What do I need to do in order to register my interest in Riding Therapy?

If you would like to be considered for Riding Therapy, you must create an account through our online booking system and complete the rider information.  Once we have received your information, you will be automatically placed on our waiting list. We may be in contact if we require any further information to assist us with your application. 

Create an account through our online booking system

How old do I have to be?

Riders must be at least 4 years old.

When are the sessions?

Sessions run at various times and days please see sessions and structure for more information.

Sessions and Structure

How do I pay for sessions?

Sessions are paid online by debit or credit card

What equipment do I need?

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 ensure they meet current safety requirements. Riders should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing for ease of movement. Jodhpurs or tracksuits are recommended. Shoes or boots with a low heel must be worn for safety purposes. Trainers, skirts, jeans and shorts are not suitable for riding. The British Horse Society website offers more advice about appropriate riding wear. 

When, where and how?

Riders are brought to the Centre by their guardians. The sessions take place in our indoor or outdoor arenas, within our grounds, on the nature trail or hacking in the village/country lanes, depending on the type of session and the rider's ability. 

The application process must 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 possible.

A medical form may need to be signed by a Doctor or a professional prior to riding. This will be discussed once your online application has been accepted.

Who are the instructors?

Our sessions are taught and organised by our team of experience Riding Instructors. All coaches are trained and qualified to British Horse Society standards or equivalent. 

How will I know if I'm improving?

Riders are encouraged and praised throughout the sessions. 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 regularly ridden and schooled 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 won't 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. We fully train our horses before using them for this activity. 

Are there any restrictions?

Riders should not weigh more than 14 stone. Riders must arrive at least 10 minutes before their lesson starts. Once riders are mounted, the instructors have the right to refuse 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 session 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, please call us on 01903 245 078, or email [email protected]