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How much for horse riding lessons?

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GeorginaA Wed 10-Aug-05 19:27:06

Okay, this is an off the wall whim and I'll probably go off the idea tomorrow, but I have never ever ridden a horse and someday I'd actually quite like to learn - just for the hell of it.

But.... just how much would it cost - how much would I have to save up for basic beginner lessons just to see if I liked it?

Is it a sane and sensible whim for someone who's never really been interested in horses before but just suddenly had an idea that it's something I'd like to say I've tried in my life at some point?

pixel Wed 10-Aug-05 22:23:37

It's good to try new things, I say go for it! Can't be much use re: cost as the last time I had a lesson was over 5 years ago. It was £12 for a half hour private lesson then at a local family-run riding school. I believe though that it varies depending on what part of the country you are in. London can be very expensive. Best thing is to get the yellow pages and ring a few riding schools to get an idea. Some of them do special offers to encourage beginners. Have fun!

Hulababy Wed 10-Aug-05 22:24:55

We go to a farm imn Doncaster which has a riding school. I noted the prices last week when there. Sure it was about £16 a lesson.

foxinsocks Wed 10-Aug-05 22:25:41

a private lesson around here, during the week for an adult, for half an hour is around £25-£30 but I am in SW London so things tend to be more expensive than other parts of the country

moondog Wed 10-Aug-05 22:26:05

My friend did this at the age of 37 and loved it.

My dd goes and it is £15 for an hour's lesson (only 4 though) on a family farm.
North Wales.

Ellbell Thu 11-Aug-05 14:01:18

Hi there

I pay £20 for a half-hour private lesson. I have to stick to private as I can only go at odd times and can't commit to going at the same time each week.

My dd (5) has a half-hour class lesson, which costs £10.50.

That's in West Yorkshire.

Make sure you find a stables which is approved by the BHS or ABRS (preferably both) and check that your instructor is qualified to at least AI standard.

I think it's a great idea, and it's never too late to learn. I've heard of people starting in their 60s.

Good luck.

Toothache Thu 11-Aug-05 14:14:10

I LOVE Horseriding.... it's one of my favourite things to do. I've just convinced my 13 yr old brother to give it a go too. His lessons cost £12 per hour (usually about 5 people in a lesson). Adults are £15 per hour. It's well worth it and keeps you really fit!! and as I've not got any time to do it anymore.

GeorginaA Thu 11-Aug-05 16:57:59

Okay, you've all convinced me It doesn't sound as extortionate as I expected it to be. Am going to try and find a riding school near here that's approved (thanks Ellbell!) and does private half hour lessons - think that's the way to go, because I'll only be able to do odd times as and when I have the money too. Will try a lesson and see if I'm terrified or love it .

SoftFroggie Thu 11-Aug-05 22:46:55

If you've got a friend whom you could go with, private lessons for 2 people aren't much more than for 1 person.

I've only had the odd lesson for fun, together with my sister, but would love to go regularly when I have the time (many years hence).

jampots Thu 11-Aug-05 23:20:31

dd has lessons and we pay £15 for an hour lesson - up to 6 in her ability group

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