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What's New

Please book directly on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk for lessons and rides. The system allows you to book up to 12 hours prior to any session. If the time frame is shorter, please email us directly or call us on 0131 664 3375 and we can try to to book you in.

We will be closed: Mon 29 & Tue 30 August. From Sat 10 September at 1pm to Mon 12 at 2pm.

2022

1 August

Please note that Thursday 7.30pm session is now for Level 3-5.

31 July

Sessions still available for complete beginners age 4+ during the summer break. All our lessons are just book and come as you wish. You can come along for a one off experience. If interested, please register and book directly on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk.

27 June

We will be closed on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th August. Due to Edinburgh Riding of the Marches we will be closing on Saturday 10th September at 1pm and re-opening on Monday12th at 2pm. University sessions will be back on 21st September.

22 June

Prices change from Monday 27th June.

We have held off for as long as possible but all our overheads have been increasing massively over the last few months and needed to do something to keep the business viable. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. I hope everyone understands. All the booking prior to this date are at present prices.

11 June

Tower Farm has been shortlisted for SEIB large riding school of the year! Anybody interested in coming along to ride with us, please register with our booking platform tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk.

5 June

A National CPD workshop - "FUNdamentals with Four Poles with Patrick Print FBHS" on Monday 27 June at Tower Farm. Book a ticket if your interested in coming along.

20 May

No evening lessons on Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 August. Instead we have lessons on Monday 1 August at:

6.30 pm Level 2/3

7.30 pm Level 4-6

27 April

Summer 2022 Fun Activities added. They include Fun mornings (Level 1-3, Age 6-12), Equine experie nce mornings (Level 3-6, Age 7-16) and SJ lessons (Level 4-6).

18 April

Currie Riding of the Marches presents a night of jumping fun at Tower Farm. Sunday 8th May at 4pm onwards.

11 April

A couple of spaces available for ABRS rosette awards stable management sessions with Belinda Northcott for anyone 6 years plus with a genuine interest to learn about all aspects of equine care. Each participant will receive a rosette and certificate on the day. No riding involved. View topics.

TIme: 2-3pm

13 April - Native breeds

20 April - Poisonous Plants

Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. The sessions come under 'activities'.

9 April

Saturday 28th May, we have just opened a full days sessions. No braids ride that day. Please book directly on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk

13 March

Jump into spring show in aid of Edinburgh Riding of the Marches

Date: 21 March 7-9pm

Time: 4pm Clear round

Horses and ponies still available to hire. Level 4 and above.

13 March

Please note that there will be no private sessions from 16th to 20th May. Only group sessions will be running. No sessions will be running on 28th May.

7 March

BHS Challenge Award Horse Knowledge 1 & 2 with Belinda Northcott (BHSAI). Suitable for all levels. 6 March

David Harland Show Jumping lesson (for privately owned horses) on 14 March at 12pm. Book directly with Caroline Timmins on 07801281757.

5 March

Interactive Bit and Bridle Fitting for performance evening wth Katie Caie
Date: 21 March 7-9pm

4 March

From January 2023 the following standards are no longer acceptable.

PAS015 1998

SNELL E2001

The following will be acceptable with British Kitemark:

PAS015 (2011)

VG1 01.040 (2014)

ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards)

SNELL E2001 (E2016)

Please can all clients check their hats now and replace before January 2023 if not up to standard.

15 February

Tower Farm is celebrating 50 years this year and this would be a lovely way for the amazing team to be recognised for all their hard work. If you'd like to nominate us, please do so on www.seib.co.uk/yard-awards.We will be closed between Monday 28th February and Thursday 3rd March until 2pm for essential maintenance.

1 February

Please note that no late arrivals after 10 minutes for group lessons. It is too disruptive to other riders and horses need to be worked in gradually. If you are running late, please email us quickly as possible to let us know or horses could be taken back to field.

29 January

BHS Ride Safe Silver award training and assessment:

Time: 10.15am - 1.30pm

Date: 7 & 14 March (attendance required at both sessions.)

Price: £105 to include training resources, sign off booklet and horse hire

Age: riders 12yrs and over

Level: competent in all paces, (Tower farm Level 4 riders and above,)

Open to everyone, not just Tower Farm clients. (New riders to Tower Farm will need to register on ec pro first before being able to book.)

Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. The sessions come under 'activities'.

