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Rules & Regulations

Association of British Riding Schools

We are members of the Association of British Riding Schools who aim to raise the standard of instruction, horsemanship and the welfare of horses and ponies in riding establishments.




Rules and Regulations

The demand for riding lessons is high and whilst we make every effort to ensure that your place is kept for you, there are times when this will not be possible. This notice sets out the Seechem Equestrian Centre’s terms and conditions and is designed to minimise any inconvenience to you.

Cancellation rules

  1. Lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged in full, whatever the reason.
  2. All shows and clinics must have a deposit paid when booking.
  3. If you are going on holiday, please inform the office and be sure to book your lesson, in advance, for when you return.
Safety Rules
Horse riding is a high risk sport
We  ask our clients to adhere to the following rules to help reduce that risk.


General Safety
  1. Never mount/dismount until you have permission from your instructor.
  2. Never open/close the indoor school door or outdoor manege gate until permission has been given; i.e. knock and wait at indoor school.
  3. Please remember that horses do have a mind and character or their own, and all horses are capable of reacting to new, loud or unexpected events. Even the quietest horse/pony can be unpredictable in certain circumstances.


Safe Riding Clothes and Equipment
1. Hats:
It is mantatory for all clients to wear a protective helmet manufactured to one of the minimum standards listed below.
please note that there have been changes to the hat standard in 2016. Hats bearing only the EN1384 or BSEN1384 standard are  no longer be accepted under BHS hat rules for 2016.
However, hats would be acceptable if they carry EN1384 or BSEN1384 and another standard such as those listed:
PAS 015 (1998 or 2011)
VG1 01.040 (2014-12)
ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards)
AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards)
The fit of the hat and the adjustment of the harness are as crucial as the quality. Clients are advised to try several different makes to find the best fit. The hat should not move on the head when the head is tipped forward. Hats must be replaced after a severe impact, subsequent protection will be significantly reduced. Hats deteriorate with age and should be replaced after three to five years depending upon the amount of use.
Hats must be worn when mounted, with a chinstrap fastened at all times.

NB The prefix ‘BS’ on the EN 1384 standard does not mean that the hat has undergone batch testing by the British Standards Institute – the hat must contain the BSI Kitemark as well.


2 . Footwear:
Long riding boots or jodhpur boots are preferred, otherwise leather soled walking shoes which fasten at the front with a small heel may be worn.


3. No earrings. Should a fall occur, these have been known to rip the ear lobe off.
4. No scarves. In the case of a fall these may get caught.


5. Please wear a well fitting long sleeved jumper or shirt. Well fitting anoraks are acceptable, however, these must be fastened at all times. Always ask your instructor to hold your horse/pony if you wish to take off your coat whilst you are mounted.


6. Body protectors are now widely used within the sport, but as yet are not compulsory at this equestrian centre. If you are interested in purchasing one, we would encourage you to do so.


Smart riders are a credit to their horses