Young children ages 4-6 will get a hands-on introduction to ponies with riding lessons and hands-on horse projects. Lessons are taught by an experienced Wildwind instructor, and each student is escorted by a Wildwind student helper.

We have been voted "Best Stable" for multiple years by the Herald News Papers. Tiny Tots is safe, fun, and children progress at their own pace.

The Tiny Tots program consists of either a weekly class session that runs for 6 weeks or a one-week summer camp. Tiny Tots is fun and exciting, and the kids can sign up for as many sessions as they want. When able to ride independently, they can move on to the Tiny Tots 2 program for further English riding instruction.

The goal is to teach the children how to control their ponies, learn to walk, trot, and do a posting trot. The ponies are carefully chosen for their good nature, calmness and quiet disposition. All of the ponies are owned by Wildwind and are specifically trained for beginners. Wildwind has over 40 horses and ponies so there is always a mount available for every child.

Each week, along with their riding lesson, students learn more about horses by participating in games, grooming and saddling, horse safety and craft activities. Miniature horses are used to teach our Tiny Tots to groom, tack and lead their ponies. These small horses are just the right size for the children to do their own work.

Tiny Tots 2 is a continuation of Tiny Tots, only now the students ride independently. Students will learn more riding skills as they learn to control their ponies at the walk, trot and posting trot. Games, obstacle courses, interaction with other children and age-appropriate learning techniques will be used to keep the children having fun while they learn to ride. In the Tiny Tots 2 program, the entire class is spent on riding.

For a safe, fun, introduction to ponies, Tiny Tots(SM)and Tiny Tots 2 are great programs for your 4-6 year old who loves ponies.

The Tiny Tots program was awarded a Service Mark from the State of Michigan as a unique children’s riding program.
As riders show they are ready to become independent we will gradually remove their leader.  We will make an effort to group riders by ability when possible. 

Tiny Tot classes often fill very quickly. We suggest that if you want more than one session you sign up early. Class sales are final. Due to the fixed schedule of Tiny Tot lessons, makeup lessons are not provided for missed classes. If the current session is full we suggest you sign up now for the next session.

What to Wear

  • All riders must wear long pants and shoes that completely enclose the foot. 
  • During cold weather, students may ride in gloves and can wear a smooth knit cap under their helmet. 
  • Please dress students in zip-off layers, so they may be easily removed if the student becomes too warm. 
  • Helmets will be provided. If you choose to purchase/bring your helmet please be sure it is SEI approved for horseback riding and properly fits your rider. 
Is your young rider ready for a greater challenge?
Wildwind offers Youth Semi-Private Lessons to young riders who have participated in our Tiny Tot program and are ready for the next step before progressing to regular lessons. Follow the link below for more information!

Tiny Tots Pricing and DAtes

Spring 6-week sessions of Tiny Tots costs $185.00
Summer 3-week sessions of Tiny Tots costs: $99 for 1, or $90 for 2+ 

Tiny Tot Classes are only offered Friday nights

2020 Dates and Times

Available times​​
March 20 - April 24, 2020 Canceled
5:00 - 6:00 PM
6:00 - 7:00 PM
7:00 - 8:00 PM
May 1 - June 5, 2020
June 12-26, 2020

5:30 - 6:30 PM

6:30 - 7:30 PM
July 10-24, 2020
July 31 - August 14, 2020
August 21 - September 4, 2020


Tiny Tots(SM) Riding Program


Equestrian Center


3935 W. Seven Mile Rd. South Lyon MI 48178