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Does it matter if a riding school is not BHS approved?

5 replies

FingoFango · 09/01/2013 16:02

Would you avoid a riding school if not BHS approved?

What is the best way to tell if a riding school is decent or not?

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50BalesOfHay · 10/01/2013 09:58

I wouldn't necessarily avoid if not BHS approved, but I'd really take my time looking at the standard of horses and their care, the standard of teaching etc. (and their insurance and safety practices) But if I wasn't horsey myself and was looking for lessons for a beginner I'd probably go for BHS approved or similar to be sure of basic standards

Callisto · 10/01/2013 12:52

I would be more worried about their insurance than anything else. I didn't actually think non-BHS riding schools/trekking centres even existed any more.

TinyDancingHoofer · 10/01/2013 13:18

I would ride at one myself but i wouldn't send a child or a beginner to one, just because of the teaching standards.

Decent riding schools have well kept horses. Don't worry if the office looks like it is falling down if the ponies look healthy. And they will make you wear a hat/ body protector.

BlueChampagne · 11/01/2013 13:14

ABRS (Association of British Riding Schools) also does approvals. Shouldn't insurance certificate be displayed? You can always ask about the qualifications of the staff.

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire · 13/01/2013 00:28

The best school I've been to wasn't BHS approved. Something to do with not individually stabling their horses apparently. My child attended when she could. Ponies and instructors make schools. Not necessarily facilities.

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