If you're thinking about signing yourself or your child up for horseback riding lessons, there are a few things to consider.  There are a lot of great things associated with horseback riding, one is the horse itself! The new student will need to learn all the ins and outs of taking care of the horse and getting the saddle on the horse prior to riding. It does not take long to get the hang of it but is a necessity to learn.  

Other things to consider when signing up is, what to wear as a rider. Here is a list of the essentials that are required. 

  • An approved riding helmet (will be provided for beginning stages).
  • Boots with at least a two inch heel.
  • Pants that are comfortable for riding (Jeans or long pants).

What does the horse need to wear in order to be ridden? ***This is all provided by JRF Equestrian for Lesson students. ***

  • A bridle that will be on the horse’s head.
  • A saddle and girth on the horse’s back.
  • A saddle pad underneath the saddle to protect the horse’s back.

One of the most important aspects of riding is the trainer.  At JRF Equestrian, Jana France, is the owner/trainer and has a proven track record of training in the Greater Johnston and Wake Counties of North Carolina. 

Some of the things you will learn as a beginner rider are:

Mounting:   In order to ride a horse, you have to know how to get on a horse. Your instructor will show and teach you the correct and safe way to mount and dismount a horse.

Balance and Control:  In order to ride and be one with the horse, you have to develop your seat and center of balance. One of the most important parts of developing your balance and harmony with the horse is learning how to “post.” Posting is the motion that allows you to get off of the horse’s back and move in harmony with him while he’s trotting.

Stopping and Steering: Once you’ve developed your balance, you’ll then be taught to stop and steer the horse. Stopping and steering are essentials to correct and safe riding.

The Aids: Once you’ve developed your seat and have learned to stop and steer, you’ll learn how to ask the horse to walk, trot, canter, and halt. 

Here are a few testimonials from her clients. (Click here to read them)


JRF Equestrian​ 

8401 Mitchell Mill Rd. Zebulon, NC

Dressage--Hunter -- Jumper -- equitation -- EVENTING -- Horseback Riding Lessons : Contact info 860-655-7520