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Frequently Asked Questions
How much are horse riding/ horsemanship lessons at Hangin’ Saddle Ranch?
Horseback Riding Lessons*
• Beginner to Intermediate, 8 yrs or older: $35 approximately 1 hour
• Children under 8 years: $20 approximately 1/2 hour
• Children of all ages: $15 for 15 minutes
Mommy & Me Package
• 1 adult and 1 child $40.00
• $10 each additional child in the same family
• Up to 4 riders
Home School Group (or similar groups)
• $20 for first child
• $10 each additional child in the same family
• Up to 4 riders
Private Trail Rides*
• Limited to experienced riders only and at owner’s discretion
• $55.00/ rider
• Please contact Hangin’ Saddle Ranch to discuss this.
*Some restrictions may apply. All lessons and rides are by appointment only.
• Buy 4 riding lessons, pony rides, or packages and get the 5th free**
•1 0% discount when you book a lesson/ride Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday
**Offers can be combined. Buy 4 special applies when all lessons are purchased at the same time and all 4 are the same value, then the 5th lesson will be free. 10% discount only applies to lessons and rides booked for Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
What attire should a student wear for horse riding/ horsemanship lessons at Hangin’ Saddle Ranch?
Pants: Cowboy/ Cowgirl cut jeans about 2 inches longer in the inseam than normal. Medium to high-rise waist. Optionally, students may choose to wear riding breeches or a thick, long legging. NO LOW RIDING/ HIP HUGGING JEANS. NO JEANS FALLING DOWN AROUND THE BUTT. TIP: Wearing control top pantyhose or spanx under the pants helps prevent saddle soreness by reducing friction on the butt while in the saddle. Shirts: Properly fitted shirts. They can be t-shirts, flannel button up shirts, whatever. As long as they are properly fitted to provide adequate coverage, a student can wear any shirt that is respectful and not vulgar. Shoes: Riding boots are best. They don’t need to be expensive or fancy. If a student doesn’t have riding boots when starting, then a good shoe like a hard leather work shoe or very good sneaker is okay for the first couple of lessons. They will get very dirty. Helmets: Students under age 18 are expected to buy a proper schooling helmet. Adults may choose where a schooling helmet or a cowboy hat. The helmet is designed to keep the head safe. The cowboy hat minimizes sun exposure on the face. Hangin’ Saddle Ranch has a few schooling helmets for children. If you wish your child to continue past a second lesson, you may wish to purchase a helmet. Hangin’ Saddle Ranch can recommend local businesses for this purchase. Socks: Good, thick socks are necessary to prevent blistering and rubbing. Tall tube socks or riding boot socks are best. Sunblock: SPF 50. In the desert, we can burn year round. Protect your skin and wear a good waterproof sunblock to protect yourself from getting skin cancer. Gloves: Completely optional. Students and visitors are expected to dress appropriately, conservatively and treat themselves and others with respect at all times. This includes attitude as well as attire.
What is the minimum age to be a student at Hangin’ Saddle Ranch for horse riding/ horsemanship lessons?
Children as young as 4 years old may take horse riding/horsemanship lessons at Hangin’ Saddle Ranch.
Where is Hangin’ Saddle Ranch located?
Hangin’ Saddle Ranch is located in Maricopa, Arizona (Pinal County) just 11 miles from Harrahs’ Ak Chin Casino. The ranch is easily assessable from greater Phoenix valley cities Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and Casa Grande, Stanfield, and more. Hangin’ Saddle Ranch is situation in Hidden Valley within reasonable and easy driving distrance from I-84, I-10, Loop 101 and Loop 202. Hangin’ Saddle Ranch’s address is: 56062 W Pulk Pl, Maricopa, AZ 85139.
How long is each horse riding/ horsmanship session at Hangin’ Saddle Ranch?
Sessions for children 8 yrs of age and older and adults are about 1 ½ hours long. For young children, Hangin’ Saddle Ranch may opt to shorten the lessons to 30 minutes to be age appropriate to the child’s attention span.
What forms of payment does Hangin’ Saddle Ranch accept?
Hangin’ Saddle Ranch accepts cash and credit cards via PayPal. Payment is due at the time of services. Customers may also choose to pay in cash upon arrival.
What is the difference between learning horse riding and horsemanship at Hangin’ Saddle Ranch?
None. At Hangin’ Saddle Ranch we teach all students how to saddle and bit up their horse, how to start, stop, and steer, how to approach and work with horses, basic horse anatomy and physiology, and equine emergency first aid. Students also learn about ranch operations and how we care for the horses we board. There is much more to a horse than riding. If you don’t know how to saddle and bit up a horse, you don’t know how to ride. On the ranch students are in a controlled environment. Out on trail, though, many situations may be encountered and students must know how to handle themselves and their horses.
How much experience does a student need to have to learn horseback riding/ horsemanship at Hangin’ Saddle Ranch?
Hangin’ Saddle Ranch excepts beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders as young as 4 years old for horse riding and horsemanship lessons.
Does Hangin’ Saddle Ranch offer Western riding lessons or English riding lessons? Does it make a difference to the horse?
Hangin’ Saddle Ranch and owner/ trainer Glenn Hunter teaches Western riding. To a horse a saddle is a saddle. What matters is the saddle fits properly on the horse to prevent soreness and that the saddle is appropriate for the kind of work the horse will do.
Does Hangin’ Saddle Ranch offer trail rides?
Hangin’ Saddle Ranch offers private trail rides by appointment only. The cost is $55 and is 60 minutes. If riding one of our horses, riders must know how to saddle and bit up a horse, start, stop, and steer, and be able to expertly handle themselves on trail. Hangin’ Saddle Ranch has a limited number of horses available. Please contact Hangin’ Saddle Ranch for more information or to book a Private Trail Ride. Some restrictions may apply. Riders with their own horses are always welcome to join Glenn Hunter on Sunday mornings at 7am for a leisurely ride.
Can I feed the horses?
Yes, under supervision and with instruction. Please leave all horse snacks in your car until lessons are completed.
What kinds of snacks can I feed the horses?
Horses love carrots, sliced apples, sweet potatoes/ yams, natural fruits. No pitted stone fruits (peaches would be an example), broccoli, cauliflower, or cabbage. When feeding treats remember to A.I.M.- Always in Moderation. Horses only need a couple of treats at a time. Any more than that and it’s more like a meal than a treat.