LIVERY

Some tips and advice on livery by our Centre Manager, Jane Cherry…

When people become proficient and keen to ‘do more’, they often ask me what is entailed, or how they go about buying their own horse. So I thought I would jot down some useful pointers…

FIRSTLY, BUYING YOUR OWN HORSE!

1. This is a huge commitment! A horse is a big animal and needs daily care and exercise. Take into consideration work/school commitments. Will you be able to ride each day, or at least go to the yard where your horse is kept to check on it?

2. You have two options really for livery. One is full livery and the other D.I.Y. (do it yourself). I will go into more detail later, but basically on full livery the daily care of the horse is done by the livery yard and you pay for that service. With D.I.Y. you rent the stable and provide feed and bedding yourself and muck out, turn out etc. yourself. As you can see, D.I.Y. requires much more time and commitment, but this is reflected in the price! Full livery comes at a premium but there is less responsibility on the owner, so if you are short of time this is a far better option, or if you are a novice/1st time horse owner, full livery will give you the support and advice you need until you learn how to look after a horse yourself.

3. Before you buy your horse, you need to consider which type of livery you will prefer, then ring some yards to ask about availability, and maybe organise a visit to look around. Ask about the service provided, check procedures and safety on the yard. Look at turn out facilities, also riding facilities. If you like to hack, make sure there are plenty of bridle paths or off road riding areas. If you prefer to school, look at the arena surface and find out when you can use it. If the livery yard is attached to a riding school, times may be limited. Also, check how far the yard is away from your house, you don’t want to spend an hour travelling there every day.

Find out if the yard has an Instructor who will give you lessons, or if they haven’t, they may have a visiting Instructor, or could you bring your own? If you want to hack, are there like minded people on the yard to hack with? If you plan to be competitive, again ask if other people on the yard compete, they could share transport costs and it’s more fun to have company. Does the yard arrange competitions?

4. Once you have the yard sorted out you can start looking for a horse!

5. There are various places to look. Local press, websites, tack shops. Ask your Instructor, they can net work a host of colleagues, and generally it’s safer to buy from someone you know or someone you know knows.

6. Sit down and decide what kind of horse you would like.
a) size
b) age range
c) experience
d) breed / colour
e) price range
f) distance you will travel to look at a horse

7. Ask the advice of an experienced person or your Instructor. Ask them to come and look with you.

8. Once you see a horse advertised that you are interested in, ring the owner, get more information and then arrange to go and try the horse.

9. Watch the horse being handled, caught, groomed, tacked up. Ask to see it ridden before you try it yourself. If you like it discuss a price. I would advise having the horse vetted to make sure it has no ailments or problems that the owner may not even know about. I would also suggest that you try it several times, it is a big commitment and an expensive asset, so try until you are sure.
I could talk about buying horses all day but I just want to give some pointers so I’m making it brief.

10. Once you have purchased your horse you will probably want to insure it. There are different levels of cover. Look in horse magazines or internet for insurance.

11. Check if tack is included in the price. If not, you need to arrange for a saddle fitter.

12. Transport may be needed to take the horse home if the previous owner cannot deliver. Again, local horse press or internet will have transport companies.

13. Your livery yard will probably insist on the horse being wormed on arrival and kept in for 48 hours. This is not a bad thing, it gives the horse time to get used to its new surroundings and it gives the other horses on the yard a chance to see and smell the new arrival to their herd.
Worming is very important and most yards have a worming programme in place. New arrivals are wormed because the livery yard will not know the worming history and could put other horses at risk by letting them graze together before this is done. The cost of worming will be additional to your livery cost.

14. The horse may need to be shod. Your livery yard may have a regular farrier so ask the manager.

15. It may also need its teeth checked. This is an annual expense, again, check with the manager of your yard.

16. Your horse should come with a passport. Check with when it last had its inoculations for flu and tetanus, again a yearly expense. The ‘call out’ charge is expensive, usually about £50.00, so try and share visits, or maybe get injections done when the vet is out ‘vetting’ the horse prior to purchase. Just make sure you are definitely buying it or else this is a big waste of money.

