Are you looking for horse riding lessons for children and preschoolers in Essex? We’ve listed established riding schools across the county that are perfect for little ones – including equestrian centres in Chelmsford, Colchester, Brentwood, Romford and Waltham Abbey.

All details correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

Children’s Horse Riding Lessons in Essex

Attridges Equestrian Centre
Rands Road, Great Dunmow, Dunmow CM6 1NQ
Attridges Equestrian Centre is undergoing some exciting new changes. They offer various types of riding lessons for adults and children from 4 years and teach all levels of riding from beginner to advanced. Pony Days, for ages 6 yrs and over, include riding lesson, horse care, fun & games plus lunch.
07568 593488

Brook Farm Stables
Colchester Road, Alresford, Colchester, Essex CO7 8AP
Brook Farm Stables were established in 1983 by Jo Holland and Baden Christmas. Since then Jo and her team have worked to provide an informal ‘yard’ catering for all levels of riders within the school and equally important, a relaxed environment for the promotion of horse ownership spread out over 50 acres. Lessons are available seven days per week for beginners through to improvers and up to advanced rider. Age is no restriction with lessons for adults and children, including sessions for under 5s, in the three schooling manages. The Pony Club program at Brook Farm teaches children how to handle pony’s correctly, look after them safely and riding skills working towards the different Pony Club Tests and also the various achievement badges available.
01206 822 502

Chelmsford Equestrian Centre
Carlton Farm, Beehive Lane, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8RL
Chelmsford Equestrian Centre aims to provide high quality equestrian experiences and training to it’s clients. We can take a child from absolute novice rider through to a confident horse owner once they reach maturity. CEC is BHS (British Horse Society) and ABRS (Assocaition of British Riding Schools) accredited. Riding lessons are available for children from 4 years old. During the school holidays Pony Rides are offered most weekdays, for children from the age of 3 years.
01245 358116

Colchester Riding School
Park Stables, Bounstead Road, Colchester, Essex CO2 0DF
Lessons & hacking for all ages and abilities
01206 576 707

Colmar Farm Riding School
Weald Park Way, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5QH
Colmar Farm Riding School are a small friendly riding school fully licensed by Brentwood Council and approved by the British Horse Society. They aim to teach children and adult lessons in a safe and friendly environment. All of the horses and ponies are selected for their even temperaments and capacity to adapt to a wide range of rider ability, and are used regularly by the Upminster branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association. Lessons available for children from 4 years.
01277 203760

Deanswood Equestrian Centre
Cressing Park Farm, Braintree Road, Cressing, Essex CM77 8JB
Deanswood Equestrian Centre is based at Cressing Park farm, we have been running the yard since the beginning of 2012. Lessons are available to all ages and abilities, either private or in small groups. Deanswood also hold Pony Days and host a Pony Club.
07841 978764

Eastminster School of Riding
Hooks Hall Farm, The Chase, Upper Rainham Road, Romford, Essex RM12 4EZ
Eastminster Riding School is approved by both the Association of British Riding Schools and the British Horse Society to A.I. level. Learn to ride with qualified tuition in an environment where safety is the highest priority. Children can start lessons from the age of 6.
01708 447423

Fletchers Farm Riding School
Rams Farm Road, Fordham, Colchester, Essex CO6 3NT
The Riding School is registered with the BHS, PC and ABRS. We have horses and ponies that are suitable for complete beginners to participate in our full range of lessons, holiday and weekend clubs and activities. For the more experienced and competitive riders we can offer training, shows and an array of clinics. Beginners lessons are available for children aged 5 years and upwards. The Fletchers Farm Pony Club helps children to learn all about pony care and stable management whilst achieving badges or exams, in a fun and safe environment with trained instructors.
01206 242210

FoxHound Riding School
Baker Street, Orsett, Grays, Essex RM16 3LJ
FoxHound Riding School is a family run business which has been providing first class equestrian services and facilities for over 25 years. They have a large indoor school, choice of large and small floodlit menage, jumping field, cross country jumps and trails and livery stables. Structured lessons for riders of all ages and abilities (minimum age 5 years). Own a Pony Day give children a more hands on approach with the ponies.
01375 891367

