286 SOUTH STREET • AGAWAM, MASSACHUSETTS  01001 • 413.246.0680 • hollythompsonltd@gmail.com

Equine Boulevard offers training for both the horse and the rider. As a boutique barn, our lessons never contain more than six students.  You may also ride privately or semi-privately. Equine Boulevard’s Head Trainer Holly Thompson may also be hired to visit you at your estate or barn for a private lesson program designed specifically for you.

Training for the horse can be accomplished several ways and is discussed on an individual basis to best address the needs of your horse and your goals.

At Equine Boulevard we are aware that not all stables/barns provide programs to riders who may have obstacles to overcome, be it a physical or emotional disability or illness, etc. We offer on an individual basis the chance for riders to learn in a safe environment who may be  These lessons usually build self-confidence while learning a new skill and sometimes the rider even progresses to competing against other able-bodied riders. Regardless, they always enjoy the process of becoming a horseman. This program is offered on an individual basis, and rates may vary. For more information please contact us.

Adventures are offered in the summer and during some school vacations. Please contact Equine Boulevard for more information regarding the adventures. The Day Adventures are always fun -- the attendees ride every day, learn horsemanship skills, and have an opportunity to engage in other activities as well. Many adventurers return year after year and build friendships that last.

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What you should wear when riding at Equine Boulevard

All our riders are required to wear helmets at all times when riding, even on trails.  Hair must be neatly tucked up under the helmet in a hair net, even for lessons and warm-ups.  If hair is long (either male or female) you should arrive with your hair pulled back in a low pony tail or braid. This encourages formation of good habits. 

Boots are a safety precaution as well as a functional riding aid. A rider (even a weekend rider) should always wear a boot with a low heel.  No sneakers, loafers, heels, or flip-flops allowed!  If  you were to fall from the horse you would not want your foot to slide through the stirrup and cause serious injury.  In addition, if you cannot remove your foot you could get dragged or stepped on. Boots and paddock shoes are also used to hold spurs and to strengthen your leg aids.

We expect our students to be neatly attired in long pants, breeches, chaps or half chaps with boots or paddock shoes, a helmet and possibly gloves.  They may wear clean non-ripped jeans, a sweater, oxford shirt that is buttoned, or a knit shirt if they wish. 

Note:  In cold months if you are wearing a jacket or sweatshirt, there should be no hood, and the jacket should zip/snap closed.  Clothing should be secure and not flapping around as it is a safety issue to the horse and rider.

In warm months, camisole tops and tank tops are not permitted.  The shirt must completely cover the shoulders and chest area of the rider.  Again, this is a safety issue.  Females should wear appropriate sports bras.


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