17. Your livery yard will probably ask you to read and sign a contract. Each yard will vary in content. It should tell you what service is provided so that you care clear what to expect, also it will give you details of notice period if you want to leave.

TO SUM UP!

These are the annual outgoings when owning a horse.
• Livery
• Insurance
• Worming
• Farrier cost
• Riding lessons
• Vaccinations
• Vets fees
• Clipping
• Competition entries – if relevant
• Transport costs – if relevant

This is a huge subject and I have just scratched the surface. I hope it has been helpful.
Jane (Centre Manager)

The following facilities and services will be available on full livery, paid in advance every four weeks, cost on application:

1. Use of a loose box
2. Use of tack room and facilities including water, electric etc.
3. Free parking for trailers and horse boxes.
4. 24hr supervision
5. Straw bedding (any other must be provided at the owners expense).
6. Hard feed, grazing and hay when necessary.
7. Stable staff and services e.g.
– daily mucking out and bedding down
– turning out and bringing in
– quartering to make the horse comfortable (not a thorough groom)
8. Use of the indoor and outdoor arenas when not being used by the Centre.

Note:
Medical treatment such as hosing, bandaging etc. is not included in livery fees, however if necessary arrangements can be made for these procedures to be carried out at a cost arranged between the livery owner and the yard manager.

VISITING HORSES

Please note that anyone bringing their own horse to the centre MUST present the horse’s passport to a member of staff before unloading. A horse will only be permitted at the centre if it has had its booster within the last six months.
Thank you for your understanding.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. All liveries must agree to comply with the rules set out in the Health & Safety policy of the Riding Centre.
2. Owners are fully responsible for any damage to persons or property caused by, or in connection with, their horse.
3. We advise all horses to be inoculated against flu and tetanus.
4. The yard manager reserves the right to call a veterinary surgeon to a horse at any time and the owner agrees to be fully responsible for any cost incurred. This is in case the owner cannot be contacted in an emergency.
5. Horses must be wormed every 6-8 weeks, the cost of which is incurred by the owner.
6. Shoeing is the responsibility of the owner and can be carried out by their own farrier or that of the Centre.
7. No riding is allowed in the grazing areas.
8. The Centres insurance does not cover tack or equipment of livery horses, and we advise appropriate cover is taken out.
9. No persons are allowed on the yard before 7am or after 8pm without permission from the Manager.
10. Exercise times should be given in advance so that feeds and turn outs can be organised.
11. One months notice is needed before termination of contract on either side.
12. In the event of a horse leaving the yard for any given time, livery must be paid to retain the stable.

FUNDRAISING

HORSES TEETH

We are hoping that you may be able to help us by contributing £20 (which is half the cost) towards one of our horses getting it’s teeth checked. Like us horses have incisors (sharp teeth) at the front and molars (grinding teeth) at the back. Horses like humans have two sets of teeth. In infancy they have milk teeth and later they are replaced with permanent teeth.
The horse chews by moving its jaws from side to side. The molars grind the food and wear against each other. Because the lower jaw is narrower than the upper one the wear on the teeth is often uneven causing sharp edges to form. This can lead to discomfort when eating or when the bit is in the mouth. These sharp edges must be removed with a rasp by an Equine Dentition.
The horse has a full mouth of permanent teeth by the age of 5 and the teeth continue to grow throughout the horse’s life – hence the expression ‘long in the tooth’ The age of the horse can be determined by its teeth. As the horse gets older and teeth are longer they often protrude more. The teeth change shape also which can cause gaps where food may get trapped. Horses don’t often get tooth decay but occasionally get abscesses. When a horse can’t chew properly it drops food out of its mouth. This is called ‘quidding’ and is one of the signs that teeth need attention.
Horses teeth need checking every six months until they have a full set of permanent teeth. They are then checked on a yearly basis unless you suspect a problem. When a horse is old it may need more regular attention, also if eating becomes difficult.

