IMG_9067 (1)Achieve extraordinary results with your horse! Our goal is to help you advance your partnership so that you can achieve your dreams — whatever your dreams with horses may be. We focus on having more fun, staying safer, and building the relationship.

Lessons at EPI include playing with horses on the ground — both on-line at at liberty — and learning to ride in harmony with the horse.

You can take lessons at the EPI ranch in Penn Valley, CA, or at your own location. Students actively in the EPI program may also board their horse at the ranch. (Contact Erin for eligibility requirements and space availability.)

Many of our students bring their own horses to their lessons, but don’t let the lack of a trailer (or a horse) stop you from exploring natural horsemanship at EPI. We provide lesson horses at no additional charge, or for full immersion, consider our lesson-lease program.

You can also combine your lessons with our horse development services. We’ll work with you to determine the right balance of lessons and training sessions, based on your horsemanship goals, your horse’s needs, and your budget. You are always welcome to observe your horse’s training sessions. See the Horse Development page for more info.

Thank you so much for today’s lesson.  I’m still feeling exhilarated from it. I want you to know how much I appreciate your organized and patient teaching style.  It makes the lessons such a pleasure.
Nevada County

Lesson Rates

Regular lesson prices:

  • Private lesson (1 person) $100 per hour
  • Semi-Private lesson (2 people) $80 per person per hour
  • Group lesson (3 or more) $65 per person per hour
  • Back Stage Pass $80 for both sessions/$40 for one session, per person
  • Instructional trail ride $100 per person, seasonal, must be a current student (More Info)
  • Hauling fee minimum $40 per horse

You can download the Release of Liability or fill one out when you arrive.

Cancellation Policy

Please give us at least 24-hour notice if you have to reschedule a lesson. This helps us plan the daily schedules for the horses and the humans alike. Makeup lessons must be used within the calendar month.

Full lesson fee (no makeup lesson) applies for no-shows or less than 24-hour notice.

Youth Program

For information about youth lessons, see the EPI Youth Program page.

Working Student Program

Working students can earn credit toward lessons while participating in the daily operations of a working ranch. No previous horse experience is necessary! Learn more about our Working Student Program.