Rider Ability Levels
A rider with little or no experience.
A rider who is comfortable and in control at the walk and/or trot but has limited experience trotting and/or cantering.
A rider who is confident and in control in all paces including rising trot and cantering, but with limited experience galloping, does not ride regularly or is not currently riding fit.
An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable and confident to walk, trot, canter and gallop across easy terrain. Comfortable jumping small obstacles. An intermediate rider would be reasonably fit and able to enjoy a couple of hours in the saddle.
A rider who is comfortable and confident to walk, trot, canter and gallop across all terrain. Comfortable jumping any obstacles, riding fit and happy to spend a couple of hours in the saddle or undertake more intensive cross country riding and also has the ability to handle a spirited horse.
Moray is famous for changing weather conditions and very occasionally we have all four seasons in one day! Lessons, forest rides and beach hacks are very rarely cancelled due to the weather, with the exception of very high winds.
It is advisable that you wear suitable clothing for the weather on the day and also cater for changing conditions.
What to Wear
We advise you to wear jodhpurs, chaps and boots or full length horse riding boots, but we understand not everyone has them. If you don’t have jodhpurs, we suggest some comfortable trousers or a pair of comfy leggings and stout shoes with a small heel (i.e. walking shoes or Chelsea style boots).
Please avoid shoes with buckles, platform shoes, high heels, denim jeans, plus shorts, 3/4 length trousers, or skirts/dresses as saddles can rub against your inner leg.
Equus can provide a limited amount of helmets and boots.
What to Expect
When you arrive you will be asked to fill out a Rider Registration Form. This is industry best practice and an Equus insurance requirement. You will then be provided with safety equipment (helmet & high visibility bib) if required; introduced to your horse and briefed on what to expect as you get mounted. If going on a hack, this will be followed by a brief riding assessment within the school before setting off.
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“We loved it… what a great day!”
I come every Saturday to ride VP – its BRILLIANT!Sarah
A magical experience for the whole family and a personal dream come true.Visiting Family
I have progressed from a nervous beginner to somebody who can pop a small jump with confidence.Rebecca