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    Default Hertfordshire riding schools for beginners?

    My fiancé is interested in learning to ride but as some of you might have guessed, my horse Belle is not really beginner friendly!

    We live in Hatfield and I'd like to find a friendly, easy-going riding school for him to maybe start getting some lessons. He is French but speaks near perfect English so that shouldn't be a problem, as long as instructors can be patient if he doesn't hear them first time etc. He is 6ft, less than 12 stone and quite fit and healthy so there should be no issues there.

    I've been to Contessa riding school myself a few times and it's good but quite pricey. We don't need anything flash, as long as they are friendly, take care of their horses and can do the job (though I know that we're going to have to spend quite a bit of money anywhere really).

    Does anybody have any suggestions of places they have been and would recommend?

    Many thanks.

    *French pastries for all those reading*

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    Default Re: Hertfordshire riding schools for beginners?

    Check the BHS and Association of British Riding Schools web sites to check for approved places, which at least ensures a minimum standard.

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    Smile Re: Hertfordshire riding schools for beginners?

    Contessa is the obvious recommendation. I suppose the obvious question is will a beginner learn quicker in that environment rather than a more basic riding school

    I'm having some schoolmaster lessons there at present.

    I sat on one of their "novices" horses for my assessment, and would be very happy for my OH to learn on such a horse.

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    Default Re: Hertfordshire riding schools for beginners?

    Shardeloes in Amersham.

    Excellent facilites, including a mechanical horse for the first assessment lesson. There's a very quiet 17hh mare, so would be good for a tall person.

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    Default Re: Hertfordshire riding schools for beginners?

    Thanks a lot for the help!

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    Default Re: Hertfordshire riding schools for beginners?

    Probably too far but Gillians Riding School in Enfield is Briliant! Lots of first time adult male riders go there... nice and laid back yard!! Usually get them holding reins and balanced then take them out for plods round the forest!! Lovely safe laid back horses!!!

    http://www.gilliansridingschool.com/...php?p=11&pno=0

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    Default Re: Hertfordshire riding schools for beginners?

    I know some people who go to Green Acres (I think that's the name) Nr Harpenden and are very pleased with it.

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    Default Re: Hertfordshire riding schools for beginners?

    Greenacres is on the Lower Harpenden road - i used to work there.

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    Default Re: Hertfordshire riding schools for beginners?

    South Medburn in elstree is good, they have a website if you google them x

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    Default Re: Hertfordshire riding schools for beginners?

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Great suggestions, I'm very grateful. I really think that Antoine will love horse riding (he really takes an interest but is a little nervous around horses). If he goes for it then I will try and get a photo of him on a horse at some point!

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