Starter Lessons

30 minute Starter Lessons £25

We recommend those with no previous riding experience begin with 4 – 6 starter lessons, before progressing to 45 minute private lessons.

Ali gets to grip with her balance on Bran, practicing the light seat

Ali gets to grip with her balance on Bran, practicing the light seat

We welcome all new riders, regardless of your age or aspirations, and treat everyone to the same quality tuition to ensure you feel safe and informed.
Like most sports, riding well requires developing technical skills,  but unlike many activities, it is possible to progress quite a long way without good foundations, because horses continually put up with our mistakes, and help us out.  If you’re unbalanced on a set of skates, you’ll fall over.  You also can’t blame your skates. With riding, it’s easy to say that the fault lies with the horse.  He won’t go, he stop, he wont turn.  In truth, the horse normally does exactly what we’re telling him – even if we think we’re saying something else……………
At Nine Acres, we teach to a high standard from your very first lesson.  Initially, you will learn the safety checks required before getting on board, and then be taught how to mount correctly, helping to prevent damage or discomfort to your horse.
Once on board, you will learn to safely alter your stirrups and tighten your girth.
Your first lesson will consist of learning to sit correctly, enabling you to keep your balance from halt to walk and through simple turns.  Rider stability is essential for the horse to remain in balance – whilst we can get away with an unequal weight distribution in walk, once we start to trot or canter, the cracks will begin to show. We have an outstanding safety record, which we believe is down to attention to detail.

Over your next few lessons, you will learn:
How to apply a correct leg aid (Asking the horse to move on).  A light leg aid is essential, as excess pressure has a contradictory effect on the horse’s ability to move forward.
How to halt (stop) without using the reins.  (Use of the reins creates pressure on the horse’s tongue and bars (gums) via the bit.  In our opinion, it is therefore not an appropriate nor necessary technique to employ when educating a rider.)
How to steer. Maintaining the correct balance and control of the body (as discussed above) and appropriate use of the leg to indicate a new direction to the horse is essential for movements to become fluent and easy.
Introduction to school shapes. Whilst incorporating all of the above – Simples…;-)

If you would like to learn to ride in a centre where horse welfare and client safety and progression is the priority, please click here for booking details.  Please note if you view horses as a machine, we are not the centre for you 🙂