Frequently Asked Questions
We're happy to answer any questions you may have.
If you don't find the answer here, please contact us.
Do you offer trail riding by the hour to the general
No. Popes Creek does not offer this type of service.
Our horses are all privately owned by our boarders and are not available
Do you have lesson horses for students that do not
have a horse of their own?
For many years, Popes Creek Stable offered this service,
but effective with the 2015 season we will only be providing lessons for
students who own their own horse.
At what age may my child start riding?
Generally, it is suitable for children to begin lessons
at age six. This varies by individual and is dependent on the
child's ability to follow instruction, maintain balance independently,
and sufficient attention span to complete the lesson. The American
Medical Equestrian Association offers an informational brochure which
you may view here. You will need Adobe Reader to view the file.
Click here to view the
article: "When Can My Child Ride?".
What equipment do I need to begin lessons?
You will need an ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmet
and a sturdy boot with a heel. Sneakers, hiking boots, and other
footwear without a heel are not acceptable.
Do you offer a summer camp?
No. Popes Creek Stable offers private, one hour lessons
for individuals. Lesson programs are customized for the individual
based on their abilities, interests, and goals. Please contact us
to find out how we can help you achieve your riding goals!
How many instructors do you have?
Our only instructor is Gwen Galloway who has been
instructing riders for many years, and works well with both adults and
children. Students always receive personalized attention and
Do you offer private turnout for my horse?
Due to the social herd instinct of horses, we feel it is
best for the horses to live together in small groups based on a variety
of factors such as personality, age, gender, and social order.
Where are you located?
We are located in Charles County, Maryland. Approximately
10 miles south of La Plata, MD. Approximately 15 miles north
of Dahlgren, VA.