Information for Beginners
Riders generally start on a 1 hour lesson on a lead rein and progress to a more advanced group when we feel they are competent and happy trotting in the school without a lead rein – the time-scale for this depends on the individual Rider. The minimum age you can ride with us is four years old. Due to their popularity there is a waiting list for regular places on some beginners lessons.
We ask all clients to register some details with us when learning to ride. We ask everyone to provide details of any previous experience and we need to know your height and weight so that we can match you to an appropriate horse or pony. Our upper weight limit is 14 stones (88.9 kilograms).
Riding is a risk sport – you may wish to take out personal accident insurance.
What to wear
Trousers (tracksuit bottoms are fine) and shoes with a small heel (no skirts or opened toed shoes please). Trainers and wellies are not suitable for safety reasons. As you improve you will find that purpose designed riding boots and jodhpurs/breeches will help you to progress.
Please remember this is a outdoor activity and you may need to wear waterproof clothing.
Riding Hats – are compulsory. We provide loan hats to the latest safety standard for all riders – if you bring your own it must meet current safety standards – check with us for details.
Client’s competitions are held regularly. These are held in a spirit of fun and allow you to try your hand at competing at show-jumping, dressage, or (for kids) gymkhana games. We also will be holding regular competitions for our Pony Club members.
Own a Pony day-courses enable children to learn to ride, groom, feed and care for a pony. Contact us to find dates, times and prices.
We occasionally run day courses for adults and have stable management courses available.
Can I hire a horse and ride in the Park?
Yes, we regularly take clients on hacks around the 275 acre park. We only take out rides under supervision, for your and our horses’ safety.
Can I come and watch?
You are welcome to come and see what a riding lesson involves but we don’t encourage an audience – riders are here to enjoy learning, not put on a show to visitors. We don’t allow visitors dogs into the yard and smoking is strictly prohibited. We also ask that you do not feed the horses without prior consent. Our horses are like athletes, all on a carefully balanced diet to keep them fit and healthy, so feeding them treats doesn’t help, however much they might try to persuade you!
How do I get a job working with horses?
We can help tell you how to go about getting the necessary qualifications and we regularly take volunteers and work placements. Be prepared to put in the time and effort for a very rewarding career. We are proud to announce that we are now have the facility to offer Young Equestrian Leader Awards (YELA). This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an industry recognised qualification.
Can I choose which horse or pony I ride?
We will take your preferences into account but we will put you on the horse that will be best for you, bearing in mind your experience and ability. Just like people, each horse is different, so you will progress best if you ride a different horse from time to time.
Do you have manure for my garden?
We have horse manure available for you to collect. Access to the muck heap is limited, as it is close to our riding school arena, so you must please contact us about collecting manure to organize the best time to visit.