Welcome to Edinburgh and Lasswade Riding Centre. We are a friendly riding centre based just outside the City of Edinburgh, around 20 minutes from the city centre.
We cater for children from 2 years upwards and adults of all ages. We also cater for complete beginners up to the more advanced rider. Also for the once in a lifetime experience or for the weekly rider – there is no maximum or minimum times you must come. No joining fee – just come and try. We also have a play area to keep the rest of the family amused. Please feel free just to come and visit the horses and dogs.
We have approximately 50 horses for the riding school ranging from little Shetlands for the tinies up to 17 hh. We also have a wide range of horses for different abilities i.e. ones that are very quiet for the complete beginners, ones that jump, ones that go fast, thoroughbreds and many plain fun cobs. (We also have lots of little Jack Russells that are very friendly and from time to time have puppies for sale.)
We have both indoor and outdoor schools and plenty mainly off-road hacking or trekking. We also provide horses for beach rides, country rides and all Border common ridings. Ponies are also provided for Gala Days and birthday parties.
Our online booking service is now available for private lessons, hacks, treks and group lessons. Watch out for our special monthly offers!!
CLICK HERE to read about it and to see what’s available.
We also provide horses for film shoots, parades etc – whatever your need we will try and help you – if you cannot find what you are looking for on our website – please e-mail us.
Riding Lessons for all ages and abilities
We offer a wide variety of riding lessons for all ages and standards.
Starting with our tiny tots from age 2 upwards who start on the lead rein for half an hour progressing to half an hour in the Beginner lessons gradually going onto the full hour. We now offer 1/2hr lesson followed by 1/2hr trek.
Beginner riding lessons are held in the evenings for adult only and at weekends are mixed adult and children. You stay in the beginner riding lesson until you have mastered your rising trot and steering and have cantered. You then progress to Beginner Minus lessons where you start to learn to ride individually and perfect your canter you then move up to Beginner Plus.
In Beginner Plus you now are reasonably competent in walk, trot and canter and are starting to work without stirrups and go over small fences. There will be both group exercises and individual.
Moving on to Novice – these riding lessons are split usually into an hour schooling followed by half hour jumping allowing you to improve both your flatwork skills and your jumping. The jumping now will be progressing to being able to hire to compete in some of our home shows.
PRIVATE RIDING LESSONS
We offer private riding lessons for both beginners and advanced, for dressage and for jumping. These lessons are tailored for your own needs. Please phone with your requirements – private riding lessons are not at set times so please phone to arrange or check Online Bookings/Riding Lessons.
If coming to us for the first time please pick a riding lesson that you think is possibly less advanced than you are – this will let us assess you safely as it is not enjoyable or safe for you to be in a lesson that is too advanced.
Trekking and Hacking for beginners and the more advanced
is what we do for beginners. For the very nervous person or young children we do what we term as “a lead”. This can either be done for half an hour or an hour and you will be led in hand at walk along the tracks.
A beginner’s trek is for beginners or people competent only at walk and trot. This will go out across the river and up and round woodland. It is possible to be led on a trek. However, it is normal to do this by yourself. The more you do it the more confident you become!
is for the more skilled who must be able to walk, do rising trot and canter. You will again go across the river in the hack and up round woodland.
Most of our riding is off road using old railway lines, tracks and forest paths. Basically, the more experienced you are the harder we go!!
At certain times of the year we do beach rides and rides in Dalkeith Country Park. These rides are only open to riders who can walk, trot and canter.
Please check the noticeboard section of this site.
You can now Pay your deposit online, Select date and time required, give some more information, you will then be sent an automatic confirmation, fill in the rest of details on our booking form and email or post to us
Our birthday parties cater for all ages of children or adults. The main children’s party package consists of half an hour grooming the ponies and learning about the pony, half an hour riding when they each go out on a pony or if they can ride they can either have a half hour lesson or a faster ride. Then the children return to the party area or the garden – in the summer – to the picnic tables where a party box is provided with a sausage roll, a packet of crisps, a chocolate biscuit, a carton of juice and an ice-cream. You may also upgrade to a “Super” birthday with a hot meal for an extra £2 per head. The minimum number for our parties is 10.
A birthday rosette is provided for the birthday girl or boy. All you need to do is bring them along and if you wish provide a birthday cake.
The price for the birthday party is £16 (£18 per child for the “Super ” birthday).
