Firhill Stables

About our sessions at Firhill Stables

We teach beginners to advanced riding to clients that show a desire to not just to use horses as an activity when it is nice weather.
We can tailor make lessons to suit every individual.
We also offer an outreach service for our riders to support them from their own yard building confidence in hacking out and other hurdles that come their way.
All of us have needed support with our fears and felt reluctant to ask we offer a confidential service to riders that feel uncomfortable with others knowing they are having lessons .
We have lessons too .
We are only able atr present to offer lessons on clients own horses either here or at the owners yard.
We do not hold a riding school licence but are able to do stable management and hands on therapies unmounted with our older horses who are happy to assist whilst enjoying their retirement .

Now after years we understand that the only communication line a horse shares with you is behaviour and signs and our own ability to be able read both .
How many times do we sit and think to ourselves he /she should have known, when we have had arguments with partners /children.
A horse does not have the gift of verbal communication .We see daily horses that have been in pain , had owners that try but fail to understand ,been sold purely because they are trying to say I am in pain please make it stop hurting.
For this reason we do not consider our horses as partners ,we do not wish to be a cheap excuse for a recreational activity .
We are not a weekend sport and do not encourage this thought process, we aim to teach the next generation of professional riders and have time after time proved how unique our methods are.
Please look at other stables and group lessons where you can ride for an hour for cheaper alternatives we train you or your family member for the horses and time after time are commended on our tuition.

We do This !!!!

NOT THIS !!!!!!

Our aim is to teach our students .
Not with a rubber ring to keep them afloat.
Non institutionalised horses do not have a rubber ring.
We will never use unqualified less than BHSAI instructors . All our sessions allow our riders to maximise their learning experience by way of constant feedback and support .
Lessons take into consideration learning styles, confidence, age and ability. As sessions are guided by the clients learning aims and goals this gives us a plan on how to best support and guide
We also cater for Physiotherapy referrals with our own Physiotherapist on hand to liaise with both client and instructor ensuring we are aware of limitations.

We are lucky to regularly have lesson spaces with Nicola Du Plessis available for the more compettitive rider and those working towards exams equine careers.
Our own staff have been trained by both Nikki and Josephine Batty Smith with whom we are in regular contact
Please contact us for details



Our school is hired out to local riders for training and clinics. We have numerous instructors that are experienced in Natural horsemanship to Horse agility, dressage and show jumping.

School Hire is 7.50 per person/per horse with an additional charge of £5.00 for use jumps.

We can be contacted via the website or telephone for bookings.

For adults only

Social rides, pub rides,guides and holidays available.
Re-schooling and starting of young stock.

1 hour private lesson £30
30 minute private lesson £25
1 hour group (own horses) £25
Lesson and hack £40 1 hour and 30 minutes
Horse management day £40
Hacking £30
Training + lesson £50
Half Day (non riding) £40

For children

1 hour private lesson £30
30 minute private lesson £25
Lesson and hack £40
Own a Pony day To help male the decision a loan pony or purchase
Hacking £30
Doddles £25 (any age)
Training + lesson £40
Therapy sessions non riding

What we offer

  • Reduced rate lessons
  • Horse owners certificates
  • Training for NVQ ,BHS, ABRS examinations
  • Apprenticeships
  • Confidence building
  • Competitions
  • Off road hacking
  • Pub rides
  • Re schooling
  • Holiday care
  • Social events
  • Lessons in preparation for competitions
  • Visiting instructors
  • Behaviour Clinics
  • Clipping and trimming service
  • Day trip sharing
  • Trailer Transport

The benefits of riding for all:

Our core skills:

  • Balance
  • Co-ordination
  • Sense of achievement
  • Mobility
  • Muscle fitness/relaxation
  • Posture
  • Concentration issues
  • Motor skills
  • Fitness
  • Freedom
  • Fun
  • Healthy environment
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Problem solving
  • Exploration
  • Friendship
  • Positive experiences
  • Each individual has the option of holding an activities file
  • Outline of skills that each wishes to achieve in both the long and short term
  • These will be updated each session and the student regularly receive feedback in progress
  • Monitoring, mentoring and goals can be flexible