How long does it take to ride? That depends on your goals and natural ability. Discussing goals with your riding instructor is very important before beginning your lessons. This will help your instructor design a lesson program for you.
What equipment do I need? When it is time to purchase riding equipment, look to your instructor for guidance. There are many fancy riding outfits available, but most students, especially beginners will do fine wearing comfortable pants and a shirt. Every beginning student needs a safety approved helmet and good boots, with heels. Maple Lane Stables has school helmets that will get you started but eventually you will want to purchase one of your own.