While learning how to ride is an enjoyable and fun experience, it has the potential to be very dangerous. For this reason, it’s important that you find the best riding school you can. Choosing the right riding school can make a huge difference in your riding education; choosing the wrong riding school could negatively impact your riding and experience with horses.
What To Look For in a Riding School:
Experienced horse people know exactly what to look for when trying to find a good riding school, but if you’re new to the horse world, distinguishing between a good and bad riding school can seem like a challenge. Fortunately, there are certain factors that can help anyone, experienced or inexperienced, know whether a riding school is the one for them.
- Look around the facility:When it comes to horses, functional and safe facilities are a must have. When visiting a riding school, be sure to take a good look around the facility. It’s not that you’re looking for fancy, but safe and well kept are imperatives when it comes to riding schools.For example, is the barn aisle tidy? Does the fencing look like it’s in good condition? Are the arenas or paddocks well maintained? Riding schools are businesses and should thrive to maintain a professional and safe environment. If the answer to any of the above questions was “No,” then the facility may not be the right riding school.
- Visit the horses: Another easy way to evaluate a riding school is to look at their horses. When you visit a riding school, you should see horses that look happy and healthy. If you see that the majority of the horses look listless and dull, you may want to re-consider your decision. A riding school that doesn’t take good care of their horses is neither safe nor a good facility to learn at.
- Watch lessons: A fantastic way to get a feel for a riding school is watching others get lessons. When watching a lesson, you should pay close attention to the instructor’s teaching style as well as the demeanor of both horse and rider. While everyone can have bad days, the horse and rider should look well matched. If you watch a lesson where the horse is out of control, it may imply that the riding school doesn’t do a good job of matching horses and riders.
- Meet the instructor: When choosing a riding school, the instructor (s) need to be a big part of your decision. Just like with any other type of lesson, you’ll need to have a teacher that you can get along well with. When you’re talking to the riding school’s instructor, don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have; a professional riding instructor should be able to ease any doubts you may have about riding.
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When it comes down to it, choosing the right riding school is no different from choosing a school. You need to feel comfortable with the facility, the instructors, and with what the school teaches. If you still don’t feel confident with your judgment, it may be best to contact a horse professional that can assist you in your search.
Watch this video for a look at a horse riding lesson: