Horse Riding Lessons in Galway, Ireland

Adult Horse Riding Lessons Galway
Children's Horse Riding Lessons Galway
Cross Country Lessons Galway

Slieve Aughty Riding Centre has been teaching both young and old to ride horses and ponies for more than 20 years. We have over 30 horses and ponies to suit all riding levels for horse riding lessons in Galway.

Horseback Riding Lessons in Galway are taught by qualified instructors and combine arena exercises, theory and trekking. Pony rides to the Enchanted Forest and lead rein treks are available for young riders.

Horse Riding Lessons in Galway are for:

Beginners and Advanced Riders Ages 5-95
The Adventurous and Cautious
Girls and Boys
Anyone looking to be safe, have fun and learn to work with and ride horses

Horse riding lessons at Slieve Aughty Centre, Galway, Ireland

Lessons can be booked in the arena or on the cross country course (for intermediate to advanced riders). Although lessons are usually held on Saturdays, we can arrange lessons on other days of the week and evenings on request.

Lessons are 1 hour in length and riders are asked to arrive about 1/2 hour ahead of time to prepare their horse. Alternately, you can bring your own horse and work to improve the two of you!

Adult Horse Riding Lessons

Adults participate in arena flatwork or jumping horse riding lesson with a qualified instructor at Slieve Aughty Riding Centre.  Adults may avail of lessons in small groups or privately.

Adult Horse Riding Lesson Rates:
Arena Lessons (flatwork and jumping):
Group: €35 per lesson
Private: €45 per lesson

Cross Country
Group: €40

Slieve Aughty Centre frequently offers courses, clinics and special equestrian events that might be of interest to adult riders, such as the BHS Horse Owner's Course or Centered Riding clinics. Check out our Upcoming Events Calendar on the home page to see what's coming up.

Children's Riding Lessons

Known as the Mountain Trotters, children's lessons focus on safety, learning and fun. Like us on Facebook!  Children must be at least 7 years of age to participate in any riding activities.

Each lesson is 2 hours in length. The first hour includes supervised instruction in grooming, tacking up/care of tack and handling and leading a pony safely.

Children's riding lessons at Slieve Aughty Centre, Galway Ireland

The second hour is the riding hour. Riding lessons for children in Galway vary each week depending on the group's needs, weather and children's requests. Games, vaulting, treks, natural horsemanship and theory are all included in the Mountain Trotters programme.  Pony rides to the Enchanted Forest and 35-40 minute lead reins can be booked for children who do not wish to take lessons.

Children also have the opportunity to pursue Mountain Trotters Levels, which include riding skills and knowledge. Four times a year we will offer the tests, and lessons and theory days are designed to work towards level testing. This is a great way for kids to increase their ability and have a goal to be working towards each week.

Children over the age of 12 can apply to be a senior mountain trotter and help during the busy Saturday. This is an excellent way to learn a lot about caring for and handling horses.

Many of our Mountain Trotters have been coming to Slieve Aughty Centre for many years and have made wonderful human and equine friends. We frequently have other events going on that are great fun for the kids, such as Summer and Halloween Pony Camp, that are great value. Check out our Upcoming Events Calendar to see what's coming up, or give us a ring.

Children's Horse Riding Lesson Rates:

Mountain Trotters €30 each or €125 for 5 lessons
Pony Ride to the Enchanted Forest €10
Lead Rein €20
Private Arena Lesson €40

Cross Country Jumping Galway Ireland

Slieve Aughty’s cross country jumping course features a diversity of fences covering 25 acres of rolling terrain. It is an excellent schooling ground for young horses, inexperienced or nervous riders, or for preparation for the hunt or cross country competition. Try out the drops, ditches, walls, banks, water jumps, skinnies, and plain old logs. Warm up in the large sand arena, or take a spin through the surrounding forest to get ready. Book a schooling session for your own horse and jump as much and as long as you like, or book a cross country lesson or ride with our staff on one of our horses and improve your nerves and skill.

Best of all, cross country schooling can be combined with a visit to the Three Towers Organic Kitchen for a home cooked meal or just tea and coffee after. If you would like to bring your own horse for some individual schooling, we have maps of the cross country and surrounding trails available. Bring some friends and make it a weekend break!

Find out more about our cross country course!

Pony Clubs and Riding Clubs

Slieve Aughty Centre is the perfect place for pony and riding clubs to school for upcoming competitions, train with instructors, or gather for a day of relaxed trail riding together.  Some or all of our facilities, including a 30 x 50 metre all weather sand arena, 45 fence cross country course and access to more than 50 miles of trails, can be rented for the day or multiple days.


Reserve Now

Due to the large number of no-shows and last minute cancellations, all horse riding bookings now require a 50% deposit paid in advance.  Your booking can be changed, subject to availability, provided you have given minimum 24 hours notice of cancellation.  Cancellations within 24 hours forfeit your deposit.  Please note we do not cancel horse riding for inclement weather.

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