🐎 PROGRAMS – Horse Riding Lessons, Preparatory Lessons & Programs Available

 All lessons are tailor-made to the ability and experience of the rider.

All new clients, irrespective of their previous experience, need to start with private lessons before they can be integrated into our established group lessons. However, new clients can sometimes be ‘teamed up’ if they start at the same time, forming their own group lesson. Friends, siblings, partners etc. can also start together. Obviously people with prior experience will require fewer private lessons.

Differences between the type of lessons


For all ages who are beginners or very rusty!

From the very beginning, students are taught to start recognizing how a horse communicates. This skill is developed continuously & alongside a student’s other learning.

Incorporates Natural Horsemanship right from the start.

Any age is a good age to start riding!

chris and giz

These very happy riders had never ridden before coming to Giddy Up GGs.

both these girls had never ridden

Our Preparatory Lessons to prepare a rider to join the groups or Semi- Private lessons teach them to-

  • Enter a stable safely
  • Catch the horse & put it’s halter on
  • Tie the horse & learn a special knot
  • Remove rugs
  • Learn where a horse is sensitive/ticklish/defensive
  • Learn how to use phases to ask the horse to move over
  • Groom safely & effectively
  • Handle legs & clean hooves
  • Put the horses boots on
  • Learn the different types of saddles & how to place them correctly.
  • Lead the horse at the walk & the trot & stop without pulling on the rope
  • Back the horse up & do tight & soft turns
  • Adjust stirrups to their correct length
  • Mount safely & correctly
  • Do an effective emergency stop on both reins
  • Know how to make the horse walk, trot, turn & stop unassisted in a small area

Once a person is confident doing all these things, they are ready to join the groups. Depending on the age & confidence of the student, for a complete beginner the average is 6-8 private lessons to achieve all these things. Generally a child is ready to do this once they are 8 or older. There’s no recommended age for an adult!

Once a rider has finished this process, they come before their lesson & get their own horse ready. This takes most people who are still new to it all about an hour. After the lesson it is the riders responsibility to unsaddle & make sure all their horses requirements are met.

Beginner Riders

Beginner riders learn to develop the skills that they learnt in their preparatory lessons-  to gain more control & confidence, to master the rising trot &  the correct position, to gradually increase the size area they ride in & to learn to ride with other riders.

Intermediate Riders

As confidence and ability grows, riders start to learn things like cantering, jumping, riding in open areas, correct diagonals & canter leads. Their ground skills are progressed to include the Parelli 7 Games. Developing a young horse & rehabilitating rescues is also introduced at this level, normally in theory & on the ground. They learn to start being aware of what the horse is doing with his body & correcting & softening the blocks & braces. Lateral work is introduced around this time.

Once a rider is able to walk, trot & canter & bring the horse back down through the paces again without using the reins, contact is introduced. The horses naturally carry themselves in self carriage & a soft frame when the rider finds their own soft contact. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

bec canter on lunge  

Sarah on spook

Sarah on Spook

circling game Learning the lungeing game

Experienced Rider

Once a certain level of competency is achieved, riders can choose to ‘focus’ their training on what interests them; it might be training young horses, jumping, dressage, furthering their Natural Horsemanship skills, Western, Showing, etc ………



Bec & her Max




Refresher Program

This is for those that have ‘been there, done that, but not for a while’.

No matter how long it has been, we will get you back and happening again! Then you can choose to progress further, if that is what you desire!

Advanced Riders

As our riders advance, so do the skills taught to them. As always, lessons are tailored to each riders individual needs. We start to look at correct collection & posture of the horses, how we influence that through our own posture & balance & core stability. We develop further the riders understanding of correct flexion throughout the horses whole body. We continue developing the ability to use the reins to only tell the horse where we want to position the head & our body, seat, legs, focus & energy tells the horses own body & legs what to do. Lateral work gets much more accurate & with steeper angles.   1Werribee Show 119   1st Piaffe

Bella and Lena

Bella and Lena, no ropes, leads, reins or whips, demonstrating lateral flexion.

1Werribee Show 120

Sarah on spook

Sarah on Spook

lead and ride

For Our Young Riders!

We regularly have young riders. Generally, children below the age of 8 or 9 years need to have an adult solely assisting & supervising that single rider. This usually means that private lessons are the only appropriate lessons for the younger rider. There is another option where we teach the parent the necessary skills to handle & manage both the horse & whilst I teach the rider. This allows their child to join in with the older children in their group lessons. There is a lot of walking & a bit of  slow jogging involved for the parent that chooses this option & the ability to walk backwards is definitely beneficial!

ashleighs 1st lessoncayd thumbs up  zac&giz2

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