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Introduction to Riding

Learning to ride is hugely rewarding as you find yourself able to control and guide your horse. We look forward to helping you take your first steps.

  • Last reviewed: 11th July 2022
Introduction To Riding Introduction To Riding

You will learn under the guidance of your coach who will help you to master the basic skills.

This introductory Horse Explorers award provides a solid foundation of skills and knowledge for you to take forward and build upon, including:

  • What to wear
  • How to mount and dismount
  • The correct riding position
  • How to ask the horse to halt, walk and trot
  • How to change direction

How to get involved

Horse Explorers awards are open to anyone who would like to improve their horse knowledge or skills; you do not have to be a BHS member to take part.

If you have your own horse

Courses are delivered by an Accredited Professional Coach. Your coach can come to your livery yard or British Riding Club grounds. 

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If you do not own your own horse

Or you’re not sure if they would be suitable, don’t worry. There are BHS Approved Riding Centres throughout the UK that deliver Horse Explorers awards with their facilities and horses.  

You can achieve the Horse Explorers awards at your local Approved Centre where they will match you to a horse to ensure your lessons are suitable to your experience. 

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Get in touch

If you want to learn more about the Horse Explorers awards or if you have any questions, please complete our enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.