27 January

1.5 hours Show Jumping Clinic for Level 4-6 riders:

Time: 2pm - 3.30pm

5 April

12 April

19 April

Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. The sessions come under 'activities'.

25 January

ABRS rosette awards stable management sessions with Belinda Northcott for anyone 6 years plus with a genuine interest to learn about all aspects of equine care. Each participant will receive a rosette and certificate on the day. No riding involved. View topics.

TIme: 2-3pm

16 February - Feeds and feeding

6 April - Pony health

13 April - Native breeds

20 April - Poisonous Plants

Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. The sessions come under 'activities'.

23 January

Fun mornings for 6 to 12 years old during Easter break 2022.

Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. The sessions come under 'activities'.

4 January

Position now filled. Thank you for all the applications.

Job vacancies: Maintenance person required for approx 16hrs a week. (Tues or Wed and Friday if possible but can be flexible). Duties include maintaining arena's, fields, and public areas. Previous experience with tractors etc essential. Prior experience with horses preferred, full driving license required.

2021

15 December

2022 flat work and jumping classes dates added. They change every Sunday.

14 December

There is now a 'waiting list' feature on ECpro. At the moment only for group sessions on the desk top.

13 December

Both days now filled. There will be helpers training courses on 8th and 15th January for anyone age 10&over riding at Level 4 (some stronger Level 3).

29 November

Fun Kid's Show will be held on Saturday 4th December. 4pm start. This is the event held by Edinburgh Rding of the Marches. Tower Farm donates the use of facilities. All classes can be done onlead rein. This is a fundraiser so please support even if just as spectator. Please enquire in the office if interested.

23 November

Please note that Private/Semi Private sessions booked after 1st December will be charged at new rate; Private £45 and Semi Private £40. Group sesson prices remain the same.

21 November

Fun Kid's Show has been rescheduled on 4th December. 4pm start. This is the event held by Edinburgh Rding of the Marches, not by Tower Farm but some staff will be around on the night. Schedule coming soon.

19 November

Slight changes to the timetable.

4.00pm on Wednesday is now for Level 2/3.

2 November

Slight changes to the timetable.

5.00pm on Monday is now for Level 3/5.

7.30pm on Tuesday is now for Level 4/6.

1 November

Job vacancies: Part time hours - weekday mornings. Can be a little flexible on timings but looking an individual who can come and do 3/4hrs on weekday mornings to help with mucking out the stables. Possibly helping bring horses in from fields and change rugs etc. Applicant's must have prior experience. Possibly suit a couple of students, happy for people to job share.

19 October

Bookings live until 11th February. Please look on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk for the amendments for festive period. Evening lessons wil only run the week before and after Christmas if enough demand.

18 October

Please note that Pony Rides for the winter will be only running at 10.30am on Saturday and Sunday.

12 October

Show cancelled due to the bad weather. Once we know the reschedule date, it will be posted on our Facebook page. Details of the Fun Jumping Show. Open to everyone with or without their own ponies. Ponies will be available to hire £35. The show is for riders that are already doing small jumps in their lessons and confident enough to be working in amongst a large group of horses. This is the event held by Edinburgh Rding of the Marches, not by Tower Farm.

9 October

New Timetable from 11 October.

25 September

We would like to request all Sunday clients park on the road. We are getting our first delivery of straw to bed the horses through the winter months. Artic lorries and machinery will be in the car park so we ask that all children are closely supervised. There is plenty of free on street parking and access is available through our front gate.

23 September

Thursday 6.30pm lesson is now for Level 2/3. This class is for rider over 12 years old that can trot confidently without assistance.

20 September

We insist all riders from Tower Farm always wear on roads but encourage out hacking so your much more visble to other path users. Making sure both horse and rider also have hi Viz incase they part company is so important.

18 September

Fun Kid's Show on Saturday 30th October. Open to everyone with or without their own ponies. Ponies will be available to hire £35. (For riders that are already doing small jumps in their lessons). You just pay the organisers for entering classes. This is an event not run by Tower Farm but some staff will be around on the night. Please enquire in the office if interested. Schedule available shortly.

17 September

Updated an indication of the standards. Click here to view.

10 September

Please note that the minimum age for private and group lessons is 4 years old. Pony ride is available from 3 to 8 years old.