Signs of a horse needing dental attention include:
a) Quidding
b) Weight loss – leaving food
c) Colic – food not getting broken down properly for correct digestion taking place
d) Shaking head
e) Pulling at the reins – discomfort with the bit

We have our horses at the Centre checked on a yearly basis which is quite an expense.

SPONSOR A HORSE

Our horses and ponies are very special. They all have super temperaments and are specially trained for their job. As you may know the upkeep of a horse is very expensive, they take a lot of feeding, shoeing and ‘man hours’ to care for them. If you could sponsor one of our beautiful horses it would greatly help towards their costs and enable us to carry on providing horse riding lessons for people who really benefit.

Our scheme lets you choose from our most popular horses and ponies, and three levels of sponsorship.

Please click the image to download the application form:

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Every RDA Group is heavily reliant on the commitment of dedicated volunteers.

There are numerous volunteering opportunities available; from assisting with riding lessons to fundraising!

Download more about applying to volunteer here.

Download a volunteer application form here.

SUPPORT US

If you would like to organise a fundraising event in aid of Tyne and Wear RDA – we would love to hear from you! 

You can donate to Tyne and Wear RDA by mobile phone using the JustTextGiving scheme.  All you have to do is send a text to 70070 containing:

WRDA01(space)£(amount you want to give)

The text message is free and the whole donation, including Gift Aid, comes to us. Your contribution, however small, would help us immensely with the continuation of our work.

SHOP ONLINE WITH AMAZON SMILE

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support a charity of your choice every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.co.uk, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as amazon.co.uk, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your selected charity.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

On your first visit to smile.amazon.co.uk you need to select a charitable organisation to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. They will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.co.uk will result in a donation.

Remember, only purchases at smile.amazon.co.uk (not www.amazon.co.uk or the mobile app) support charity. 

SHOP ONLINE WITH SHOP2FUNDRAISE

If you shop with online retailers you can earn a commission for the Tyne and Wear RDA Group at no extra cost to yourself.  Just use shop2fundraise as a “portal” to hundreds of popular online stores, then complete your transaction as normal.  Click on this banner to go shopping or for more information:

You don’t have to register with shop2fundraise, and none of your personal or financial information is communicated to them.  Simply by passing through the shop2fundraise site the retailer records your chosen good cause and the amount of commission earned.

To help raise funds we also provide… 

  • Able-bodied riding lessons.
  • Our facilities are available for private hire.
  •  Fully equipped function/meeting/training room for hire (capacity 40).
  •  Livery service for your horse or pony with excellent facilities which include: use of the indoor arena and outdoor school, year round turnout, and 24 hour supervision.

If you would like to ride with the Tyne & Wear RDA Group click here!

PARTY WITH PONIES!

Washington Riding Centre birthday parties are held on a Sunday afternoon, the ponies are available at 3.30pm so we suggest that guests arrive at 3.15pm to get hats fitted and paperwork filed (this will be sent out with your confirmation letter). The riding lesson will commence at 3.30pm, six ponies will be available. If there are six riders they will ride for one hour, if you have 12 riders they will ride for 30 minutes each.

Cost of the Party

Hire of six ponies, leaders and instructors for one hour… £185.00
Hire of the function room for one hour… £30.00
(A non refundable deposit of £50.00 must be paid with initial booking and the balance is to be paid a week before the party)

Each pony will have a leader so novice children are able to participate. A fully qualified instructor (who is also a trained first aider) will run the party. The children are in a safe environment with fully qualified staff. After the riding session our function room is available for one hour for a party. If you wish, you can access the room earlier in the day to decorate/set up but we do ask you leave the room as you found it. There is a kitchen attached to the function room with all relevant facilities. We can also arrange ‘goody bags’ which include a small horsey gift and sweets for £4 per child.

If you would like to book a party, click here to contact us!

EVENTS

EQUOEVENTS

Our unaffiliated dressage series will run this summer over 4 dates: 26th July 2020, 9th August 2020, 23rd August 2020 and the championship will take place on the 6th September 2020.

Entries can be made here.

All 1st and 2nd placings and relevant scores will qualify for the Championships (6th September 2020) in each Section. Classes are split into Junior and Senior sections.

