If you love horses and are looking for a pastime that will keep you fit in the great outdoors, horse riding is for you.
It’s a rewarding and exciting sport that can be enjoyed by all ages.
However, finding somewhere to ride, especially for the first time, can be a bit daunting.
But don’t worry – The British Horse Society can help you find somewhere to learn safely and effectively where you can be sure that all necessary standards have been met.
Choosing a British Horse Society Approved Riding School means that you can be assured that it is safe and well run, so you can just relax and enjoy the ride.
What to look for in a riding school
The right type of horse or pony – the school needs to have a variety of horses to cater for the type of rider they specialise in teaching. For a beginner, the horses and ponies need to be steady and experienced
The right equipment – tack should be in good condition and clean
Safe riding areas for lessons – properly enclosed with a safe surface and well maintained
Friendly atmosphere, patient and knowledgeable instructors offering a good standard of instruction – Ask about the qualifications of the instructors and which instructors teach beginner riders.
Even if you do not know much about horses, you will be able to judge if they are nervous and highly strung, or quiet and relaxed. Watching a lesson is another excellent guide to the standard of school
Discover more about what to expect at a British Horse Society Approved Riding School at www.bhs.org.uk