8 September

ABRS rosette awards stable management sessions with Belinda Northcott for anyone 6 years plus with a genuine interest to learn about all aspects of equine care. Certificate and rosette given at each session. No riding involved.

TIme: 2-3pm

Cost: £17.50

18 October - Feeding: How when and what.

19 October - Poisonous Plants: What they are and how to keep ponies and horses safe.

Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. The sessions come under 'activities'.

7 September

Fun Mornings during October break.

Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. The sessions come under 'activities'.

4 September

Updated livery prices.

22 August

New classes starting Wednesday 15th September.

6pm: Leisure lesson for riders 16 years plus - aimed at riders who are comfortable cantering but would not wish to jump, riders who just enjoy their time in the saddle and wish to have a supportive atmosphere to ride in - £35.

6.30pm (start 7pm during winter months): 1.5 hour Level 5/6 lesson for riders 12 years plus. It will alternate flat/jump each week - £45.

The original 5pm Wednesday class level 4/5 is moving to a Monday 5pm starting 13th September.

14 August

We have released more private lesson slots for the week beginning 6th September. Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk.

3 August

Small change for over 12 years old beginners:

Level 1 is now for beginners of any age.

Level 2 riders must be able to ride in walk and trot independently and confidently.

21 July

Change of email addresses. Please see the contact page if you have an enquiry.

20 July

Please note we are closing on 23rd August for the day to give the horses and staff a well deserved quiet day.

We are also unable to offer private sessions between 6th and 10th September as we are running the BHS challenge award course for the Army. Group lessons will go ahead as normal.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all clients for their amazing support in the last few months. We have absolutely loved watching so many riders enjoy our horses and facilities.

04 July

More dates added:

ABRS rosette awards stable management sessions with Belinda Northcott for anyone 6 years plus with a genuine interest to learn about all aspects of equine care. Certificate and rosette given at each session.

TIme: 2-3pm

Cost: £17.50

16 July - Grooming

19 July - Tack Cleaning

28 July - Feeding

4 August - Pony Health

11 August - Yard Safety

Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. The sessions come under 'activities'.

In addition we are able to offer extra spaces on evening courses (These are non refundable as out sourced).

TIme: Juniors 6-16 years 6pm, Seniors 14-99 years 7pm

15 July - Leading

29 July - Grooming

5 August - Shoeing

9 September - Tack Cleaning

No prior knowledge needed at all, just genuine interest. Great fun for everyone.

22 June

Show Jumping / Working Hunter practice night (own horse).
Start: 5pm sharp as you will be working in together in arena prior to jumping. View details.

21 June

A summary of our cancellation policy: any cancellations made by yourself more than 48 hours prior to the session, you will be fully refunded in credit on your EC pro account. If you cancel your lesson within 48 hours, you will not get a refund of any kind. Any cancellations made by Tower Farm will also be fully refunded in credit on your account. Read more.

14 June

We are occasionally getting people arriving late and it can cause huge disruption to the session and potentially a safety issue as horse not worked in properly or safety checks not fully completed. We ask all clietns to arrive 10 minutes prior to session. No entry to group lessons after 15 mins. Private lessons will still finish at the scheduled time if client late arriving. Also please let us know if you are going to be late at all, as otherwise they'll be a no show and horses will possibly go back to field. Thanks.

10 June

ABRS Rosette awards stable management sessions with Belinda Northcott for anyone 6 years plus with a genuine interest to learn about all aspects of equine care. Certificate and rosette given at each session.

TIme: 2-3pm

Cost: £17.50

Wednesday 30 June - Saddlery

Monday 5 July - Leading

Wednesday 16 July - Grooming

Monday 19 July - Tack Cleaning

Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. The sessions come under 'activities'.

9 June

Added 'which group to come along to' section on the Timetable page.

9 June

Show Jumping / Working Hunter practice night (own horse).
Start: 4.30pm sharp as you will be working in together in arena prior to jumping. View details.

1 June

More dates added: Fun Show Jumping lessons for riders Level 4 and above:

Time: 1.30pm - 3pm

Cost: £45

Level 4/5

Tuesday 29 June

Wednesday 14 July

Thursday 5 August

Level 5/6

Wednesday 7 July

Wednesday 21 July

Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. The sessions come under 'activities'.

31 May

More dates added: Fun Mornings Summer 2021 for children between 6 years old and 14 years old.

Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. The sessions come under 'activities'.

18 May

We have had a huge influx in children wishing to come and help on the yards.We have had to review the situation as there was a number of safety concerns. We are now going to be offering day long courses 10-4pm for £50 where we will be covering all the aspects of helping on the yard.These sessions are open to children 9yr plus and Level 4 and over.

15 May

We have reviewed pony rides and they are now for age 3-8yrs. Any 2yr old already booked it's not an issue to come along at all for your session.

14 May

- Position now filled - Maintenance person required: part time hours. 12/16 hours over 2 or 3 weekdays (can be flexible). Applicants must be able to drive farm machinery and carry our low level maintenance duties. Maintenance person responsible for keeping facilities clean and safe for public, field and arena maintenance and various other small jobs. Driving license essential, over 25yrs with 7.5t license advantageous. Application to contact@towerfarm.org.

9 May

Fun Show Jumping sessions for riders Level 4 and above:

Time: 1.30pm - 3pm

Cost: £45

Tuesday 29 June — Level 4/5

Wednesday 7 July — Level 5/6

Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. The sessions come under 'activities'.

7 May

Added dates of Fun Mornings Summer 2021 for children between 6 years old and 14 years old.

4 May

Any new clients can come for a Level 1/2 lesson but preferably a Private or a Semi Private lesson to get started.

1 May

Added 'how to cancel a booking using ECpro mobile app' on the FAQ page.

26 April

We are now welcoming 12 yrs+ beginners for Private or Semi Private lessons. Please note that all sessions will be in arena and we won't be taking beginners on ride outs at present. Please only book private/semi private lessons so we can take time to show you how to mount/carry out safety checks etc. If you are wishing to eventually join a group lesson, please liaise with the instructor when you are ready to feed into a group setting. As we need to be in close proximity occasionally please wear a mask until fully mounted. Our instructors will also.

Please register on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. Once graded you will able to see availability and get booked.

17 April

Clarified the Gift voucher instructions on FAQ page. Please refer to it if you have any questions about how to purchase or how to redeem gift vouchers.

8 April

We are pleased to annouce that we will be offering Pony rides from 1st May on weekend mornings. These are small taster sessions to let young or nervous child enjoy time on the ponies. Pony rides are offered for children from 2 to 8 years old. Read details. Please look on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk for availability.

7 April

We will be starting jumping lessons from the week starting Sunday 18th April. Classes alternate between flat work and jumping week to week and they change every SUNDAY. View dates.

1 April

We are working to a full timetable of Group and Private lessons from today. Braids rides are also offered for experienced rider.

25 March

Please make sure that rider's age, weight and height are correct when you register at tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. Incorrect information might result in no sessions being shown. View step by step guide. Thanks.

20 March

Quick recap of how to redeem your gift voucher:

1. You have to register and create an account at tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk if you don't have one yet.

2. Go to your account page. At the bottom of the page there is a gift vouchers section which looks like below.

3. Enter the code and the credit will be put into your account.

17 March

Booking now live till 25th April. You can see the new timetable from 1st April.

We can also accept riders over 12 yrs in group lessons now. However, in any sessions we can only accept 12+ yrs riders who can mount safely and complete their own safety checks (Level 3 standard) due to social distancing. Please note that there will not be any jumping for a period of time whilst we fitten up horses/riders for safety.

10 March

We have released a number of sessions till 28th March, please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk

Really sorry but there will be no hacking or jumping in the sessions until we are fully open and horses are fittened up.

Any issues booking, please let us know.

6 March

Absolutely brilliant training sessions. Please contact Belinda directly.

Posted by Tower Farm Riding Stables on Thursday, 4 March 2021

1 March

Exciting news!! We are opening up very slowly over the month of March ( 10th to 28th). We will be offering a restricted...

Posted by Tower Farm Riding Stables on Monday, 1 March 2021

22 February

Thank you to the amazing clients that have used this feature on their account, your support means so much as is...

Posted by Tower Farm Riding Stables on Sunday, 21 February 2021

20 February

Thinking ahead to re opening, we have been encouraging all clients to buy there own equipment once they know they are...

Posted by Tower Farm Riding Stables on Friday, 19 February 2021

17 February

It looks like it will be next week before we are able to give a re start date.

