Dal Porto Ranch | (925) 625-4535 | M-F: 9-6 25 irrigated acres in beautiful Brentwood California

Adult riding lessons for all skill levelsserving San Francisco, Brentwood, Oakley and Antioch

People of all ages look forward to riding at Dal Porto Ranch in Brentwood.  Some rode as children and wish to resume lessons after many years, some are current riders who desire to gain more knowledge and self-confidence while others have never ridden before at all.

It doesn't matter which category you fall into, Dal Porto Ranch is open to everyone.


Adult horse riding program

Dal Porto offers introductory and monthly lesson packages for adults of all skills levels. Avid riders are welcome to add more lessons to our monthly package. If you are new to Dal Porto but have been riding for a while, we recommend an evaluation lesson to help assess your skill level.

We accommodate all schedules, which is why morning and evening options are available and we have gentle lesson horses for you to ride.

Riding lessons for all skill levels

The one common thread is the desire for an enjoyable experience with a horse.  No matter your skill level, Dal Porto offers everyone an opportunity for recreational riding with our professional standards. Our riding program “starts where you are” so your lessons will be adapted to fit your ability.   

Riding is an avenue to self-awareness and self-improvement and our goal is to help you along your journey.


Introductory Package

  • 2 lessons-$120
  • Any riding level

Appropriate for riders of any level and a great way for new students to sample the Dal Porto Ranch experience.


Monthly Package

  • 1 weekly lesson
  • Combination of group and individual instruction

Additional lessons may be added to the monthly package to create a custom riding schedule. Call for pricing.

Riding Lesson Details

  • Gentle lesson horses available
  • Advanced programs and teams offered

Join us as we exercise, learn the art of riding and explore the horse. Students wanting more opportunities can participate in our advanced programs or teams.

adult horeseback riding lessons

Why should adults try horseback riding?

As you ride, you enjoy a harmonious partnership.  People of all ages can enjoy the connection with a horse and the following are just some of the benefits you’ll gain.

Stress Relief

While grooming and riding horses, the outside world falls away as we immerse ourselves into the experience of these magnificent animals.

Improved Fitness

Strength, endurance and overall physical condition improve with time spent in the saddle and caring for horses at the barn.

Increased Balance

The movement of a horse beneath you is an exhilarating experience with the added benefit of the increase in balance you gain as you learn to move with the horse.

Meet new people with a common interest

Riding and love for horses transcends culture, job titles and the like.  The barn offers a diverse and supportive community.

Start riding and you’ll find peace in the company of horses and the people who love them.

Trained lesson horses

Dal Porto has well-trained lesson horses for all level of riders.  These horses are crucial to the process of learning to ride since you can only learn to ride as well as the horse is trained.

For those who are just beginning their lessons, we have gentle horses that are perfect for those starting to learn.  For the more advanced rider, we have trained horses suitable for differing skill levels.

Haul-in lessons

If you have a horse and are interested in bringing your horse to the ranch for lessons, you may contact us for information and availability.  This is a great way to see if we are a good fit for each other.

Show team program

Our show teams aren’t just for youths, we have many adults who enjoy competing in local, regional and world shows.  Contact Carol if you’re interested in finding out more about our show team program.

Payment, cancellation and makeup policy

Payment is due before your first lesson of the new month and no later than the 7th.

We understand that sometimes cancellations are unavoidable, but unless an actual emergency is involved, it should be understood that we require at least a 24-hour notice of any cancellation. 

When we do receive a 24-hour notice, we will give you a credit towards a make-up lesson.

“Carol’s approach is so much more than saddling up and riding. Her progressive style of teaching gives the rider the foundation and understanding necessary to teach them how to teach themselves. Her purpose as an instructor and accomplished horsewoman provide motivation for riders to be their best at home or in the show ring. Good riding takes work and self-accountability; Carol gives you the confidence, inspiration and encouragement to work toward this goal.”

- Janet L.