Ride High Equestrian Centre

Ride High Equestrian Centre

Ride High Equestrian Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A riding school set within 37 acres of green space in the heart of Milton Keynes. Whether you want to learn to ride, to brush up your skills, enjoy some quiet time with a pony, go for a hack, join in with holiday activities or arrange a corporate event using horses, we will do our best to provide you with an experience that is second to none.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Pam C
Towcester, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
As a retired children’s services practitioner and volunteer at Ride High I see disadvantaged children and young people who attend the referred groups make great progress in managing difficulties in their lives. As an experienced horse rider I am impressed with the quality of the instructors, the high welfare standards for the wide range of quality horses and ponies, the professional management of the yard and the dedication and hard work of the yard staff.
Well done all.
Written 11 October 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a great review, I have shared your comments with the team here. Best wishes, Sophie
Written 7 November 2019
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Tony Kay
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Firstly a little history. 18 months ago our then 13 year old daughter was diagnosed with extreme anxiety, anorexia and self harmed to cope. This as you may imagine is absolutely terrifying as a parent. For 6 months we as a family battled with this illness with help from the medical services, but nothing really seemed to make much difference. We were getting to the point we were scared we were going to lose her forever....

Then one day we discovered a place called Ride High Equestrian Centre. So we all went there to have a look around... We booked some lessons for our two daughters....They loved it... We joined the Pegasus scheme. Since that day our daughter has slowly and steadily improved. She is now 14 and spends every spare moment she has at ride high volunteer working for them. She loves the horses and has made some incredible friends, all of which we know have helped her back from the brink. She is now eating normally, not self harming and although anxiety is still there she now has something so powerful in her life that she has learned to cope with it.

So, thankyou so much to Ride High. Your facility is an absolute credit to all who work and play there. You have changed many young peoples lives by just being there, supporting them and not judging them.

I have just sat and read the odd negative review on this site and honestly can't believe they are talking about the same place, they make me feel quite angry tbh. The horses/ponies are all very well cared for, the stables are immaculate...I know because my daughter spends hours cleaning them with other staff and volunteers ;-) The staff are amazing, friendly, professional and supportive.

I find it amazing the positive affect horses/ponies can have on people, especially the young. But I have witnessed it myself...

Ride High is a place both our daughters absolutely love being at.. Especially our 14 year old. It is her sanctuary.

Thank you so much for giving us back everything xx
Written 3 September 2019
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Dear Tony, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a heartfelt review, it is very much appreciated and we are so glad that the Ride High Equestrian Centre has helped your family in this way. As you know, we're a social enterprise and we're therefore very thankful for the level of support we receive from all of our volunteers and grateful for your daughter's help looking after our horses and maintaining our stables. It is therefore truly wonderful to hear that we have had such a positive impact on your lives as well and we thank you for sharing this. Yours sincerely, Sophie (on behalf of all the team at the Ride High Equestrian Centre)
Written 4 September 2019
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Steve Mac
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We have been coming to the new Ride High centre for over a year. The staff are fantastic, very knowledgable and helpful and the horses are extremely well cared for by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers. A great environment to learn about horse management and develop riding skills.
Written 25 August 2019
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Dear Steve Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about us, I will share your comments with the team here. Best wishes, Sophie
Written 4 September 2019
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Karen R
Milton Keynes, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
My daughter has been riding at ride high for a year now. She began in the ‘indoor school’ and has progressed to a higher level and is a member of the Pegasus club. Taking part in weekly hour long lessons which she does in a small group of children around the same level of ability (regardless of age)

Olivia (aged 9) has taken part in every pony camp (3 day holiday run groups) since she started, and just yesterday she completed the first 5 day camp.
She has also had a private lesson, and taken part in extra Pegasus evening events throughout the year.

Ride High have really helped her confidence and we are very grateful for this. All team members are approachable, friendly, knowledgeable and fun. She truly enjoys the activities very much.

The horses are shown so much love. Their stables and living areas are in excellent condition. You can see the love the workers have for the horses, which is wonderful. They know the horses individual personalities and preferences and share these with the children.

