New groups structure your instructor will tell you which group you match and regularly assessed to check your still in correct group see below:-
Little Acorn tots
This is an introduction to riding with the main focus being having FUN and confidence building.(Parental support needed.) Ready when they are 4 years old to join the Falabellas this group will enjoy many fun lessons and walks within the safety of the centre We cater for everyone from 2 years of age.
Group 1: Falabellas first ridden
- First group lesson after initial assessment.
- Children, from the age of 4, have an initial assessment or induction session of half an hour then it is strongly recommended that they enter a Lead Rein group session like this one.
- This group is half an hour.
- Some ponies to have leaders others have assistance, as we do not recommend the children are always lead. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to help lead their children thus gaining more confidence and enable the leader to become more involved in the child’s activity. (Leading training will be given!)
- Riders will be taught all the basics of horse riding, working through learning to walk and trot, and steering in walk.
- Progression at this is strongly dependent on age and concentration.
- Lessons will also include rides out of the school around the safe vicinity of the centre.
Group2: Exmoors Walk, Trot and Learning to Canter
- Riders move into this group when they are feeling confident enough to walk and trot with no leader.
- Leaders will not accompany all ponies but there will be helpers if required.
- This group is half an hour.
- Riders will learn the basics of canter and develop their position in walk and trot establishing better balance.
Group 3: Welsh’s Developing Canter
- Riders progress into this group when they feel confident that they can walk, trot and do a simple canter without a leader. The canter will be developed in this group.
- An introduction to pole work will also be incorporated into this lesson.
- This group lesson is 45 minutes improving rider’s stamina in preparation for an hour group.
- Developing the canter and an introduction to poles and jumping is the aim of this group.
Group 4: New Forrest Walk Trot Canter Jump
- An hour group lesson.
- Riders have an established walk, trot and canter, and have done some pole work and small jumps.
- Also an introduction to Show Jumping. Therefore rider’s position and balance are of importance to accomplish these harder skills.
Group 5: Fresians Junior Walk Trot Canter Jump
- This group includes the best of the best riders at this age group (under 14s)
- Walk, trot and canter are established and also simple jumping exercises. More complex jumping exercises are incorporated into this group making the lesson challenging and rewarding.
- Cross Country riding is established.
Group 6: Arabs Senior Walk Trot Canter Jump
- The Arabs Group include our most accomplished riders. Split into two groups; Arab Junior – ages 14-16 (approx.), and Arab Senior – adults.
- Arab riders can walk, trot, canter, and jump with a developed seat, and feel confident to take our horses out hacking.
There is also the opportunity to help out through the day on a Saturday or Sunday. Please ask for more details.
Youngsters must be 11 years old or over and be in Acorn Pony Club.
Members to ensure they are learning the necessary stable management and pony handling skills. A safety induction will be given by a member of staff on joining the Helpers Club.
Also very Exciting
Runs on Saturday, Sundays & throughout school holidays. It is a fully supervised helper scheme from the age of 2 years which costs £5 per hour.
Your children are fully supervised learning how to fully care for our acorn ponies and small animals, arts and crafts and games as well. Note: Must be an Acorn centre rider.
The Pony Club
The Acorn Centre is an Official Pony Club Centre and we like to recommend that children learning to ride at the acorn to join the Pony Club. The Pony Club offers opportunity to learn all aspects of horse care, management and riding through a structured programme achieving recognised Pony Club Awards. You do not need your own pony. Pony Club rallies are held twice a month on a Sunday monring – 11am to 12:30pm alternating between mounted and unmounted rallies and split into ability groups. Please click on the Pony Club Centre section for more details or see the Pony Club official website. http://www.pcuk.org
There is also the opportunity to help out through the day on a Saturday or Sunday & school holidays. Please ask for more details.
Youngsters must be 11 years old or over and be Acorn Equestrian Centre Pony Club Members to ensure they are learning the necessary stable management and pony handling skills. A safety induction will be given by a member of staff on joining the Helpers Club. All Helpers will also need to obtain the yard safety badge before they can be a helper.