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.
So, saddle up and stop by these metro Detroit horse centers for a guaranteed good time.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some spots may be limiting the number of riders at a time or may be enforcing social distancing and other safety protocols. Check on the rules with the stable of your choice.
- Address: 21800 Joy Road, Detroit
- Phone: 313-270-2939
This urban farm teaches families about the Buffalo Soldiers — an army unit that was comprised of former slaves, freemen and Black Civil War soldiers. Plus, they offer weekend rides for kids.
- 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.
- 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 or attend a show. Trail rides and hourly rentals not available.
- 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: 734-260-8314
Stop by this stable for lessons, parties, camps, campfire rides and photo shoots with the horses.
- Address: 2185 N. Harris, Ypsilanti
- Phone: 810-623-3061
This farm is a full service horse facility with lessons, training, showing, boarding and more. Choose from trail rides, guided trail rides or 15-minute rides for the kiddos. Watch out for horse camps in the summertime, too.
- 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.
- 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.
- Address: 29242 Bredow Ave., Romulus
- Phone: 734-782-1171
Has four trainers on staff and 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: 3614 Mentel Road, Monroe
- Phone: 734-707-3644
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.
- Address: 351 W. Samaria Road, Temperance
- Phone: 734-854-5825
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.
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