Never Ridden – A person who has never ridden a horse/pony.
Beginner Rider – A person who can mount a horse, dismount a horse and stop a horse from walk. Confident at riding the horse/pony at a walk may have tried trot.
Novice Rider – A person who is competent at riding the horse/pony at a walk and a rising (posting) trot, may have tried canter. A rider who has cantered but is nervous or hasn’t done so in a while. A rider who has only ridden Western style.
Intermediate Rider – A person who is confident and competent at riding a horse/pony at walk, trot and canter in an arena. Has some experience of riding out. A rider who may have ridden to advanced standard in the past but is not currently a regular rider. May have tried small jumps up to 2ft.
Advanced Rider – A person who is confident and competent at all paces and is currently riding regularly. Can control a horse/pony cantering/galloping in company in an open space (e.g. the beach). Jumps over 2ft.
Horses/ponies are not led on ride outs (unless by special arrangement) you must be able and confident to ride a quiet horse at walk to ride out.
Your safety is important to us please do not over-estimate your ability.
All our horses are ridden English style with English saddles/bridles. If you only have Western-type saddle experience, you will be considered to be a Beginner/Novice rider unless you have taken English riding lessons. For any advanced beach rides, riders need to be familiar with English saddles, and have experience of rising trot and canter.