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Stable, Paddock, Yard & Arena


Stable, Paddock, Yard and Arena Introduction
Everyone who owns a horse or is thinking of owning a horse needs to have a good understanding of the day to day management of their horses needs. If you are learning to ride it is also very useful to learn how to care for horses or ponies, it can be as rewarding and fun as riding! Horses and ponies rely on us for their care and it is important that we make educated choices to ensure our horses are kept safe, clean and their needs are met. Even if you have a horse on full livery you still need to have the knowledge that your horse is being looked after properly. Your horse cannot speak for himself and if his needs are not being met, he will suffer in silence! So in short you owe it to your horse. You need to know and recognise what is good practice in managing the environment your horse lives in: his stable, the yard and the paddock. You also need to know that the area set aside for their exercise is safe and well maintained: the arena. There are plenty of good books on the subject and coming soon will be a section on publications. Also your local riding school could offer training and there are a range of courses offered by colleges, the Pony Club and the British Horse Society. Coming soon to this site will be links so you can find out more about courses and training available. This website page will provide basic information that you can use as a starting point.  This page is complimented by the  Stable, Yard, Paddock and Arena Directory.  Here you will find useful information from a number of companies.

The Stable. When you are checking out a livery yard, stables, farm for your horse the check list on this page will help you to check out the standard of the stables. There is information on bedding available: - Straw, chopped straw, shavings, hemp, shredded paper, shredded cardboard, rubber matting etc along with information on mucking out tools and safe mucking out practice. You may want to check out the information on stable mirrors and stable toys.

The Paddock. If you are checking out a livery yard, stables, farm for your horse you will find the points to check out listed on this page useful when looking at the standard of the grazing / paddocks set aside for your horse. On this page you will find useful tips for paddock management, fertilizing fields for horses,risks for horses prone to laminitis, rotational grazing, topping, weed control, re-seeding, chain harrowing, rolling and removal of droppings.  

The Yard. On this page you will find a check list to help you assess standards when you visit a yard.

This covers British Horse Society BHS approval scheme, yard staff, fire safety, are the horses happy and healthy, yard security, electrics, health and safety, day to day running of the yard, yard rules etc.

The Muckheap. There are many laws that relate to the management of muckheaps and disposal of manure here you can find out more.

Riding Arenas. When you are looking at a livery yard or riding school it is worth inspecting the facilities that are being offered for exercising your horse here you will find useful information on riding arenas along with tips for if you are considering installing an arena.

Yard Security. You can take steps to help prevent your horse and your belongings from being stolen.  Here you will find lots of useful information.

Riding Establishments and Livery Yard Insurance. This section provides useful information on insurance for the equine industry.

Many of us dream of having our own land and being able to have an arena, beautifully fenced paddocks and a yard set out how we want. However most of us settle for livery, and we can make the stable, yard, paddocks and arenas we have to use a better, safer and more pleasant place. I hope you will find this section useful.  

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The Stable

Most stables, farms and livery yards do not have enough land for horses to live out all year. Some horses are happier to spend part of their time in a stable and other horses must be stabled for health reasons. Therefore it is essential that the stable is safe and a pleasant place for you and your horse to spend time. Most of us do not have the luxury of having our own stables built to our own specifications, but we can make the most of what we have.

