Horse Sense Riding School
Helping People, Helping Horses
Our Damascus location is currently CLOSED to new rider registration. We currently have space for one or 2 riders in our Ages 10 & Up groups on Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings. If you or your child are at least 10 years old and would like to schedule into one of these sessions, please send your name, email and contact phone to so that you can be added to our online scheduler's database. New riders in other age groups, please visit our Gaston location for lessons. The rest of the Damascus schedule is full. We are not keeping a wait list. I get 2 or 3 emails a day that say, "I see you aren't taking riders in Damascus but I was hoping..." We are full. Please visit our west side campus in Gaston for riding lessons.
Horse Sense Riding School opened in 2012 with one crumbly old rescued lesson horse, and has quickly grown to be one of the busiest lesson programs in the Portland Metro area, with over 20 horses, 100 riders a week and locations in Damascus and Gaston. Horse Sense Riding school provides beginner-focused horsemanship education for riders ages 4-adult. Our team of Second Chance horses often come from rescues, require physical and emotional rehabiltation after injury or trauma, or from owners that are struggling to care for them due to a life change. Our horses are paired with students to provide a lesson experience that is focused on their individual learning needs and interests. At Horse Sense, we care about how YOU learn and design lesson plans based on your riding goals and interests. We believe that every path to horsemanship is unique. Our team is committed to teaching the basics of strong equitation while showing our horses the utmost respect and partnership. Not interested in riding, but still want to learn about horses? We offer grooming and ground training classes as well!
At Horse Sense, we believe that horses teach empathy, compassion, patience and many other skills, and that these life lessons should be available to everyone through our sliding scale program for low income families and our working student program. You'll find details on these programs by visiting your preferred Campus page, under the Book Now button. You can also schedule lessons as often or as infrequently as your schedule and budget allow. Please visit the tabs at the top of the page to search for lesson information, scheduling links, camp, show team, mobile mini and birthday party information.
**Please note that we cannot accommodate drop in visitors and we do not offer tours, for the safety of our students, staff and horses. Our barn is also closed for special events from time to time. Want to see if we're a good fit? Schedule a lesson and experience why we're different!
In the News...
We got to chat with Portland Family Magazine in the June 2016 issue about unwanted horses and the slaughter industry.
In 2014, we had a chance to visit with writers from the Oregonian...
The Estacada News wrote about Horse Sense in 2013, shortly after our first expanion.