Big Dog Stables

Welcome to Big Dog Stables

Summer Horse Camp Dates Set!
June 22–26
July 27–31

Half day is Aug 4–7, 8:30–noon

For more information visit our Horse Camp and Pony Parties page.

Horseback riding lessons for all ages. Award-winning riders. Our experienced staff will lead the fun and learning. Jumping with the Big Dogs. Find a special friend.
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Located on 23 acres in Oregon City, Oregon, Big Dog Stables is a full-service boarding facility that offers a welcoming learning environment for young riders. We specialize in Hunter/Jumper riding and compete in local schooling shows throughout the year. We offer riding lessons to children (age 6 and up) and adults.

JudyBig Dog was started in 1999 by Judy Herson, a lifelong equestrian and former middle school science teacher. It is Judy’s passion for education and the connection between kids and horses that infuses the Big Dog experience. At Big Dog, we believe that work with horses builds healthy, responsible children. Our goal is to provide a family-friendly atmosphere for developing confident, knowledgeable, and safe horsepeople.

At Big Dog, each child gets an opportunity to learn, build friendships, and develop a solid work ethic in a relaxed, encouraging environment. The instruction we offer is not just about how to ride. We take a more holistic approach that also includes safety, anatomy, health, and horse care. We also believe that as kids become more experienced, they benefit from the opportunity to teach and pass their knowledge on to newer students.

Our instructors have decades of riding and teaching experience. Our school horses are safe and provide students with a variety of riding experiences. There are opportunities to go to shows throughout the year with the Big Dog Show Team. But we also cater to the recreational rider as well.

Big Dog is happy to announce the opening of a new era at Big Dog, "Hayden's Ladies"!
This is a select group of riders who own or full-lease a horse and are looking to move to the next level. The Ladies isn't for the faint of heart. Hayden is looking for those who are interested and willing to push themselves and their riding up a notch. Hayden is offering a program which includes a group jumping lesson and a half hour private. Tortuous no stirrup work guaranteed! Hayden will also do a weekly pro ride on each of the horse and more depending on special circumstances and needs. Hayden's Ladies, who are interested and ready, will compete on the A show circuit! Field trips and homework may be mandatory if you are interested. This may include spectating at one of Hayden's Carino lessons, spending time at A rated shows, shopping at Gallops, etc. We are very excited for this new adventure at Big Dog.