Jim McDonald is an AQHA Professional Horseman, CHA Master Instructor and Clinician who is highly respected in the equine community for his expertise in horse behavior and learning theory, and is a life-long horse enthusiast.

His unique approach to training both horses and humans applies horse-centric principles and instinctive equine behavior and learning theory to help students and clients build trusting relationships, overcome challenges, and reach their horsemanship goals.

Jim works with all levels of students, ranging from brand-new riders to competitive athletes, and across both English and Western disciplines, to apply these principles in order to improve their horsemanship and equine enjoyment.

Jim's Lesson Pricing

Private Lessons
1 Student
$85 per hour

*Package of 4 lessons for $300

Semi – Private Lessons
2 Student Max
$70 per person/per hour

*Package of 3 lessons for $240 per person

Group Lessons 
4 Student Max
$60 per person/per hour

*Package of 4 lessons for $240 per person


Times are scheduled based on availability and your scheduling needs.


Download our Introduction to Horses packet to get started on learning the basics!


We please ask that all student cancellations be made 24 hours in advance.

Each horse is scheduled with your child in mind.

Any cancellations made the day of the scheduled lesson that is a non-emergency is responsible to pay the full lesson price.

Horse & Hive and its instructors reserve the right to cancel lessons with less than 24 hours advance notice in the case of instructor emergencies/illness, inclement weather, or when riding conditions are deemed unsafe. Every effort will be made to reschedule cancelled lessons as quickly as possible. In the case of instructor emergencies or illness a substitute instructor will be provided when and if possible.


When possible, instructors may choose to teach lessons inside in the case of inclement weather. These lessons may not include saddle time, however, will cover other aspects of horses, horsemanship, horse handling, care and maintenance that is not covered or discussed when riding. These lessons ensure the riders have a well rounded equine education.

Each instructor will use their own discretion on holding indoor lessons. Please check with your instructor directly if the road conditions are questionable.