I came to Alstone about a year and a half ago, after a long period of not riding. Since arriving, everyone on the yard has always been friendly and welcoming, and are happy to help when I’ve needed it. Sally and Liv have really helped me gain my confidence, challenging me as a rider, whilst always keeping me safe. Recently, after deciding I was ready for a horse of my own again, Alstone are were hugely supportive in helping me with everything and I know Daisy is in good hands.
Supportive and helpful
Dr Jennifer Oakley
Well what can I say!
After a break from horse riding of almost 30 years …
I started riding at Alstone Court in January 2010 after a break from horse riding of almost 30 years. I began by riding just once a month but enjoyed it so much that I am now riding 3 times a week. The horses at Alstone Court are beautifully cared for and it is obvious that they are happy in their environment. The horses have their individual personalities and I soon found my favourite – Hardy – a liver chestnut Welsh cob. The staff at Alstone Court are so supportive and encouraging. My riding technique was very rusty when I began but, thanks to the expert instruction that I received from Sally and Erica, I soon found my confidence. My riding improved so much that I have been able to join Alstone’s jumping lessons and can now manage to complete a clear round. Before I started riding again I looked at several local riding schools. I chose Alstone Court because the facilities are simply outstanding – a large indoor arena – so you can ride indoors when it is freezing cold and pouring with rain – and wonderful outdoor riding, either in the outdoor arena or across the Somerset farmland to the sea. I wish that I hadn’t waited 30 years before getting back in the saddle and had visited Alstone Court so much sooner.
After a five year break from riding due to illness …
After a five year break from riding due to illness, operations and trying to find a nearer riding centre, I eventually found and started riding at Alstone court riding centre back in August 2010. And in that short time I have achieved things I never thought possible with my disability. Apart from many physical and internal problems, I am a right leg amputee with not much of a stump left to help when I am in the saddle, but Sally my instructor has taught and helped me to improve my balance and regain my confidence to be able to master riding in canter, also having a go at small jumps. Occasionally we have also been out riding on a hack, cross country riding through the fields, which I must say is really enjoyable. I ride a horse called Genghis every Wednesday morning, he is quite a character, but a lovely horse to ride.” Marcus is a disabled rider.