Horse Riding School

How to Choose a Horse Riding School

Perhaps you’ve thought about learning to ride since you were a child, or maybe you’re looking for a horse riding school for your child—we’re here to help!

Horse riding is a fun and amazing sport, but it’s also a highly technical one, filled with some inherent risks and challenges. For this reason, it’s always best to go to horse riding school to learn proper techniques, skills, and safety.

But how do you choose a horse riding school? There are many to choose from, and they differ in many ways. The British Horse Society has compiled a list of riding centres and livery yards around the country so you can start looking for one that fits your needs.

When considering your options, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here’s what you need to know and consider when choosing a riding school.

1. Horse riding facilities and offerings

The first and most important thing to consider when choosing a horse riding school is to know what you need and find somewhere that provides it. Some riding centres are focused solely on providing lessons for, say, children, while others have events, clubs, competitions, and more.

Here are a few options provided by different riding schools:

  • Indoor and outdoor areas for lessons.
  • Clubhouses and event space.
  • Competitions and competitive training.

The differences primarily come down to whether you want to have casual and recreational riding lessons or are interested in becoming a competitive rider. Think about what you’re looking for and then communicate with the specific riding centre to make sure they’ll meet your needs.

2. Horse riding equipment and gear

Depending on the location and what you’re horse riding centre offers will determine what kind of horse riding gear you need. Consider these top 10 equestrian clothing and accessories that are common for all riders. Your riding centre may already provide some, or you may need to invest in it yourself.

Also consider the location, weather, and where you’ll be training. If you are somewhere that it rains frequently and are taking lessons in all weather conditions, make sure to invest in high-quality horse riding clothes. The Equicoat is designed to keep you warm and dry while riding in any outdoor condition.

3. Cost

Learning to ride is an investment of both time and money. It’s important to consider your budget and what riding school matches your needs. Prices for classes will vary based on a few factors:

  • Duration and frequency—how much time are you spending in class?
  • Private vs. group lessons.
  • Specific skills vs. general knowledge.
  • Specific schools and centres.

4. License and Accreditation

Because there is inherent risk to horse riding, it’s important to learn from qualified professionals. Check with your local council’s public register to ensure the riding school you’re looking for is licensed.

It may also be worth looking for the accreditation of the school. Two accreditation options include the British Horse Society (BHS) or the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS). A full list of ABRS-accredited establishments is located here.

An accredited school will guarantee that:

  • Instructors are skilled and qualified.
  • The school is following safety and health guidelines.
  • Horses are cared for at a high standard.

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5. Location

The last thing to consider when choosing a horse riding school is the location. How far are you willing to drive to get to class? Some people love to make a full day of it and don’t mind driving, while others would prefer something close by.

Parents enrolling their children in classes may also want to consider if there are nearby shops or cafes to spend some time while waiting for the course.

These five factors will help you narrow down your choices and help you choose a horse riding school that best fits your needs. We have two other tips for picking the right riding school, too:

  1. Talk to people in your network. Recommendations and word-of-mouth are great ways to find a riding school that’s right for you. Ask around and see where other people go, what they love about their horse riding school, and things you should look out for.
  2. Visit the riding school in person. Most places will be happy to take you around for a tour, show you what they offer, and ask any questions you might have. Going to riding schools in person will give you a full understanding of what they offer and will help you make the right decision.

We’re thrilled that you want to take horse riding lessons! Horses are our life and our passion, and we love it when other people get excited about the sport.

After you’ve chosen a horse riding school, you’re probably going to need to invest in some gear. The Equicoat is designed to be an all-purpose coat to keep you warm and dry for outdoor riding. If you have any questions about it or whether it’s the right fit for you, contact us today!

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