Why do we claim ‘We teach the safest method of Riding’?
This is because we work on giving the rider a strong foundation of the basics. We will not put a beginner into a group lesson. We work to increase the confidence of the rider and the horse so that they are progress steadily and with respect for each other. We build up the skill level of the rider before all outings and new goals so that there is a higher level of success. We stay up to date with new training techniques. Our belief is that all horses, if ridden with skill and understanding can have a happy and successful working life.
With correct rider biomechanics as our main priority and having the horse working in balance without pain or tension as our goal – Other styles of riding can often be about being rough and using unnecessary force to achieve competition success. But these styles result in tension and loss of balance to the horse, which may cause injury to both horse and rider. All riders have a responsibility to treat horses with respect and understanding at all times. When this is in place there is no better riding experience.
Carol receives ongoing training in RWYM™. Carol and Verity keep up to date with new techniques and changes in the industry. This ensures that all pupils can benefit from these new insights.
Our tuition caters for all levels, from a complete beginner to an advanced rider. We teach the same techniques to adults and children. Tuition starts with a 30 minutes assessment lesson, before tailoring your training to suit your learning requirements. We hold group lessons at 10am every Saturday and Sunday (please note: riders need to be able to walk and trot independently before going into the group lesson).
Private individual or shared lessons are available every day except Monday (the horses day off!). We also run residential training and clinics over several days, to give you an intensive experience and help further your riding.
Riders with special needs are very welcome and can be catered for in private lessons. The riders have the opportunity to groom and work with horses from the ground before riding, building their confidence and enabling them to get the most out of their session. We can provide riding for most kinds of disability. We also work with clients who have specific learning goals, e.g. overcoming the effects of bullying at school, assertiveness, or fitness issues. Please contact us for more information.
What is Rider Biomechanics and Classical Riding?
Rider biomechanics is how a rider balances themselves over the horse’s centre of balance, and how this is maintained with the forces of movement acting upon them. In this position the rider can ask the horse to perform any task they wish because they are not impeding the horse. Classical Riding was based on fighting on horseback. With the reins in one hand and a heavy sword in the other, the knight had to be able to manoeuvre his horse by legs and body weight alone. Else he would not come back from battle! Keeping the horse working freely and in balance dramatically lowers the risk of accidents and injury in what is know as a risk sport. It also gives the rider the truest experience of working with such beautiful animals.
What should you wear?
When first starting with riding lessons you do not need to buy all the riding clothing – on your first session it is fine to be dressed in stretchy leggings or trousers that reach to the ankle – not jeans! Walking boots or wellies (anything with a definite heel! Trainers are not suitable!
*Please be sure that your shoulders are covered in warm weather and in winter a waterproof jacket or warm layers – as we still teach no matter what the weather!
As you progress you may want/need to buy the appropriate riding gear – we highly recommend that your first purchase is a properly fitted riding helmet. If you need any advice please ask us :0)