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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 public?

No.  Popes Creek does not offer this type of service.  Our horses are all privately owned by our boarders and are not available for hire.

  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 instruction.

  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.