Havering Park Riding School
Havering-atte-Bower, Romford, Essex RM4 1QR
The longest established family run riding school in England. Offering a variety of opportunities from guided hacking in the forest, group lessons ranging from child /junior starters lead rein lessons (4 years+), going onto more experienced lessons for all ages. Fully registered, licensed and an approved member of the British Association of Riding Schools.
01708 746246

High Beech Horse Riding School
Pynest Green Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3QL
High Beech Riding School is situated in High Beech village in the centre of Epping Forest, Essex and cater for all riders, from teaching the beginner or novice in the indoor school to experienced riders wishing to improve their technique. During the school holidays and half terms there is a schedule of events various activities including Own A Pony Mornings and 3 Day Pony Camps. Guided pony rides are available for children aged 3 years and over.
020 8508 8866

Longmead Riding Centre
Longmead, Parson’s Hill, Colchester, Essex CO7 7JF
Longmead Riding Centre offer personal horse riding tuition for all levels, from beginners to experienced riders. Lessons can cover all aspects of horse riding, from beginners to show-jumpers.
07845 912 515

Mill Lane Riding School
Hodgkins Farm, Norton Heath Road, Ongar, Essex CM5 0QG
A friendly, family run establishment. Mill Lane Riding School of Essex have an experienced team of riders who are all keen to pass on their knowledge in a safe professional manner. They welcome children from 5 to 14 years old and adults from 15 years and upwards.
01277 896 556

Park Lane Riding School
Park Lane, Ramsden Heath, Billericay, Essex CM11 1NN
Park Lane Riding School are an BHS approved riding school and licensed by Chelmsford City Council. The instructors are BHSAI qualified and CRB checked. Lead rein lessons are for children (from 4 years old) and adults.
01268 710145

Rayne Riding Centre
Fairy Hall Lane, Rayne, Braintree, Essex CM77 6SZ
Rayne Riding Centre are a BHS (British Horse Society) approved exam, riding lessons and training centre and have a fantastic team, coaching horse riding lessons from novice to advanced including riding for the disabled. The riding centre has an indoor arena, two outdoor arenas and a lunge arena. Horse and pony riding lessons cater for all abilities and start children horse riding from the age of 4 years.
01376 322231

Runningwell Equestrian Centre
Warren Road, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8DG
Runningwell Equestrian Centre is a BHS & ABRS approved horse riding, training and examination centre, as well as a busy Pony Club Centre. They offer lessons for children from 4 years and over and of all abilities. The lessons are graded according to experience, starting on the leadrein and progressing through to beginner, novice, medium and experienced.We aim to make lessons fun and interesting, whilst still remaining safe.Our instructors are all qualified and experienced in teaching children. Lessons include games, jumping and hacking. Children can become members of the Pony Club, using their ponies and take badges and proficiency tests. They can join in own a pony days and riding mornings and through the summer Runningwell run residential and non-residential camps.
01268 711 221

Shopland Hall Equestrian Centre
Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LT
Shopland Hall instruction is available for all standards from beginner to BHS instructor level, children and adults. Pony Rides are available to children from 4 years old and lessons from 5 years and above. The centre also hold Fun Days, ‘Own a Pony for 2 days’, and children’s birthday parties.
01702 543377

Twinstead Riding School
Pebmarsh Road, Twinstead, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 7ND
Twinstead Riding School provides comprehensive riding tuition for all age groups & abilities. With more than 40 horses and 135 acres of land, they offer lessons from complete beginners to the more advanced, including those just wanting to enjoy a ride in the countryside. The school provides safe, off road farm rides, children’s pony days, and adult’s & children’s riding lessons (4 years+) from beginner to advanced. Nervous riders very welcome.
01787 269 283

Woodredon Equestrian Centre
Woodredon Farm Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3SX
Woodredon Equestrian Centre are a purpose built, family run, riding school and livery yard with 45 acres of pristine land within the forest and countryside. The fully qualified team of staff offer tuition from age 4 upwards.
01992 714312