Riding Lessons FAQ's Who can ride? Anyone over the age of 4 can ride at the centre. No upper age limit, you just need to be fit and healthy. How do I book a lesson? Email [email protected] to express your interest in riding lessons, you will be sent further information. Please be aware that before you start in any group or hack you will need a 30 minute assessment lesson, which will cost £35. Payment will be requested at the time of booking. What lessons do you offer? We offer 30 minute privates or semi privates. 1 Hour group lessons. 1-2 hour hacks and Beach rides will be offered subject to season and tide times. All lessons and hacks include mounting and dismounting. Do I have to be able to ride already? Due to Covid guidelines we can currently only ride people who can mount and dismount their horses independently, adjust their stirrups and girths and be able to control a horse in walk and trot without a leader. When restrictions are lifted we will aim to have beginner and lead rein lessons too. Do you have a weight limit? Yes our maximum weight limit is 13 stone or 82.5kg, this is for the health and well being of our horses. We request your weight is filled in on the rider enrolment form so that we can assign you the correct horse. You will be weighed at your assessment and periodically through the year to ensure we can continue to provide you with a suitable horse. Should your weight be different from your enrolment form and we cannot provide you with a suitable horse your payment will be forfeited. What are the costs? Details of all costs can be found on our Riding Lesson Price Guide page. Payment will be requested at the time of booking. Is riding dangerous? It can be. Even the most well trained horses can react unexpectedly in certain situations. What clothes do I need for riding? A well fitted hat must be worn at all time whilst mounted. You can hire one from the Centre, but it is advised you buy your own as soon as possible as nothing is better than a hat that has been specifically fitted to you. Jodphurs or breeches that have been designed for riding offer the most comfort, however to begin with leggings or jogging bottoms will provide you with protection and comfort. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RIDE IN SHORTS. Long or short riding boots are also recommended, however in the beginning a shoe or boot with a small heel will be safe. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RIDE IN TRAINERS OR WELLINGTON BOOTS. Riding is an all weather activity so waterproofs are recommended. Whilst we do have an indoor arena, your lesson may still be outside. Gloves are also required for riding. This is a covid requirement. Do I need a body protector? We would always recommend you wear a body protector. However, this is not a requirement for flat work. If you progress onto jumping, this would be a mandatory requirement. Is the Centre approved or inspected at all? Yes, we are annually inspected and approved by the British Horse Society and are on their list of approved centres. We are also licensed by the local council who regularly send a veterinarian in to inspect the horses and the facilities to ensure the highest standards of welfare are maintained. What happens in bad weather? Riding is an all weather sport and will go ahead in most weather conditions. In certain circumstances of extreme weather, we may have to postpone the lesson for safety reasons. In which case we will either run a stable management session or postpone your lesson to another day. What happens if I need to cancel? We would politely request that you give us as much notice as possible to cancel your ride so that we can open up the space to another rider. If lessons are cancelled more than 48 hours before, a full refund or a transfer of your booking will given. In the event that less than 48 hours notice is given, the full cost of the lesson will be charged.