Home > Ciao Café > Sport > Horseriding > horse riding > Reviews

dosolivos 5

dosolivos

Add to my Circle of Trust

Subscribe to reviews

About me:

Member since:28.03.2009

Reviews:100

Quote-start

Advice for Horse Riders (especially parents!)

Quote-end
14.07.2009

Advantages:
Healthy, rewarding sport with many possibilities

Disadvantages:
Possible cost

1 Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful See ratings
helpful by (100%):
  1. TheHairyGodmother

View all ratings

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Share this review on Google+

Horse riding is a sport which, when you mention it to people, they either "did it once and would never do it again" or ¨love it¨. Having been riding now for over 30 years and teaching for over 20, I feel that it is very important that people are aware of the importance of starting out correctly, not only for their enjoyments sake, but also for their safety.

The ´"did it once" people have probably not be supplied with enough good advice for them to discover that horse riding is a fantastic sport. You never stop learning, every horse is different and you can learn for the simple pleasure of enjoying the countryside or get more experienced in a variety of equine disciplines.

However, there are some GOLDEN rules to remember when setting out to start horse riding, especially for your children. In the end your child´s life is in the hands (and hooves) of the insructor/school you choose..

You can whittle down the number of schools to visit through a phone call, any respectable school will enquire about the rider´s ability, age, height and weight. You must never book a lesson without being assured you are going to be ´matched´with the correct horse, in the correct lesson.

First, pay an unnanounced visit - does the place look clean (stick your nose over a stable door - if it is filthy - leave. Second, do the horses look happy, healthy (definately not skinny with their ears back and seem to hate people). Do they look as if a brush has been near them that day ? have they got access to clean, fresh water ? - all these things constitute a happy horse, a happy horse is much more likely to want to please you, and it means the owner knows how to care for the animals. It also means the owner is dedicated - keeping horses happy and healthy is a very expensive business, be prepared to pay more for quality - it could literally be a life saver.

Check to see if there are signs of Health and Safety, i.e. is the yard tidy or are there wheelbarrows, pitchforks etc., laying around the place. Do they insist that all riders where safety hats and suitable footwear - ARE THEY INSURED ?

Try and watch a lesson, is the instructor qualified, professional and attentive to the rider/s or are there 20 ponies following nose to tail around a small arena where nobody will get much attention in a lesson ? - cost effective it may not be, but if they insist beginners have private lunge lessons - great sign of a good school. Is the instructor explaining clearly what each rider should do and offering helpful comments to assist with any problems ? Does the instructor ask the class if they have any questions and ably respond to them with knowledge and confidence ?


There are many riding instructors who teach in many different ways, but all should be sympathetic to any problems a rider may have, have full control of both the riders and the horses for safety´s sake and, most imporantly, leave the rider wanting to come back for more !

Riding is one of the best sports around and great for kids who not only learn to ride, but are out in the fresh air, learning a healthy sport and learning how to care for animals. Also, in this day and age, they are learning to interact and socialise with other children and adults - without the use of a computer !

  Write your own review

Share this review on Google+

« Previous review   Next review »

Rate this review »

How helpful would this review be to a person making a buying decision? Rating guidelines

Rate as exceptional

Rate as somewhat helpful

Rate as very helpful

Rate as not helpful

Rate as helpful

Rate as off topic

Write your own review Report a problem with this review’s content

Comments about this review »

TheHairyGodmother 18.09.2009 19:36

nice review :)

Add your comment

max. 2000 characters

  Post comment

Similar offers for horse riding »

1 to 3 out of 2716 similar offers for horse riding Show all similar offers
Murray Ward Horse / Riding Boot Cufflinks - Silver

Murray Ward Horse / Riding Boot Cufflinks - Silver

The Murray Ward Horse / Riding Boot Cufflinks - Silver is a very popular item which is ... more

sure meet your shopping requirements. Highly
recommended, Murray Ward products make great
gifts. Cufflinks likewise, are particularly great
as presents! Buy the Mu

 Visit Shop  >
kjbeckett.com
Postage & Packaging:  £0.00
Availability:  5 Days

Mango Horse-riding leggings, Black

Mango Horse-riding leggings, Black

Horse-riding style leggings crafted in an elastic fabric with panels on the knees and ... more

decorative seams. Side zip fastening and slits on
the hems. , 65% VISCOSE, 28% POLYAMIDE, 7%
ELASTANE. PIPING: 100% VISCOSE. , Machine Wash
30°C.

 Visit Shop  >
houseoffraser.co.uk
Postage & Packaging:  £3.00
Availability:  refer to website

Rate it now
Riders Trend  Dressage  Horse Riding  Gloves - Black, Small

Riders Trend Dressage Horse Riding Gloves - Black, Small

Non-Slip Synthetic PU for Grip Reinforcement for Single & Double Rein Usage Adjustable ... more

Wrist Strap

 Visit Shop  >
amazon sports
Postage & Packaging:  Free!
Availability:  Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your credit card will not be charged until we ship the item....

More reviews »

Review Ratings »

This review of horse riding has been rated:

"helpful" by (100%):

  1. TheHairyGodmother

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.