About Us

The Chestnuts Riding School offers some of the best horse riding in Sussex! Our Indoor Arena is fantastic (the client testimonials say it all), and our Hacking second to none (totally road free with direct access to the south downs from our premises).

As for the Horses, they are simply the best, and possibly the safest in the area. We have a large variety to choose from, most of them are suitable for Total Beginners. We also have more advanced horses and ponies, but they will only be offered to riders of sound proven ability.

All our instructors are highly experienced, and qualified. Each instructor brings their unique skills to the lessons, some of whom have over 40 years experience behind them.

SAFETY

We are Licensed (by Mid Sussex District Council) and Insured, we always have been!

We take safety very seriously, we require that every new client take a mandatory Assessment Lesson before being able to take part in further activities (even if you're highly experienced). This can pose a problem for clients who just want to go for a one-off Hack. However, most clients don't mind taking an Assessment first, most people value their safety, and respect the rules we put in place to protect them and the horses.

Our goals are simple, provide the safest possible riding experience, with sound instruction, great horses, while maintaining a fun and friendly atmosphere.

We require every client to wear a Hat whenever riding and near a horse, we also highly advise/recommend a body protector that fits correctly (most tack shops will provide this service).

LEARNING / TUITION

Horse Riding has a progressive learning curve, it doesn't actually take that long to teach someone the foundations to ride safely, we can teach an average person to walk and trot proficiently within 10-20 lessons.

If you ask most new clients what their aims are, some might not be able to tell you, others just want to learn to ride safely enough to go hacking with friends. Nothing is fixed or set in stone though, peoples goals and expectations change as they learn. Some people decide they want to take their riding further, by learning to tackle small jumps and obstacles, and beyond this with Showing Jumping and Dressage at the regional and national level the ultimate goal.

Riding has to be fun, or there is little point, we teach you at your own pace, everyone has differing levels of confidence, and the fact is, mastering Horse Riding takes time.

OUR HORSES

We have a large selection of horses available to Riding School clients, you can browse pictures of our shetlands, ponies, cobs and horses here.

SHORT DESCRIPTION:

The Chestnuts Riding School offers some of the best horse riding in Sussex! Our Indoor Arena is fantastic (the client testimonials say it all), and our Hacking second to none (totally road free with direct access to the south downs from our premises).

Our goals are simple, provide the safest possible riding experience, with sound instruction, great horses, while maintaining a fun and friendly atmosphere.

We are Licensed (by Mid Sussex District Council) and Insured, we always have been!

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