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What are your recommended ages?

For safety we recommend that children should be:

5 years before joining a group lesson, we accept any age of client wishing to start as long as physically able.

3 or 4 years may do 1/2 hour individual sessions

8 years for doing a 1 hour ride

18 months – 10 years for pony rides

We are insured for any age but these our guidelines to make horse riding enjoyable and safe.

How do I get to Tower Farm?

Our location is EH16 6NS.

Tower Farm is easily accessible from both the city bypass and centre of Edinburgh.

From Bypass – take Straiton junction towards city, pass through Kames crossroads, proceed past Mortonhall crematorium, go to traffic lights and take a left turn (Bank of Scotland on corner). You are now on Liberton Drive we are approx 1 min drive along the road. We are situated in between Braids Nursing Home and Braids Golf Range.

From city centre by bus (please refer to LRT website for times) - leave bus at Liberton Cemetery bus stop. Walk away from town and take right turn onto Liberton Drive, approx 5 min walk and you will arrive at stables.

Do you have a car park?

Yes, there is a fairly large on site car park. Please park cars adjacent to fields to leave access clear – no vehicles on yard – please drive very slow horses / children and dogs moving around premises.

What equipment / clothing do I need?

No specialist clothing etc is needed. We provide helmets free of charge. We advise all clients to have appropriate footwear – a shoe or boot with small heel to stop foot slipping through the stirrup. Wellies that are not too chunky can be ok – trainers and flip flops are not at all safe.

Trousers that are stretchy are most comfortable.

All tops must cover shoulders and preferable the whole arm. Nothing should be able to flap.

Gloves are advisable.

Waterproof jackets for rides, most lessons are taking in indoor arena.

Do I need to book in advance?

As horses and instructors need to be ready for your arrival we prefer to have all bookings prior to the day, although very occasionally we can accommodate at short notice soplease give us a call to check availability.

Do I need to book a block of lessons at a time?

All our lessons are just book and come as you wish. We try to keep the maximum in each lesson to 8 riders. You can come as little or as much as you wish – some clients ride very occasionally and others a few times a week. (Obviously the more continuity the more progression you will get.)

Are there any discounts available?

We occasionally run offers so keep an eye on our website / Facebook page and notice boards. We do offer a buy 10 get 11th lesson / ride free (valid for 12 months) and also a student deal £90 for 4 sessions (valid for 8 weeks). Students also receive £2 off any group lesson or ride.

Can I purchase gift vouchers?

Yes, we can do gift vouchers for any value, these are valid for 6 months. Any purchased after 1st Dec will be forward dated to 25th Dec to give the recipient a full 6 months. Please either pop by to arrange or phone and we can post out.

I have never ridden before - which lesson should I book?

We encourage all new clients wishing to take lessons to attend an 'Introductory’ session to cover all the safety aspects of being near horses. We offer these sessions at 3pm on a Saturday. If you are unable to attend perhaps booking a 1/2 hour individual lesson is advisable as we can then show you the correct way to mount etc.

Clients wishing to do a Trek do not need any formal tuition (although it can make the experience more enjoyable). We will make sure everyone is comfortable on horseback before we leave the arena.

Is there a viewing gallery?

Yes, you are very welcome to sit and watch the lessons. We have vending machines for snacks and the Golf range next door does take away coffee/cakes etc.

Do you have a weight limit?

We try to keep close to around 16 stone for the welfare of our horses, although there may be exceptions to the rule in some circumstances.

What can you tell me about pony rides?

Pony rides are set distance not time (single to top field, double to swing park). Some ponies walk faster than others, so no duration of ride is given.

Please select a hat for your child – ensuring a snug fit and the straps adjusted to be comfortable but secure. Please ask a member of staff to check.

Please make sure children’s footwear is appropriate – a shoe with a flat sole and small heel is best, wellies are usually ok as long as the sole is not to chunky with grips. The foot needs to be able to release from stirrup incase of a fall.

Make sure the child has fastened up jackets and is not wearing anything that could rattle or blow in the wind startling the pony.

Please be careful around the ponies, a pony’s only natural way of protecting themselves is to move at speed when worried.

Please make sure children do not wander around the ponies (especially behind them – where the pony can’t see them).

If you wish to feed the ponies please make sure member of staff is present and that you keep a very flat hand. We don’t want the ponies mistaking a thumb for a carrot.

When the children are mounted we ask that the parent/guardian walks beside them – especially for under 5’s where they need a little bit of support in the saddle.

Pony rides are non refundable if your child decides they don’t want to ride (the staff and pony have been allocated to you and the time needs to be paid for). We advise you always only book a single session for the first time and spend time around ponies to make sure your child is keen. We have other bookings and lessons running so unfortunately can only spend a small amount of time with a child reluctant to mount.

Do you offer pony parties?

Yes, we suggest for 5 years plus, a minimum of 6 kids are required and a maximum of 16 is recommended for safety. Prices listed on website, 1/2 hour ride and 1/2 hour groom is the most popular option as it lets the kids spend some time doing different things around the ponies.

Do you have a cafe?

We have vending machines on site but no catering. Next door to us is Braids Hills Golf Coffee Shop which has coffee/home baking, soup and light lunches. Many clients go for a refreshment after thier session.

Is there an online booking facility?

Unfortunately as each day is very different on the yards and there can be many reasons sessions are blocked out we only offer bookings by phone or email. If calling and your call is not answered, please leave a message and we can call you back. See here for phone and email details.

Does Tower Farm accept voluntary helpers?

Tower Farm is supportive of people wishing to increase their equestrian knowledge by helping on yards with the horses. We wish to make this a safe and enjoyable experience for all parties. Click here for more information.

 Proprietor: Caroline Buckle BA, BHS II, TRSSCO, PC'A'

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