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My name is Denise Montoya, I am a local horseback riding instructor in the San Francisco bay area.

The end of January of last year in a freak accident I fell through a rotted board coming down some stairs and tore 2 tendons in my ankle. Unfortunately, for me I was not  able to work for 6 months and was at risk of losing my business. I have since been able to start working but with all of the much needed rainfall and no covered arena available the herd is still at risk.  I’ve had to restart my business, let some things go and move the herd 4 times to be able to continue doing this thing that I love to do.

I started in January of 2014. I had been teaching private lessons for the past 11 years prior part time and decided in 2014 that it was time to take a leap of faith and attempt this dream full time.

It has been quite the rollercoaster ride I have to say, being a single mom and doing everything myself including, trying to figure out how to market my website, doing my own scheduling, bookkeeping, training, teaching lessons, exercising  horses and  cleaning stalls. 

I follow natural horsemanship and teach beginner English and Western styles of riding. I've studied Pat Parelli and Sally Swift. I believe in the centered riding method and I teach horseback riding from the ground up. I think it is important to have a relationship with the horse so that you can both move forward as a team. Both the rider and the horse have to trust each other and have confidence in one another so that both can be safe and have fun.

I am currently running my business 20 minutes from San Francisco at Morning Star Ranch in Moss Beach, Ca. I offer private trail rides on the Scenic ocean view Rancho Corral de Tierra trail. 

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It's been proven that horses are not only good for the soul but can have many positive benefits including:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • trust building skills
  • responsibility
  • perspective
  • boundaries
  • self-acceptance
  • self-sufficiency
  • communication skills verbal/non verbal

Don't give them something to run from, give them something to run to!

Sylvie at Palomar Stables with Denise of Lessons with Denise



Bekka at with Denise of Lessons with Denise



Emily  with Denise of Lessons with Denise


trust building skills with Stormy