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Must read guide for parents of horse lovers

Are horses supplied?

Yes we supply horses or you can bring your own for lessons. Our horses are great for confidence building and we have a range of horse types and sizes for all levels. If you every thought of owning a horse our HORSE HIRE or PART HORSE LEASE is a great option with feeling horse ownership without all the responsibilities and stress.

What is the minimum age?

We conduct lessons from 3yrs up with a good mix of kids and adults of any age. Many group lessons are minimum age 8yrs.

What is the maximum weight for horse riding?

Maximum is 90kg for the welfare of our horses.

What type of environment is the horse riding?

Coaching is generally based in a fenced area such as a roundyard or sand arena from 40x20m size.

What type of clothing and footwear requirements are there?

Long pants, a collared shirt is ideal in the sun riding, no midriff tops, and closed in shoes is required at the stables by riders at all time and boots a requirement after first lesson for any repeat visits. All visitors are also to wear closed in shoes. Helmets are supplied.

What is involved with riding lessons?

Focus is on coaching how to connect with your horse and use proper hand and leg techniques to develop your riding and performance of your horse. Very achievement focused on student progression ensuring constant learning at all times.

Lessons may include 5-10min for preparation and put away time. Part of the time can be requested to learn horse care handling/grooming/saddle/bridle. Important if wanting to own a horse one day. Competent regulars are encouraged to assist with pre and post ground work to establish better relationships with your horse.

We supply the horses or you can bring your own.

  • Private lessons are ideal for beginners to learn the basics needed when one on one assistance is needed, or shared up to 2 people is recommended for quality and speed of learning.     
  • Group lessons are good when you have achieved a good rise trot with control of your horse so that you can progress in the group environment.     
  • Experienced? You can sit & rise trot, ride arena patterns, canter slow and fast and achieve transitions between all paces. Lesson focus options would be on advanced learning to be able to ride various horses and get them to perform with flexing, leg yielding, side pass, dressage test movements, western skills such as riding one handed, handling slow and fast work, turns on front and back legs and focus on various equine disciplines
  • Horse Care and Handling groundwork lessons are fantastic to understand horses and feel confident and in control around horses. To establish a relationship with horses, understand their behaviours and be able to prepare your own horse for riding .     

Does weather effect lessons taking place?

Weather can be very different at the riding centre compared to suburban areas. We will call you to cancel/reschedule on the day with as much notice as possible if required, otherwise your lesson is still going ahead. We will generally not conduct lessons in heavy pouring rain and definitely not when there is lightening around.

What are the operating hours?

Most riding centres are closed Sundays but all are location specific

What is the pricing for riding?

Group or horse intro classes are usually from $25pp/hr with full days in school holidays from $100pp.

Riding lesson development options vary between $40-$180 depending on whether you are riding on your own or sharing with others. Joining our Members Hub and paying in advance can provide up to 25% discount on lessons.

What are the payment type options?

Some facilities will accept cash on last minute bookings such as pony ride or trail riding products, otherwise most riding lessons are direct deposit, credit card, bartercard or paypal.

How to become a riding centre helper?

We have some wonderful students that have earned their place at the stables to be a representative of the business and become part of a horse family, home away from home with the horses.
To become a helper you need to be minimum 11yrs and it really is more about your confidence, capability and size to handle the bigger horses
Skills that you need to be competent in are catching a horse, tieing up with a slip knot, grooming, saddle up and put a bridle on. The ability to be firm with the horses and confidence to manage various behaviours
You will need to be friendly, polite and respectful of others as well as being the face of the business working in a quiet environment in harmony with others. The helping is not just to come and play with horses but learning the responsibilities of horses and farm life.  There is a list of duties to be done from cleaning stables to cleaning the kitchen, sweeping, weeding and organising horses for lessons.

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