Courses & Clinics

ethical learning opportunities & Experiences

Brought To You By East Devon Riding Academy

We host a variety of horse training courses, horse behaviour workshops, horse experience days, horse riding courses and horsemanship clinics.

​About Our Courses

We are situated in Branscombe, East Devon close to The Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. We offer a variety of horsemanship courses to support both owners and non owners with their hobby. At our events participants can be assured of a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, high quality tuition and excellent facilities. We work to very high standards to provide ethical horse courses; we understand the importance of good animal welfare and can assure you that good horsemanship is always at the forefront of our tuition. Our horses and ponies help us with demonstrations and help participants learn or improve their skills, however you can be confident that we are very mindful of our horse's own needs and we do not teach or allow practices that could cause physical harm or stress to our animals.

We begun offering the opportunity for children to join us for the morning back in 2011. Our many years of experience in the industry helped us to define our Pony Mornings so we could offer children enjoyable, active and educational activities whilst providing parents with value for money and the peace of mind that we would strive to keep their children happy, engaged and most importantly, safe. Our reputation for hosting high quality Pony Mornings rapidly grew, we started with just two for the whole summer holidays and we now run two for every week of every school holiday and half term. Each year we welcome new children but we also have many returning customers, several who are local and some who just visit us once a year when they are on holiday. Some of the children who attend our pony mornings are regular riders and some have never ridden before- all are welcome as we split the group according to experience if necessary.

What Makes Our Courses Different?

We offer a supportive, non-judgmental environment for people of all levels of experience, from beginners to experienced horse owners. The instructors on our workshops and courses are approachable, friendly and there to help you get the most from your time with us. Their expertise and wealth of knowledge offers participants excellent value for money in a friendly, enjoyable atmosphere. We are worth travelling for! 36% of people on our courses travel over 100 miles to attend, with over 50% travelling more than 60 miles. 

Firstly, we understand children. We teach 1000’s of them every year! Our teaching methods follow an active learning approach, which keeps children involved by learning through doing, rather than the traditional but less effective way of just telling them what to do. All of our sessions are delivered through age appropriate activities, which enable children to succeed and learn whilst they are having fun. We guide the Pony Morning where appropriate, however we also encourage the children to be part of the decision making and empower them to have the freedom to discover and explore.
  • Purpose Built Facilities In An Easily Accessible Location
  • Calm, Friendly Yard In An Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty 
  • You Can See The Sea on The Jurassic Coast From Our Yard and Arena!
  • Expert Tuition, High Standards Of Horse Care And Welfare
  • Excellent Safety Record That We Strive To Maintain

When Are Our Workshops and Courses Held?

We offer one day and weekend events throughout the year. New for 2019, due to popular demand we are working to provide longer courses over three to five days. Details on all our available courses are published on our Facebook page and Instagram account or why not join our VIP list to be the first to hear when new courses are released?

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Secondly, we understand horses. We spend 1000’s of hours with them every year! The welfare of our animals is a huge passion of ours and we work very hard to look after our horses to a very high standard. This ensures that their health and well being is optimised and they are happy in their jobs, as after all, a happy horse is a safer horse. Our teaching methods do not involve bullying or forceful communication, such as encouraging children to kick or whip animals to make them do what they want. Instead the children are taught humane, respectful handling and riding techniques which keeps them safer and protects the horses from physical and psychological harm. Children absolutely love our kind methods and the harmony and success that they bring.
Thirdly, we understand what parents want. As parents ourselves, we appreciate that safety is a top priority and we structure our activities to minimise the risks involved with being around animals. We offer close supervision, well planned activities and high quality instruction with well maintained, purpose built facilities. We know that you want your children to enjoy their time with us, so we try our best to make this happen and give them a positive experience with lasting, happy memories. Our high standards, ethical horsemanship, fantastic resources and excellent supervision also give superb value for money.

What Subjects Do We Cover?

Each workshop or course gives you the opportunity to learn new skills or expand upon your current knowledge. The type of horsemanship courses and horse riding courses we offer are- 

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    Training Horses With Positive Reinforcement (Clicker Training Horses)
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    Horse Behaviour and How Horses Learn
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    Force-Free Horse Training
  • Teaching Children To Ride With Safe, Ethical and Modern Methods  
  • Bitless Riding
  • Successful Management For A Happy Horse
  • Rider Confidence

Please let us know if you would like us to hold a particular course, we welcome your ideas! 

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