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How to become a Holiday Centre Horse Rider

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What does a Holiday Centre Horse Rider do?

The main role of a ride leader is to organise group riding activities. They may also have some supervisory responsibilities and might have to take temporary charge of the centre. Ride leaders assess a rider’s ability and then provide them with a suitable mount. Part of the job consists of explaining basic riding techniques such as mounting, dismounting and halting. Leaders must ensure that all the riders are wearing the correct clothing.

Responsibilities will include all aspects of horse care, grooming and tack fitting. Leaders may have to treat common horse ailments and/or assist a vet. As well as organising yard staff and employing assistants and other junior staff, they are also required to train assistant ride leaders.

Ride leaders must be capable of taking charge of the centre in the owner’s absence. This can include taking telephone bookings and dealing with accidents, queries and complaints.

What's the working environment like working as a Holiday Centre Horse Rider?

Hours are long and variable and can include evening and weekend work. Ride leaders usually need to live on site.

The majority of the work will take place outdoors in all weathers, although administrative duties will take place inside.

What does it take to become a Holiday Centre Horse Rider?

To be a horse riding holiday centre ride leader you should:

  • have good riding skills
  • have the ability to lead a group in a firm but friendly manner and reassure nervous riders
  • have basic knowledge of horse health and stable management
  • be physically fit, with plenty of stamina
  • have knowledge of health and safety requirements
  • have map reading skills, familiarity with local countryside and the Highway Code
  • have some clerical skills, including bookkeeping.

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Further information

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Association Of British Riding Schools
Queen's Chambers
38-40 Queen Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BH
Tel: 01736 369440
www.abrs-info.org

The British Horse Society
Stoneleigh Deer Park
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
CV8 2XZ
Tel: 08701 202244
www.bhs.org.uk

The Pony Club
www.pcuk.org

Riding for the Disabled Association
Stoneleigh Park
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
CV8 2LY
Tel: 0845 658 1082
www.riding-for-disabled.org.uk

Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland (TRSS)
Bruaich-Na-H'Abhainne
Maragowan
Killin
Perthshire
FK21 8TN
Tel: 01567 820909
www.ridinginscotland.com

Wales Trekking and Riding Association
North Barn Glanirfon
Llanwrtyd Wells
Powys
LD5 4RR
Tel: 01591 610818
www.ridingwales.com

Lantra
Lantra House
Stoneleigh Park
Nr Coventry
Warwickshire
CV8 2LG
Tel: 0845 707 8007
www.lantra.co.uk

Lantra career advice sites:

www.ajobin.com

www.afuturein.com

People 1st
2nd Floor
Armstrong House
38 Market Square
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 1LH
Tel: 0870 060 2550
www.people1st.co.uk

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