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2018 Take Back the Reins Courses

Take Back the Reins (TBTR) is the exciting initiative - supported by HOOF and Sport England - launched in 2011 it is designed to encourage new, 'returner' and existing adult riders to enjoy a unique combination of equestrian instruction and mentoring. If you have been out of the saddle for a while or want to get fit and are sick of the gym, try our Take Back the Reins sessions.

A new daytime Take Back the Reins course will start
Sunday 29th April 2018 at 3pm.
The fee is £250 for 7 week course

The course is 7 weeks of 2 hourly sessions which includes an hours riding.
If you know at the beginning of the course that there is a week you are not available the price will be adjusted accordingly however because this course is heavily discounted once paid the cost is non transferable and non refundable.
If you are considering a course but are unsure if you would like it, you can book a 20 minute assessment lesson on a Wednesday daytime for £20 or a half hour private lesson at other times for £30.

Please see Chris, Julie or Steve or call 020 8530 4648 Tuesday - Sunday between 9am - 12.30pm or 2pm - 5pm to book a place.

A new daytime course is being considered and details of names, contact details and day most suitable are now being taken. Anyone interested should phone the yard on 0208 530 4648 Tuesday or Sunday and ask to speak to Chris.

The programme aims to give you the confidence and support required to get back into the saddle. Each session is 2 hours and will cover handling and grooming, riding lesson and confidence building.

Course Details

The next course will start with a group induction to discuss your personal riding aspirations and an hours riding during which time your skills can be assessed followed by a chance to have some complimentary refreshments and a chat. You might want to aim to achieve a good rising trot or ride out confidently on a sunny day with friends. Everyone will have unique goals.

Following the induction week you will be ready to enjoy a further six weeks of weekly 2 hour sessions. Each session will be balanced between 30 minutes getting up close and personal with the horses, grooming them and preparing them for the ride, an hours riding time during which you will concentrate on improving your skills followed by 30 minutes of social time with tea or coffee and a cake comparing notes with your fellow riders and getting feedback from your instructor. In the final week you will celebrate your achievements with a hack, a competition, trotting poles, jumping or simply a led ride out depending on your level of competence and your aspirations.

The idea of Take Back the Reins is to help you get the most out the time you spend with us. Not only do you have practical riding and horsemastership, you also have the chance to ask questions about your lesson or equestrianism generally, address any worries, as well as to socialise, make new friends and share your experience. The total cost for the course is £210 which equates to just £15 per hour. Excellent value! Once you have completed your course, our Instructor will be able to guide you with regard to your further progress.

Fitting horses back into your life can be simple. Even an hour of riding a week can boost your sense of wellbeing and help to keep you feeling healthy. Returning to riding may feel daunting, but with the right horse to give you confidence, its amazing how quickly you'll get going again. 'Take Back The Reins' is a series of riding lessons providing coaching that has been designed to support your first steps in order to get back into the saddle. The lessons will help you develop your skills so that you can ride out in the open countryside, improve your fitness, and progress within the sport, but most importantly make sure you have fun along the way.

Riding is a hobby for people of all ages and abilities so don't ever use the excuse 'I'm too old'or 'I'm not good enough'. Whatever your age or ability you'll be with like minded people, so there's no need to feel self-conscious.In fact many of the country's top riders are in the prime of the lives! At 50, event rider Mary King is going better than ever and justified her place in the equestrian team at The London 2012 Olympic Games.

So why not give it a try?

Nervous or lack Confidence? There will be qualified instructors available to guide you, and you can rest assured you'll be matched with a horse to suit your ability.

Feel Unfit? Riding is a gentle way of getting exercise, fresh air and having fun. It will strengthen your core body muscles and tone your bum, tum, legs and arms. A relaxing cardiovascular workout!

Don't like the thought of yourself in jodhpurs? To start with jodhpurs are optional! Riding fashion has definitely moved on; Jodhpurs now come in a wide range of flattering styles, fabrics and colours. Functional riding wear is also high fashion, with many brands designing stylish ways to keep out the weather.

Haven't got the kit? We are happy to lend you a hat and suitable boots until you decide you want to commit and buy your own. That's all the equipment that you'll need to start off with.

Feel guilty about taking time out from the family? Riding is a great sport that the whole family can enjoy and is a healthy way of spending time together.

It's too expensive? If you've signed up to a local gym and have hardly hit the treadmill, it's time to put that money to much better use by taking a weekly lesson or hack. Alternatively, volunteers are always needed to assist with the Riding for Disabled Association lessons - and you can still enjoy time spent just being with horses and there may be the opportunity to help out afterwards.

Don't know anyone? Take Back The Reins will not only build your riding skills but will also give you the opportunity to socialise and build friendships both human and equine!

What will I Learn? For beginner riders who have never ridden, 'Take Back The Reins' will see you well on the way to being able to walk and trot confidently without a lead rein, whenever you and your coach / Instructor feel ready.

If you have some experience then a few refresher lessons could get you 'saddling up' and confident enough to ride out with a group of friends. If you're happy, then this might include short canters too.

Aldersbrook Riding School and Aldersbrook Livery Stables
Empress Avenue, London E12 5HW
Tel: 020 8530 4648
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