How do I make a booking?
What is the minimum and maximum age for children?
What is your regular Timetable?
What should my child or myself wear when Horse Riding?
Hats Most importantly all riders must wear a riding hat at all time when riding or handling our horses. All protective headgear must be correctly fitting and secured and conform to current safety standards. Hard Hats are available in Festina Lente but we cannot guarantee that we will have the size required at all times so regular riders are advised to purchase their own hats. Long hair should also be tied back.
Footwear Suitable footwear must be worn, horse riding boots are recommended, all footwear must have a smooth sole and a defined heel. Shoes with buckles, that are open toed, sandals, platform or ribbed soles, trainers or runners or high heels will not be permitted. Body Protectors Body protectors are strongly advised for horse riding and especially for jumping. We have a small number of body protectors but we cannot guarantee size or availability so we recommend regular riders purchase their own.
Lower Body Riding trousers, leggings, tracksuit bottoms or trousers that offer freedom of movement are recommended. Jeans are not advised as the seams can rub against the saddle and cause you discomfort and injury. No shorts or skirts are allowed.
Upper Body Clothing should be suitable for the Irish weather conditions. It is advisable that all jackets are waterproof and can easily closed and are not flapping.It is recommended that arms and shoulders be covered to minimise the risk of abrasions during a fall, even in hot weather. Loose clothing should be fastened so that it cannot flap about, to help prevent distractions to the horse or rider. Tight clothing may restrict free movement of the body.
Jewellery You should not wear Jewellery of any kind, anything you wear you do so at your own risk. It’s the parents or carers responsibility to check their child or charge isn’t wearing Jewellery. Rings may become caught in the horse’s mane and cause cuts to the fingers, while earrings can become tangled in hairnets and may rip the ear lobe. Hands We strongly recommend that riding gloves are worn whenever riding and these are for sale in our garden shop. For everyone’s safety we do have the right to refuse a rider if suitable items are not worn at the time of the ride.
Equine Vaulting Information
- The vaulter’s correct and safe outfit includes clothes that don’t have to be tight, but are form fitting to allow freedom of movement.
- Jeans and sweatshirts with a hood are not recommended since they can interfere with gymnastic moves while mounted on the horse.
- Long hair needs to be tied back in a ponytail
- Jewellery needs to be taken off.
- The appropriate footwear for beginners are inexpensive water shoes and competitive vaulters purchase shoes made specifically for vaulting.
What is the process for New clients?
How and When do I Pay?
Group Riding Lessons Group Riding Lessons need to be paid in full in advance or we do have a number of payment options in place to facilitate spreading these payments in a manner that best meets individual circumstances which must be agreed with our accounts department prior to lesson start. You can Pay Online, in person Monday to Friday in our riding school office or by contacting our Accounts Dept 01-2720704 ext 205 or email email@example.com, please note we do not accept cash or cheque payments. Click here to read more about the various ways how to pay for your group lessons and our payment policies.
How do I cancel a lesson and what is your cancellation policy?
As the horses/ponies are brought in from their grazing fields and tacked up in preparation for each lesson, we request that we are advised as far as possible in advance when a rider is unable to attend their lesson. NOTE: It is vitally important that if you can’t attend your lesson, please phone our riding school office Monday to Friday 9am-5pm (01)2720704 ext 201 and for outside of these hours please ring our yard 01- 2720184. For private lessons, therapeutic riding, pony camps, EHP and EAL we operate a 24 hour cancellation policy, if you give us less than 24 hours notice you will be required to pay the full amount for that lesson. We do not offer credit, refunds or make-up lessons for term riding or our Supported Helper Programme (booked during school term time) however in the event of a medically certified illness and you can give us a medical certificate from a doctor; credit can be arranged on the account of the term rider or supported helper