RIDING

RIDING

At Russells Equestrian Centre we have been teaching for over 40 years. We are the only RWYM™ accredited coaches in Hampshire. Our aim is to teach/coach every rider to be the best that they can be, whether this is success at competition or just to be safer when riding out. It depends on the person and what they want from their riding.
We use many different techniques to help you achieve your riding goals and we strive to enable you to work with horses in a holistic and ethical way. Our main influences are Ride With Your Mind™, NLP, Sports psychology, EAGALA and Classical Dressage Principals.
Our belief is that all horses, if ridden with skill and understanding can have a happy and successful working life. 
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.
   We teach the safest method of riding, 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.
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 dramaticaly 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.
  Tuition
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 idependently 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.

  Special Needs
 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 horse  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 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 definate heel! Trainers are not suitible! 
  *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 appropiate riding gear - we highly recommend that your first purchase is a properly fitted riding helmet.
  If you need any advice please ask us :0)
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