Boarding, training, horse shows, shopping, banquet facilities, riding lessons and trail rides.


480 W Riverside Dr Burbank, CA 91506


Everyday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Equestrian Center is a major horse show venue, Horseback Riding, and Horse Boarding. LAEC. It is split into two main halves: one featuring the rings and boarding horses (there are hundreds and hundreds stabled here!) while the other half are the offices, shops, and banquet/wedding/event spaces. That's right! The LAEC isn't just where riders come to take riding lessons.

The front grassy ring at LAEC is rarely used (more so in the warmer seasons) .

In a sense the LAEC is a hidden gem because people assume it is private and just for riders while it is actually like a park one can walk through, photograph, or shop in.

They have a number of horse shows a year to attend for free as well as family friendly horse training with many of the wonderful trainers.

We did the 1hour tour, and we had a great ride in a small group. Quinn fed the horses and been asking me every single day when we are going back to see the horses.


Horses are good for children, and there are many reasons why a child should learn to horseback ride. A parent should be glad of any request that gets their child away from the TV, their phone, a gaming console, or their computer! Yes, riding is expensive. I advise you to cough up the cash for some riding lessons. I can almost guarantee you won't regret it. The first reason is simple: confidence. When your child can get on an animal that outweighs her ten times, make the animal walk, trot and canter quietly, and maybe even convince it to jump over something, all the while making it look effortless, they will really have accomplished something! Horseback riding, like most athletic activities, is much harder than it looks. What you don't see as the observer is how much muscle control, strength and balance goes into even the simplest of maneuvers. Horses don't naturally move in straight lines and perfect circles. They don't naturally lower their heads and trot prettily around an arena. Your kid is making all of that happen. As they continue to advance as a rider, you will see thier confidence grow. It is a little risky no matter how careful you are, but you can learn to be safe. That first lesson can be a step towards a lifelong activity that benefits both body and soul.

Before your child begins, you’ll want an approved riding helmet, proper boots, and comfortable clothes. A torso protector, although bulky, is a good idea too. Most garments can be bought used, but a helmet is the one thing you will want to buy new.

How Old Should a Child Be to Take Lessons?

Most instructors will take children as young as seven, but some will take even younger children.LAEC starts as young as 4yrs old. . At any age, how much any child will take away from a lesson will depend on their maturity level. Some very young children will be able to grasp the basic skills quickly, while others will be enjoying the ‘pony ride.’ Either situation is fine, as long as everyone is safe and happy. 

Your Child’s First Lesson

During a lesson, very young children will need to be led, or have a side walker. To ride effectively, you must have a physical presence on a horse. Young children may not have the physical strength and dexterity to manage a horse completely on their own. Lessons should be private or semi-private, so the coach or instructor is nearby at all times.

Older children will probably progress from lead line to longe line, to riding by themselves within a few lessons. Very keen children may feel they are being held back, but trust the coach’s instincts. You’ll want your child to feel successful, but the coach will know what is safe. Often a child will ask to ride another horse. Trust that the coach knows how to match riders to horses and will best be able to decide when your child is ready for a change.

If your child has a learning or physical disability, make sure the instructor knows.

It’s better to keep them wanting more than wearing them out with long lessons and having them begging to dismount.

Even young children should be taught to move safely around a horse on the ground, and help groom and tack up as much as they can. Again, the coach or an assistant should stay very close as children are easily distracted and can forget the ‘rules’ quickly.

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