When you are checking out a livery yard, stables, farm here are some points to check out when looking at the standard of the stables:-
  • Most stables are approximately twelve foot by twelve foot some are bigger twelve foot by sixteen foot, or larger still. Pony boxes are approximately ten foot by twelve foot. These sizes are comfortable for most horses / ponies. Stables that are smaller can cause a horse to get stuck when he lays down (cast).
  • The walls should be strong, well made, smooth, with no hazards e.g. nails, bolts, splinters.
  • The roofing should also be noted e.g. metal roofs can cause a stable to become very hot during a summer’s day and horses become very distressed if they become overheated. Metal roofing will also cause condensation during winter months which will drip onto the horse.
  • Some stables have bars so horses can see their neighbours, these should be sturdy, well maintained and free from sharp edges.
  • The doorway and access to the stable must be wide enough for the horse to pass without bumping himself.  Most doors openings should be approximately four foot wide and eight foot high. The door should open easily, be strongly made, with good quality hinges, latches, catches and bolts and open outwards. 
  • The stable should have good ventilation. Stables that have windows with glass / plastic should have the glass / plastic protected with a heavy duty grill or mesh.
  • Good lighting is also essential. All electrical fittings should be located out of reach of your horse. The lighting should be safe e.g. all lighting bulbs housed in explosion proof fittings. Electrical wiring should be enclosed in a protective casing / conduit and be regularly inspected.
  • Some stables have feeders / mangers fitted. These are best located in a corner at horse chest level. They should be sturdy, well made, easy to clean and have no sharp edges. Old stables may still have hay racks and today modern hay racks are still available to install, they should be fitted a wither height. Many horses are fed from hay nets, these require a sturdy tie ring that is set at the correct height as too high it is difficult to lift the hay net into place and too low a horse can get his feet caught in the net.  
  • A horse needs access to clean fresh water 24 hours a day so the stable block should have access to a tap that is well maintained and lagged to prevent freezing. There are many designs in water buckets for equine use they need to be tough and able to hold enough water for your horse’s needs.  A guide - a horse can drink 10 – 12 gallons a day in warm weather. The buckets should be kept clean by scrubbing each day. There are automatic waters available in a range of designs, they need to be well maintained and checked and cleaned daily to make sure they are working properly.
  • The floor of the stable should be easy to keep clean, drain well, be non slip and free from holes. Rubber stable matting has become a very popular flooring surface as it is non slip, easy to keep clean, requires less bedding as it provides the horse with protection from a hard flooring surface. Click here to go to products and services we rate to find out more about the company that fitted my mats.  All stabled horses require bedding to absorb urine, keep the horse clean and to make a comfortable surface for the horse to lie down. It is good practice to maintain clean bedding in the stable. There are different methods for mucking out these include daily mucking out and removal of all wet and all droppings, part deep litter with daily picking up of droppings and removal of wet one or twice a week, and full deep litter.

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There is a wide choice of bedding available these include:- Straw, chopped straw, shavings, hemp, shredded paper, shredded cardboard etc..


There are three types of straw barley, wheat and oat straw. The straw selected should be clean, dust and mould free. Straw is not as absorbent as other types of bedding, therefore a well draining stable is a must. It is usually cheap and easy to source from a local farmer.  Chopped straw that is dust extracted is also available in plastic wrapped bales it is more expensive. Many horses will eat a straw bed. Straw bedding is not suitable for horses with respiratory problems.  A straw bed must be thick enough that a fork does not strike through to the floor, usually 25 to 30 cm (9 to 12 inches) deep.  A thinner layer can be used on top of rubber matting.


When selecting shavings it is best to choose dust extracted and white shavings. They are available in compressed bales in plastic wrap and can be stored outside. Shavings have the advantage of being highly absorbent. A layer of approx 15 cm is required to make a bed for a horse less can be on top of rubber matting. Shavings are more expensive than straw.


Shredded paper is excellent dust free bedding. It is not as popular as shavings as it unappealing to the eye and the shredded paper is so light weight it can blow around the yard.  It is available in compressed plastic wrapped bales.  It can be expensive. A layer of approx 15 cm is required to make a bed for a horse less can be on top of rubber matting.


Chopped / shredded cardboard is dust free, available in plastic wrapped bales, and is highly absorbent. It does not blow about the yard like paper and is easy to muck out.

Hemp bedding uses the inner core of the hemp plant stem. It is dried, chopped, dust extracted and packed into heat-sealed, recyclable polythene bags. It is very absorbent. It can be expensive. A layer of approx 15 cm is required to make a bed for a horse less can be on top of rubber matting.

Rubber Matting is very popular. It saves time on mucking out. Less bedding is required – so you save money in the long run. It provides a save flooring for the horse. I have rubber matting for my horses and haven’t looked back since! Click here to go to products and services we rate to find out more about the company that fitted my mats.  
Mucking Out Equipment

There is a wide selection of mucking out tools and equipment to choose from. It is important that you select the correct tools for the job. Coming soon to the website will be links for you to find out more about the latest designs available.  Listed below are the most common tools:-

  • Forks come with four and five prongs, with T handles and long handles. They are useful for straw beds and when digging out a deep shavings bed.
  • Shavings fork, these are multi pronged and available with D handles and long handles. They can be used on a wide range of bedding materials, shavings, paper, hemp, etc…
  • Shovels are available in metal and plastic in a range of sizes and styles, an essential tool to have around the yard.
  • Manure collector and rake is a very useful tool, useful for skipping out a stable, and collecting manure from the paddock.
  • Brooms are available in a range of sizes and designs, brooms are very useful to have as they are used for sweeping the yard and stable.
  • Wheel barrows are available in many designs and sizes and very useful for a range of yard duties.

