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Lessons


Riding and Driving Lessons

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Lessons


Riding and Driving Lessons

We have been working with horses at Strathorn since 1939 and passing on our knowledge of riding, driving, horse care and stable management for over 25 years. 

Our depth of experience is our strength.  Our teaching technique has been developed and refined over generations. Combining traditional knowledge with modern teaching has helped us improve the skills of thousands of people.

It has been a learning experience for us too, and having taught so many people over such a long time has shown us what works and what doesn’t.  Our methods are not static, we know that some people learn in different ways and we adapt our lessons accordingly. Our instructors are skilled at recognising your strengths and your weaknesses. We know that everyone learns in different ways and we have developed hundreds of different techniques to teach you the fundamental skills you need to get the most out of your riding and driving.  

There is not much we haven’t seen and nothing we can’t help you with – we always have a different way of explaining something ready to get you to the next level!

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Group Lessons for Children


Coaching from hightly qualified instructors

Ex-competition, Eventing, Dressage

& Showjumping horses

Small class sizes

Group Lessons for Children


Coaching from hightly qualified instructors

Ex-competition, Eventing, Dressage

& Showjumping horses

Small class sizes

 

   Group lessons for Children

 
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TIME AND PRICE

Beginners 30 min - £13.50

Intermediate 45 min - £19.50

Advanced 60 min - £24

After an introductory lesson we will match you with a group of your ability.  

For children’s lessons, we match them to an instructor they are comfortable with and we learn each child's individual needs - we then ensure they are in a lesson where they feel confident and which will bring out the best of their abilities.

Mastering fundamental skills is the key to progression, and having clear targets and defined levels is the best way to improve.

Our structured training program has well defined goals, with the skills you need to progress clearly identified. The skills are the building blocks you need to perform at the next level – once you master one set you will quickly see how they can be combined and transferred to more complex riding techniques.   This keeps you progressing at a pace you are comfortable with and helps you get the most enjoyment out of your riding.  

Class sizes are small – it not a “Bums on Saddles” ethos at Strathorn. For beginners, it’s a maximum of 4 so we can give you the attention you need until you have mastered the basics.  Once you can control the horse, you can move up to our groups of 6 – we can also run groups of 8 (for our experienced riders only) which offer a great opportunity to learn from each other.

This allows you enough space to learn for yourself and from each other.  We encourage you to discuss your progress with your group members before and after lessons – it’s a great way to get the most out of it, and also to get to know your fellow riders.

Our instructors get to know you personally and constantly monitor your progress. Our lessons are structured but with flexibility to work on specific skills when necessary. Our instructors also discuss each rider with each other to ensure they are in a lesson at the right level. 

Our client lessons also hack regularly throughout the summer months – a reminder that riding out is also a way to get to know your horse and enjoy the beautiful countryside. 

Please note that for insurance reasons, we can only work with children over 5 years old. 


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Group Lessons for Adults


Group Lessons for Adults


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Group lessons for Adults

We offer group lessons for adults - beginners, intermediate and advanced.

Start with an introductory lesson to find you level, then we will match you with a group of your ability.

1 hour £26

 

Mastering fundamental skills is the key to progression, and having clear targets and defined levels is the best way to improve.

Our structured training program has well defined goals, with the skills you need to progress clearly identified. The skills are the building blocks you need to perform at the next level – once you master one set you will quickly see how they can be combined and transferred to more complex riding techniques.   This keeps you progressing at a pace you are comfortable with and helps you get the most enjoyment out of your riding.  

Class sizes are matched to your ability to give you the amount of attention and space you need. They are normally for 4-6 people but we can run groups of 8 for our experienced riders. We encourage you to discuss your progress with your group members before and after lessons – it’s a great way to get the most out of it, and also to get to know your fellow riders.

Our instructors get to know you personally and constantly monitor your progress. Our lessons are structured but with flexibility to work on specific skills when necessary. Our instructors also discuss each rider with each other to ensure they are in a lesson at the right level. 

Our client lessons also hack regularly throughout the summer months – a reminder that riding out is also a way to get to know your horse and enjoy the beautiful countryside. 

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Private Lessons Riding


Private Lessons Riding


Private Lessons

Private lessons are available when you need to work on a specific skill, your instructor can always schedule something and tailor a personalised programme, setting targets and showing you the techniques you need to work on to progress towards your goal. 

Our client lessons also hack regularly throughout the summer months – a reminder that riding out is also a way to get to know your horse and enjoy the beautiful countryside. 

£36 for 40 mins

Please contact Ruth Skinner or consult your instructor to book a private lesson. 

Book here

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Hacking


Hacking


Price for Hacking

 1 hour - £32

 2 hours - £60

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Private Lessons Driving


Private Lessons Driving


Carriage Driving Lessons

Available on request. We have a variety of two wheeled and four wheeled carts to choose from and offer a 90-minute introductory lesson for £45. Subsequent lessons are £40 for 60 minutes. 

Book here

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Rider Safety Training


Rider Safety Training


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RIDING and ROAD SAFETY

Here at Strathorn we take riding safely on the roads very seriously and we pride ourselves on training our clients and local riders to do the same.

In the future we hope to offer the new British Horse Society 'Ride Safe Award' Please click on the link for details. Amy Wolfe, one of our coaches at Strathorn is a qualified trainer and assessor for this new award and we hope to offer training and opportunity to sit the assessments at Strathorn in the future.

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Our Horses


Our Horses

Our Horses


Our Horses

We have hand-picked all our horses and ponies – from first ridden to ex-competition, Eventing, Dressage & Showjumping horses. They are all regularly schooled & hacked by staff and students. 

Our horses get individual care and attention – they receive the best of everything and their routine is suited to their needs. They all have daily/overnight turnout and 5 weeks holiday a year! Our horses are all individuals with their own characters and minds of their own. They aren’t trekking ponies and are trained to listen to their riders so you have-to learn to control them.

Their workload is closely monitored so our horses are not overworked. They have a day off every week and we give them a variety of schooling, hacking & jumping. 

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Breaking and Schooling Your Horse


Breaking and Schooling Your Horse


Breaking and Schooling Your Horse

Do you have a horse which need broken in or schooled?  Why not send them to us?

We have generations of experience on hand to make your horse perfect for riding or driving. 

Please contact us for rates.