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 Horse riding & Horsemanship Courses in devon

Brought To You By East Devon Riding Academy

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.
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.

How To Book

Lessons- Please contact Natalie via email ( or telephone (07771 903220) with the height, weight, previous experience (if any) and aims of the rider(s). We can then look at the availability of suitable horses and give you a date and time. Once agreed, please proceed with payment below by clicking on 'Lessons' on the 30th of the month and select the appropriate lesson option you are paying for (e.g. individual half hour lesson). Please write the time and date of your booking in the box when prompted. Payment is required within 24 hours to secure the booking, we are unable to reserve spaces. Please note that if payment is not received within this time the space will be offered to someone else.

Pony Playgroup and Pony Mornings- Can be booked directly below by clicking on your chosen date.

Courses and Workshops- Can be booked directly below by clicking on the course title you wish to participate in.

Pony Parties- Please contact Natalie ( or 07771 903220) to arrange your party and be given a date before proceeding with payment below by clicking on Pony Parties on the 30th of the month and selecting the appropriate option. Payment is required within 24 hours to secure the booking, we are unable to reserve spaces. Please note that if payment is not received within this time the space will be offered to someone else.

You will be sent directions in your confirmation email once payment has been completed. We are not difficult to find but you cannot follow a satnav.

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