It is essential for everyone’s sake that your mucking out equipment is safely stored and safety guide lines are followed. Here are a few tips:

  • Never leave tools where a horse can reach them.
  • Do not put a wheel barrow in the doorway if the horse is in the stable.
  • Have a dedicated area for storage of tools and wheel barrows sited away from walk ways.
  • Make sure all tools and equipment are cleaned and well maintained.
  • Do not use damaged tools or equipment.
  • During mucking out place all the tools you are not currently using in a safe place.
  • If you have to muck out around a horse make sure he securely tied and carefully move around him.
  • Wear good strong footwear.
  • Dispose of plastic wrap and string safely.
Stable Mirrors
Form personal experience I have found stable mirrors to have a dramatic effect on the well being of a stabled horse, my horse is more relaxed and content in his stable since I fitted a stable mirror. It is essential that shatterproof mirrors are used as glass mirrors are not suitable. There are many available on the market made from Acrylic or Stainless Steel. Coming soon will be links for you to find out more.

Stable toys

There are many stable toys developed for horses. For horses that spend long hours in a stable they can provide very important simulation. Coming soon will be links for you to find out more. You can make your own stable toys e.g. hanging up vegetables for a horse to play with – an apple hanging from a beam can give a horse something to play with.


The Paddock

A well-managed and maintained paddock has a pleasing effect on the landscape as well as on the health of the horse and ponies that live in them. Many horses are hardy creatures and could live out at grass all year round if there is enough land that is suitable. However most livery yards / farms cannot set aside enough land for horses to live out all year. The more land that is available to each horse, the less damage will be done.

The following need to be checked out when you are looking for suitable grazing for your horse or pony not only for horses that live out all year but also for all horses so they are safe in their paddock:-

  • The field should be free from junk and farm machinery
  • Regular checks for hazards e.g. poisonous plants and litter removed, rabbit holes filed etc…
  • Mindful of seasonal changes e.g. watch out for seasonal rich food that horses can gorge on e.g. fruit trees or rich spring grass it could cause colic or laminitis
  • Restricting grass intake at certain times of the year when grass is rich to prevent horses becoming over weight or to prevent laminitis
  • The fencing – must be horse proof, strong, well maintained and checked regularly – no barbed wire
  • Gateways well maintained, gates secure and horse proof 
  • Resting of pastures
  • Regular maintenance of pasture e.g. harrowing, topping, fertilizing (Fertilizing should be done with professional guidance as not done correctly it can cause laminitis)
  • Removal of droppings
  • Stocking rates - size of field, soil type, drainage, paddock management, quantity and quality of grass
  • Trees and hedging (natural wind breaks and shelter)
  • Field shelter to protect from weather extremes
  • Soil type e.g. clay soils will become very muddy and badly poached and will not stand up to 24 hour turn out in wet weather
  • Drainage. The paddock should be well drained, ditches should be kept clear.

  • Fresh clean water supply

  • Provision of additional feed in the winter. It is good practice to clear away un-eaten hay and to remove buckets and bowls afterwards. Where feeding or where salt or mineral licks are being provided it is best to move them around so that no one area becomes poached.


Please note that if you own a horse / pony that maybe at risk of laminitis and any horse can be at risk - some more than others you must get professional advice on management of your paddocks.  

Here are some tips for pasture management:-          


Decide if your land needs to be fertilized. Sadly most pasture in the UK is too rich for horses, as most is managed for hay production, cows and sheep if this is the case minimal and maybe no fertilizer is required. It is essential to manage the pasture with horses in mind. This website will only provide basic advice on grassland management as it is a huge subject. In the future we will have links to experts in pasture management for you to find out more information.
I know from experience of managing laminitic ponies and horses that great care needs to be taken in regard to the paddock management for horses - it is a tricky balance. From personal experience getting in an expert to help manage or provide advice on your grass management is really worth it. 
I highlight getting professional advice re fertilizing fields for horses - done incorrectly you can cause your horse / pony to have an attack of laminitis. If you are not an expert don't fertilize your paddock yourself - get professional advice!
To help you understand your horse's grazing needs and how your paddock needs to be managed you need to gain as much knowledge on laminitis from experts, you can ask your vet for advice, there are also many excellent publications on the topic and coming soon will a list of recommended reading. The Laminitis Clinic website has some excellent information on laminitis, please click here to visit their website and you will find lots of FREE information you can download.  
If you decide to fertilize you need to know the PH of the soil and the levels of phosphorous and potassium before you start any fertilizing. Therefore have a sample of the soil evaluated so you know what type of fertilizer is best for your land. Often your local farmer's merchants can arrange to have your soil analysed. There are many fertilizers available including organic fertilizers for your pasture. I highlight again get professional advice re fertilizing fields for horses, don't risk your horse having an attack of laminitis.  
Rotational Grazing

Paddocks should be rested to have chance to re-grow and recover. Sub-dividing the pasture into two or more sub-pastures with temporary electric fence or permanent fencing is a good idea. As it will help when there is too much grass growing for the horses to keep up with, and these paddocks can be then set aside for hay production.

