Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to know how to ride to take lessons at Sunriser Stables?

No, our trainer, Ellen Morris, is very experienced in giving horse riding lessons to complete beginners as well as intermediate and advanced riders. However, for adults that have never ridden before, we recommend western riding lessons for your comfort and confidence.

Is there a weight limit?

Yes, for the safety of our horses and ponies our weight limit is 200lbs.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

Yes. All riders regardless of age or gender are required to wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet whilst taking horse riding lessons. A helmet will be provided for your first five horse riding lessons, after that you will need to purchase your own or you will be charged $10 to rent a helmet from Sunriser Stables.  

Does Sunriser Stables offer boarding?

A boarding and training package is availble; however, we do not board horses for people who are not taking riding lessons at Sunriser Stables.

Does Sunriser Stables offer trail riding?

No, we are a hunter jumper training facility specializing in riding lessons.

Does Sunriser Stables take riders to horse shows?

Yes, we are located 3 miles from the Escambia County Equestrian Center and offer our riders the opportunity to horse show when the trainer thinks they are ready. Riders must be taking a minimum of two lessons per week to meet Sunriser Stables' requirements to horse show. 

Is there anything I can do at home to improve my riding?

Horse riding demands a great deal of stamina, core strength, balance and co-ordination. Any type of exercise program will improve your stamina and co-ordination. Squats, sit-ups and planks will improve your core strength.  Standing on one foot, bike riding and roller skating will improve your balance. You will get out what you are willing to put in.

Are parents allowed to watch and be involved?

It is our experience that the children that are the most successful have at least one parent that is involved. We encourage parents to assist their child with grooming and tacking but the child must be the one in charge. We will step in if we think that the parent is doing everything for the child. We also encourage parents to watch their child ride but you must remember that you are not the teacher and keep quiet. 

How much do lessons cost?

With reasonable lesson and program rates, an education in horsemanship can be affordable for anyone. Please view our attached payment schedule, which reflects discounted rates for multiple weekly lessons. The more lessons you take, the more you save! 

I'm ready to sign up! How do I get started?

Call Sunriser Stables at 850-512-7433 to set up an appointment.  Before your first lesson, you will need to fill out four forms:  Lesson Registration, Lesson Waiver, Rules and Contract, and Lesson Payments.  Please bring these forms with you on your first lesson.

What do I need to wear or bring to my lessons?

You should wear long pants, jeans or riding pants, a t-shirt or polo with sleeves and boots with a small heel. NO tennis shoes or steel toe safety shoes. Any one accompanying the rider must also wear close-toed shoes.