Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you have a question regarding horseback riding and lessons? If so check out the Frequently Asked Questions below. Click on a question to see the answer. If you don’t see the answer you are looking for, get in touch by phoning Jennifer at 506-650-5999 or send a note on our About Us page. 

At what age can riders start lessons?

We have 3 programs depending on the goals and age of the student.

  1. We offer private and group lessons for ages 9 and up. Find out more at
  2. The Hampton Pony Club is for 9-25 year olds and offers a structured, year long program of theory, barn management and riding. Find out more at
  3. For ages 5-8 we have “Rookie Rider” days throughout the year. This is a 2.5 hour session that provides a safe and fun introduction to horses, horsemanship and beginner riding skills. The day will consist of fun games, gymnastic exercises on mats and our barrel “horse” plus learn the beginner skills of proper horsemanship. Please check the events calendar at for the next Rookie Rider Day.
When can I join a group lesson?
When you start riding at Hampton Riding Centre, we will first have an assessment ride to determine the appropriate level of lesson. We may start you in private lessons until you progress to riding in a group. The move to group lessons will be determined by your instructor.
I am using the online system to register for lessons. How do I know which level I should sign up for?
You can sign up for any private lesson that is available. Group lessons are categorized as Rider Level 2 and 3 or as Rider 4 and up. Rider 2 and 3 means you can walk, trot and are starting to canter and to jump. Rider 4 and up means you can walk, trot, canter and jump. If in doubt, talk to your Instructor.
Do I need to be fit to be able to ride?
Horseback riding requires balance and strength – strength in your legs and core. The rider will need to develop coordination skills in order to be able to move with the horse and stay balanced in the saddle.
Is there a weight limit to ride a horse?
A general rule of thumb is that a horse can carry between 20 and 25 percent of its own weight, including tack (saddle, etc.). An experienced, well balanced rider can usually go up to the 25% range, but all other riders are sensible to stick with the 20% limit. The average horse weighs around 1000 pounds if in good condition.
I have allergies. Can I still ride?
We have lots of allergens at the barn such as dust, cats, horses, hay. Talk to your doctor about whether this is an appropriate sport for you.
What is the difference between Hampton Riding Centre and Hampton Pony Club?

Hampton Riding Centre is the name of our facility on Lakeside Road. We provide hourly riding lessons (private and group) that are booked individually.

We are also home to the Hampton Pony Club. This is a local branch of the Canadian Pony Club. Pony Club is a set curriculum involving riding, theory and stable management. Pony Club members pay an annual fee for the program.

Pony Club is for kids 9-25.