Tower Farm Riding Stables
Tower Farm offers everything a potential rider requires in terms of lessons, livery and the social aspect of being part of well-run riding stables. Tower Farm is located two miles from the Edinburgh Link, is ABRS and TRSS approved and provides tracks for riders that are both scenic and traffic free.
Tower Farm caters for disabled riders and nursery schools who wish to book a group session and offers a wide range of horses and ponies to choose from. Pony rides are available to book for kids from the age of eighteen months up to ten years at weekends and last for two hours. Introductory sessions of one hour are required for new riders at Tower Farm, while further facilities and events include
Own a Pony Days
Own a Pony Days are to be held around Easter time 2015 between 10am and 3pm on April 7th and 13th. These days can accommodate groups of up to six children although each child must be of a similar ability to join the ride. Own a Pony Days cost £60.00 per child, while each child must be age six years or over.
Various kinds of rides are available here including Pony rides for children under ten years, treks for beginners who have engaged in an introductory session, one hour braid rides, two hour rides for experienced riders only and beach rides that are for experienced riders only.
Those riders who are more competent may wish to lease a pony or horse all year round from Tower Farm Riding Stables in order to improve their riding skills and gain more confidence. Riders have the convenience of using their pony without the worry that can come with owning one such as paying expensive vets' bills, shoeing and paying for insurance premiums.
The indoor arena at Tower Farm was recently resurfaced making it a state of the art surface to ride on. This new surface is perfect for all equestrian needs and now the arena may be hired by individuals on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Floodlit Outdoor Arena
The outdoor arena at Tower Farm is sand covered and is floodlit too making it useable on darker evenings if riders so wish. The outdoor arena measures sixty metres by forty five metres and is great for show jumping practice.
- Group Lesson £27.50 One Hour
- Introductory Session plus Complete Beginners Lesson £27.50 One Hour
Lessons with School Pony
- 30 Minute Individual Lesson £26.50 with Junior Instructor £29.50 with Senior Instructor
- 45 Minute Individual Lesson £32.50 with Junior Instructor £38.00 with Senior Instructor
- 30 Minute Lunge Lesson £27.50 with Junior Instructor or £32.00 with Senior Instructor
- 30 Minute Restricted Lesson £23.50with Junior Instructor or £28.50 with Senior Instructor
Lessons with Own Pony
- Group Lesson One Hour £20.00
- Solo Lesson 30 Minutes £22.00
- Solo Lesson 45 Minutes £25.50
- 30 Minute Restricted Lesson £17.50
- 45 Minute Restricted Lesson £21.00
- One Hour Restricted Lesson £24.00
Discounts on some rides and lessons are available please visit the Tower Farm website for more details.
- Tower Farm Riding Stables
- 85, Liberton Drive
- EH16 6NS
- Tele 0131 664 3375
Edinburgh and Lasswade Riding Centre
Located just on the outskirts of Edinburgh, off Junction 3 of the M8 Motorway, this great riding school caters for riders from the age of two upwards, complete novices and more experienced riders so why not go along to take a look what's on offer before you book a lesson at the centre? The centre has over fifty horses of varying ages and sizes and even offers Shetland ponies for the littlest ones, while indoor and outdoor arenas are available too.
Facilities and Rides offered here include
Off Road Hacking and Trekking
Trekking is suited to riders who are just beginning their lessons with the pony being led by an experienced rider in order to help newcomers and small children gain in confidence. Even those who are competent walking their pony are best suited to joining a trek.
Hacking is for the more experienced rider who is able to trot or canter with their mount. Hackers will negotiate woodland areas and streams, while sometimes beach rides are available weather permitting.
Riders may book private lessons whether they are beginners or more competent, while dressage lessons and jumping lessons may also be taken privately too. In order to ascertain at what level your riding skills are riders need to speak to an instructor so that their private lesson can be tailored to their individual needs.
Group lessons offer a more social aspect when it comes to lessons with many riders preferring to be taught along with a group of friends or colleagues. Group lessons are offered for a maximum of fourteen riders at any one time and the riding centre will even send a mini bus to any meeting point you specify to pick your group up. Favourable discounts are also offered to groups which can make joining a group lesson much more affordable.
Border Common Rides
These rides are between five and twenty five miles long so are aimed at the more experienced rider, not for the faint hearted. Correct riding gear must be worn including a suitable riding hat, while booking forms are available from the website.
Riders may wish to book a birthday party at the centre with parties catering for adults and children alike. The package includes learning about ponies, grooming and a pony ride, while a party food box is also provided in with the package. Those who wish may also arrange to be picked up from home in a mini bus.
The centre offers many different types of lessons with a range of time lengths some of which we list below
- Lessons and Hacking per hour £26.00
- 45 Minute Private Lesson £36.00
- 30 Minute Private Lesson Kids £30.00
- Under 5s 30 Minute Leads lesson £15.00
- Group Bookings Range from £24.00 to £50.00
- Hat Hire costs £1.00
Further details regarding charges can be found at the Edinburgh and Lasswade Riding Centre Website.
- Edinburgh and Lasswade Riding Centre
- Kevock Road
- EH18 1HX
- Tele +44 (0) 131 663 7676
Houston Farm Riding School
Houston Farm Riding School is ideally located for customers who live in the Edinburgh and Glasgow areas. The school has over fifty horses and ponies and is open for lessons seven days a week. Houston offers group, private and birthday rides for all comers of any age and capability and are BHS and ABRS approved.
Facilities offered at the school include a fabulous indoor riding arena with spectator area, while Houston also has an outdoor floodlit sand arena. Outdoor jumping courses are also a great feature for those advanced enough in their riding skills to partake in these events, while Houston is also a Pony Club centre as well as a training centre for SVQ qualifications.
Riding Dress Code
Houston prides themselves in having high standards and this includes expecting their riders to come equipped and dressed properly. Riding hats must be worn and must be PAS015 or EN1384 approved. Riding boots are preferred but for those who do not own boots a pair of durable shoes with a one inch heel will suffice. Trainers and such like are not allowed, while all buttons, zips and fasteners must be closed when riding. These rules are for the safety of riders and are not simply for superficial purposes.
Upcoming Events for 2015
Three day pony courses running at Easter time 2015 and from 29th June to 10th August 2015 are available for children from 9.50am to 3pm. A packed lunch is required and kids will have lots of fun riding, learning about ponies and stable management. On the final day of the course children will join in a quiz about what they have learned and be awarded a certificate.
Group lessons are available to book ranging from half hour lessons to one hour. Children up to 14 years pay
- £14.00 30 minutes
- £19.00 45 minutes
- £22.00 per hour
Over 14 years pay
- £14.00 for 30 minutes
- £20.00 for 45 minutes
- £23.00 per hour
Private lessons are available from thirty minutes to one hour. Children up to 14 years of age pay
- £24.00 per 30 minutes
- £31.00 for 45 minutes
- £37.00 per hour
Over 14 years pay
- £25.00 for 30 minutes
- £31.00 per 45 minutes
- £37.00 per hour
Party rides cost
- Per 30 minutes 1 or 2 riding £21.00 each
- 3 to 4 £15.50 each
- 5 to 8 £14.50 each
Discounts are available for group and private lessons when block bookings are paid in advance at Houston, while gift vouchers are also available to purchase from the school.
- Houston Farm Riding School
- 1 Houston Mains
- West Lothian
- EH52 6JX
- Tele 01506 811351