Riding Experiences

Sweetwater Farms Riding Academy

Established in 1985, Sweetwater Farms Riding Academy is known as one of the largest riding academies in Southern California, including a H/J lesson program and western riding. We are dedicated to personal attention and quality instruction.

Roberta Jackson - Sweetwater Farms

“We hope our lessons can offer you a FUN recreation that not only teaches you the skill of riding but also offers you great life lessons such as confidence in yourself, compassion, patience, and goal-oriented solutions. Being involved with horses is unlike any other activity or sport for young people. They are teamed with an animal of massive size and strength, which they learn to understand and respect. They learn to become a team. It’s the same with adults. There is no difference. The relationship between a horse and a rider is ageless. For example, I’ll see one of our adult ladies caring for her horse or beaming joyfully after completing her first jump, and I’ll see a happy little girl. Horses can bring out the kid in all of us. Not only are they fun, they are mindful teachers.”

~ Owner, Roberta Jackson

Academy Lessons… Customized to your individual needs!

Whether you are a brand new, casual, or goal-oriented rider, we have a program for you! Our lessons are for riders aged four years old to adult. Prices include using one of our wonderful horses or ponies, a saddle, and equipment. You will need boots with flat soles and low heels, a horseback riding ASTM helmet, and a starter groom kit.

Riding Academy Packages + Pricing

Single Riding Lesson // $75 each

  • Packages *Must be completed within 30 days*

Package One | $260/month | Four lessons

  • One lesson scheduled per week

Package Two | $450/month | Eight lessons

  • Two lessons scheduled per week
  • To get the best deal, schedule two per week and make all of your lessons, giving you two free!

Package Three | $675/month | Twelve lessons

  • Three lessons scheduled per week
  • To get the best deal, schedule three per week and make all your lessons, giving you three free!
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Sweetwater Riding Lessons

Horses 101

One hour introduction and evaluation lesson that includes a horsemanship and mounted lesson. $75

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Pony Time

Pony Time is designed specifically for beginner children ages four to six years old as an introduction to general horsemanship. Throughout the program your child will learn age appropriate basic horsemanship such as how to lead, groom, tack, horse anatomy, and safety. The riding portion is on a lead line at the walk with and without the saddle. Long pants and closed toed shoes with a slight heel are required. Helmets are provided.

Some lessons may not include riding and are intended to improve overall horsemanship skills. This is a great way to find out if your child is going to be interested in horses before having to purchase any gear and/or commit to serious lessons.

When we feel your little rider is ready and have demonstrated adequate horsemanship skills, they can advance to Pony Time Lessons including independent rides off of the lead line. Pony Time Lessons combine riding and horsemanship.

Pony Time

Pony Time Pricing

Each lesson below is based on a combination of horsemanship and riding.

Pony Time Experience | $55 each or $180 for four Pony Time Lessons Package

  • This experience is for four to six year olds for a 30 minute lead line experience for a 30 day period.

Pony Time Lessons | $260 for four Pony Time Lessons

  • This experience is for four to six year olds who are ready for independent riding within a 30 day period.

You & Me Little Farmyard Class | $25 per pair (6 years and under, older kiddos not permitted)

Inspired by “Forest Kindergarten” Sundays 1:30-2:30 $25 per pair (1 adult and child). Pony Rides $10 right after class!  Please contact us the week before to find out if we’re going to be open for YMLFC

We’re excited to offer this very unique “mommy and me” class that provides a mommy, daddy, auntie or grandparent an opportunity to have one-on-one time with their child, while connecting with nature through a unique nature based Hands-on farm experience. We’ll start with Circle Time (song and dance), a special Picnic Teatime Party and then off to the “Farmyard” activity stations!!! Our Bunnies and Chickens are always ready for some “up close and personal” Farmyard animal encounters 🙂

Private Lesson | $100 for 30 minutes

  • Availability is limited, contact us today!
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Are you interested in riding lessons for a child with special needs?

We would be happy to set up lessons with a specially training instructor and horse. Please contact us directly for more information.
Contact us now: 619.2525544

The Details

All of the above packages may be group or private lessons depending on the schedule, riders ability and instructor’s discretion.

  • Private lessons are one hour and group lessons are one and a half hours.
  • Each lesson is a combination of horsemanship and riding.
  • Please contact us for more information about payment guidelines and scheduling your lessons to take advantage of the best deal!

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Interscholastic Equestrian Association

Sweetwater Farms Owner, Roberta is also involved with southern California’s Interscholastic Equestrian Association. Their mission is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools ages 11 to 19 to equestrian sports.

Current Participating Teams:

Sweetwater Farms Middle School Team

Sweetwater Farms High School Team

Contact Roberta Jackson for more information
Phone: 619-252-5544

Learn More

Are you interested in riding lessons for a child with special needs?

We would be happy to set up lessons with a specially training instructor and horse. Please contact us directly for more information.
Contact us now: 619.2525544

The Details

All of the above packages may be group or private lessons depending on the schedule, rider’s ability and instructor’s discretion.

Private lessons are one hour and group lessons are one and a half hours.

If you are more than 15 minutes late for your lesson we will need to reschedule to ensure proper attention to the current students in the saddle.

Please contact us for more information about payment guidelines and scheduling your lessons to take advantage of the best deal!