Keep the Pasture Topped

Horses tend to graze areas and leave other areas creating tables and roughs because they are selective when they graze.  By regularly topping the un-grazed parts keep the whole pasture in the vegetative, edible stage.

Weed control

Spot spray weeds, or remove by digging up the plants, or top the weeds. Ragwort and other poisonous weeds must sprayed or be dug up and carefully disposed of.  

Re-seed when required

Paddocks can thin out from wear and poaching. Exposed soil is a haven for weeds. The seedling grass will need time to establish. There are many grass seed mixes available and you will need to consider your horse’s requirements before selecting. 

Remove droppings

Horses are selective in their grazing, choosing sweeter grasses, and defecating specific places which causes paddocks to develop grazing tables and roughs that the horses will not graze. Regular removal of droppings or chain harrowing will make sure more of the pasture is available for grazing. It also has a significant impact on the numbers of worm larvae that are ingested by the horse. A typical horse can produces around 20 kilos of manure per day! That is nine tonnes per year!

Rolling and harrowing

Rolling and harrowing should only be done when the soil conditions are right. Harrowing pulls the dead grass up from the base of the healthy grass, this helps the air, water and nutrients to more efficiently get to the soil. Rolling is done to repair damage done by hooves over the winter.

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The Yard
 A safe yard is a must for both horse and human. There are many things to consider when choosing a home for your horse and the standard of the yard is a high priority. Don’t be fooled by lush hanging baskets and freshly painted stable doors, you need to consider a number of factors in making an educated choice.
Below is a check list to help you when you visit a yard.
Is the yard approved? The British Horse Society has a quality assured scheme and yards that meet the standards set are awarded BHS approval.
The staff. Even on a DIY yard there should be a manager. The staff running the yard on a day to day basis should be approachable, knowledgeable, well qualified and professional.
Fire safety. Has the yard carried out a fire risk assessment? Do they have a fire evacuation procedure? Do they have well maintained fire extinguishers? Do they have well maintained smoke detectors? Equestrian businesses need to recognise and understand fire risk and their legal obligations and they must comply with fire safety law.
Are the horses healthy and happy? To find out more about the healthy horse click here.
Security. Is the yard secure from intruders? What steps have they taken to protect the horses and tack from theft? What steps have been taken to protect people on the yard? What is the night time lighting like?
The electrics. Good lighting on the yard is essential. All electrical fittings should be located out of reach of your horse. The lighting should be safe e.g. all lighting fittings should be exterior and waterproof. Electrical wiring should be enclosed in a protective casing / conduit and be regularly inspected.
The yard surface. Is the yard surface free from hazards? E.g. holes / puddles / uneven surface. Is the yard surface well maintained? Do they supply and put out rock salt during icy weather?
Health and saftey. What health and saftey procedures have they in place? E.g. How do they store hazardous materials, farm equipment etc… How are the feed room and storage areas managed? Do they have a first aid kit available? Or do you have to supply your own first aid kit? Do they have an accident book?
A tidy yard is a safer yard. A tidy yard will by it’s nature present less hazards. Wet areas for washing down horse should be well definded. A yard that is swept prevents build up of debris and prevents slippy areas developing. Are the mucking out tools and wheel barrows housed safely? Do they have storage areas for rugs and other equipement? Is the yard free from weeds?
Is there space to tie up your horse? Are there tie up rings installed in places that allow you room to move around your horse safely to groom and tack up? Is there an undercover tie up area?
How is rubbish collected and removed? E.g. string from hay bales, haylage wrappers etc….
How is the manure disposed of? You can tell a lot about a yard and how it is managed day to day by looking at how manure is disposed of. Is it put onto a trailer and taken away? If so is the area around the trailer clean? Is manure and bedding in the the trailer forked up? What is the condition of the ramp? How often is the trailer emptied? Is it left to overflow? Where is the trailer emptied? How is the muck heap managed? If the manure is disposed directly onto a muck heap you need to look at how this is managed. More information about muck heap management is further down the page.
