No.48 learn to ride a horse

Learning to ride a horse can be lots of fun but it takes a long time to become a brilliant rider. This challenge is more about having a go, and who knows, you might even find a new hobby.

If you want to try horse riding, there are a few things you'll need to know. Our friends at the British Equestrian Federation recommend the following steps.

What you need:

  1. Find your nearest approved riding centre (see the HOOF or the Pony Club websites in the links below) to find local places to ride and pop in to have a look around.
  2. The Pony Club is the starting place for people who want to learn how to ride and care for ponies. There are over 500 Pony Club centres across the UK, and members can gain certificates and badges, as well as take part in fun competitions. 
  3. There is no need to buy expensive equipment when you first start learning to ride. Most riding schools will lend or hire you a hat, and you may be able to wear smooth soled shoes or boots with a small heel to begin with.

Fun, fun, fun!

Riding is a huge amount of fun, and once you have learnt the basics there are heaps of opportunities to ride as a hobby or as a more serious competitor. It’s never too late to learn, and who knows where the journey may take you; maybe even the Olympics.