Bookings and Payment

Do you accept Payments online?

We do accept Paypal Payments that have been pre-arranged via email. The address will be supplied on request using our Contact Form (say for example if you wish to buy vouchers).

Why does horse riding cost so much?

Horses are big animals, they cost a lot of money just standing still.

In comparison with our competitors, we're very fair for the facilities we have available, in most cases our riding is cheaper than our rivals.

If you purchased your own horse and paid livery to keep it somewhere, this is the average cost over the UK and not related to the Chestnuts Riding School, but it should give you an idea.:


  • Stable Equipment £200
  • Pre-purchase Vetting (per horse) £200
  • First aid/ grooming equipment £50
  • Riding clothes and equipment £250
  • Leather Saddle £600
  • Brand new English leather bridle with bit £100
  • Outdoor Rugs (per rug) £100
  • Indoor Rugs (per rug) £70
  • Annual Livery Costs
    • Full Livery (Per Annum) £5,200
    • Part Livery (Per Annum) £3,640
    • Working Livery (Per Annum) £2,600
    • Grass Livery (Per Annum) £1,560


  • Shoeing (every 6 weeks) £645
  • Specialist shoeing (every 4 weeks) £1,950
  • Trimming (every 6 weeks) £215
  • Tetanus & Equine Influenza Vaccination excluding vet call out fee £120
  • Worming Products (1 Syringe every 8 weeks) £78
  • Shavings (using 2 bales per week £728
  • Straw (small bales) (using 2 bales per week) £364
  • Hay (small bales) (using 4 bales a week) £936
  • Haylage (small bales) (using 3 bales a week) £936
  • Bag of horse/ pony cubes (using 1 bag every 3 weeks) £122
  • Bag of chaff (using 1 bag every 2 weeks for) £182

COSTS A RIDING SCHOOL HAS ON TOP across the UK(anually):

Keep in mind, some riding centres are not licensed or insured (we are, always have been), we have to teach some 300 extra lessons (rough estimate) before that cost is even covered.

Licensing Fees, Insurance Fees, Staff Wages, Building Purchase / Rent / Morgage, Vehicle Purchase + Maintence and many more things which could add up to over £100,000 a year.

Please note all the above costs are averaged estimates at the time of print, the quantities of feed, bedding, period
between shoeings etc will vary between each individual horse or pony’s needs.

NOTE: Some of the Information provided above was quoted from a BHS leaflet, the costs involved vary considerably, but that should give you an idea of how much a single animal would cost you to keep somewhere.

Do you sell Gift Vouchers?

Yes, we sell many all year round, they make fantastic presents! If you wish to order, please Telephone 01273 503842 or Email Us.

However, we can only sell Introduction/Assessment Lessons and Private Lessons in Voucher Format.

It doesn't matter whether the voucher recepient is a rider, we have to put every client through a mandatory Assessment Lesson if they state they can ride, this is done to improve Health and Safety.

Once the Assessment Lesson has been taken, and known rider has been verified, they can go Hacking instead. One 30 Minute Private Lesson has the same value as a 60 minute Hack on the South Downs.

So typical combinations for presents for an adult are:

  • 1x 30 Minute Introduction / Assessment Lesson = £25 (adult)
  • TOTAL = £25 + £2 Postage and Packaging = £27 Payable in Advance


  • 1x 30 Minute Introduction / Assessment Lesson = £25 (adult)
  • 1x 30 Minute Private Lesson = £30
  • TOTAL = £55 + £2 Postage and Packaging = £57 Payable in Advance


  • 1x 30 Minute Introduction / Assessment Lesson = £25 (adult)
  • 2x 30 Minute Private Lesson = £60
  • TOTAL = £85 + £2 Postage and Packaging = £87 Payable in Advance


Can you confirm the rider has no Medical conditions that require doctors approval.
Can you confirm the rider meets our Height / Weight Guidelines: Maximum Weight 14 Stone at 6ft or Higher

Our Terms and Conditions Apply.
Vouchers are Valid for 365 Days.
No Refunds Available.
All bookings are subject to availability.


Horse Riding Voucher Sample: Chestnuts Riding School

We will hopefully have a simple online store so these can be purchased online in 2009!

Proprietor S.M Hazelden - M.S.D.C Licence No 0506 (Mid Sussex District Council)

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