Horse riding at Trent Park Equestrian Centre in London is great fun and an exciting day out, but if you’re new to horse riding you might have a few questions. We are regularly asked the same questions about horse riding activities at Trent Park, so we thought we’d produce this helpful little fact sheet.
Horse Riding for Adults
I’m a beginner. What horse riding lesson should I book?
Our Group Beginners Lesson is the best place to start for all beginner riders. Each rider will be lead by one of our trained volunteered, and the lesson taught by an experienced member of staff. For those ready to make the transition from Beginner to Intermediate level, we recommend a few private sessions just to boost your confidence before moving into the next group. Nervous riders may also benefit from the one to one attention of a private lesson.
What will I learn?
These first horse riding lessons will help you master the basic principles of riding; mounting, dismounting, basic position, holding the reins, walk, halt, basic turns, moving quickly into trot and learning the rising trot.
Once established as a rider there are a large range of options available to you, including hacking, jumping and advanced flatwork, taught on either a private or group basis.
When can I hack out?
Once assessed by the centre as being competent in walk, trot & canter, you may hack out into Trent Country Park. Our 1-hour hacks involve no road riding so are perfect for those new to hacking/ riding out of the arena. once confident on our 1 hour hacks, why not try our 3 hour Pub Ride to Whitewebbs.
Horse Riding for Children
How old do my children need to be before they can ride?
Children must be at least four years-old before starting to learn to ride. Before this time, they are not covered by our insurance.
What horse riding lessons can my child have?
For children under six years we offer individual introductory riding lessons for just half an hour. These lessons are not designed to be overly instructional but to offer confidence and familiarity with the ponies. Once 6, or if no longer finding the introductory lesson stimulating, children may move into our beginners group lesson. These lessons run for an hour, and each child will be lead by a volunteer until strong/ competent enough to ride unaided. Some parents like their children to have individual attention and we offer a full range of instructors to meet such requirements.
What horse riding equipment do I need/What do I need to wear?
Riding hats & boots can be borrowed from the centre, at no extra charge. All hats are the latest European safety standard, PAS 015, which exceeds the new British safety standard and is the highest standard available.
Riders should wear long comfortable trousers, e.g. leggings or jogging bottoms, a top that covers their shoulders and a shoe/boot with a smooth sole and small heel. Caterpillar boots are often too chunky and jeans can rub on the seams in all the wrong places! Trainers are not acceptable footwear and we strongly advise that wherever you are in the world DO NOT ride in trainers – they are dangerous, and you foot could easily become wedged in the stirrup. Long hair should be tied into a low pony tail with all grips and clips removed, and riders should remove any jewellery.
Once you are riding , if you wish, you can purchase a variety of horse riding equipment at the equestrian centre shop, all at discount prices. This includes riding hats, boots, body protectors jodhpurs, gloves, riding crops and a variety of other horse riding related wear including Trent Park Equestrian Centre Merchandise.
How do I book a horse riding lesson?
To book a horse riding lesson, call us on (020) 8363 8630/ 020 8363 9005. All riding lessons should be booked in advance to allow the horse to be ready for you, although we can always fit you in at short notice. Whilst it is sometimes possible to turn up on the off chance, a quick telephone call saves disappointment. Once booked the space is yours. Any cancellations must be notified to us a full 24 hours in advance. Late cancellations (>24hrs) will be subject to a cancellation charge of between half and full price depending on the amount of notice given. If you need to change your time for the same day or even the same weekend we will always endeavour to help, but please remember that the riding centre will charge for late cancellation or no shows.