Check the cleaniness. There are some areas that are a sure fire way of finding out if corners are cut in the day to day management of a yard. So check these out and it will tell you a lot about the standards on the yard. Are the drains clean? How clean is the feed room? How often are the stables disinfected? Do the stables smell clean? How clean and tidy is the hay barn? How clean are the water containers / buckets? Look over a few stable doors – how clean are the stables? What is the standard of the mucking out? How clean is the bedding supplied? Is the yard swept? If there are windows on the yard – how clean are they? etc....(Become a horsey Kim or Aggy - How clean is your yard?)
Are the stables well maintained? Look at the walls, floor and roofing any repairs that have been undertaken what is the standard of the work?
What are the other people like? Will you fit in? Are the other horse owners friendly?
What storage will I be offered? Is it secure?
Are there yard rules? Ask for a copy. Do they seam fair?
The Muckheap
Correct management of the muckheap will assist the breakdown of manure and bedding. Bedding needs to be carefully selected to ensure it is biodegradable and the use of rubber matting can greatly decrease the amount of bedding that ends up on the muckheap. A muckheap can cause considerable damage to the environment if it is not well managed it can cause pollution to the air, water and microbial build up in the soil. The muckheap must be sited away from water and it must not cause a nuisance to local home owners and public rights of way. It should not be too close to the stables due to flies. There are many laws that relate to the management of muckheaps and disposal of manure it is important these regulations are observed to prevent pollution. There are different regulations for horses kept at livery, and those kept privately, and also for horses kept on agricultural land. Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is a UK Government Department that can offer information and advice on management of muckheaps and on manure disposal, click here to visit their website.  Another very useful resource for information on management of muckheaps can be found on Surrey County Council’s website, click here to find out more about the council’s Horse Pasture Management Project. It is Britain's first Council supported on-line resource with information and advice for horse-keepers how to improve the impact horse owning has on the environment.
Riding Arenas or Manages
Most riders need an area set aside for safely schooling / exercising their horses. When you are looking at a livery yard or riding school it is worth inspecting the facilities that are being offered for exercising your horse. A field is fine for exercising your horse if he is well behaved and the ground conditions are good. However most of us are not lucky enough to own perfectly behaved horses and have access to a well drained field. Therefore most riders look for a yard with an arena. The riding arena should be well maintained with a good surface that drains well. A poorly maintained arena during wet weather can flood, and in dry weather become too deep for the horse to work on and in effect be un-useable. Arenas that are breaking down with the membrane coming through are very dangerous, from first hand experience I can confirm it will pull your horse over. There should be an area set aside outside the arena for the storage of jumps and training equipment. It is not good practice to leave equipment out it should be put away each time after it is used. During wet weather the storing jumps under cover makes them last longer. A well managed arena should be clear of clutter, look neat and tidy and have secure fencing. So the advice is to inspect the arena carefully.  

If you are thinking of putting in a riding arena you may need to obtain planning permission. Therefore it is best to check with your local planning authority before you start any work.  


You may decide to install your own arena if you have the equipment and knowledge. There are some excellent books written on arena construction which will provide you with the theory of arena construction. Before you start fully research how you will construct your arena.

Here are a few things you need to consider:
  • The site needs to be level with a one-degree fall, in order to assist drainage
  • On sloping sites a ‘cut and fill’ will be need to be undertaken which will add to cost
  • The effect the arena will have on the landscape
  • Without a drainage system the surface of the arena will degrade 
  • Access to the arena for maintenance
  • The construction layers, material selection and membranes
  • Perimeter fence
  • Lighting


There are many companies that specialize in installing arenas and it is worth contacting them for information and a quote. Coming soon will be links to experts for you to find out more. 



You can take steps to help prevent your horse and your belongings from being stolen. On this page we will highlight a few simple steps you or livery yard can take. It will also be useful for you to check these out when selecting a livery yard to keep your horse. 



The first line of defense is the gate to the property.  A strong well secured gate will act as a deterrent. The gate should be secured at the opening side with a strong lock and chain. The hinge side needs securing as gates can be lifted off their hinges and opened. It is good practice to take the same security measures with field gates and the yard gate. 



