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Children's Horse Program

Perhaps the most unique component of our lesson program is the Children's Horse Program, which we offer on Saturdays and Sundays during the school year and daily during summer vacation. In addition to fundamental riding skills, students learn safe handling procedures, proper grooming techniques and correct use and care of riding equipment. We foster a sense of responsibility and love for horses by emphasizing the importance of respect and appropriate care for them.

General Information | Prices and Enrollment | Sample Schedule | Equipment, etc. 

General Information

Kate Poulos shows a camper how to properly clean a horse's hoofThe Children's Program normally begins in mid-June and runs through mid-August. The Mill Creek summer horse back riding program is designed to give our students “hands on” experience with horses. Our Sunday class is designed for children 6 years of age and older. For children  6 - 8 years old, the half day class is recommended (they ride for one hour and have one-half hour of activities). The full 1st level classes are for children 9 years and older. The activities vary to include some grooming and tacking up of horses and emphasize proper care and horsemanship.  We also offer 2nd through 4th level classes for students who advance through the program. 

Our trainers plan lots of terrific lessons and activities for the summer and when the program ends, there are be riding lessons available in the Fall for your child/children to continue.

Please make sure that you and your child are aware of Mill Creek's general and safety rules listed on our Policies page.

If you have any further questions please call the office at (310) 455-1116.




Prices & Enrollment

All students need to have our latest consent and release and registration forms filled out and signed by their parents (this form is available on our forms page). 

Parents need to fill out the monthly schedule form and return it to the office with payment to confirm a space for their child in the summer program. Prices are listed below. We accept cash and checks (which should be made payable to your instructor).

Children's Program Pricing
Full Day camp w/ private horse
Full Day Camp w/ school horse
1/2 Day Camp w/ private horse*
1/2 Day Camp w/ school horse*
*1/2 Day Camp price includes activities whether your child attends them or not.

SAMPLE Schedule

Tommy Greengard rides Gimli in a Day Camp ClassBelow is a sample summer schedule:

  • 1st level students: Tuesday, Thursday (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) & Sunday (11:30 a.m.  - 2:00 p.m.); 
  • 2nd level students: Wednesday, Friday (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) & Saturday (9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.);
  • 3rd level students: Tuesday, Thursday (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) & Saturday (10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.);
  • 4th level students: Wednesday, Friday (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

Please realize we have a limited number of school horses. These horses are reserved in advance and therefore we require that cancellations be made to the office before 12 noon, the day prior, otherwise you will be charged.

Equipment, etc.

For your child's comfort and safety, please provide the following:

  • Long pants or riding breeches
  • Appropriate footwear (tall or short boots). Boots must have a hard sole and approximately 1" heel.
  • ASTM- SEI Approved riding helmet with a chin strap (provided by Mill Creek for those who don’t have their own). Helmets should be no older than 5 years.
  • Safety vest recommended
  • Riding crop
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Lunch, preferably in a small cooler
  • Change for the vending machines (kept in their pocket)
  • Layered clothing (everything should be labeled)
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra bottles of water or sports drink
  • Baseball cap or sun hat

Visit our Resources page for information on where to buy riding apparel and equipment.

There is a small refrigerator located in the school horse area to hold drinks. There is also a vending machine with water, sodas and snacks located near the big barn.


1881 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga, CA  90290 (310) 455-1116
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Owned by Dynasty Star LLC