Qualification will be passed down if those placed 1st or 2nd have already qualified for our inhouse championship.

Any horse and rider combination who have won a points series or a championship test at Washington Riding Centre are not eligible to gain points at the same level for the next series or to compete in a championship class at that level also. They can compete at the same level during the series but are not eligible for points or to qualify for the championship. For a championship class to go ahead there much be a minimum of 3 competitors entered.

Points are awarded based on placing as follows:

1st place = 6 points, 2nd place = 5 points, 3rd place = 4 points, 4th place = 3 points, 5th place = 2 points, 6th place = 1 point

Followed by additional points for the percentage achieved in accordance with the scales below:

60.00 – 61.99% 1 point

62.00 – 63.99% 2 points

64.00 – 65.99% 3 points

66.00 – 67.99% 4 points

68.00 – 69.99% 5 points

70.00 – 71.99% 6 points

72.00% and above 7 points

Entries Close the Tuesday before the event date. Times posted the Friday before the event.

Please note if you wish to have a member of Washington Riding Centre Staff call your test out for you, this can be booked via Equoevents at the time of entry or can be done when declaring your arrival and THE £2 fee PAID IN CASH to the Secretary.

Our unaffiliated series is ran under BD rules and where possible we use BD registered Judges or trainee judges with a wealth of experience.

Rules and Information for Washington Riding Centre Unaffiliated Dressage

CONDITIONS OF ENTRYBy entering you are deemed to have agreed to the following:

  • Smoking and dogs are prohibited within the grounds. A smoking point is by the double gates at the entrance only and please use bins provided.
  • All 1st and 2nd placings and relevant scores will qualify for the Championships in each Section. Classes are split into Junior and Senior sections. Qualification is passed down if those placed 1st or 2nd have already qualified for our inhouse championship.
  • Any horse and rider combination who have won a points series or a championship test at Washington Riding Centre are not eligible to gain points at the same level or below for future series or to compete in a championship class at that level or below also. They can compete at the same level during the series but are not eligible for points or to qualify for the championship.
  • For a championship class to go ahead there much be a minimum of 3 competitors entered.
  • If you wish to have a member of Washington Riding Centre Staff call your test out for you, this can be booked via Equoevents at the time of entry or can be done when declaring your arrival and THE £2 fee PAID IN CASH to the Secretary.
  • If due to unforeseen circumstances Washington Riding Centre cancel an event, entries will be carried forward to the next competition. NO REFUNDS GIVEN.
  • Should due to extreme circumstances a competitor cannot make an event the entries will only be carried forward 1 time to the next competition and Washington Riding Centre must be informed a minimum 48 hours before the event. Otherwise the entry will be lost. NO REFUNDS GIVEN.
  • Juniors competitors are 16 years and under. Senior competitors are 17years and over. If a junior is 16 years old for the first competition of a series and is to turn 17years old mid-way through a series, they will continue to compete as a junior for that series.
  • All competitions run under BD Rules including competitor dress, saddlery and tack.
  • All persons enter the show and its grounds at their own risk & Washington Riding Centre Equestrian accept no responsibility for injury, accident, or loss.
  • The organisers reserve the right to ask any competitor to leave the arena if they feel any animal is unfit to compete or being unfairly treated.
  • The organisers will not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury to persons, animals or property.
  • All persons must be vigilant of vehicles and animals moving round the show area and should abide by the spectator/horse only zones and prohibited areas at all time.
  • Horses/ponies must be supervised at all times. Horses/ponies MUST NOT be left tied to vehicles including horseboxes unattended.
  • Rubbish must be placed in the bins provided or removed from the show ground.
  • Vehicles must not be mucked out on the show ground or any part of the facility.
  • It is compulsory for horses to have Public Liability Insurance.
  • Any person behaving inappropriately will be asked to leave and will be disqualified.
  • All travelling horses and ponies must have a valid passport with them. All horses must be fully vaccinated.
  • Children under the age of 16 years must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • THE JUDGE’S DECISION IS FINAL. Anyone acting discourteously to any judge/steward/organiser will be asked to leave the grounds.
  • Vehicles including trailers parked on the premises are left entirely at the owner’s risk.
  • All horses entered must be of good health and have appropriate up to date vaccinations and worm control to prevent any risk to other horses.
  • All horses/ponies competing in ridden classes to be 4 years old or over.
  • It is the responsibility of the competitors to be at the arena on time.
  • No person will enter the arena unless required to do so to compete or at the specific request of the judge.
  • All persons must be vigilant of vehicles and animals moving round the show area and should abide by the spectator/horse only zones and prohibited areas at all time.
  • All competitors should consider carefully the classes they enter. No refunds/swap of classes will be given under any circumstances whatsoever.
  • Any complaints must be lodged, in writing, with the show secretary within 30 minutes of the close of the class. A deposit of £30 must be left which will be returned if the complaint is upheld.

