Following Scottish Government advice, ARC is going to be open for private lessons only for riding school clients from Monday 1st June until we reach Stage 5 in our own internal Covid policy (available as a video on our public Facebook page) in line with government guidance.  Unfortunately at this time we are unable to take any riders who had not ridden at ARC prior to lock down.   If you would like to book a private lesson, please contact us either through this website or on 01224 733111 and please ensure you have read our Covid Information sheet. 

Starting a new group lesson

Choosing ARC, you make one of the best decisions for your riding as we are an approved and established training centre. This will hopefully answer any questions you have about your new hobby, and also provide some information you may not have known.

Around 15 minutes before your lesson starts is ideal. This gives you time to fill in the required membership forms (if you have not already done so), and also allows you time to look around the centre and meet your new instructor.

Warm clothes! Whilst we have an indoor school, it is still chilly – particularly in the winter. Close fitting clothes are best as anything ‘flappy’ can make the horses nervous. You can wear any type of long trousers – we recommend that they are quite thick so that you don’t rub your legs on the saddle. The only safety requirements are that when riding you wear shoes with a small heel and that you have a riding hat on at all times when handling or riding the horses. Trainers are not permitted as they can be dangerous if they slip through the stirrup and we have hats available which you can collect when you arrive. It is important that you just wear what is comfortable for a start – there is no need to buy expensive gear – whilst you may want this in the future, it is not necessary for the first few weeks and can be pretty expensive.

We have a weight limit of 14½ stone so please be honest. The weight limit is for our horses’ welfare and our staff will request that you are weighed onsite if they feel you may be close to the weight limit. We are sometimes able to accommodate riders who are heavier that 14½ stone, as we have two weight carrying horses, however, this is reliant on these horses being sound and ready to work, so slightly heavier riders should contact the centre to enquire whether this is a possibility.

All lessons should be paid for on booking by cash, cheque or credit/debit card. You are best to pay for the first lesson individually, if you enjoy it then you can take advantage of one of our many discount schemes.

No – our staff will groom and tack up the horses in preparation for your lesson. A few of our staff may also be on the ground during your first lesson to lead/assist depending on numbers and ages. Prior to beginning your lesson you will be shown how to lead your horse from their stable.

Signing up to a Stable Management course

Stable Management is one of our most popular courses because it gives a chance for riders to become a bit more involved with handing the horses and helps them to develop their confidence. We are sure you have lots of questions about the course and hopefully the below information will help you get organised for it.

Courses start at 9.00am each day, and finish at 2.00pm. All courses run Mon – Thurs. Beginner course members must be picked up at 2.00pm each day, whilst Novice and Advanced members may stay on for a bit longer if they wish. It is important that we know what time each child is due to be collected, so make sure you let us know if the collection time will be after 2.00pm.

Sensible clothes for the weather. Whilst there is a warmer area for lectures, the majority of the day is spent in the barn or outside, so waterproof, warm clothes are a necessity. Ideally, you should be dressed smartly for riding, so if you have a school tie/clean boots – wear them whilst you ride – you will get extra inspection marks. You should also bring your lunch and some snacks for throughout the day – you will have access to a microwave, drinks vending machine, snacks vending mackine, fridge and kettle if needed. Grooming kits are also a good idea – but don’t worry – if you don’t want to buy one, we have spare brushes you can borrow. You can also just buy a couple of brushes but make sure everything you have is clearly named so you don’t lose it.

You will pay a deposit on booking and the outstanding amount can be paid at any point before the course starts. Most of our members pay on the first morning of their course, however, if you wish to pay earlier that is no problem.

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