Riding Lessons & Boarding


Horse riding lessons are provided by April Hart of Ride With A Hart School of Horsemanship.

Our environment welcomes horse lovers of all ages and levels. We strive to maintain a supportive atmosphere for people and horses to build their confidence and develop their equestrian skills.

(Contact information at the bottom of this page.)

April Hart, Head Instructor/Trainer, has been teaching horsemanship and training horses for 35 years. She started in 4-H as a hunter/jumper and moved into dressage in the early 1980’s. She has worked with many nationally and internationally recognized trainers and coaches, and has experience with both horses and riders who struggle with physical and emotional challenges. A variety of special programs, camps and alternative learning opportunities are provided throughout the year.

Ride With A Hart School of Horsemanship provides private, semi-private, and group lessons.

Horseback Riding Lessons:

  • Adults – $60 (45 min private/1hr semi private) and $50 (1hr 15min group).
  • Youths, 6 years and up – $50 (45min/Private or 1hr/semi private) and $40 (1hr 15min Group).
  • Youths, under 6 years – $30 (25 min).

Lessons include instruction in grooming, tacking or groundwork depending on the level and needs of the rider.

Horse Boarding:

  • Full Board – $650 – Includes all day turn out, three feedings a day, quality hay and grain. Stalls are cleaned and bedded daily.
  • Co-op Board – $550 -$450 – Participants in this option must be capable equine care givers with a reliable availability to contribute to chores.
  • Pony/Easy Keeper – $350 -$450 – For equines whose good care requires smaller amounts of feed and bedding.

Stables include 11.5′ square box stalls, spacious tack rooms, a heated rest room, kitchen area, heated wash stall, and turn out paddocks. We provide top quality hay and grain. Care is given by qualified, kind, and effective handlers. Special board rates available for ponies/easy keepers and work exchange options will be considered.

Special Programs:

– Birthday Parties

With horses and ponies suitable for all ages we will customize an equine experience to your needs and wishes. Options include, grooming, riding, on or off lead line, lesson and/or trail emphasis and wagon rides. If you choose to have us host the entire party we can provide a decorated area and food. Fees run from $10 -$75 per participant depending on your chosen activities, food option, age group and numbers. Please contact us below.

– Home Schooler Curriculum

Meets weekly, April, May, June and September, October, November from 9AM to Noon (1 o’clock if you stay for lunch).  Each class will include a riding lesson, equine care, and an academic class. Tuesday mornings are proposed for the 2017 spring classes. For more information regarding scheduling and content, please contact us below.

– Care and Training Alternatives

A three part workshop involving the use of herbs, essential oils and massage in the preparation of the horses to be worked in the practice of a variety of ground training methods. Meets for 3 classes followed by up to 4 individually scheduled practice sessions and then 2 follow up classes. If interested, please contact us below.

More about April Hart

April has studied and specialized in dressage since 1981 when she began her study under Olympic medalist and classical dressage master Dr. HLM Van Schaik. Other notable trainers she has studied under include William Warren, Joe Dellano, Bill McMullen, Cindy Sydnor and Beth Beaumert amongst others including former riders of the Spanish Riding School Karl Makolka and Ernst Bachinger. Her studies also include full participation in the USDF Instructors certification program under USDF Certified instructors Sarah Geikie, Anne Guptill, and Melanie Tennie.

April has been licensed to teach riding in Massachusetts since the early 1980’s. In addition to teaching correct equitation and classical dressage, she both practices and teaches ground work from round pen & lounging through long line and in hand work.

April started riding as a Hunter Jumper in 1973 and understands the value of gymnastic jumping to develop confidence, timing and physique for both the rider and the horse, and in combination with correct dressage and ground work provides a solid foundation for event riders and problem solving for jumpers.

For more information, contact April:

phone: 413-687-9116
website: Ride With A Hart