 

MEMBERSHIP AT WRC

Washington Riding Centre Membership Scheme

Why not Join our membership scheme?

Benefits include:

  • Discount of £1.00 per lesson
  • Discount off pony care days and riding holidays.
  • Adoption of one of our horses/ponies

Pick up a leaflet in the centre or download the form here and complete and return the application to the centre.

For existing members

Renewal applications will be sent to you when your current membership is due to run out.  We do need this application back with the relevant fee in order to renew your membership.

If you don’t receive an application form at least a week before your membership runs out please give the centre a ring and we can arrange for a replacement to be sent to you.

RIDE WITH US

Lessons must be paid for in advance to secure the place, in order to make riding opportunities open for everyone, there is no longer a guaranteed space.

Able Bodied Lessons

1/2 hour private                              £28.00

1/2 hour semi-private                     £52.00

(two sharing – £26.00 each)

3/4 hour private                              £41.00

3/4 hour semi-private                     £68.00

(two sharing – £34.00 each)

1 hour private                                 £56.00

1 hour group                                  £27.00

1/2 hour tots                                   £17.00

 

RDA Lessons

1/2 hour private                             £28.00

Group session                               £27.00

 

Able Bodied Riders

 *DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, OUR LESSON SCHEDULE HAS BEEN AMENDED TO COMPLY WITH GOVERNMENT AND RDA LEGISLATION. PLEASE CONTACT THE CENTRE FOR MORE INFORMATION*

 The team at WRC thank all of our clients for your patience and understanding during these times.

At WRC we offer private one-to-one or group sessions for Able Bodied Riders. To join a group you must be able to walk, trot and canter independently. Groups have a maximum of 6 riders and last one hour.

All beginners will require one-to-one lunge lessons until they can walk trot and canter independently. These lessons are 30 mins long and cost £28.00 each.

If you wish to be added to our waiting list for able bodied riders, please download the form here, complete it and return it to the centre.

Please click here for a copy of the bank details, please make sure when booking to reference the date and time of your lesson.

Disabled Riders

*DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, OUR LESSON SCHEDULE HAS BEEN AMENDED TO COMPLY WITH GOVERNMENT AND RDA LEGISLATION. PLEASE CONTACT THE CENTRE FOR MORE INFORMATION*

The team at WRC thank all of our clients for your patience and understanding during these times.

If you wish to ride with us you need to download the RDA Application Form by clicking here or it can be posted out to you if you let us have your details. (Please also note that to safeguard the welfare of our horses the maximum rider weight is 12 stones.)  When we receive the form we will set up an assessment so we can assess the rider’s individual special needs so they can be placed into an appropriate group. Groups are a maximum of 6 riders, often less, depending on individuals involved.

Sessions are 45 mins long at the cost of £27 per person per session.

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 PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC WE ARE UNABLE TO RUN OUR USUAL NURSERY GROUP SESSIONS. We will advise our clients when this service is up and running. 

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Group Lessons – All riders

 Where a group lesson is scheduled and there are only one or two riders in attendance, we reserve the right to reduce the lesson time to 30 or 45 minutes, as this equates to a private or semi-private lesson. N.B. The cost of the lesson will remain the same as your normal group lesson charge.