FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE IS TES LOCATED?
We are located at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center at 480 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506.
DO I NEED A RESERVATION?
Yes. Please call to schedule your first lesson.
I'VE NEVER RIDDEN A HORSE BEFORE. DO I NEED RIDING EXPERIENCE?
No. We specialize in first time riders. Thousands of people have had their first horseback ride at TES.
ARE THERE AGE RESTRICTIONS?
Yes. Riders must be at least four years old.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Breeches (riding pants) or jeans. Tight fitting pants are best as loose fabric may chafe. Wear you riding boots or cowboy boots if you have them. If not, we are happy to loan you boots for your first six rides.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR A HELMET?
Yes. All riders must wear an approved ASTM/SEI helmet whenver riding. We are happy to loan you a helmet for your first six rides.
IS THERE A WEIGHT LIMIT?
Yes. 195 pounds.
I AM COMING WITH A FRIEND OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER. CAN WE RIDE TOGETHER?
Because we want the instructor's full attention on each of our new riders (even if you've been riding for years), every first lesson is a thirty minute private.
We are usually able to schedule your lessons back to back, so you can enjoy watching each other ride.
CAN I JUST COME ONE TIME?
Absolutely. TES is happy to teach students for a single lesson.
I JUST GOT CAST IN A FILM/TV SHOW WHERE I HAVE TO RIDE. CAN TES PREPARE ME FOR THE ROLE?
Yes. TES has trained several actors to ride and work with horses on the ground.
I AM NOT INTERESTED IN COMPETING. CAN I JUST RIDE FOR FUN?
Of course! Most of our students enjoy riding as a hobby and do not compete.
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON HORSEBACK RIDING GOALS?
Learning to ride as a pleasurable weekly hobby
Fun extracurricular activity for students
Competing in schooling shows
Joining our IEA team (for 4th-12th graders) and competing against other riding schools.
Leasing a horse
Buying a horse
Preparing for a TV/Film role
Getting ready for an equestrian vacation
P.E. credit for charter school students
Improving physical fitness and confidence
Reducing stress by escaping city life for a few hours
WHY IS HORSEBACK RIDING SO EXPENSIVE?
Keeping horses, especially in the city, costs a lot of money.
Every month we have to pay board (rent), vet care, farrier (horse shoes), hay, supplements, grooming, equipment, etc...
And unlike a car, a computer or even a person, a horse can only work a few hours per week to cover their expenses.
WHY ARE YOU CLOSED ON MONDAYS?
TES is closed on Mondays to give the horses a day off after the busy weekends.
WHAT IS A TACK CLASS?
All new students are required to take a class when they start riding at TES. A tack class gives students an introduction to safety around horses and teaches them how to groom, saddle and bridle their horse.
After taking the tack class, students have the option of preparing their horse for their lesson (tacking).