Active, fun school holiday activities in the devon countryside
Brought To You By East Devon Riding Academy
Children just love the space and freedom of our fields. Access to nature and animals has been proven to provide many life benefits including reduced stress, better self esteem, a boosted immune system and greater achievement. Add in our friendly ponies and lots of fun activities and the result is active, content children full of new experiences.
We begun offering the opportunity for children to join us for the morning back in 2011. Our many years of experience in the industry helped us to define our Pony Mornings so we could offer children enjoyable, active and educational activities whilst providing parents with value for money and the peace of mind that we would strive to keep their children happy, engaged and most importantly, safe. Our reputation for hosting high quality Pony Mornings rapidly grew, we started with just two for the whole summer holidays and we now run two for every week of every school holiday and half term. Each year we welcome new children but we also have many returning customers, several who are local and some who just visit us once a year when they are on holiday. Some of the children who attend our pony mornings are regular riders and some have never ridden before- all are welcome as we split the group according to experience if necessary.
Firstly, we understand children. We teach 1000’s of them every year! Our teaching methods follow an active learning approach, which keeps children involved by learning through doing, rather than the traditional but less effective way of just telling them what to do. All of our sessions are delivered through age appropriate activities, which enable children to succeed and learn whilst they are having fun. We guide the Pony Morning where appropriate, however we also encourage the children to be part of the decision making and empower them to have the freedom to discover and explore.
My daughter and her cousin really enjoyed attending a pony morning earlier in the year. Thoroughly recommend!
Secondly, we understand horses. We spend 1000’s of hours with them every year! The welfare of our animals is a huge passion of ours and we work very hard to look after our horses to a very high standard. This ensures that their health and well being is optimised and they are happy in their jobs, as after all, a happy horse is a safer horse. Our teaching methods do not involve bullying or forceful communication, such as encouraging children to kick or whip animals to make them do what they want. Instead the children are taught humane, respectful handling and riding techniques which keeps them safer and protects the horses from physical and psychological harm. Children absolutely love our kind methods and the harmony and success that they bring.
Thirdly, we understand what parents want. As parents ourselves, we appreciate that safety is a top priority and we structure our activities to minimise the risks involved with being around animals. We offer close supervision, well planned activities and high quality instruction with well maintained, purpose built facilities. We know that you want your children to enjoy their time with us, so we try our best to make this happen and give them a positive experience with lasting, happy memories. Our high standards, ethical horsemanship, fantastic resources and excellent supervision also give superb value for money.
Thank you so much, Emily absolutely loved her morning with you and can't wait until next time...she says it was the best birthday present ever!!
We've had many a mum and dad wanting to join in the fun but our Pony Mornings are designed for children only! Some come along as a one off, for a birthday present or holiday treat and others are frequent riders who come regularly to improve their skills and enjoy our positive, friendly environment. Children are left with us for the morning, from 10am until 1pm.
Please talk to us if your child has special needs to see if our Pony Mornings are suitable, we will do our best to help you.
Thanks so much for giving my girls such a wonderful experience. They loved it!
Pony Mornings make the perfect school holiday activity. They help you to keep your children exercising in the fresh air and outdoor kids are happy kids! We have several local children attend but if you are on holiday in nearby Sidmouth, Exmouth, Lyme Regis, Exmouth, Honiton, Axminster, Seaton, Beer, Branscombe, Ottery St Mary, Exeter, Charmouth or Bridport then we are here to help you too! We are situated in East Devon, close to West Dorset in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are very close to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth.
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