Horse Riding Lessons & Training in Illinois

Enjoy a relaxing horse ride on our scenic trails Heartland Lodge, renowned for its breathtaking horse trail rides, has elevated its equestrian offerings with an exciting addition– Personal Horse Riding Lessons. Whether you’re a beginning rider with limited experience or a seasoned pro, our individualized lessons can be customized just for you! Participants can expect a transformative and personalized equestrian experience.

Heartland offers 5-star luxury lodging, gourmet meals and a host of other fun activities that you will be able to enjoy during your horseback riding getaway! Enjoy bonfire and smore’s, fishing, ATV riding, hiking and so much more during your stay! Full List of Activities Here >>

Whether you’re a novice rider looking to build confidence or an experienced equestrian aiming to refine your skills, these lessons provide a supportive and customized environment for growth and improvement.

*Guided Horseback Rides can be reserved now, click here for more details on trail rides >>

Horse Groundwork Lessons

Understanding the foundations of horse-ground interaction is crucial for fostering a harmonious relationship. Harpole’s Heartland Lodge recognizes this and includes comprehensive groundwork lessons as a key component of their personal horse riding Lessons. Participants will engage in exercises that strengthen communication, build trust, and enhance their overall riding skills. From leading and lunging to establishing boundaries, these lessons extend beyond the saddle, ensuring a well-rounded and positive equestrian experience.

Enjoy a group horse ride on our trails Comprehensive Equine Knowledge

Participants in Heartland’s personal horse riding lessons will not only refine their riding skills but also deepen their understanding of equine behavior, anatomy, and general horse care. The curriculum covers a broad spectrum, including grooming techniques, tacking, basic health care, and proper nutrition. This holistic approach empowers riders to become well-rounded horse enthusiasts, fostering a deeper connection with their equine companions.

Special Instruction for Problem Behaviors

Recognizing that some horses may exhibit problem behaviors that require special attention, Heartland offers specialized instruction to address and overcome these challenges. Whether it’s issues with loading into trailers, dealing with anxiety, or managing aggression, the experienced instructors at the lodge work closely with participants to develop strategies and techniques for effectively addressing problem behaviors. This personalized approach ensures a positive and transformational experience for both horse and rider.

Hoof Care: A Vital Component

The importance of proper hoof care in maintaining a horse’s overall well-being cannot be overstated. Heartland places a special emphasis on this aspect of horsemanship, providing participants with expert guidance on cleaning, trimming, and addressing common hoof-related issues. Understanding the vital role that hoof health plays in a horse’s comfort and soundness, riders are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain optimal hoof care.

Atv/ Utv Riding Trails Flexible Scheduling for Convenience

Harpole’s Heartland Lodge recognizes the importance of flexibility in scheduling, especially for riders with busy lives. Our new horse riding lessons will redefine your equestrian experience by offering individualized instruction, specialized support for problem behaviors, and a comprehensive curriculum covering everything from riding skills to equine knowledge. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a novice, this transformative attraction invites you to embark on a journey of growth and connection with your horse, promising unforgettable experiences and lasting partnerships.

Horseback Riding Lesson Rates

$50 per hour (2 hour minimum) or book a one-hour riding lesson and one-hour horseback trail ride for $100 (Regular $109! Save $9 when you reserve both at the same time!). This is a great way for novice riders to learn the basics of horseback riding before a scenic trail ride!

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Call 217-734-2526 or E-Mail to reserve today!

Horseback Riding Lodging Options

We have a variety of lodging options for your horseback riding getaway. You can reserve an individual luxury suite in one of our lodges or a private luxury cabin!

For a large family or group horseback trail riding vacation getaway, we have several different lodging packages. For a large group, we recommend renting out an entire lodge or cabin. Below are some of the different lodging options for buyouts or individual rooms.

Prairie Ridge Lodge – Luxury Suites with Hot Tubs and Fireplaces

Prairie Ridge Lodge lodging information

Prairie Ridge Lodge, named after the prairie grasses that surround the resort, is also known as our luxury Lodge. Prairie Ridge is located within walking distance to the horseback riding stables. This Lodge has over 10,000 square feet and features seven luxury suites. All luxury suites, each decorated to its own theme, feature an ultra-comfy, king-size, triple-sheeted canopy bed, private bath with Whirlpool, fireplace, daybed, comfy sitting area, mini-refrigerator and direct access to the expansive wrap-around decks. A Recreation Room, Dining Hall and easy access to our horseback stables and trails make this luxury lodge perfect for your horseback riding getaway

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The Original Lodge- Great for Big Horseback Riding Groups

The Original Lodge, perfect for large atv groups

The Original Lodge is full of tradition and memories! This cozy lodge was the first lodge built at Heartland Lodge and has become one of the favorites among guests who visit each year. The Original Lodge is located within walking distance of our horse stables and trail head. At 9,500 square feet, it features eleven regular rooms, the Angler Room and the Whitetail Suite for thirteen total rooms. An incredible Great Room (where many of our spectacular photos are taken), Recreation Room, and front and back decks provide the perfect Illinois horseback riding vacation lodge rental for those looking for a great value and larger groups.

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Luxury Horseback Riding Cabins -With Fireplace and Hot Tub!

secluded luxury cabins close to the ATV park
Private Luxury Cabins Enjoy a private luxury cabin that was built with horseback riding couples in mind. Each romantic cabin is decorated with its own unique theme. All cabins are carefully crafted with knotty pine and cedar walls, fifteen-foot vaulted ceilings, hand-carved Old Hickory furniture, fixtures and appliances. Each cabin with hot tub and fireplace also features an ultra-comfy, king-size bed, large 4K HD television with 4K Blu-ray player, relaxing private deck with barbeque grill, kitchen, and private fire pit to roast marshmallows or to make your own s’mores. When staying at these horse lover’s cabins, the stables and trail head is just across the road.
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Secluded Horseback Riding Cabin – Perfect for Two – Ten People

Heavenly View Luxury Cabin

Heavenly View is a luxury cabin with views that will take your breath away! Nestled near the top of the Mississippi River bluff, this cabin provides amazing views of the Mississippi River valley and the surrounding property. The cabin sits on 50 private acres which you can enjoy from the covered patios and screened-in porch that adjoin three sides of the cabin. Wake up in the morning with a cup of coffee and step outside to listen to the wild turkeys’ gobble around you or watch the whitetail deer feed in the meadow at the bottom of the valley. Savor the sunset and its beautiful colors across the Missouri hills. This cabin sits approximately 5 miles from our main horseback riding area and stables.

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Private Horseback Riding Group Cabin – Perfect for Two – Eight Guests

Quail Ridge Cabin Room

Quail Ridge Cabin – This quintessential cabin is located a few miles from the main resort and horseback riding stables on a quiet, dead-end road. It sits atop a beautiful knob overlooking gently rolling meadows, agriculture fields and forest. It offers 4-bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, large dining room and outdoor sitting area with a picturesque view. Perfect for a group of friends and family to enjoy!

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Last Updated: March 29th, 2024

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