At least 50% of our clients are adults of all ages, who are learning to ride or to improve their riding. We teach adult beginners to more advanced riders. Riders can be up to 90kg or 100kg for riders interested in working solely on our electronic horse.
We start teaching at 6am on some weekday mornings and do shared lessons from 5.30pm to 7.30pm some evenings. We also have shared and private lessons on weekends. If you’re lucky enough to have flexible work hours, we also teach during the day Tuesdays to Fridays.
This is a one-on-one lesson with an instructor, in an arena. Lessons are suitable for adults at any level, either learning to ride from scratch or wanting to improve on existing skills.
A 30 minute lesson ($85 or $750 for ten) is perfect for riders who have:
- Never ridden
- Done trail rides over the years
- Rode and had lessons as a child or adult, but haven’t ridden for
- Anyone who has ridden recently and who can steer a horse on their
own and do rising trot in an arena.
Lessons are a lot different from trail riding (a bit like the difference between splashing around in the pool or swimming laps). On a trail ride, horses are generally following the horse in front and are doing something they’re really used to. In a lesson, you have to learn how to get a horse to move when they don’t have another horse to follow. You also need to learn to control exactly where the horse goes (there isn’t an obvious trail to follow) and to navigate around other horses/riders in the arena (unlike on a trail ride, horses may be moving in all directions in an arena). Lessons take a reasonable level of concentration plus horse-riding-specific fitness. It is best to start with half an hour and to build stamina and fitness over time. Your instructor can let you know when you are ready to ride for longer, or you can ask for feedback. If you are in a hurry to learn, two x 30 minute private lessons per week will be more beneficial than one longer session.
A 45 minute lesson ($110 or $990 for ten) is good once you have the basics well established in walk and trot and would like to work on canter. It’s also a good place to start if you used to ride a lot, had regular lessons, could competently walk, trot and canter in an arena, but have not been riding for a while.
A one hour lesson ($135 or $1200 for ten) gives you more scope to work on particular skills. We teach flatwork (dressage) and will teach jumping down the track when we establish the facilities. While jumping isn’t for everyone, learning the basics of the forward seat and going over poles can be really good for every rider – improving their position and balance. The forward seat also makes life easier for horses and can provide them with a nice rest from carrying our full weight on their back. Equally, for riders interested in jumping, it’s very important to continue to work on your flatwork. Flatwork helps you place your horse in the right position and at the right pace for those jumps!
Shared lesson (Maximum four riders)
Once you can ride confidently by yourself in walk and rising trot and can safely steer in rising trot, for at least twenty minutes, you can consider sharing a lesson. You can share either with riders you know or with riders we suggest who are at the same riding level. Shared lessons go for two hours, comprising 30 minutes of horse management either side of a one hour group riding lesson. They are $110 per person (or $990 for a block of ten).
Shared lessons can be more social and therefore more fun for some riders. Others prefer the one-on-one relationship with their coach.
We often have enquiries from beginners who would like to share a lesson. If there are two of you, the best thing is to have a private 30 minute lesson each, one after the other. When you both reach the standard to share a lesson, you can keep the same timeslot, with both riding for the full hour, instead of two half hours.
Groom and Lesson
For people who are interested in learning how to handle and look after horses, as well as how to ride. Spend half an hour learning how to get a horse ready for riding (grooming and tacking up), then half an hour learning to ride. Once you are confident getting your horse ready, you can do this by yourself under supervision, then have the lesson and then learn how to take care of the horse after riding. Over time, as you become more competent, the horse management component can include learning how to walk a horse correctly, how to give a horse a bath, how to recognise and describe your horse, some horse first aid, learning how to feed, water and muck out a horse. Each session is $135 or $1200 for a block of ten. You can also alternate between Groom and Lesson sessions and one hour riding lessons.
Riding packages offer a discount for upfront payment and are a good option for anyone riding on a regular basis. Packages last for six months from the time of purchase.
We have the following packages available:
- 10 x 30 minute private lessons for $750 (save $100)
- 10 x 45 minute private lessons for $990 (save $110)
- 10 x 60 minute private lessons (including Groom and Lesson) for $1,200 (save $150)
- 10 x 120 minute Shared Lessons for $990 (save $110)
We strongly recommend and prefer that riders have a single lesson initially, to make sure that they enjoy the lesson and the Sydney Horse approach. If you do enjoy your lesson, you can use the one-off lesson payment as a deposit for a package, provided you buy the package on the same day as the lesson. This way, you haven’t made a large commitment if you decide that riding lessons or Sydney Horse are not for you.