PEPPERCORN RANCH
A secluded equestrian paradise for the practice of horse sport.
11250 Topa Vista Rd.
Santa Paula   CA 93060
805 525 0854 office  805 217 1549 cell

We are 19 miles or 25 minutes from the Ventura County Government Center

PEPPERCORN RANCH
 
Call 805 525 0854 (office), 805 217 1549 (cell),
or email
peppercornranch@verizon.net  for an appointment or brochure!
Special Offers:
$50 OFF EACH MONTH FOR THE FIRST 6 MONTHS HORSE BOARD!
Transportation to and from the ranch is available!
We now offer lead line lessons to very young riders!
Just 19 miles or 25 minutes from the Ventura County Government Center on Victoria Avenue!

 

LESSONS  

"Greg and Lauren are amazing trainers and ensure that their riders have a strong basis of skills and horse knowledge. They know just how to push your confidence and skill level so you learn new things but don’t get scared off.  As you learn to ride you also learn how to handle horses on the ground. Not only are you becoming a good rider, you are becoming a good horse person in general. In my opinion there is no better way to spend a weekend than up at the ranch around the horses."  Clare K.

Lessons are available for adults and children.  We start people who have never been around horses as well as coach advanced riders.

School horse lessons are normally scheduled for one and a half hour time blocks.   Students learn to groom, tack up, and un-tack.   Actual riding time may vary depending on the skill level and stamina of the rider in addition to the fitness of the horse.

Advanced riders often take half hour lessons to school their personal mounts on specific skills.

As with any sport, improvement occurs faster the more one practices.   Most people find they need at least one lesson a week.   Experienced riders are encouraged to practice more often by leasing or purchasing a horse.

We now have Shuttle Service available to nearby communities.  Click here for more information on Shuttle Service.

LESSONS ON SCHOOL HORSES

Lessons on school horses may be purchased individually, in packages of four, or through a monthly commitment we call the Riding Club.

The least expensive way to buy weekly lessons is by the Riding Club rate.  This means you pay monthly for a lesson each week, 52 weeks a year.  Missed lessons can be made up within 60 days as long a payments continue.

LESSONS ON YOUR OWN OR LEASED HORSE

Lessons on your own or leased horse may be purchased individually, in packages of 4, or through our Riding Club rate; the same conditions apply as with school horse lessons.

LESSONS FOR VERY YOUNG RIDERS

Children younger than 7 generally are too small and immature to safely complete a regular lesson.  However, we offer one hour private lessons / riding experiences for 4, 5, and 6 year old children.  The student assists the instructor with grooming and will most often ride on a lead line for about 25 minutes.  Members of Riverview Pony Club give these lessons under supervision of an adult.  A $30 donation to RVPC is requested for each lesson.

Children may mature enough some time during age 6 to switch to regular lessons.

MULTIPLE LESSONS PER WEEK

Riders seeking to rapidly improve themselves or their mounts can take multiple lessons per week by purchasing half or full training for a month.  They would have to lease a horse or have their own mount.  Half training is 3 lessons a week and Full training is five lessons a week.

SCHEDULING

Lesson scheduling is a function of client schedules and skill levels, our schedule, horse work load, and horse availability.  The schedule is constantly evolving.  We do not charge extra just because only one or two people are able to come at a given time!

Usually our lesson blocks are 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM, and 5:30 PM (only during daylight savings time).

Cancellations are required to be made 24 hours in advance of lessons.

The Ranch will remain as flexible as possible when rescheduling lessons.  Refunds for extraordinary circumstances may be given at the discretion of the Ranch.

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

Students need to be within height and weight ranges which our current lesson horses will easily handle.   We recommend that students are at least 6 years old for regular lessons.

CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS

Students must wear long pants, hard soled shoes with heels, and ASTM approved helmets. We have a few helmets available to borrow.    However, purchasing a helmet is the cheapest insurance you can buy!

EVERYONE COMING TO THE RANCH MUST WEAR CLOSED TOED SHOES; NO SANDLES OR BARE FEET!


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LEARNING TO RIDE

 

INTRODUCTORY LESSON $45!



The price of school horse lessons is driven by the costs of maintaining high quality school horses!

LEAD-LINE LESSONS FOR THE VERY YOUNG
$35 Paid at the time of the lesson.

GROUP LESSONS ON A SCHOOL HORSE

Purchase Single Lesson:  $80
Prepaid 4 Lessons:  $300  ($75 / lesson)
Riding Club Monthly Rate:  $280  ($64 / lesson)

PRIVATE LESSONS ON A SCHOOL HORSE

Purchase Single Lesson:  $120
Prepaid 4 Lessons:  $430  
Riding Club Monthly Rate:  $400  ($92 / lesson)

GROUP LESSONS ON YOUR HORSE OR A LEASED HORSE

Purchase Single Lesson:  $55
Prepaid 4 Lessons:  $200  ($50 / lesson)
Riding Club:  $190  ($44 / lesson)

PRIVATE LESSONS ON YOUR HORSE OR A LEASED HORSE

Purchase Single Lesson:  $88
Prepaid 4 Lessons:  $317  ($79 / lesson)
Riding Club:  $303  ($70 / lesson)

GROUP HALF LESSONS ON YOUR HORSE OR A LEASED HORSE

Purchase Single Lesson:  $50
Prepaid 4 Lessons:  $180  ($45 / lesson)
Riding Club:  $165  ($38 / lesson)

PRIVATE HALF LESSONS ON YOUR HORSE OR A LEASED HORSE

Purchase Single Lesson:  $77
Prepaid 4 Lessons:  $277  ($69 / lesson)
Riding Club:  $256  ($59 / lesson)

TRAINING - ON YOUR HORSE OR LEASED HORSE

Half Training:  $669  ($51 / lesson)
Full Training:  $869  ($40 / lesson)

Please click here for information on leasing horses.

SINGLE LESSONS
LESSON PACKAGES
RIDING CLUB LESSONS MONTHLY FEE
RIDING CLUB LESSONS ADDED TO LEASE PAYMENT
TRAINING

If you wish to combine other lessons or training with a lease, purchase the lessons you want and click on the Continue Shopping button.  A box will appear asking you if you want to shut the window; click yes.  This will close the PayPal window and take you back to our website.  Then go to our Horse Leasing page to buy a lease.  PayPal will keep your purchase open.  Clicking on any Add to Cart button will take you back to PayPal.  You can always delete or add purchases before completing the transaction.