Ready to Ride

How many times do you hear the comment that the horse 'wasn't ready to ride'? it may relate to an older horse that has been ridden for many years or to a youngster.

In this short course we examine:

  • How the horse communicates his unwillingness to be ridden
  • How to help the horse feel better about carrying a rider
  • Basic saddlefitting do’s and don’ts
  • The fitness of the rider, posture, stiffness etc
  • Identifying ‘blocks and braces’ in horse and rider
  • Starting youngsters – when possible we will have an unbacked youngster to start as a demonstration

These courses are run in thirty acres of fabulous Devon countryside in a converted barn overlooking beautiful farmlandThe horse paddocks adjoin thousands of acres of forestry and from them you can see both Exmoor and Dartmoor

Each day starts at 9.00am in the 'classroom' moving out to study the herds of horses, as we need to, breaking for lunch at around 1.00pm which is provided in the course fee (lots of good food to make a salad or sandwiches so all dietary needs can be catered for, do let us know in advance if you need anything special)

We resume at about 2.00pm to finish at 5.00pm. As the courses are run over a weekend we will send you a list of accommodation ranging from campsites to luxury hotels - you take your pick! The work with the horses takes place outside so suitable clothing for the weather and safety is required including a B.Sstandard hard hat and safety boots, gloves are useful too

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