Riding Lessons at Badger Ridge Farm

with Nashville Equestrian Connection

We're excited you're here!

We are so excited you found us and want to take riding lessons. Whether you are just starting out, coming back after a long pause or been riding for years, we have a lesson tier that will work perfectly for you. No one is too young or too old to experience the joy of horses.

Lesson Packages are:

Mini Lesson

Designed for 0-5 years old to try riding for the first time on our small pony. This 15 minute lesson is done at a walk only with your child being led. We make the experience fun with obstacles and other games. They can also spend some of their time brushing and petting the pony. Your child can take as many Mini Lessons as needed before moving into Tier 1. ($25)

Tier 1-Green Beans

Tier 1 is geared towards beginners learning to walk and trot. This crucial time is when riders learn the proper base position that will serve them for the rest of their years riding. All riders start in an english saddle. These lessons are ½ hour individual lessons, you have the option of riding for the full 30 minutes or 20 minutes riding and 10 minutes either before or after learning about grooming and tack parts. You will stay in tier 1 until you can jog/trot independently (off lunge line).

Tier 2-Blossoms

Tier 2 lessons are group lessons of 3-5 riders that can jog/trot independently. These lessons are 45-60 minutes depending on the size of the class, with 15 minutes grooming before or after the ride depending on how lessons are scheduled. You will stay in Tier 2 until you are ready to start cantering. Tier 2 focuses on solid leg position, perfecting diagonals (english), and getting the base you need to start cantering and eventually jumping (english).

Tier 3-Ferns

Tier 3  lessons are group lessons of up to 3 riders that are starting to learn to canter. These lessons are 1 hour long and include grooming and tacking up your horse or pony. Please arrive 20 minutes early for grooming/tacking. The first part of the lesson is jog/trot independently. Then each rider will get individual time on the lunge line to learn to canter. You will stay in Tier 3 until you can canter independently (off lunge line).

Tier 4-Azaleas

Tier 4 lessons are group lessons up to 5 people. These lessons are up to 1 hour long depending on number of students in the lesson. These lessons riders should arrive 20 minutes early to  groom/tack with instructor supervision but are expected to be able to groom and saddle their own horses, instructor will help with bridling as needed. In Tier 4 they will begin to learn to jump and start jumping cross rails. You will stay in Tier 4 until we feel you can groom and tack independently and canter a course of cross rails.

Tier 5-Mighty Oaks

Tier 5 is the highest Tier in our lesson program. It is designed for riders who can groom and tack horses independently and are cantering around small courses. Tier 5 riders will be placed in appropriate groups based on the height they are able to jump. These are group lessons, up to 5 people and 1-1.5 hours long depending on the number of riders. Tier 5 riders should have their horses groomed, tacked and be in arena, mounted and walking at their lesson time. 

These riders are also eligible for our Horse Master program. Our horse master kids get a special project horse they can ride 2 other days a week. They also help with barn duties and camps to continue their Horsemanship skills.

We Have More Than Horseback Riding

Come enjoy what we like to call the “Funny Farm.” Goats, chickens, bunnies and kitties are all here to enjoy and get your furry friend fix. Take a stroll on our nature trail either while your child takes lessons or after you finish your own. If you are bringing other children to a lesson for a sibling, they can enjoy the nature trail or fun on the play set. 

We have beautiful spot to relax while your children are riding. Come enjoy the peace and serenity at Badger Ridge Farm.

Other Special Events

Mommy and Me-$75

Are you a Mommy (or Daddy) that used to ride but with new, young kiddos haven't found the time? Mommy and me is an exclusive NEC program twice a week that we provide a babysitter while you have your lesson! With this program, you must have prior riding experience and be confident through cantering on the flat. This is a 1 hour group lesson of up to 5 people. The horse will be tacked for you. While you ride, your kiddo will have their own barn fun with our qualified babysitter.

Muffins and Mimosas-$75

One Saturday morning of the month we have a group adult lesson and take some time to enjoy the horses and the farm. Sometimes we'll have a clinician or we'll just ride, chat and have breakfast and adult beverages. Join us for a couple hours Saturday morning.

Horsemanship Camps

Throughout the year we will have different length horsemanship camps for kids on weekends, during school and summer breaks. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or check out our camp page for upcoming events and pricing.

Horsemanship Clinics

Throughout the year we will have various clinicians join us at Bader Ridge Farm. Some will be riding clinics, others will be general horse knowledge clinics. Follow us on Facebook or check out our clinic page for upcoming events and pricing.