We are located at 42 Hawkewood Rd in Sandown, NH, on the MA border, a reasonable drive from Boston & Manchester.

Riding Lessons

Riding Lessons

Lessons are available for children and adults with a focus on balance seat, jumping, dressage, and low-level eventing. Our riding lessons focus on general horse care practices, safety with horses, and riding to educate our students in all aspects of horsemanship. In the lesson, students learn how to brush and properly saddle and bridle the horse. Our lesson horses are available to teach you from your first ride through jumping up to 2ft.

Lesson Rates

  • Half hour private: $40
  • One hour private: $65
  • One hour group:   $55

Horsemanship Lessons

Horsemanship lessons are available for people looking to enjoy the horse experience without riding. We have a variety of groundwork activities available such as leading, grooming, horse care practices, intro to liberty work, ground driving and more. If you want to spend time learning and enjoying horses without riding, this may be a great fit for you.


Patch Wood IEA Team

We have a growing IEA Middle and High School Show Team here at the farm. We are showing in the dressage discipline, contact us for more info!


Showing, Trail Riding and Beach Riding

Showing, trail riding, and beach riding is available to our current riding students only!

Horsemanship Lessons

Hands On Fun for Our Younger Crowd

We offer Toddler Time Pony  Fun. Come experience life on the farm, meet and greet with our donkeys, goats and horses. Learn to groom a pony and have a short ride, parent involvement is required.


Intro to Horses Day – 4/20, 5/19 &7/1

Spend time at Patch Wood learning the ins and outs of horse, donkey and goat care. Hands on fun with grooming, feeding, crafts and a short ride.


Horse Care Club

Horse Care Club will be starting May 2024 for horse lovers ages 5 to 12. Come once a month to learn the ins and outs of horse care along with arts and crafts activities. Hands on horse time without riding.

Patch Wood Farm is also home to our Sandown Hooves, Paws and Claws 4H Club. This is available for children ages 8 and up.



Boarding is available to our current lesson students only. Board is $750 per month and includes 24/7 group turn out, 24/7 hay and high quality grain.

Hands On Fun

All three forms need to be completed prior to your first lesson

Release Form

Farm Rules

Riding Lesson Contract

3 young girls on horses
girl on horse for riding lessons
girl riding a black and white horse
dark brown horse with little boy

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect at my first lesson?

We will talk about your goals and previous experience to pick the right horse for you to work with. You will learn how to brush and safely tack up a horse and begin your mounted lesson.

How long is a lesson?

Lessons are one hour long. We also offer a half hour private lessons, primarily for our younger riders that are learning to be comfortable and safe around horses or students with their own horses.

What should I wear?

All students are required to wear:

Long pants or britches along with an ASTM/SEI certified helmet and close toed shoes with a heel. We strongly suggest investing in a safety vest as you progress in your riding career. We provide helmets here that you can use for your first lesson.

At what age do you recommend my child starts lessons?

We recommend starting lessons around age five. We do offer pony rides for younger children that just want exposure to horses in our Toddler Time Pony Fun program, ages 2 to 5. We also have a Horse Care Club for our younger horse enthusiasts that meets once a month for children ages five and up.

How are lessons scheduled?

Once you decide to become a student at Patch Wood, we will pick a day and time that works for your lesson to occur each week. Lesson schedules are set up on a monthly basis. 30 days notice is needed should you wish to discontinue your lessons at the farm.

What is the cancellation policy?

We require 24 hours notice to reschedule a makeup during the same month. Lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice or lessons not made up within the month are forfeited. Please try to make your lessons as we schedule each day and time monthly and work hard to make it work for us all.

What if I only want to go trail or beach riding?

For safety reasons we offer trail and beach rides for our current students only.

Does your farm go to any horse shows?

We do several horse shows each year and welcome students to attend with our lesson horses or their own horses. We also have an IEA show team and a drill team.

What if I have my own horse?

We welcome truck ins and will also travel to your facility to help you get the most out of your lesson. Please contact us for pricing.

Can I bring my dog to your farm?

We have plenty of our own dogs and don’t allow outside dogs unless boarding.

What if I have more questions?

Please call Rhea at (978) 998 1751 or email Kathleen at Kathleen@PatchWoodFarms.com