Horseback Riding School

5807 Martin Hills Lane,

Hillsborough, NC 27278



At Ride the Sky Stables we are proud to provide safe, fun and quality lessons to all our riders. All our trainers and horses are safe and experienced. Visit our horses and trainers page for more information on our great lesson horses and trainers! 

Our facilities include a 70'x120' covered arena, a 220'x140' outdoor arena with jumps, and a two acre jump field! 


Ride the Sky offers lessons for anyone over the age of 4 (yes, adults too!) that wants to come have fun, learn to ride and be with horses. We currently have lesson horses that can take you through second level dressage, 3' jumpers, and beginner western riding. If you do not want to show, that is great too! We cater to all types of riders and goals.


To sign up for lessons please read over our Lesson Pricing and Policies below, and schedule your first lesson right online with our convenient online scheduler found here: Online Scheduler, or email us at to schedule a lesson today!




Riding Lessons
New students or students not enrolled in a package. Lesson scheduled week to week
Save with our Lesson Packages!

Introductory Lesson


This lesson is for new students who have not taken a lesson at Ride the Sky before. This is a great way to see if our school is a good fit before continuing lessons. For all ages and abilities. Includes tour, Q&A and 30 - 45 minute riding lesson.

60 Minute Semi-Private Lesson


Lessons include 2 to 3 riders. Prerequisite: Students must be posting the trot independently (off the lunge line) and able to steer and make simple figures. This allows us to make sure everyone is safe and able to continue learning. *Siblings/Friends can start in Semi-Privates together*

30 Minute Private Lesson


Lessons are for ages 7 and under and are one on one. These lessons are great for younger riders just starting out with horses! Your child will learn to groom, tack and ride their horse or pony. 

60 Minute Private Lesson


Lessons are one on one with an instructor. These lessons are great for beginners as they start out so they can have a great, safe foundation before moving onto semi-private lessons with their new barn friends. 

Lesson Packages
Lessons can be scheduled recurringly

Little Rider Package


This package includes:

- Four 30 minute private lesson/month

Devoted Equestrian Package


This package includes:

- Eight 60 minute semi-privates/month

Aspiring Equestrian Package


This package includes:

- Four 60 minute private lesson/month

Leaser Package


This package includes: 

- Eight semi-private lessons OR training rides/month

         *Does not include lease fee

*Any additional lessons within the month also at discounted rate

Lesson Policies

Lesson Attire
  1. Lessons are scheduled in advance by student/client. If you are enrolled in monthly lessons you will have a recurring spot weekly and payment is due before your first lesson. 

  2. It is the student/client responsibility to cancel lessons in which they will be unable to attend 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged for scheduled lesson. Lessons with less than 24 hours notice cannot be made up.

  3. If lesson is cancelled by trainer or client/student due to inclement weather, scheduling conflict, etc. a makeup lesson will be scheduled during the following 2 weeks to avoid forfeiting the lesson.

  4. For no reason will money paid for lessons be refunded.

  5. It is student/client responsibility to show up 20 minutes before scheduled lesson to tack up your horse and be in the ring ready to ride at the scheduled time. This does not apply to new students or students unable to tack up on their own.

  1. Riders should wear long, tight fitting pants and a comfortable shirt. Please come prepared wearing layers and gloves in cold weather, or with water bottles in hot and humid weather. 

  2. Sneakers are okay for the first few lessons, however for safety riding and in and around the barn a boot with at least a 1/2" heel is required.

  3. No flip flops or sandals around the horses!

  4. Helmets are required while riding in a lesson and can be provided by Ride the Sky Stables.

  5. Show attire is dependent on the type of show (IEA, Schooling, etc) and will be discussed prior to signing up for the show

Weather Policy
  1. If lessons are to be cancelled due to weather student/client will be contacted the day of the lesson via preferred contact method. Clients are responsible for rescheduling the lesson.

  2. Lessons are given in rain, if conditions are unsuitable for riding we can continue the lesson as an unmounted lesson in the barn. Unmounted lessons are extremely important to continue safe practices in and around the barn.

  3. Conditions unsuitable for riding are heavy rain, lightning, snow storms, less than 25 degrees, and extremely strong winds. In these cases Unmounted lessons will be given.

Apprenticeship Program

                Working Student/Instructor Certification/IEA Scholarship


The Apprenticeship Program is for any rider/horse enthusiast over the age of 16. Adults are more than welcome as well! 


As an apprentice you will work with our trainer on such activities as barn chores, tacking and untacking for lessons, learning about training and teaching, and exercising horses (depending on riding level).In return you will receive free lessons/instruction/qualified teaching hours and showing if applicable.


This is a working studentship that is catered to your goals. If you would like to work off lessons to learn how to ride,  earn an IEA scholarship, or even earn your Riding Instructor Certification we can help you get there!


If you are interested in the apprenticeship program, please contact us and let us know your age, experience level, availability, and goals for your apprenticeship!


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