Horse Riding Lessons

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    I need horse riding lessons. I live in London but every school I ask says that they have a weight limit of 13st. As a 14st lump, I'm currently out of options.

    Have you got any ideas?

    I mean Russell Crowe and Ray Winston ride horses and they're not skinny librarians!

    Does anyone know about Horseriding schools in and around London that cater for beefier actors?

    Yours pedestrianly

    Glenn

    • 14th May 2011
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    Have you tried those a little further out like Lee Valley way or up towards Epping?

    I'd be interested in your results as it's something I'd like to do again myself.

    • 31st Dec 2010
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  • Clare Cameron

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    Hey Glenn

    www.filmhorses.com These stables are based just outside Windsor and are run by a tiny but fearsome lady called Janet. They provide horses and training for film & tv but I seem to recall that you can also go for regular lessons - give them a call. I did a weekend course there, arranged through a combat company, and can testify that these horses are huge; my husband weighs about the same as you and these horses had no problem carrying him. Good luck and have fun!

    CC

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  • Forbes KB

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    13st weight limit!! I am so screwed! I need riding lessons too...probably for the same thing as Glenn!

    • 31st Dec 2010
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  • Forbes KB

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    Methinks I'd best find a riding school that uses shire horses! lol!

    • 31st Dec 2010
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    Film Horses?

    Is that Janet Rogers? She is well known in the Buisnes, I have ridden one of her horses, and I am not far shy of 17 Stone.

    • 31st Dec 2010
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    Thanks CC for that information, I sent an email off to them and will put the resultant info up on this thread for all the other portly actors out there ; )

    Thanks and Happy New Year to all !

    Glenn

    • 31st Dec 2010
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  • Toni Brooks

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    Trent Park should be okay

    • 1st Jan 2011
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  • Keith Hill

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    I think I'm roght in saying that Lea Valley should be able to cope with most of you, and I seem to remember that they aren't too eye-wateringly pricey. they are a bit BHS school- focussed, which means they aren't keen on things like riding one-handed, but they are used to actors, and patient and understanding. Mind you, Clare has come up with a specialist, and I would guess that, as usual, her idea is better.

    • 1st Jan 2011
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  • Channelle Hurley

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    i think if you go for a combat course they deal with horse riding hope this is helpfull

    channelle x

    • 1st Jan 2011
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    A combat course where?

    • 2nd Jan 2011
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  • Channelle Hurley

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    you can google any combat courses in england aloso stunt schools they deal with horse riding true grit is a good shool ive heard of,goodluck

    channelle

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  • Ceejay Sargent

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    Hi Glenn

    CC is correct Janet at film horses is definitely where you want to go. She can teach anyone to do just about anything on horseback. From basic riding skills up to and including jousting & mounted combat. & her horses are designed to carry beefy men in armour so they'll have no probs with you. I have ridden with Janet many times over the last few years she has taught me to joust & more recently sidesaddle so I can highly recommend her. Also she puts all her riding tuition in the context of riding on a film set so it's really useful. Hope it helps.

    Ceejay

    • 2nd Jan 2011
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    The Centre of Horseback Combat looks pretty damn nifty too and I'm sure they could cope with significant weight

    • 3rd Jan 2011
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    Thanks folks for all your input and suggestions. Janet, the lady that several of you suggested, got back to me last night. She said my weight was not a problem and I'm in the process of booking a block of about ten lessons. They will work out at about forty quid per hourly lesson ( which according to my research is very reasonable).

    Janet said that about ten lessons would have me confident and competent on a horse and then i could move on to jousting etc if I wanted.

    Looking forward to it and thanks for your invaluable help folks.

    Glenn

    • 3rd Jan 2011
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  • Claire Garvey

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    Theres a small riding school in Clapton/Hackney that maybe worth a try.

    • 3rd Jan 2011
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    Could you put on prices of the horse riding schools

    Thanks so much

    Lizzie

    • 3rd Jan 2011
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  • Clare Cameron

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    Glad to have been of help Glenn. Have fun, ride safe and know that you are learning from a master! Most of all, enjoy!

    • 4th Jan 2011
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    I would look outside London as you will fine much more variety. Oxfordshire Warwickshire's etc. Only an hour outside London but it is proper horse country.

    I ride and own my own horse and cast for a big commercial that is on my reel, at a central London yard and I couldn't believe the cramped conditions and lack of facilites. Horses really are for the country not the city.

    There are many equestrian centres around the country that can offer lessons, workshops. And extended training with a greater variety of horses for you to ride. Sounds like you need a big friendly cob to me!

    PM me for more horsey advice.

    • 5th Jan 2011
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    Trent Park have a 16st limit and it's not expensive (though that's obviously a subjective view).

    Filmhorses website now doesn't mention anything about lessons so do they still do them?

    • 4th May 2011
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