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Hints for New Riders

IF YOU ARE NEW TO COURT EQUESTRIAN .........................

 

For general information, either email us or phone - details on the "CONTACT US" page.

Before you ride for the first time, there is a bit of admin:

  • we need a "New Rider Form" completed. This can be filled in when you come, but it will be quicker if you print it off our web site, fill it in  and then bring it with you. This gives us some basic information and contact details.You can find this form from the menu on the left, under "Forms".
  • we also need to get your name and very basic contact details on our computer so that when you pay, it all happens more quickly. Again, we can do this when you are here, but you can also fill in a form on line and send it to us in advance to save time. Again, the form is in the "Forms" section

 

We also suggest that you read as much as possible of the information on our website. In particular, we draw your attention to the section "Be Aware of the Risks". The reason for this is: horse riding is great fun and is a wonderful way of meeting other people in the fresh air, and it generally helps most people feel better in themselves. You get a sense of achievement and satisfaction, most of the time. BUT, horses are animals, and although they can be really well-trained and well-behaved, sometimes they can get spooked by a sudden noise or unexpected moveement. Most of the time, this does not cause a problem, but, just occasionally, it can. And you are the only person in the saddle!

So, we want you to be aware of the possible risks before you ride!

CLOTHING

Most riders will buy Riding Boots or Jodphur Boots after they have been riding a short while. Until then, wear stout shoes or boots, preferably with a smooth sole.

Casual trousers/jeans will be needed. Again, most riders will buy Jodphurs after they have been riding a short while, as they are more comfortable when you are on the horse. There is now a massive range of styles and colours.

Remember, you will inevitably get grubby around horses , so wear suitable clothes.

Dress for the weather, of course. If it is raining, we normally continue, so you will get wet. If the weather is particularly bad (lots of rain, windy, icy) we will either not ride out.

A Hard Hat MUST be worn every time you are on a horse. This is the most important piece of equipment or clothing. We have a wide selection of hats that you can borrow, but most riders will want to buy their own.

We strongly recommend that riders wear body protectors. This is a sort of "armour" in a waist coat design and provides an additional degree of protection if you fall off.

In poor light (that means at dusk, or any winter's day when it is overcast, or in heavy rain etc) we STRONGLY recommend that you wwear something reflective when you ride outside the school grounds. It can be a reflective vest, or an arm or leg band etc. Just make sure you are seen at a distance by cars!

Before you get on the horse or pony your Instructor should check your bridle (your steering wheel), girth (the strap that holds the saddle on) and stirrups; once you are a bit more experienced you will do this yourself. Grooming and stable care (mucking out!) may also come at some point ...............

Now it time to get to know that horse and start riding!

Horses and ponies do sometimes get loose, so we have a barrier across the main path from the drive towards the main group of stables. This barrier is normally kept down, and there is a side gate for pedestrians. Riders should raise the barrier as they approach by pressing a switch (press once only and wait - there is a short delay before operation starts) and then press the switch at the other end to close the barrier. Photo cells prevent the barrier from closing if anyone is in the way.

If you leave the school area to go on a hack, there is a switch at the end of our Drive. Please press this switch - it will switch on some lights including an orange flashing light. This helps warn traffic coming along Lower Ferry Lane that someone is about to leave the drive.

IF YOU HAVE TO CANCEL  a lesson, you must let us know as soon as possible. We have to get horses ready for riding, and some may be in a stable or paddock some distance away, and it takes time to collect the animal and get it ready. So, we don't want to waste our time, please.

And, of course, you do have to pay. We prefer payment by debit or credit card but we also accept cash (cheques only from established customers).

If you are from an organisation or group, we can invoice you in advance or after the event, subject to prior agreement. Receipts can always be given at the office at the stables.