Frequently asked questions
If you love horses and are looking for a pastime that will keep you fit in the great outdoors, horse riding is for you. It’s a rewarding and exciting sport that can be enjoyed by all ages. However, finding somewhere to ride, especially for the first time, can be a bit daunting. But don’t worry – we can provide you with all the information you need to get started……
An approved standard hat must be worn, It’s always best to have your own hat, but while your getting to grips with those first few lessons we can supply a riding hat (this is free of charge).
Other equipment: Long riding boots or jodhpur boots, or a strong pair of boots that cover the ankle and have a smooth sole and heel should be worn. The ankles can become rubbed and sore if in contact with the stirrup and leathers. A small but defined heel on the boot is necessary to prevent the foot slipping through the stirrup iron. Trainers should not be worn as they offer little protection and can easily become stuck in the stirrup. Wellington boots are also discouraged.
Jodhpurs (trousers designed for riding) are useful but for beginner riders, a pair of strong trousers without a seam on the inside leg will be fine (a seam can pinch your leg while in the saddle).
A pair of sturdy, but not bulky, gloves are advisable to help avoid blisters while getting used to the reins.
A long sleeved shirt, a jacket that is fastened so that it doesn’t flap, or a sweatshirt are recommended.
We take children for lessons from the age of 4 years old, children under four are able to participate in lead about sessions at the discretion of the centre. We also run tots activity sessions where under fours can come along for a pony ride and a grooming session with the ponies.
We have a great selection of hand picked quality horses and ponies in a range of sizes chosen for there suitability and temperament, our horses welfare is paramount and they are subject to regular veterinary inspections, back checks, dental care and tack fittings to keep them in tip top condition. you can view some of our horses here https://thecompanyofhorsemen.co.uk/our-horses/
Just give us a ring (01889 589 132), tell us what you would like to do, payment of your first lesson will be taken up front, after that you can pay as you go, agree a time and turn up. We will ensure your horse or pony is tacked up and ready to go.
It depends what you want to do. We will not insist you wear a back protector for introductory lessons and most flat work, however if you want to do jumping then they are compulsory.
We have a selection of lovely, friendly qualified instructors up to the level of BHS II. All our instructors are first aid trained, hold a current safe guarding qualification and are DBS checked.
Just give us a ring (o1889 589 132 ) and let us know that you can’t make it. Please try to let us have at least 24 hours notice. Any on the day cancellations are charged the full lesson amount. Please try to avoid just not turning up as the horse or pony will be tacked up waiting for your arrival. please leave a message if we are unable to take your call at the time.
The centre offers a wide range of different lesson formats. Please follow this link to get our most up to date lessons available – Riding Lessons If what you would like to do is not listed please contact us and we can give you the information.
Yes due to the size and build of the horses we currently have our weight limit is 13 stone, our riding simulator has a weight limit of 15 stone.
Private lessons can be booked any time to suit you, providing we have availability we will always try to accommodate. We have a range of semi private and shared lessons available in the evenings and at weekends, these are at set times each week and all the details can be found here : Riding Lessons