Horse Riding

Dates & Fees 2017
Duration Available each week, 1-6 weeks
Fees £180 per week
Your child can do a horse riding course with BHS/ABRS (British Horse Society/Association British Riding Schools) qualified instructors at Contessa Riding & Training Centre. The course includes four ridden sessions and four practical horse management lectures per week over 6 weeks. The ridden sessions will include:
  • How to mount & dismount as well as basic controls of the horse
  • The correct riding position in walk, trot and canter
  • Introduction into Dressage and hacking around Contessa’s woodlands
  • ‘Have a go’ session in Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) basics on the static barrels followed by work on the horses
  • Introduction to jumping and course work for more experienced riders
  • Having fun and direct contact around the animals and in nature!

The horse care and stable management lectures include:

  • Health & safety guidelines and skills around horses
  • Horse communication and behaviour
  • How to approach, lead and groom a horse as well as knowing how to handle them
  • Horse riding equipment and how to use it (Saddlery)

The sessions are open to all, and cater to all ages and levels of expertise - from beginners to seasoned riders. Each session is divided into one hour's riding and a second hour on horse care and stable management. On the final day the students can try 'vaulting' - which is a kind of gymnastics on horseback! Students will receive a certification of their achievements for the week. We arrange transport to and from the centre, and provide all necessary equipment. Please check Contessa’s website for pictures and more information.