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Putting Horses and Safety First
We are a pioneering riding school offering a unique approach and ethical learning.
We understand that quite rightly, the demands for better animal welfare are constantly increasing. Outdated teaching methods can be very punishing on the horses, which leaves horse lovers feeling uncomfortable and unfulfilled. Now the world knows so much more about how horses think, feel and learn, this highlights some pitfalls of traditional tuition.
There are an increasing number of people who don't want to kick or hit horses to make them move. Crude communication such as pulling on the reins doesn't help the rider work in a harmonious partnership with the horse and this can lead them to feel like a bully, yearning for a better relationship. When the foundations of skill and knowledge are skipped in favour of ticking off milestones, the near misses and falls increase and confidence gets knocked as safety diminishes.
We offer a choice to people who want to enjoy their hobby without it being at the expense of the horse's welfare. We provide a safer, supportive environment for people to progress and feel happy that they are working together with the horse.
We value our clients too and we are happy to work with you to achieve your goals safely and with confidence. We will help you understand how to communicate with the horses kindly and effectively, so you can enjoy your hobby and succeed with your riding, handling or horsemanship. Our services offer you value for money and piece of mind.
Suitable from walking to four years of age, our renowned Pony Playgroup introduces little ones to the world of horses and the countryside. They have the opportunity to groom a pony, feed the goats, engage and discover in our fields. There is also an option to ride, as we are a rare riding school that accepts small children. If you are looking for an outdoor playgroup in Devon, click
We host several events throughout the year to help adults with different aspects of horsemanship and riding. Our events are here to help horse owners, riders, handlers and horse lovers improve their relationships with their equine partners.
We host leading experts in the fields of training, equine behaviour and modern horsemanship.
We specialise in individual lessons or very small groups of family or friends. Rather than a one size fits all approach, our aim is to provide bespoke, high quality tuition that offers our clients safe, enjoyable progression. Sessions can be based on riding, groundwork or horse management. Lessons are also available for children and adults on their own horses.
Pony Mornings at East Devon Riding Academy are a fun, educational and active experience. For boys and girls, aged from 4-12 years old. All levels of experience welcome as groups are split according to age and ability if required. Children are left with us from 10am-1pm so they can immerse themselves in helping to look after the horses, playing games, grooming and riding.
Our horses and ponies are much loved and valued members of our team. They live outside in small herds, where they are free to fulfil their innate needs such as grazing, rolling, browsing and socialising. They are fed a natural diet suited to their digestive system, helping them to stay healthy and void of undesirable behaviours caused by inappropriate nutrition.
Their work is strictly limited and varied so that their psychological welfare is optimised. The horses are tacked up immediately before each session and they are never left tied up waiting for long periods. To protect them from discomfort they wear bitless bridles and quality, well fitting saddles. Water is available in the arena at all times and they are allowed to drink whenever they need to during a lesson. We have a team of farriers and vets that support us with their care when required, such as regular dentistry and foot trimming.
For lessons and pony parties, please contact Natalie for a time and date before proceeding with payment below.
Pony Playgroup, Pony Mornings, courses and workshops can all be booked directly below by selecting the associated date.
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