horse facility with lessons, training, judging, breeding and summer camps. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner either. Four Points offers individual or group lessons for beginners and even a certified therapeutic riding instructor. Sign up the kids for a week-long camp where they’ll learn correct riding technique and have fun playing games.
- Address: 655 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods
- Phone: 313-884-9090
This established hunter jumper barn has been “embracing the equestrian life” since 1911 and offers individualized classes for students of any age or riding level, with an emphasis on safety and horsemanship.
- Address: 2986 McKeachie Road, White Lake
- Phone: 248-887-2027
Stop by Haverhill Farms for lessons, boarding, shows, camps and even pony parties. Kids can learn how to ride as well as how to properly care for a horse, including correct grooming, bridling and saddling. There’s even a chance to learn from a veterinarian and horse dentist during the five-day camp.
- Address: 56295 Card Road, Macomb Township
- Phone: 586-295-1313
It doesn’t matter if you ride English or Western style – everyone is welcome at this horse center. Improve your hunt seat and dressage technique, attend a show or learn more about horses at a camp.
- Address: 25795 Third St., Grosse Ile
- Phone: 734-552-1592
This spot offers private and group lessons to riders of all ages and skill levels, starting at age five. All lessons last one hour, and will not only teach safe riding skills, but also proper grooming saddling and “in hand” techniques. Lessons run $35-$45.
- Address: 20303 Beck Road, Northville
- Phone: 248-347-1088
Stop by this stable for lessons, parties, camps, campfire rides and photo shoots with the horses. Or, gather eight of your friends and head out for a nighttime ride complete with s’mores around the campfire.
- Address: 7975 Pepper Road, Holly
- Phone: 248-634-3560
After-school riding, tours, camps, lessons, leasing, clinics – this center has it all. Lease a horse for grooming, groundwork and companionship, or riding, based on experience level. There are therapeutic equine sessions, team building opportunities and the option to rent out the whole center.
- Address: 9160 Eagle Road, Davisburg
- Phone: 248-634-7276
Check out Pretty Pony Pastures for therapeutic and English-style riding, parties, scout/youth programs. There are summer camps, too. The four-day Hooked on Horses sessions teach kids to ride correctly, let kids try new tricks or prepare a horse for a show.
- Address: 270 Rochester Road, Leonard
- Phone: 586-752-9520
As one of the largest riding schools in the state, the Rochester Hills stables has two large outdoor arenas as well as an indoor arena, more than 35 horses and riding lessons year round. There are horse shows, options for boarding and leasing and day camps, too.
- 29242 Bredow Ave., Romulus
Has four trainers on staff and two additional instructors; plus 12 horses to learn from. Each lesson is adjusted based on the skill level of the rider. Also covers stall etiquette, tacking up a horse, leading a horse, mounting, dismounting and riding.
- Address: 7447 Pontiac Trail, Northville
- Phone: 248-437-3238
Located in the “heart of horse country” near Ann Arbor, Showcase Stables has
lessons, tournaments, programs, parties and camps. Check out the complete riding program, with instruction on riding styles like side saddle, hunt seat, western and driving lessons for everyone from beginners to experts.
- Address: 42500 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights
- Phone: 586-739-8622
Shows, a 10-level riding program, boarding, leasing and summer camps at this horse center. Check out their four-day summer camps, where students learn more than just riding technique – instruction covers everything from basic maintenance to using dentistry to determine the age of a horse.
- Address: 3614 Mentel Road, Monroe
Kids and adults with mental, physical or emotional disabilities find support through the horseback riding classes and equine activities offered at this Monroe County spot.
- 351 W. Samaria Road, Temperance
This farm specializes in English hunter and jump-style riding for all ages. Also offers summer camps designed to teach all levels of riders how to ride and care for their horses through hands-on activities and informational presentations.
- Address: 3935 W. Seven Mile Road, South Lyon
- Phone: 248-486-7433
This center offers English-style riding, hunter/jumper groups and private lessons, camps, mini-clinics and tiny-tot lessons. With more than 20 years of experience running horse camps, you can trust that your little one will be in a safe and fun learning environment.
- Address: 20615 Dunham Road, Clinton Township
- Phone: 586-465-2170
Windermere offers boarding, camps and lessons for beginners to experts. The Pony Pal lessons run for three weeks and offer a chance for children to learn basic riding positions and to become more comfortable around the animals by brushing and feeding them. Their five-day camps cover grooming, feeding, bathing, braiding, basic first-aid care and more.
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