The Canter with Confidence course is specially designed for riders already competent at walk and trot but lack the confidence to progress.
Whether you have lost confidence through a fall or accident, have not yet learnt to canter, or have not ridden for many years, we aim to give you the motivation you need to advance on this course.
This course includes re-establishing the basics in walk and trot, learning to canter with confidence, stable management and horse care, road safety and hacking, and tack and equipment.
The expectation of progress is based on 7 days for relatively fit and healthy individuals. Our aim is for the rider to be confident in canter in a variety of situations by the end of the course. The speed of your progress will entirely depend on previous experience. There is a substantial difference between being capable but having previously lost confidence in canter and being confident but never having cantered before. It is, therefore, almost impossible to judge a rider’s progress expectation prior to the first lesson on the course.
Progress is specific to each individual, and confidence is as, if not more, important than capability. Although we have had many individuals who have achieved all of the above, that does not mean that you have to. We are always ready to alter the course programme to suit the rider to ensure that you achieve as much as your body will allow.
You will need to be proficient in walk and trot without assistance for this course.
The minimum age requirement is 17 years, there is no maximum age limit.
The weight limit is 16 stone.
We do consider exceptions to the above requirements. Please contact us to discuss the options.
Boots with a small, flat heel.
Comfortable "old" clothing.
Weather relative clothing.
High Visibility Jacket / Tabbard
Canter with Confidence courses run in half day sessions, please choose either morning or afternoon for your course.
This programme is subject to variations and purely to give you an idea of what to expect. We may make changes depending on weather conditions, rider progress, the length of your course, and/or unexpected circumstances.
There is a break during the day which is not stated in the programme as the times of these will vary and depend entirely on the riders on the course.
We are located 4.5 miles from Ross on Wye, and 5.5 miles from Newhunt Horses tack shop. If you are unable to acquire any of the following equipment, it will certainly be possible to do so while you are here. If you are not bringing your own transport, there is a reliable bus service to Ross on Wye from the bus stop opposite the yard, and we would be more than happy to take you to Newhunt Horses.