Useful Information

Rider Ability Levels

Complete Beginner

Little, or no experience.


Comfortable and in control at the walk and/or trot. Limited experience trotting and/or cantering.


Confident and in control in all paces including rising trot and cantering. Limited experience galloping, doesn’t ride regularly.

Strong Intermediate

Rides regularly, is comfortable and confident to walk, trot, canter and gallop across easy terrain and jump small obstacles.


Confident to walk, trot, canter and gallop across all terrain, jump any obstacles and also has the ability to handle a spirited horse.

Weather Conditions

Moray is famous for changing weather conditions. Lessons, forest rides and beach hacks are very rarely cancelled due to the weather, so it is advisable that you wear suitable clothing for the weather on the day and also cater for changing conditions.

Important Notices

Please note these important points when visiting Equus:

1. We apologise but we cannot currently accept card payments.

2. Dogs are not allowed so do not bring your own pets with you.

3. If attending a whole day event bring a packed lunch with you.

4. No smoking is allowed at equus.

What to Wear

We advise wearing jodhpurs, chaps and boots or full length riding boots, but understand not everyone has them.  If you don’t, we suggest some comfortable trousers or leggings and stout shoes with a small heel (i.e. walking shoes or Chelsea style boots).

Please avoid shoes with buckles, platforms or high heels, denim jeans, shorts or 3/4 length trousers or skirts and dresses.

Equus can provide a limited amount of helmets and boots.

What to Expect

When you arrive you will be asked to fill out a Rider Registration Form, which is an Equus insurance requirement.  You will then be provided with safety equipment (helmet & high visibility bib) if required; introduced to your horse and briefed on what to expect as you get mounted.  If going on a hack, you will get a brief riding assessment within the school before leaving.


Please can all riders arrive 15mins before the lesson or hack.

Equus reserve the right to cancel the hack or lesson if the riders arrive too late and any deposit will be forfeited.

Find us here…

Equus Scotland

Contact us by e-mailing:
or calling: 07917 572154.

“We loved it… what a great day!”

I come every Saturday to ride VP – its BRILLIANT!


A magical experience for the whole family and a personal dream come true.
Visiting Family


I have progressed from a nervous beginner to somebody who can pop a small jump with confidence.