Covid Restrictions

Covid Rider Requirement

All riders must bring their own equipment, including a suitable riding hat. When purchasing a riding hat, please check it meets UK Standards. We have had several riders purchase hats online or in shops that do not meet these - usually they are missing the British Kite Mark.

Riders - 11 yrs and under

Beginner level upwards between 4 and 11 years old. Please note ALL restrictions still apply to guardians.

Riders - 12yrs and over

Due to social distancing we are only able to take riders who are of Intermediate and above level. Please be conscious, if you haven't ridden in a while, your ability might have changed. If you arrive and we feel you do not meet the required level we may not be able to take you out but payment will still be required.

INTERMEDIATE: A rider who is in control and balanced in all paces - able to do rising trot and two point canters in an English saddle outwith an arena.

EXPERIENCED: All of the above but also currently riding different horses regularly or having ridden a lot of different horses previously but not in the past couple of years. Comfortable and confident in riding in English saddle.

ADVANCED: All of the above having also competed (BE100, BSJA Discovery, BD Elementary or equivalent) and is used to riding a variety of horses. Ability to handle a spirited horse in open country.

  • Rider Registration Form, this should be downloaded and completed before attending the yard, if this is not possible speak to the staff before attending the yard

When Attending the Yard

We have reviewed our practices in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the various guidelines issued by the Scottish Government, BHS and Horse Scotland. In light of these the following procedures have been implemented. Importantly, riders should enter the yard and wait at the signpost, and read the information provided on the Stables protocol.

Please note:

    • All riders must have their own safety equipment - hat (please check matches safety standards), boots (must have a small heel no less than 1/2 inch) and gloves.

    • Payment should be taken before the ride (either via BACS or contactless) if this is not possible speak to the staff before attending the yard.

    • If you arrive and we feel you do not meet the required level we may not be able to take you out but full payment will still be required.

    • Due to a number of last minute calculations we have had to implement a 24 hour cancellation policy. This will be a charge of 80% of the total cost.

    • All social areas and toilets are closed to anyone attending the yard.

    • Masks to be worn at all times whilst on the yard.

    • Car park - Maximum of one car per rider in the car park.

    • Only riders to enter the yard, unless the rider is 11 and under years old, then a guardian can accompany.

    • Clean gloves to be worn throughout with an extra pair of gloves to be kept to hand.

    • On entering the yard use the hand sanitizer that is available at the entrance.

    • Wash clothes immediately when you return home and wear a fresh set of clothes to the stables.

    • Comply with the 2m social distancing rule at all times (except aged 11 and under).

    • Do not attend the yard if they are self-isolating, are in a household that is self-isolating, feel unwell in any way or are showing symptoms of Covid-19.

How will it work?

    • Riders enter the yard, they should put on their face mask and wait at the signpost. Please read ALL information provided at the waiting area.

    • Clean hands with hand sanitizer and put on your clean gloves. Gloves are to be worn at all times, with an extra pair of gloves to be kept to hand.

    • Hand over completed Rider Registration Form.

    • Your ride leader will meet you at waiting point and take payment.

    • A horse will be allocated.

    • The horse will be outside the stable either tacked up or with tack on stand.

    • Riders to mount from the mounting block (do not move the mounting block to the horse bring the horse to the mounting block).

    • If required the ride leader can check the girth and stirrups once riders are mounted - both ride leader and rider to wear a mask for these checks.

    • Ride leader will get on and ride will commence. Please maintain the 2 meter distancing whilst riding.

    • Once back horse to be returned to where it was previously tied.

    • Rider to untack and leave on tack stand. Then disinfect tack with disinfectant provided (including neckstrap and stirrup leathers).

    • Please do not spend additional time at the yard, while we would love to catch up this poses a risk to all.

    • Please ensure social distancing after the ride and as you exit the yard.