Lesson Programs

Our lesson programs are designed to give all students a solid foundation in horsemanship and horseback riding.

Our regular lesson program consists of 2 hour long lessons

Lessons always include...

                  • Getting your own lesson horse out

                  • Grooming, tacking up, and preparing for riding

                  • 35-60 minutes of time spent on the horse depending on that lesson's focus

                  • Proper after-care of your lesson horse

                  • Each lesson will also include new information such as safety, psychology, history, health, theory, or other equine information.

An emphasis is always placed on building both the knowledge AND skill to becoming a competent horse person, regardless of the discipline they eventually choose to focus on.

Students will gain knowledge in the following:

-SAFETY for Horse and Rider

-Horse Psychology & Behavior

-Proper Horse Care; Grooming, stall cleaning, and feeding

-Horse Health and Common Ailments

-And Much More...

And hone skills in the following:

-Communicating with and Leading Horses on the Ground

-Tacking up in both English and Western

-Riding with a Balanced Seat

-Proper Posture

-Understanding the use of Legs, Seat, Voice, and Rein

-How to handle unsafe situations

-Controlling the horses direction and speed with finesse

-And Much More...

Introductory Course

Our Introductory courses are designed to get your feet wet and make sure you're prepared to safely start your riding lessons. This is the best way for all students entering our program to get started! And no big commitments!

Level 1 Course

Our Level 1 Course is designed to get you comfortable with horses and gain the basics of a solid foundation of Horsemanship, including grooming, balanced riding, controlling the horse independently, and so much more...

Level 2 Course

In our Level 2 Course, students are now expected to be able to groom and tack up on their own, and ride independently, focusing on trot work, posting, and more. Their level of horsemanship now truly grows as they will learn anatomy, parts of tack, and much more...

Level 3 Course

The Level 3 Course is designed for the passionate and hard working rider. By now, you have dedicated countless hours to learning about advanced theory and riding skills, and different ways to exercise and care for your horse. Yet there's MORE to learn!

Level 4 Course

In our highest level course available, students prepare to graduate from our program. With the high standards of Silver Stirrup, we only send our students off with all the knowledge a horse person should have before heading off to show, compete, lease or own a horse, or for some of you, one day embark on the path towards becoming an equine professional.


At our current facility in Lake Forest- Serrano Creek Equestrian Center- we have everything we need to accommodate all of our lessons, camps, and events. With two large arenas, a small lesson arena, a round pen, and turn-outs so our arenas are always open for riding, we have lots of space! All of our arenas are lit, have seating areas for viewing, and are watered and dragged daily in the summer, and kept immaculate in the winter time so that we almost never lose days to the mud! Whether you're coming from Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Hills, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine, Tustin, Dana Point, Santa Margarita, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Aliso Viejo, Coto De Caza, or even up in Orange and Fullerton, we are a short drive away for the full and informative riding lessons you're searching for.