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Riding Schools

Most people involved in the various activities associated with horses would agree that quality teaching is an essential part of training responsible and skilled riders who will bring their knowledge to future generations. So the choice of riding school is a vital part of bringing a novice into this absorbing pastime, whether a youngster or a more mature person coming to riding for the first time.
A person’s first introduction to stables and the discipline of horsemanship will probably stay with them forever and could even lead to a career working with horses in the future so it is really important that the right choices are made.
There are two governing bodies for riding schools and you can always ask your chosen school if they are affiliated to the British Horse Society and the Association of British riding Schools, both of which have strict criteria for their members and rules of conduct, insurance and safety and will have been regularly inspected.

Some basic pointers are:

Is everything in good repair?
·         For example, do the stalls seem run down or in need of repair?
·         Are any of the fences broken?
·         Is the equipment in good repair?
Are the stables relatively clean?
·         Horses should not be standing in puddles of their own urine, and stalls should be mucked out once daily
·         Are there piles of muck waiting to be moved in the yard, if so this would indicate that the stables aren’t being managed properly
Are the facilities good?
·         Is the arena big enough to accommodate all of the riders
·         Are children and adults being put on horses suitable for their heights and weights?
·         Do they have equipment you can borrow for taster sessions?
·         For any individual activities you may pursue, are there facilities to encourage this? For example, is there a jumping arena, or a place to go trail riding?
·         Do the horses seem happy and healthy?
Safety first
·         Ask to see the rules of the riding stables, they should be printed out and also on the wall of the office, at the very least
·         Are the class sizes too big? A mixture of novice riders and ponies can be dangerous if there are too many pupils in the class
·         Is there someone in charge who is able to answer all your queries and who will take the time to show you around the yard?
·         Are there enough staff to take care of everyone, especially in beginners’ lessons?
·         Does it look as though keen teenagers are being given free livery so they can help out with lessons or are there adequate numbers of adults around?



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Barleyfields Equestrian Centre
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