Training & Riding Lessons
Learn how to ride a horse with mountain views on a working Rocky Mountain Ranch. All experience levels welcome.
Horseback riding lessons
WITH MERRILL JOHNSON
"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."
Private & Group Lessons available
Lessons for all ages & Pony Rides 3 years +
$185.00/1 hr 45 minutes initial private lesson
$90.00/hr private- riding packages available
$55.00/30 min for Wee Riders/Pony Rides (ages 3-7)
Group lessons begin once rider can canter bareback
Inquire about Natural Horsemanship demonstrations and custom Sundowner trail ride Experiences
Natural Horsemanship Riding Lessons
What is Natural Horsemanship?
Natural horsemanship is a distinctly American method of horse training that emphasizes gentle handling and a relationship with our horses.
Through careful observation of America's wild horse herds and the interactions of mares and foals, trainers including Tom and Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt, and Buck Brannaman developed methods that work fabulously.
Why Natural Horsemanship?
We believe a strong partnership built on trust and respect with your horse is the foundation to a safe, enjoyable, and memorable riding experience. Horses raised with natural methods are calmer around people and more at ease out on the trail.
Try it for yourself!
We provide Natural Horsemanship demonstrations followed by opportunities for our guests to do ground work with their horse. The foundation of Natural Horsemanship is built through ground work - the person works from the ground with the horse on a lead rope or free in a round pen. Ground work is lots of fun and sorely lacking from many equestrian educations. How often do you get time to love on a horse?
"I simply love seeing our little girl learning how to ride horses with Merrill Johnson, and of course Nick the palomino! Merrill is gentle, communicates clearly and keeps our four year olds attention the entire time she is working with Nick. I'm sure most parents would agree that is no small feat! Merrill not only teaches riding lessons but also horse safety and loving care. I highly recommend Merrill Johnson's horseback riding lessons to anyone who is considering giving the gift of loving and riding horses to their child."
- Cholla Nicoll mother of Violet Nicoll
"A year ago I didn’t know where I would land. My 10-year-old daughter and I are so glad we landed in Colorado. Since our arrival in July it has been a whirlwind of change and adaptation. Having left behind family, friends and most of our support system, it was a gift from the Universe to find Merrill and Cedar Ridge. We immediately felt accepted and surrounded by caring people who were interested in who we are and how to best meet my daughters needs in her horsemanship and riding skills. My daughter left behind a horse “best friend” and felt lost without him but in only a few rides began to bond with Nick and make a new horse buddy. Merrill’s animals are loving and willing to bond with their riders, of any age. Cedar Ridge is an open, loving and accepting place. A place set up to provide my girl room to grow within her skills and her self. We could not have asked for a better place to land." - Kelly & Maeve Doubleday