FROM SCRATCH

The From Scratch course is ideal for absolute beginners who would like an initial “leg-up” into the world of horse riding. This course includes learning the basics in walk, trot and canter, stable management and horse care, road safety and hacking, and tack and equipment.

This course is the first step towards having your own horse. While we would never recommend buying a horse after just one course, we will set you up with enough basic knowledge of riding and horse care to turn your dream into a possibility.

Progress Expectation

The expectation of progress is based on 7 days for relatively fit and healthy individuals. Our aim is for you to be capable and confident in walk, trot and canter without assistance, to be able to safely groom, feed and generally care for a horse, identify basic types of tack, tack up and untack a horse, identify basic illness and lameness, have an understanding of basic anatomy and gather enough knowledge to stay safe on roads and in open spaces.

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.

Price

Half Day

£105

3 Days

£399

7 Days

£868

Full Day

£137

5 Days

£618

12 Days

£1,486

Please refer to our full price list for further options and discounts.​

Entry Requirements

  • There are no experience requirements for this course as it is specifically designed for those with zero to little prior experience.

  • 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.

Equipment Checklist

  • Boots with a small, flat heel.

  • Comfortable "old" clothing.

  • Weather relative clothing.

  • Helmet

  • High Visibility Jacket / Tabbard

Half Day Programme

Morning

Afternoon

08:30

Arrival and Induction

09:00

Stable Management

10:00

Horse Riding Lesson

10:30

Stable Management

11:00

Horse Riding Lesson

11:30

Hack

12:30

Finish

13:30

Arrival and Induction

14:00

Stable Management

15:00

Horse Riding Lesson

15:30

Hack

16:30

Horse Riding Lesson

17:00

Stable Management

17:30

Finish

Half Day courses are available from April to October.

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.

Full Day Programme

Day I

Day II

09:30

Arrival and Induction

10:00

Stable Management

11:00

Horse Riding Lesson

12:00

Stable Management

13:00

Lunch

14:00

Horse Riding Lesson

15:00

Hack

16:00

Finish

09:30

Arrival and Tacking Up

10:00

Horse Riding Lesson

11:00

Horse Riding Lesson

12:00

Stable Management

13:00

Lunch

14:00

Horse Riding Lesson

15:00

Hack

16:00

Finish

Full Day courses are available from November to March

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 are several breaks during the day which are not stated in the programme as the times of these will vary and depend entirely on the riders on the course.

Day III, IV, V

09:00

Arrival and Yard Duties

10:00

Horse Riding Lesson

11:00

Horse Riding Lesson

12:00

Stable Management

13:00

Lunch

14:00

Hack

15:00

-

16:00

Yard Duties

17:00

Finish

Day VI

Day VI

09:00

Arrival and Yard Duties

09:30

Horse Riding Lesson

11:00

Horse Riding Lesson

12:00

Stable Management

13:00

Lunch

14:00

Hack

15:00

-

16:00

-

17:00

Finish

09:00

Arrival and Yard Duties

09:30

Hack

11:00

-

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Horse Riding Lesson

14:30

Stable Management

15:30

Horse Riding Lesson

16:00

Yard Duties

17:00

Finish

All courses include:

Horse riding lessons

Hacks of varying lengths

Stable Management

Lunging

5+ Day courses also include:

Trailer training

Long Reining

Basic Equine First Aid

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Greenacres Stables Riding Centre | Fully Licensed and Insured

Licence Holder : Ms Nora Catlow  |  Licence Number : N-RID28

Licensing authority :  Herefordshire Council 

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