As it looks likely we'll not be able to have groups for any over 12yrs for a while and without help allowed in the arena for beginners we would struggle to offer Level 1 sessions to under 12yr groups safely.

We will need to issue a revised timetable for all sessions as we'll need to make sure adequate breaks are between sessions to allow clients to leave/arrive with minimal overlap.

Thus we will unfortunately be cancelling and issuing EC pro credit for all sessions booked. Hopefully after next speech we can have a restricted timetable open for booking.

Once we have thought about a sensible and safe restart plan, we'll open bookings on the EC pro site so please get registered and graded if you'll wish to book in the future.

Please keep checking our Facebook and website as we'll announce when new timetable is available.

tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk

03 February

After yesterday's announcement, we will be cancelling all sessions till 1st March. Hopefully after the announcement on the 16th we will be able to give you an opening date and a timetable to move forward with.

We appreciate everyone is desparate to see the horses and we can't wait to welcome you back on site. Your donations to the horses upkeep is very appreciated: www.justgiving.com

28 January

Unfortunately with the clear stay at home by law message in place till at least mid February, we will be cancelling any sessions booked till 21st February.

I know this is a great disappointment to many but we have to look at the bigger picture, the less potential spread will mean everything can return to the new ' normal' sooner.

Everyone at Tower would have loved to be able to open for mid term holiday, but after much discussion we've decided it's not the right thing to do.

27 January

EC Pro launched a donations feature. You can access through your account, tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. You are also able to use credit already in your account, Abbie's fundraising page is also available if you prefer this option to support your favorite horses and ponies. Your help with the horses upkeep is really appreciated in these tough times.

20 January

In light of the First Minister's announcement 19 January, we will also be reviewing our opening with her announcement on the 2nd February. Whilst the requirements is to stay at home except from essential purposes, we feel morally we shouldn't be encouraging public to our facility.

We will be cancelling all sessions from 1st February to 7th February, you'll receive credit on your EC pro account. (Please give us a couple of days to sort). We will be reviewing everything a week at a time.

13 January

Due the tighten of further restrictions today, we haven't moved more towards a re opening date. It will very much depends on what happens with covid numbers in Edinburgh and restrictions put in place by the First Minister.

We still have bookings live from 1st February, if a session can't go ahead you'll get a cancellation e mail and money credited to your EC pro account. So you can book in confidence on our EC pro site. When we do open we will most probably not be able to have groups with individuals over 12yrs so there could be changes to timetable and more availability for privates as school/uni groups might not be permitted. (Sorry we can't give any clarification at the moment)

If you haven't signed up yet or wish to book please use this link tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk.

The horses are so grateful for the lovely donations people have been given on the link below. Unfortunately we can't just close our doors and walk away most overheads remain whether we are open or closed.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in the near future, stay safe and dream of the lovely times in the saddle to come.

8 January

How to change a private lesson to semi private lesson and how to link accounts are explained on the FAQ page - Booking & cancellation section.

6 January

Although there is now guidance that 1:1 and under 12 sessions could continue we have made the very hard decision to remain closed until at least 1st February.We will constantly be reviewing the situation and it's great that come 1st February we could potentially be opening our doors to restricted numbers of clients.

A few amazing clients have offered to help with costs, please go to JustGiving if your like to help.

4 January

We are closed: so sorry to be annoucing that we will be closed till at least 1 February 2021 in line with government guidance.

We at Tower Farm are so grateful for all the support everyone has shown in the last year or so.

Unfortunately we can't just close the doors and walk away, our overheads remain whilst open or closed. We need staff daily to tend to the welfare of the 50 horses on site and water charges/ feeding etc remains the same.

Fingers crossed these restrictions aren't in place for too long as each day/week just brings more costs and no income.

Hope all our clients and keeping well, stay safe and hope to welcome you back through our doors in the very near future.

Please be advised the stables are not open to the public, only staff and liveries on site. Many thanks.

4 January

Extra level 2/3 lessons on 5th & 12th February at 4pm as no GWC group. Please book on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk.

3 January

Small reminder that booking will be online from tomorrow. Please book directly on tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk. View step by step guide.

2 January

If you were lucky enough to find a Tower Farm voucher within your Xmas gifts, please go to the gift vouchers section at the bottom of your account page and entre the code. The credit will be put into your account: tower-farm.ecpro.co.uk

Read the news items of 2020.