The good old fashioned riding school has been under immense pressure over recent years, even with a threat of extinction. With our sometimes sensitive generation, falling off a pony in a riding lesson can sometimes not been seen as part of the sport but a compensation claim with every bump, broken bone or bruise.
Thankfully the riding school has held strong and thanks to the 2012 Olympics bringing home a gold medal in the sport, equestrianism is as popular as ever. Riding schools and trekking centre numbers are on the rise and can be thriving and fruitful businesses.
In the latest book from the British Horse Society, Riding Out – A Guide To Hacking and Trekking celebrates equestrianism and how you can work in this particular part of the industry. The BHS Ride Leader Pathway supports those that work in a commercial equestrian centre and this book is incredibly detailed in helping all aspects of the business. If you are thinking of setting up your own equestrian business in the area of a commercial yard, riding school or trekking centre then this is the book for you.
There are eleven chapters in all explaining what is to be expected in the role and responsibilities of the Ride Helper, Stage 2 Ride Leader and Stage 3 Trail Leader. It also covers the minefield of legislation and ongoing training and development of what is required when running a professional equestrian centre.
The horses are not forgotten and there is a section dedicated to how to train and ensure the horse is fit for riding school life. It explains clearly how to match a horse to a rider’s capability to planning rides accordingly.
The book is written very well giving concise details with some parts just plain common sense. However, every horse rider needs to be reminded sometimes of the basics and keeping safe. If you are thinking of starting a riding school/trekking business then I urge you to invest in this book. Even if you have worked in the business for years, then this is a great bible to refer back to and to give to new members of staff to improve their knowledge and be prepared for working in a riding school.
Well done British Horse Society! It’s another super book to add to your equestrian library.
by Samantha Hobden
To purchase a copy of Riding Out – A Guide To Hacking And Trekking, please visit Quiller Publishing0 Comments