When are you open?

We are Open for six days of the week with the horses having their day off on a Monday. Lessons times 9.30am weekdays and from 10am on a Sunday.

 

DO you have a weight restriction?

The maximum weight for OBEC is fourteen (14) stone?

 

Do you have any age restrictions?

Children must be 3yrs for lessons but can be younger for pony rides. There is no upper age limit.

 

How is payment made?

You can pay for lessons and starter rides by cash on arrival or prior payment by bank transfer pingit.  In the event that you have booked a group session and you happen to be the only person on the lesson you will receive a 1/2 Provate lesson and if there are two persons the lesson will be conducted as a semi private for 45mins. Both good value and for the cost of your group. 

 

What happens if I need to cancel my booking?

Horse riding is an outdoor activity and therefore we ride in all weathers. We rquire 24hrs notice for all cancelations in order to transfer your booking to another time, however we accept that you may not wish to ride in extreme weather conditons especially of the booking is for a child , in these circumstances if we believe that the weather is too extreme and unsafe to ride we will ring you to cancel prior to your booking and post on our fb and website. However you are advised to call before setting out.

 

What time should I arrive for my booking?

You should allow ten minutes or so to be fitted with a safety hat if you do not have one of your own. Your own hat will be checked for fit and standard. Please note that mounting and dismounting time is inclusive of all lessons.

 

What should I wear?

Safety hats can be provided by the centre and we do have a selection of body protectors. Stretchy or easy fit jeans can be worn, jodphurs will give a better contact. Wellie boots are ok to start but a short jodphur boot and chaps will give more feel as would a long leather or synthetic riding boot.

TRAINERS or SOFT SANDLES will not be permitted.

 

Horse riding is an outdoor activity and you are advised to layer up with plenty of warm clothes in the colder months and long sleeves should be worn at all times.

Jewellery must be kept to a minimum for safety purposes and no large objects should be kept in pockets in case of injury or loss. 

Lockers are available for use during your lesson.

Whips can only be carried with the express permission of the allocated instructor and spurs can only be used for a Level 4 rider under supevision only.

 

Am I insured to ride on a lesson?

As a licensed riding centre you can be reassured that you are covered for all third party risk. Horse riding is a recognised `risk` sport but at OBEC we take your safety extremely seriously which should reduce the risk of a fall. However if you ride reqularly the likelyhood of a fall does increase  due to the odds and if you wish you can insure yourself for personal accident with most insurers. Strange thing is the better you get at this sport the higher the risk as you begin to jump and gallop etc. In most cases falls are likely to be minor and you get up and back on...

 

Are the instructors qualified?

Our senior staff are BHS Registered Instructor and we have a number of mature competant instructors as well as up and coming competant trainees working toward their BHSPtt and Level 3 UKCC teaching qualifications.

Senior staff have their up to date first aid certifcation, many of them have their DBS certificates and all Staff and Apprentices have their Child Protection Certificates.

 

Are the Health and Safety risk assessments up to date?

We take our H&S responsibilities very seriously as the world of horses can change frequently, horses are large and can be unpredictable and you are advised to read all notices that are posted around the yard areas and in particular you are requested NOT to give stabled horses treats unless you are accompanied on the yard.

You are particulary asked NOT to allow young children to run around the stabling areas and not to stand around the rear end of any horse.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere around the stabling areas and is only permitted in certain designated areas.

 

We hope that these notes answer your queries but do ask if not.

Old Bexley Equestrian Centre  (OBEC)