Riding School Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book a lesson?
Just give us a ring (07855462614), tell us what you would like to do, agree a time and turn up. We will ensure your horse or pony is tacked up and ready to go.
Do I need a riding hat?
We have a large selection of hats, meeting current standards, specifically for lending out to customers. This means you don’t need to buy your own until you are certain riding is something you want to go on with. You must always wear a hat that conforms with the latest safety standards when riding.
Do I need Jodhpurs?
No. Any pair of long trousers will do. We do not allow people to ride in shorts as you can end up with very uncomfortable legs.
We find that, after a few weeks, most of our customers do invest in a pair of jodhpurs as they are designed specifically for the task.
Do I need riding boots?
No. Any pair of boots or shoes with a low heel will be suitable to get you started. You cannot ride in trainers as, having no heel, they can allow the foot to slip through the stirrup, causing an accident.
Do I need a back protector?
It depends what you want to do. We will not insist you wear a back protector for introductory lessons and most flat work. We strongly recommend, however, that, if you want to do jumping, you should invest in one.
What lessons are available?
The centre offers a wide range of different lesson formats. Please follow this link to get our most up to date lesson schedule. If what you want to do is not listed please contact us and we will give you the information.
Are the instructors qualified?
We have a selection of qualified instructors up to BHSI. The competence of our instructors is verified annually by the British Horse Society (BHS).
Is riding dangerous?
It can be. A horse’s behaviour can be unpredictable and even the most highly trained can sometimes react in an unexpected way.
We do everything we can to keep our riders safe:
We are inspected annually, by the BHS and the Department of Agriculture
Our horses and ponies are carefully selected for their temperament.
All of our instructors are trained in the safe conduct of lessons.
All of our riding hats meet current safety standards.
We have First Aid trained staff available at all times.
How do I find the centre?
Directions, and a map can be found here.
What age can children start riding?
A 30 minute lesson is fairly demanding for a youngster and we do not offer lessons unless the rider is 5 years old.
What do I do if I need to cancel?
Just give us a ring (07855462614) and let us know that you can’t make it. Please try to let us have at least 24 hours notice. Try to avoid just not turning up as the horse or pony will be tacked up waiting for your arrival
Do you have suitable horses and ponies?
The centre has a large selection of horses and ponies to suit all ages and abilities. Photos of our animals can be found here. We do have an upper weight limit for riders of 14 stone to protect the health of the horses.
What happens if it is raining?
Don’t worry as we have a large indoor school. Riding lessons will always go ahead…… whatever the weather!
If we haven’t answered your question here, please call 07855462614 or email us and we will do our best to help.