Mommy & Me
The Mommy and Me program is designed for young riders ages 2+.
Parent Assisted - "Parents, Grandparents, etc."
- Each class is for 1 hour and the program runs for 4 week sessions
- Total fee for all 4 weeks is $120 for the first session, additional sessions are 6 weeks for $180
- Follow up and continuing classes with varying levels of advancement are available.
The Ready Rider program is designed for riders ages 6-8 years old who need additional assistance before riding in group lessons on their own.
Parent Assisted - "Parents, Grandparents, etc."
- Each class is for 1 hour and the program runs for 6 week sessions
- Total fee for the 6 week program is $180
- Follow up classes with varying levels of advancement are available and most riders will graduate to regular group lessons.
Group lessons are held at specific days and times during the week (morning, after school and evenings) and on Saturday (usually morning). Summer schedule is mainly morning times with private lessons scheduled throughout the day and after work times.
- The fee is $180 for the entire six week session and includes a total time of 1 1/2 hours each week.
- There is 1 hour of instruction on the horse and 15-20 minutes of grooming/tacking time before the lesson and 15 minutes after class, which is optional.
- Group lessons are in six week sessions - once a week for a total fee of $180.
Evaluation lessons are given throughout the week and made by appointment only. They are designed to evaluate a rider's ability and determine which group lessons will be the best fit. Riders entering the Mommy and Me program or beginner riders are not required to have an evaluation lesson, but might benefit from a private lesson.
- Evaluation Lessons are $40 for a 30 minute session.
Private Lessons and One-Time Ride
Fee- $40 per half hour
Other option- $20 for 15 minutes- no lesson just led on horse/pony- this option is for the younger children just wanting to experience a short ride.
- One time riders
- Rider refresher course
- Rider has only ridden in a camp
- Riders needing special help
- Riders learning an advanced skill
Please see our Lessons - Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the page.
Tours - Birthday parties, Field trips, Church events, Scout Merit Badges, other large groups, etc.- all listed under Birthday at the Barn or Group Field Trips
- The tours are different to suit the age group of the participants. Tour Packages offer an activity that is fun as well as a learning experience. Spiritual tours are available by request, the emphasis of these tours are to show spiritual parallels to everyday things. Jesus and Bible stories/scriptures are cited. References to God, His love, care and creation are also mentioned.
Trail Rides- not Available
Pony Rides-$20 for 15 mins- by appointment
- See Private lessons above, we offer Private rides for young children on a 'one time ride' basis to see if the child is willing to start lessons or for a special treat.
- A relaxing ride around the pasture. The tractor drawn hay wagon can accommodate around 30 adults/children. The wagon has high sides so no one falls out and yet it doesn't block the view of the fields and pastures of whispering pines and majestic oaks. The ride lasts about 20-30 minutes depending on loading time. The fee is $15 per person with a $150 minimum fee. Discounted to a $100 fee if used with a Tour Package.
- We tend to have one camp per month during summer vacation and sometimes during vacation breaks from school. They are usually held from 9am to 12 noon. Groups are divided by age and ability. Students will learn stable management, horse health care, horse safety and riding skills.
- Payment must be made in full to reserve space- $200 for the week.
- Bible Camp is an extended stay after horse camp for an additional $50 per week.
Boarding at Whispering Pines
- Board is $350 per month, which includes:
- Feed, watering, and hay
- A large lighted outdoor ring, round pen, indoor riding arena, pastures, Vet and Farrier on call. Farm store with limited tack shop on property.
- Boarders ride in group lessons free of charge as long as their horse is not a distraction or disturbance to others in class.
Lessons - FAQ
- #1 - "How many lessons do I need to be able to ride a horse?"
The key word is "ride" and the definition seems to be debatable. It can mean just occupying the saddle or it can mean learning the skills to move your mount through whatever task you choose. Riding a horse is similar to learning to play the piano. You can't take two lessons and be a finished musician. These days, it is hard to tell anyone that anything will take a while to learn, but riding horses takes athletic ability, balance, timing, and lots of practice! At Whispering Pines, we use the old-time method of teaching horsemanship through time, discipline, and dedication. We keep a large string of lesson horses ranging from beginner-type to advanced horses, so riders have the opportunity to gain experience riding at all levels of horsemanship, as well as just learning the basics.
- #2 -" What do I do to sign up for lessons?"
In most cases, you will have to sign up for an evaluation lesson unless you are starting the Mommy and Me class. During your evaluation lesson we will determine which class best suites your individual skill level.
- New students that have had riding instruction will need to ride in one private lesson to be evaluated for placement in the correct class level.
- We will set up a class if at least 4 riders will commit to one month at a time. Riders who are not yet ready for riding on their own can start in the Mommy and Me or Ready Rider programs until they can achieve the skill level for independent group lessons.