Riding Courses & Training
Stag Lodge Stables offers a full range of riding courses for those who want to take their riding to the next level – whether for the simple pleasure of riding a horse, perhaps working towards horse ownership, or for those who maybe want to concentrate on a particular discipline such as dressage, jumping or showing.
All our courses operate at Stag Lodge 2, our purpose-built 40-stable, seven-arena site on the A3, just on the outskirts of London. Using our team of qualified instructors, we have developed a series of Riding Courses, Horse-Care Courses and accredited BHS Courses (see separate tabs above) which offer tuition to riders at any level, from complete beginners to the more advanced, or to former riders who are looking to get back into the sport after some time away or brush up on certain skills.
These courses run during the week from Tuesday to Friday alongside our normal Richmond Park rides and childrens’ and adults lessons. One of the main focusses during these riding courses is in building rider confidence, and in this regard our safe, well-mannered horses help hugely as they have all been chosen because of their good nature. This allows you to concentrate on learning without worring about your horse’s temperament.
Our courses range in length according to your ability and requirements, and can usually be tailored to suit your exact demands. From intensive one-day sessions to concentrated four-day courses, or tuition spread out over a number of weeks, we can provide you with exactly the horse riding course you are looking for.
Learn to Ride in a Day
This mid-week course (Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays only) is a golden opportunity for beginners to experience the joys of learning to ride a horse. If you want to learn to ride in London, we’ll help you master the basics in a single fun-filled day.
Perfect for those who’d prefer a condensed start to their learning, our Learn-to-Ride-in-a-Day courses are hugely popular with adults. Each rider is assigned to their own private instructor for the day and, through a combination of ridden instruction and demonstration, will be taught how to mount and dismount, sit correctly, increase and decrease pace, communicate direction and gain more control of their horse.
Here at Stag Lodge Stables we have a huge number of horses, in all sizes, so you will be allocated a horse chosen for its docile, obedient temperament and natural good nature.
The day starts at 9am and finishes at 3pm with a lunch break between 1-2pm – please bring a packed lunch. The day also includes an hour of stable management, as an understanding of this is a vital part of the fun of learning to ride.
As you get more serious about your horse riding, and especially if you are thinking of a career involving life with horses, then the Stag Lodge Stables Horse-Care Course is for you.
Stag Lodge Stables is one of the largest riding schools in London and offers a tremendous variety of tuition options and riding courses, and with more than 70 horses at our two sites there is plenty of practical, hands-on experience available for members of our Horse-Care Courses.
From mucking out, tacking up, veterinary pointers and the many other aspects of stable and horse management, our Horse-Care courses are geared to those who want to take their life with horses more seriously. The courses cover everything from grooming and handling to health and anatomy, and ensure that after the allocated time all participants are confident and knowledgeable about caring for horses.
Stag Lodge Stables is a British Horse Society-accredited school, which we means we can offer you the full gamut of BHS Training courses geared to all aspects of equine life, and for all ages and levels of interest and aspiration.
Taking the BHS exams is a great way of improving your equine skills and knowledge, and of gaining recognized qualifications from the UK’s leading body responsible for maintaining standards in equine tuition. The starting point is Stage 1, the first level on the BHS career ladder which will also aid horse owners in caring for their own horse.
The first rung on the ladder covers the BHS Stage 1 syllabus; this 16-hour course (run as eight two-hour sessions) will prepare you for the exam, including covering all of the following:
Knowledge and Care
- Foot and Shoeing
- Health and Safety
- Horse Health
- Horse Behaviour
- Grassland Management
- Riding on the flat – Walk, Trot and Canter
- Riding on the correct diagonals and canter leads
- Work in walk and trot without stirrups
- Work in trot and canter in a light seat
- Work over trotting poles in jump position
The course is suitable for anyone over the age of 14 who can walk, trot and canter. No previous stable management experience is necessary, but you do need to commit to the weekly schedule. The course fee covers the training only; the exam entry fee is not included. It is your responsibility to enter the exam and pay the entry fee via the BHS.
Next course dates:
Stage 1: starting 6th May 2017, every week from 4pm to 6pm
Other BHS courses are also available. Please contact the office for further details, but to whet your appetite here’s the full list of BHS levels you can achieve:
The first step on the professional ladder shows you have the competencies to apply basic principles of horse care.
Provides you with competencies to apply general principles for the management of horses’ health and well being.
Allows you to hone the skills you will have practised in Stages 1 and 2 and shows you have the competencies and ability to look after up to four horses in stables and at grass.
Preliminary Teaching Test
The PTT gives you the competencies to apply the basic principles of coaching and to improve a rider’s horsemanship skills by following a progressive plan.
BHS Assistant Instructor (BHSAI)
The BHS Assistant Instructor Certificate can be awarded after achieving Stage 3, the PTT and completing a Coaching Portfolio.
Shows you’re able to take responsibility for yard organisation, taking charge and looking after a number of horses and ponies in a variety of situations.
Intermediate Teaching Test
The ITT shows you as able to give safe and competent lessons from beginner to elementary standards without supervision.
This qualification shows you have sound experience and knowledge in all aspects of horse care and that you are a competent stable manager, able to supervise and train staff and students.
Once you’ve completed the previous stages, the BHSI is the next logical step in your career. This rigorous exam comprises three sections.