The tack room is often a target for thieves. Therefore the tack room needs to be strongly constructed and the access door needs to be strong and secured with a study lock. There are many products on the market to improve the security of the tack room these include door grills, intruder alarms, security lighting, security cameras etc… The yard needs to adopt a security code of practice of locking the door when not in use. In side the tack room you can secure your belongings inside locked tack boxes / tack safes that are bolted to the walls, there are several designs on the market. There are cheaper alternatives e.g. saddle racks with built in locks. There are security identification kits available for marking your property.  Keep an inventory of your equipment and keep it at home. The display of signs advising that security measures are in place can also act as deterrent. Tools and equipment should be stored where they cannot be used to force entry.  


Horse Boxes and Trailers

Your horse box or trailer is another item thieves would be very interested in. Not only for the resale value of the item but they can also use it to carry off stolen property including horses. Ideally horseboxes and trailers should be stored out of sight. (Best not to advertise them) They should be secured with anti theft devices. There are many designs available these include wheel clamps, wheel lock bolts, ground anchors, padlocks, alarms etc…  There are also T – posts that fit into the A frame at the front of trailers. You can get your trailer security tagged. Horse boxes can be fitted with an immobilising device. You could paint a postcode or security code marking on the roof of the trailer or horsebox or have engraved your postcode in a corner. Keep a file of your documents and details of your trailer / horse box at home this should include a note of chassis numbers and any special markings on vehicles.  This should also include a photographic record of your trailer / horse box of all sides can help in its’ recovery. In the area the horse boxes and trailers are parked good security measures can be put in place e.g. removable security posts, security lighting, an alarm system and security cameras could be installed.  


Some tips to help prevent your horse being stolen:

  • Secure boundaries - strong secure fencing / mature strong hedges.
  • All gates padlocked and chained both ends.
  • Stable yards should be fitted with security lighting and intruder alarms.
  • Do not leave horses grazing with head collars on.
  • Store head collars and lead-ropes away from paddocks gates and stable doors. 
  • Note down all details of all unknown visitors to the yard – take the persons name and number plate of vehicle. Share this information with the yard manager and other people on the yard.
  • Vary the times you go to the yard.
  • Have your horse freeze branded and or micro chipped. Freeze marking and micro chipping are a safe and humane way of protecting your horse from theft. 
  • Mark your rugs with the horse’s freeze brand or your post code.
  • You could have your horse’s hooves identification branded.
  • Ask a local crime prevention officer to evaluate the yard.
  • Keep a guard dog or geese.
  • Get to know your neighbours, exchange contact details as they can also help report any unusual goings on.  
  • A photographic record of your horse / pony of all sides can help in its’ recovery.   
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Riding Establishments and Livery Yard Insurance
Insurance premiums have become very high for insuring riding schools and livery yards. This is mainly due to more people claiming for injuries. Riding schools and livery yards need to keep detailed and accurate records, recognize potential risks and to take steps in reducing accidents. The British Horse Society has highlighted the importance of record keeping and on their website you can find some useful documents these include:

Rider Registration Form - a form that riders must fill out themselves regarding their level of experience and competence.

Instructor/Escort Details

Horse/Pony Assessment

These forms enable you to collect key information which insurers will need. They are concise and ask all the right questions. To visit the BHS website to find out more click here

Coming soon to the site will be links to insurance companies for you to finds out more information. 
The Stable, Paddock, Yard and Arena Directory is currently under construction, and the aim is to expand this directory in the very near future. It will contain links to companies and organisations that will be able to provide advice on riding or information on products or services that maybe of interest to you.


If you are interested in promoting your company / organisation it’s products or services in the  Stable, Paddock, Yard and Arena Directory please click here to contact us. The National Horse and Pony Network is able to offer companies / organisations a whole page entry, this can include text and images and a link to your website.

Horsemanship Magazine

eye close upHorsemanship Magazine is committed to bringing together information which encourages independent thinking. Linking training and handling with health, hoof, heart, spirit and soul.  The magazine showcases good practice and cutting edge thinking. The collective voice and knowledge provides users with a continually growing, abundant and trusted resource bank for good, safe and effective equine practice that considers the whole horse. The magazine's passion is for true partnership with the horse and stress free horsemanship so horses and people experience harmony and more enjoyable lives together. Click here to visit Horsemanship Magazine's website.

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FUN, FREE membership and for YOU.

Join the group to meet like minded people, share ideas, experiences, learn and have FUN. We have a Facebook page you can join, so you never miss a thing. For more information and to be added to the e-mail list click here.

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Vicki Jayne Maris BA Hons
National Horse & Pony Network Managing Director & Inspirational Horsemanship Tutor
Tel 07930605544
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