We also can do one hour riding parties followed by food – this would only be suitable for the older child or experienced riders. We also can cater for adult parties where they can ride and have food and wine afterwards. Please enquire for prices, stating your requirements.
Please download our booking form if you are interested.
Want to do something different? … Why not come with a group of friends from work, school, college etc, Or as something unusual for stag weekends, hen parties, birthdays etc.
We will pick you up with the bus (maximum of 14) from your chosen pick-up point. You can ride for one hour or two and we will return you back to the place of your choice or you can enjoy our discount and come under your own transport.
We also have several local pubs with good food that you can go for a meal after you riding and then be returned into town.
Group bookings with bus collection £27 per hour or £50 for two hours. Group bookings with discount £24 per hour or £48 for two hours provided there are 10 or more of you. We now do special rates for 6 – 9 riders – please see price list.
We have ponies available for pony rides at all Gala Days, corporate events etc. We provide the ponies complete with leaders, riding hats and a person to mount. All we require is an area of reasonable quietness for the ponies to operate in and somebody from your committee to take the money. We recommend you charge £3 per pony and this should cover your costs provided you are reasonably busy.
The ponies are provided for you for 3 hours – we can quote for longer times if you wish. Please download the form if you wish to book then send it with your deposit to us, you can now pay your deposit online. Please note some weekends are very busy so don’t leave it too long to book.
We provide horses for all the Border common ridings and gala days.
These are rides of between 5 and 25 miles – most are suitable for the experienced rider only. They are fast, fun and furious and enjoyed by the young and old. You do not have to belong to that town to take part.
We provide the horse all ready to go at the town – all you have to do is meet us half an hour before at the leave-off point. Most riders do wear correct riding gear but a show jacket is not compulsory. A shirt, tie or polo neck and jacket will suffice but you must be tidily dressed. Please bring your own hat – if you don’t have a hat you MUST contact us prior to the ride.
Please note we do recommend that we see you ride prior to the event so that we can assess and mount you correctly.
If you want a steadyish first ride – we would recommend Threepwood, Lanark Wednesday, Lindean, Torwoodlee, Melrose, Kelso Monday, Thursday or Friday, Musselburgh Monday, Lauder Thursday, Coldstream Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
For the fast and furious – Philipbrigg, Moss Paul, Southdean, Duns or Kelso Yetholm.
You can book online or with our booking form. Both will be available from January of each year. Book your favourite horse/pony early to avoid disappointment.
Livery Service all the year round
We offer a livery service both for horses and ponies. They can go out during the summer and live in during the winter.
Summer livery includes hay whenever you bring your horse in and the use of schools, tie-ups, tack room and livery cabin.
Indoor livery includes turn-out into either the school or outdoor schools or your horse on the horse walker. All your hard feed plus hay, mucking out in the morning and skipping in the afternoon plus use of all the facilities.
Livery bills are payable monthly.
We have a blacksmith in weekly and a vet on call.
Transport is also available to shows.
Liveries joining client lessons receive 50% discount.
When visiting the centre, please note that DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED. In case you are unaware, we have several dogs on the yard, who are very friendly as many will testify, but when other dogs are brought along this can lead to problems.
**EXPIRED GROUPON VOUCHERS ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED. ANYONE USING MORE THAN 1 VOUCHER IN ANY CAMPAIGN, WILL BE CHARGED £20 **
Unfortunately we have found it necessary to increase prices for some of our midweek Private lessons. Midweek Private lesson Offer Now £35, Children 1/2hr Private lessons Now £32.
ALL RIDERS MUST BE REGISTERED THROUGH OUR ONLINE SYSTEM BEFORE RIDING.
Please note, that when making Card or Voucher bookings, we operate a 48hr cancellation policy, in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
IN ADDITION TO THIS, PRIVATE LESSON CANCELLATIONS REQUIRE 7 DAYS NOTICE FOR FULL REFUND, UP TO 48HRS WILL RECEIVE 50%, ANYTHING LESS THERE WILL BE NO REFUND DUE TO COSTS INCURRED. Unfortunately we find this necessary due amount of late cancellations and our inability to re-sell slots at last minute, leaving instructors idle.
Weekend hacking & Trekking available all year!
Should you have any queries about any of our services, please contact us using telephone, email or ordinary post, as listed below:
tel: +44 (0)131 663 7676
Email us:Click Here
By Post to:
Edinburgh and Lasswade Riding Centre, Kevock Road,
Or just drop by!!