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Stage 1 Ride will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to ride in a group within a school environment.

You will: 

  • Be able to mount from a block and adjust girth and stirrups for comfort
  • Be able to walk, trot and canter and ride on both reins, showing changes of direction, turns and circles
  • Show an understanding for riding position both with and without stirrups, and when working in a forward seat over poles and in canter
  • Be able to ride in a group and show some individual work with awareness and respect for other riders
  • Be assessed on your ability to recognise diagonals in rising trot and canter leads, applying aids to move around the arena and between paces
  • Be aware of the horse’s needs and comfort when dismounting and returning to the stable