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LEARNING TO RIDE AT INGESTRE STABLES

WHEN We offer lessons every day except Monday which is the horses' rest day.
WHO We welcome everyone, of any age although our insurance policy prevents us from taking children under 4 years of age.
WHERE All lessons for beginners are taken in an enclosed arena. All beginner lessons are given on quiet well mannered school horses and ponies. Ingestre stables is renowned for training riding school horses and ponies, and are often asked to supply horses and ponies to other riding schools, both in the UK and overseas.
HOW TO GET STARTED CHILDREN For children under the age of 8 who have never been on a pony before, we recommend a few half hour private or shared private lessons - these take place on a "one to one" basis, starting on the lead rein, and teach children how to sit, hold the reins and ensurethey are quite happy with the movement of the horse. For the very small children (under 6) we offer "Walkabout" lessons which are 25 minutes lead rein sessions around the local area to give youngsters a feel for riding. Twice a week we hold special lead rein group lessons for older children. These are 1 hr lessons, conducted by a qualified instructor, the aim of these lessons is to teach children how to safely steer, walk, trot and stop so that they can then move up to a non lead rein group.To keep down costs we ask that a friend or parent helps with the lesson by leading the pony. (Don't worry we teach you how to do this!) - These lessons take place on Saturdays at 10.30am and Sundays at 9.30am. For Children aged from 4 - 6 we offer a few free places each week supported by the Ingestre Foundation.
HOW TO GET STARTED ADULTS We prefer adults to start off on private or shared private lessons in order to ensure that we can pay attention to detail in the beginning, and not allow bad habits to develop. Once the basic skills are established, we offer group lessons throughout the week. We feel that it is safer if riders have basic control and are confident to trot before they join a group lesson. We also run monthly New Rider Courses that offer 4 X 1 hour sessions at discount prices. Click here for details
CLOTHING REQUIRED
HAT Should be of the latest standard.(Currently BS EN 1384 or PAS 015)- Should be in good condition.- In most cases can be provided by the centre, however riders taking up riding on a regular basis are advised to buy their own. Hats must be worn.
GLOVES Should be well fitting and comfortable, and MUST be worn.
BOOTS Should be well fitting and in good repair.- Strong shoes will do, but trainers or wellingtons with a thick tread which may wedge in the stirrup are unsafe.
JODPHURS Or breeches make riding more comfortable but can easily be replaced with trousers so long as they are not too loose or restrictive in any way. -Necessary in cold weather. Riding is usually warm work!What ever is on the upper body should not be loose and flapping, and should not be restrictive.

YOUR RIDING COACH

The person teaching you to ride is a crucial part of your progress, and therefore it is vitally important that you and your Coach maintain a good working relationship. Always be prepared to discuss your objectives, your aims and your ambitions with your instructor. It is vital that you trust your coach, and that the two of you can communicate. Always be prepared to discuss problems that may arise. If you feel that you may benefit from some time with an alternative Coach, never be afraid to say so. All of our professional Coaches are prepared to discuss and help with this situation.

HORSE SPEAK

HORSE An equine over 14.2 hands high.
PONY An equine 14.2 hands high or less. Hand - 4 inches or 10 centimetres.(Horses & ponies are measured at the base of the neck.)
BRIDLE Worn by the horse on his head when ridden.
BIT Part of the bridle in the horses mouth.
SADDLE What the rider sits on, on the horses back
GIRTH Holds the saddle on.
STIRRUPS Where riders put their feet.
LEATHERS Hold the stirrups on the saddle.
BOOTS Protection often worn on the horses legs
TACK The general name for all of the above.