what we offer
What we offer
The ancient partnership between horse and man is a special one and forming friendships with animals has proven health benefits for physical and perhaps more importantly mental wellness.
We offer a variety of lessons and can tailor what we do specifically to your level of experience and aspiration. All our lessons start on the ground and we teach the importance of solid foundations, focusing on communication, respect and understanding.
Stable management and groundwork
At Apples Equestrian we often talk about the conversations we have with the horses. Horses are very good at reading body language. They know if you are having a bad day, feel sad or are worried and equally they can also tell when you feel proud, excited and relaxed.
Your actions around the horses, grooming them and caring for them, walking with them, feeding them an apple or giving them a pat are so important. Everything we do at Apples Equestrian always starts with asking “hello, how are you?”
The best views are between the ears of a horse. We have many beautiful routes on our doorstep taking in rolling hills, open common land and magical woodland.
Many of the rides require very little road-work and the horses love going out.
Home Schooled Children
We have worked with several home-schooled children and their parents.
Spending time outdoors, learning about the horses and building friendships with them is a wonderful way to enrich the curriculum and the skills learnt here can support many subject areas.
Our approach at Apples Equestrian lends itself to self-improvement and repairing and building confidence. We focus on listening and the importance of taking meaningful steps in the right direction.
Rather than worrying about the size of the steps, with the support of the horses we focus on open communication, trust and quality. With time and understanding, the steps can get bigger, more complicated and more independent.
Visiting you and your horse at home
We work with many horses and their owners, helping and supporting them with their own goals. We can accommodate you here at Apples Equestrian or visit you at home. Get in touch if you’d like us to work with you and your horse.
Like any relationship, our friendships with horses can sometimes go a bit wrong, Horses have their own minds, own fears and like us, they develop bad habits. Feelings of dread and fear can be all consuming, scary and take a lot of courage to overcome.
We believe we can help you and that by listening and understanding we can start to unpick the problem. We use a method of horse language called join up, made famous by the brilliant Monty Roberts. Most often the reason for a bad behaviour can be found and seeing it from the horses point of view it can be resolved, leaving a stronger and more respectful friendship.
Mindfulness put simply, is being present in the moment, grounding yourself in the world as it is in front of you, with no distractions and no pre-conceived worries or stresses. Animals in many ways embody mindfulness. They are non judgemental, honest and incredibly forgiving.
When we spend time with the horses they aren’t busy thinking about yesterday or tomorrow. They are simply there. We have a lot to learn from them and they can help us to become unstuck from living in our mental chatter by bringing us back to reality.
What we offer
Pony days run throughout the school holidays.
Our pony days offer the opportunity to experience owning a pony for the day. These are friendly fun-filled days for all ages and all abilities. You don’t need to know anything about horses, just a desire to learn and have fun.
We will teach you how to look after your pony, how to communicate with your horse and improve your friendship with them. You’ll get lots of opportunity to ride the different ponies too. They love the attention and are brilliant teachers.
What we offer
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½ hour private lesson £20
1 hour private lesson £35
½ hour shared lesson £16.50 each
1 hour shared lesson £25
2 hours stable management and riding (group) £27.50
Fun day (4 hours) £35
Horses are often very big animals and have to be treated with the greatest respect. Animals have a mind of their own and have no understanding of how big they are or Health and Safety laws! Your safety is of prime concern at all times when you are at Apples Equestrian.
Rachel has been around horses all her life and is well placed to see any danger in advance and ensure your safety and your family’s safety while you are here. Safety tips and instructions are given to all riders from their very first lesson, ensuring it is possible to have a lot of fun and be safe at the same time. You are also asked to be very thoughtful of your safety and the safety of everyone around you.
If you have any safety concerns please speak to Rachel immediately.
Apples Equestrian is registered with the Malvern Hills District Council and I have a recent Enhanced CRB check, which is available to view upon request.
Old Cider Mill Cottage,
Stitchens Hill, Leigh Sinton,
Malvern, WR13 5DJ