Connect with The Herd.....

Horsemanship programs that go beyond your basic lessons

We ARE NOW accepting new students TO START IN APRIL of 2021.


We offer unmounted as well as mounted private English and modified Western instruction for adults and children that focus on relationship building with the horse-human bond and learning critical non-verbal communication skills that apply beyond the herd. 

We are pleased to be the FIRST Horse Discovery Center in Prince George's County as certified by the Maryland Horse Industry Board!


We provide barn tours for a fee to allow curious guests the chance to meet with us and interact with the herd. Please see our BARN TOURS page for details. 


We provide PLAY DATES for the smallest riders on our wonderful and engaging ponies to allow children to experience the ponies in a safe and fun way that promotes enjoyment, safety, connection, empathy and basic riding skills.


We provide ground based instruction in agility, round pen and halter; which helps students learn boundaries, non-verbal communication and teaches individuals to tap into themselves, set goals and measure achievements through connectivity with the horses and ponies.


We provide a limited number of mounted lessons for children and adults as well as working with members of the special needs community. Riding lessons focus on caring for the horse or pony before and after the lesson, understanding and empathy, communication and basic skills to be achieved when mounted. 


Each and every one of our programs can assist members of our community in dealing with fear, anxiety and many of the other stresses in life. Our programs focus on communication and empathy and allow students to progress at their own pace. 

Lessons are offered Mondays through Fridays in the afternoons between 3 and 7pm. To sign up for the lesson program, please contact us. Our program director will send you forms and availability directly.

All inquiries should go to


  • Completion of the introductory series of lessons- 4 lessons ($50 per hour lesson)

  • Completion of volunteer orientation (PENDING -COVID RESTRICTIONS)

  • Payment of annual registration fee of $75 per student (due on registration and then annually by January 31st

  • Each student family must volunteer ONE day per week in the barn (alternative volunteer activities may be approved on request) (PENDING- COVID RESTRICTIONS)

  • Student must provide PERSONAL helmet and paddock boots (approved footwear)

  • Signature on student agreement form after receiving lesson policy and procedures



  • Standard lesson fees: $50 per one hour session

  • Tier 2 (Six month sponsors) $35 per one hour session

  • Tier 1 (12 month sponsors) $25 per one hour session



  • One hour session with guidance and assistance in lesson prep and after care

  • Students learn to become self sufficient in the care and handling of the horses/ponies as well as tack and equipment

  • Riding time within each lesson is dependent on the student’s mastery of skills required for preparing for the lesson, but is generally 30 minutes

  • Riding skills with focus on a balance seat foundation with exploration of additional options such as dressage, trail, jumping, western and competition



  • Lesson fees for each month are due the first week of each month

  • Payments may be made by check, cash, credit card or PayPal

  • Lesson fees made with PayPal or credit card will incur an addition $5 convenience fee



  • Only sponsors donating $150 per month or more

  • Tier 2 -commit to sponsorship for 6 months

  • Tier 1 – commit to sponsorship for 12 months

  • If sponsorship is stopped at any time, lesson fees default to the standard monthly fee

  • Sponsorship fees are tax deductible and go directly to the care of the animals in residence!


All visitors by appointment only please! 

Contact us by completing the CONTACT FORM on our HOME Page for more information and direct booking links!

Lessons for our 2022 season are following NEW COVID Protocols. All students are required to provide their own ASTM/SEI approved EQUESTRIAN USE HELMET
after the 1st lesson.

We are happy to provide you with information on local helmet purchase! Please contact us for information. Our lessons are scheduled as available Monday Through Fridays in the afternoons.


Please contact us via the CONTACT form for information on availability.

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The Big Purple Barn, Inc
6407 Hillmeade Road Bowie, MD  20720

We are an IRS approved 501(C)3 Organization FEIN #45-5022618