Frequently Asked Questions What equipment will be required by the rider? Riding hats conforming to British Safety Standards are provided by Ferring Country Centre for the first three months. Thereafter riders must bring their own riding hats. It is your responsibility to check to ensure that they meet current safety requirements. Riders should wear loose fitting clothing to allow ease of movement. Jodhpur trousers, tracksuits or jeans are recommended. Shoes or boots with a low heel must be worn for safety. Trainers, Skirts and shorts are not suitable for riding. The British Horse Society website offers more advice about riding wear. What will it cost and when do I pay? Sessions last between 30 minutes up to one hour. A contribution towards the running costs, i.e. staffing, keep of the horses/ponies, maintenance of facilities, equipment etc. is covered by a minimum fee. Private lessons are available, please enquire. If you need to cancel a lesson please let us know 24hours in advance. Please let us know if you plan to have a holiday. All lessons must be paid for in advance by standing order. Please see our terms & conditions section. Where, how and when? Riders are brought to the Centre either by their parents, carers, key workers, schools or care facilities. The sessions take place at Ferring Country Centre either within our indoor or outdoor arenas, within our grounds or the nature trail or hacking in the village/country lanes (dependent on the type of sessions and the riders ability). Our application process will need to be completed prior to the initial assessment session at which time you will have the chance to discuss the aims and benefits of Riding Therapy. A waiting list is in operation and assessment sessions are undertaken as soon as practically possible. No one is able to ride until the medical form has been completed and signed by their Doctor stating that he/she is agreeable to their participating. Who are the instructors? The sessions are organised and taught by our team of experienced Riding Instructors. All our instructors are trained and qualified to British Horse Society standards or equivalent. How will I know about my progression? Riders are given encouragement and praised throughout the sessions. Instructors carry out appraisals on a regular basis. Progress reports are available on request. Are your horses safe to ride? Our horses and ponies are all chosen for their calm nature. They are schooled regularly to a high standard and are aware of their rider’s ability. Whilst we take every possible precaution to ensure your safety riding is a hazardous sport and as such we cannot guarantee that you may not slip or fall. I am a wheelchair user. Can I still ride? We have a lift and hoist system in operation for those who cannot physically mount our horses/ponies. Most of our horses/ponies are trained for this procedure. Are there any restrictions? We take riders from 4 to 60 years of age. Riders should not weigh more than 14 stone in weight. You must be appropriately clothed and wear a riding hat. Riders must arrive at least ten minutes prior to their lesson time. Once riders are mounted the instructors have the right not to allow late riders to join the session. I am a parent/carer/key worker, how do I participate? Due to our health and safety policies and to enable the rider to enjoy and enhance the benefits you must remain on site to watch sessions in progress, in fact, we ask you to participate by staying for the sessions or walking with us on a ride. We do ask that you refrain from distracting the riders when they are mounted. It is important in order to benefit from the session that the rider listens only to the instructor in charge! If you have any further queries call us on 01903 245078 or email the riding therapy yard.