Welcome To Fox Run Training

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Nicole Thompson

Owner/Trainer

Nicole was born & raised in South Lyon and started riding horses when she was 8 years old. She has experience riding and teaching western pleasure, dressage, hunter, jumper, and equitation. Nicole has managed multiple stables and programs for lessons and training. She has been teaching riding lessons at varying levels for over 15 years. Nicole is the founder and owner of Fox Run Training with the help of her husband, Andy, and sons, James and Westin.

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Our Facility

Our Home Away From Home

We are proud to offer the following at our Milford location:

  • 17 large stalls

  • Indoor and outdoor arenas

  • Heated bathroom

  • Community tack area

  • Hot/cold wash rack

  • Turnout locations for individual horses or small groups 

  • Round pen on property

  • Secured gate at entrance

  • Close proximity to Kensington Metropark and local State Parks for trail riding

  • Direct access to local trails

  • Near downtown I-96, Lyon Township, and Milford

Anyone at the barn is expected to understand and follow the Rules & Regulations. 

Special thank you to Kelly Branigan for our facility photos. Check out Kelly on Instagram at @kellybraniganphotography

Affiliations

Fox Run Training is proud to be sponsored by Forestier Sellier.

We are affiliated with the following organizations: 

FAQs

What do I need to bring with me for my first lesson?

All riders need to have a signed release form on file with Fox Run Training by the beginning of their first lesson. Bring water to stay hydrated and a helmet if you have one. Be sure to wear long pants and close-toed shoes that have a half-inch heel.

What kind of shows do you attend?

Fox Run Training attends AA, A, B, C, and Pony circuit shows as well as schooling shows for beginners interested in competing. We will certainly add shows not listed in our schedule if there is enough interest.

Why should I ride horses?

Horseback riding is a great activity for the body and mind. Riding increases the strength of the core, leg, arm, and back muscles. It develops coordination and flexibility. Experience with horses is also shown to reduce stress levels. Riders learn teamwork and humility in dealing with a 1,000 pound animal.

Is this sport year-round?

We do offer lessons year-round. In the case of extreme weather or other extenuating circumstances, we will notify in advance of cancellations.

What will I learn at Fox Run Training as a new rider?

New riders will not only learn how to ride a horse, but the basics on how to care for them as well. This includes grooming, tacking, basic first aid, and maintaining stalls.

Students will learn proper tongue-clicking techniques to signal undercover donkeys in search of work.  

Are there lessons for adults?

Yes! We encourage adults to take lessons. Horseback riding is great for you, no matter your age.

Do I need to own a horse?

You do not need to own a horse to ride with Fox Run Training. We have many wonderful lesson horses that you can use, as well as lease. Click here to view our leasing packages. 

As an owner, do I need to provide my own vet or farrier?

We would be happy to work with your vet or farrier should you already have one. However, our vet and farrier are both professional and trustworthy and would be happy to care for your horse.

What kind of feed does Fox Run use? Will you feed my supplements?

Fox Run Training uses feed by Tribute Equine Nutrition. We will gladly incorporate supplements into your horses feed if they are provided to us. 

We will use other feed if it is provided to us, as well. 

What kind of clothes should I wear to the barn?

All persons interracting with horses need to wear close-toed shoes. Riders need to wear shoes with a half-inch heel.


In the summer, riders should wear long pants and a modest top. 

In the winter, please dress warmly! Whether sitting or riding, it gets cold. Remember to wear a hat, gloves, and multiple layers. We recommend hand or toe warmers. 

Please remember that this is a barn. Don't wear anything you can't get dirty. 

Can my family and friends watch me ride?

It is encouraged! We love sharing what we love to do with others. 

Can I take photos in the barn?

Photos are allowed, but please do not use flash photography as it may spook the horses.

Client Testimonials

 

Nicole is down to earth, professional, and a great trainer no matter your age or ability. She makes lessons fun and takes amazing care of my horse. I could not ask for a better trainer.

Lia Jones

We tried three barns before we found Fox Run and the right balance of professional pride and fun. Nicole and Alex truly love what they do, and they do everything they can to pass that love on to their students. As parents with no knowledge of riding, we appreciate that Nicole takes extra care to explain things to us. We couldn't imagine riding anywhere else.

Natalie Gluth

I found Nicole through Facebook. I have never felt more welcomed, accepted, or encouraged at any other facility (and I've been to a fair share of places). My riding abilities and confidence has grown so much since starting with her at Fox Run Training. I love her, the horses, and the barn family so much. I look forward to many more years with Fox Run Training.

Mikayla Vogel

I had moved out here from the other side of the state and randomly came across Nicole and I couldn’t be happier about it! She is a great instructor with a lot of knowledge and very supportive and encouraging! Definitely recommend!

Rebecca Sheeran