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With a wide range of horses of different ages, shapes and sizes we cater for riders of all abilities; from those who have never ridden before to weathered riders. Lessons are organised by level of rider experience to ensure riders have the best opportunity to progress and develop their riding skills.
Taught by a BHS qualified riding instructor our lessons are fun and varied as well as being designed to stretch and challenge. Pole work, jumping and lateral school movements are all examples of the varied content included in lessons.
Group and private lessons are available at every Saturday between 8.30am and 5.00pm; additional private lessons are available on Tuesday mornings between 8.30am and 12pm. To ride at Oaklands riders need to be at least one metre high and 6 years of age.
Whilst riders can borrow riding hats from the riding school, we strongly advise all our customers purchase their own riding hat. Hats should be bought and fitted by a reputable and knowledgeable supplier and should meet with current British safety standards (http://www.bhs.org.uk/safety-and-accidents/common-incidents/what-to-wear/headwear).
Lead rein lessons are for total beginners, each rider will be allocated a horse with a leader. The lessons will include how to mount and dismount the horse correctly and cover the the basics of riding. Riders will learn how to apply aids for halt, walk, trot and develop the correct riding position. Riders will progress to learn how to perform rising trot and gain confidence in controlling the horse off the lead rein.
In beginner lessons riders work on maintaining a balanced and correct position in walk and trot off the lead rein. Riders will develop the ability to steer and control the horse while maintaining the correct position and progress on to riding different school figures in walk and trot.
Once balanced and confident with steering in walk and trot riders will be taught and put into place the aids for canter and develop their confidence within this pace on various horses.
Now walk, trot and canter is established, this group will stretch riders to be able to work through all three transitions in the correct riding position. Various school movements will be able to be performed in walk, trot and canter confidently (circle, serpentines). Riders will start to develop the correct position and confidence over poles with the aim to progress onto working over small fences.
Split into adult and children classes the intermediate lessons will enable riders to learn how to use their secure position and lateral work (leg yield, shoulder in) to get the best way of going out of the horse. Grid work will be introduced to develop confidence in jumping before progressing on to linking jumps together in a course.
Riders will develop a ‘feel’ for the horse and learn how to work various horses in a correct outline as well as further develop their position for flatwork and over jumps.
Riders can start to work towards the BHS Progressive Riding Tests within lessons.