What you need to know when riding with us

Whether you are riding with us as part of a school or individually, we always endeavour to fit our riders into classes with others of similar skills and age. Unfortunately, because there is such a high demand for places it is not always possible to achieve this. It is therefore important that, once allocated a place, riders must come every week. It is always a good idea to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the lesson starting.

We offer a range of activities and our aim is to ensure that we can offer riding lessons, in particular, to children who are unable to ride with us during the day due to school commitments. Our After School Lessons start from 3:30 on a Monday and Tuesday as well as our “Happy Hoof” club which operates on Tuesday and Thursday.  Each space we offer is in high demand, and once we have secured your place we do understand that sometimes due to illness or other events it is not possible to attend every week, so all we ask is that you let us know as soon as possible if a rider is not able to attend their class.

At Cotswold RDA health & safety is paramount, and occasionally we do have riders that we cannot allow to ride. For example someone who maybe unstable could be a safety risk not only to themselves but to the ponies and/or our volunteers. We always try our best to accommodate everyone and can now offer the opportunity to lead ponies through the sensory walk together with horse care sessions.


We are extremely fortunate to be able to offer both an easy access ramp to our mounting block so that our riders can mount their ponies easily. In addition we have an electric hoist that allows some of our riders who maybe confined to a wheelchair to be lifted onto their ponies with relative ease and avoid too much discomfort.

Comfort is key, so riders should wear either jodhpurs or long trousers e.g. track suit bottoms. No skirts. Sturdy boots with a small heel or “wellies” are best. We do provide special stirrups in case a rider has the wrong footwear. Always bring gloves, especially in winter as the school can become very cold, so we always advise to wrap up warmly.

Our ponies welfare is paramount, therefore we do have certain limitations which we have to apply to ensure the health of our ponies.

Height – 5ft 10 inches (1.8m) max

Weight – 12 stones (76 kilos) max. This includes the weight of the riding hat and clothes

Age – 4 years old minimum

TERM DATES 2017/2018


Monday 4th September to Friday 20th October 2017

Note Sunday Riding 

10th, 17th and 24th September Riding

1st October NO RIDING

8th, 15th, 22nd October Riding

29th October NO RIDING


Monday 30th October to Friday 15th December 2017

Note Sunday Riding

29th October NO RIDING

5th, 12th November Riding

19th November NO RIDING

26th November and 3rd December Riding

10th December End of Term and Last Ride until Term 3


Wednesday 3rd January to Friday 9th February 2018


Monday 19th February to Friday 23rd March 2018

Note: Closed for Gold Cup from Friday 9th March to Monday 19th March 2018.  We reopen on Tuesday 20th March.


Monday 16th April to 25th May 2018

Closed for April Meet on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th April 

Closed for Racing on Friday 4th May


4th June to Wednesday 25th July 2018

The above dates refer to the school academic year.  We also offer a number of holiday activities during the school holidays which are published on our website when available.

Lesson Charges
Core Lesson  (30 minutes as part of a group during term time (between Monday – Thursday (10am – 3pm and Sunday morning)

  • £7.00 for a child (up to 16 years of age)
  • £12.00 for an adult

Individual Lessons 

  • £25.00 for 40 minutes
  • £20.00 for 30 minutes

Mechanical Horse 

  • £1.00 per minute

Sensory Afternoon 

  • Sensory £15 per person based on 6 attending group 1.5 hours plus drink and biscuit

After School Group Lessons (30 minutes)

  • £10.00 per rider

“Happy Hoof” Club (only available to under 18 years)

  • £18.00 per person for 50 minute session including lesson, stable management, activities, squash and biscuits

Unfortunately we are unable to accept Cash payments. If you are offered a place you will be sent an invoice on a term by term basis (please refer to our terms and conditions) which can be paid by BACS or cheque made payable to Cotswold Riding for the Disabled.

Statement relating to non-payment of fees

Cotswold Riding for the Disabled provide riding lessons for mentally and/or physically disabled children and adults. It is the policy of the charity to support all our riders to the best of our ability. However, we do understand that on occasions our riders may incur financial difficulties through no fault of their own, which may prevent them from being unable to fund lessons on an ongoing basis.

In these circumstances, we will work closely with the rider and their parent/guardian/carer to help them find funding from a range of support trusts/groups who do support several of our existing riders. If this funding was unsuccessful the board would review on an individual basis.

There are occasions when Cotswold RDA have to make a decision to cancel riding.  This decision is not taken lightly and is made with careful consideration, as safety is paramount.

The decision should be made by the management team and group coach, but will always be made by a minimum of 2 people.  The Chairman and Vice-Chairman are informed as soon as practical.   Notice of cancellation will be posted on our Facebook and Website.

The decision will be based on all available information, to include but not limited to information from The Jockey Club related to closing the tented village, weather forecasts and warnings.

Examples of Weather conditions and circumstances where closure may be required:-

  • Snow and Ice – the roads to our fields are not gritted and so checks on forecasts for temperatures dropping, particularly for After School Club, need to be done early in the day.
  • Temperatures exceeding 28 degrees
  • Wind and Gusts of Wind exceeding 25mph
  • Hail, heavy rain and storms which will be reviewed/assessed based on weather forecasts.



Get In Touch.

If you are interested in riding at Cotswold Riding for the Disabled why not get in contact with us to see whether we can offer you a place.