Please note. We currently have no spaces for beginner or intermediate riders for the foreseeable future. However, if you are an advanced rider* then get in touch, we have ad hoc clinics and some spaces on regular lessons.
*confident at walk, trot, canter and steer.
- How long do I have to wait for riding?
We have a long waiting list at the moment, and it is impossible to say how long the wait would be. We are working very hard to reduce the list, but our riders sign up for regular lessons and ride every week, so new riding sessions are dependant on when a space becomes available. If you would like to be added to our waiting list for riding then please complete and return a Rider Registration Form Updated Tcs November 2018.
- Can I come for a one off ride?
No. Because of the structure of our lessons and the length of our waiting list we do not offer one off or adhoc riding. All of our riders ride weekly and pay to hold their space on the lesson. Your first lesson is always an assessment lesson, however, and there is no obligation to continue after this if you decide you do not wish to.
- But I can already ride, can I just come for a hack?
Hacks are only available for our regular riders who have been assessed for hacking. We are not a trekking centre, and it is important that all riders are assessed as competent to hack.
- What age can I start riding?
We like to provide value for money on our riding lessons, and experience has shown us that 8 is a great age to learn to ride as children are strong enough to control the horse whilst listening to instructions.
- How much are lessons?
Your first lesson is always an assessment lesson and costs £35. This consists of meeting the instructor, who will take your height and weight, introduce you to your horse, assess your riding ability and discuss with you how you would like to proceed. After this you would be offered a group lesson, where you would come once a week at a cost of £130 per month. We do not offer ad hoc riding.
- Why do I need to be weighed?
The welfare of our horses and ponies is paramount to us here at Bristol Horse Riding. We weigh all of our riders regularly to ensure they are matched with the most suitable horse or pony. If you are over of maximum weight limit, or we do not have a horse available which can carry your weight, you may be asked to take a break from riding.
- Do you do hacking?
Yes, we offer hacking around our land, or over at Blaise Castle to our regular riders only. Riders need to have been assessed with us and signed off that they can competently ride at walk, trot and canter before they can go on a hack.
- Do you do trekking?
No, we are not a trekking centre. We offer lessons and hacking to registered riders. If you have not ridden with us for three months or more you will need to book another assessment lesson before riding with us again.
- Can I hire a horse and take it out for a ride?
No. All of our activities are accompanied by a BHS qualified instructor. This is to ensure your safety and the welfare of our horses.
- Do you offer private lessons?
We will offer private lessons outside of term time to regular riders at a cost of £45. Due to the nature of our organisation it is not possible to offer private lessons during school terms.
- Why is there a waiting list?
There is a waiting list because our riders really enjoy riding with us! They come every week and pay to keep their place. We are constantly working to recruit and train more horses, and as our herd expands we will be able to start assessing new riders. If you are interested in riding with us get your name on the list as soon as possible.
- How long is the wait?
It is impossible to say how long the wait will be, as it is dependent on suitable spaces and suitable horses being available. Please be patient, we will assess you as soon as a suitable space is free.
- Do I have to wait for hacking?
Yes, there is a wait for everything. Once you have been assessed you will be able to book onto hacks.
- Do you do birthday parties?
Whether we can do birthday parties is dependant on the time of year and staff availability. If you would like to book a birthday party, please get in touch with some preferred dates, the number of children you would like to bring, and their ages, and we will get back to you with a quote. We are unable to accept children under the age of 8 years.