The people learning how to ride are taught the importance of respecting and loving the horses as well as how to ride correctly. Which is extremely important. They are taught the dedication and work that goes into owning a horse as well as how to ride correctly, safely and progress the children through levels when they are ready and showing consistent abilities.

I think Ride High is very well run and we love seeing the smile on Livvis face every time she attends. Definitely 5 stars for this place, and we hope to have many many more years of happiness here 🌟🐎💕 Thank you Ride High for everything you do for Olivia and all that you continue to do.
Written 27 July 2019
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Hi Karen, Thank you so much for your lovely review! We're glad Livvi enjoys coming here so much and i have passed on your kind words to the team. Best wshes Sophie
Written 4 September 2019
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Jane L
Milton Keynes19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
My whole family love spending time at Ride High, whether its to ride, groom or just to be around the horses, there is something for everyone. The team are so welcoming and help to make your experience very special!!
Written 21 January 2019
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rcequestrian678
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
I love Ride High! The horses are great - they are safe, caring, and there's a lot of range in the school horses which keeps things interesting.

The instruction is great - I do the advanced lessons and really enjoy them. Definitely think I'm improving!

Nice community - everyone was welcoming from the moment I arrived. The staff is very kind and get to know everyone, and the volunteers are wonderful as well.

Good environment for riders of all levels!
Written 1 December 2018
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AndrewMur
Lillingstone Lovell, UK107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
I have been riding here every week for over four months.
I can honestly say this is the best riding school I have been to.
The horses are lively and want to go, not like the tired nags you get at some schools.
The instructors (Geraldine and Jade) are really good and my riding has improved greatly since starting.
The school is really well run with good communication through reminder emails and texts, and the horses are loved and well looked after.
Keep up the good work.
Debbie.

Written 30 November 2018
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Karen B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
Girls birthday party for ages 9 to 12 years. The girls all had an amazing time playing games on the horses and grooming and dressing them up in ribbons, bows etc. The team at Ride High were so friendly and fun and looked after us amazingly. The party room and food were great too. Thanks for giving us all a wonderful experience. Would recommend to anyone, the girls are still talking about it now.
Written 7 November 2018
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beckyjanetownsend
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
I am visiting the UK for summer with my two daughters and wanted to find a riding school for the holidays. My girls had lessons twice a week and I must say I was impressed with the riding school. The staff here are so friendly and helpful, led by the lovely Jo and the ponies seem very well cared for and happy in their environment. I would definitely recommend the riding school to anyone looking for lessons or one of their summer camps which are excellent! A great place for children learning to ride - would definitely recommend!
Written 16 August 2018
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Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We were delighted to host you and your daughters and are so pleased you enjoyed your time here. We hope to welcome you back to the Ride High Equestrian Centre again soon.
Written 23 August 2018
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Anonymous6954
Milton Keynes, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Absolutely disgusted by the welfare of the horses. There was a horse named Bonnie and pony named Jemima in the lesson my children were in that were DISGUSTINGLY overweight. The horses are overworked and overused, especially in this summer heat. In the school for up to three hours back to back with no water. Most ponies and horses are lame. The condition of the stables there is terrible, the ponies don’t see daylight. There is a grey pony currently caged in the car park, which is atrocious. Would NOT recommend paying for lessons to any parent, they are overpriced for what you receive and your slot is never garunteed and are often taken by “Pegasus” club members. So you can easily get pushed out of lessons.

However the staff team are lovely and welcoming, and cannot fault the volunteers that lead in my children’s lesson every week. And
Written 30 July 2018
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Thank you for your feedback and we’re sorry that you feel you have had a negative experience at the centre. Our staff and volunteers take great care and effort in looking after our horses, and we take complaints about the welfare of our horses extremely seriously. Please be reassured that all our horses and ponies have options of turn out in our 37 acres of fields regularly throughout the day and overnight, however in their best interests we sometimes need to limit their time outside. Our horses and ponies are regularly checked by the farrier and vet to ensure they are healthy and happy. Just like people, breeds of horse can vary greatly in height, weight and general build and all our horses are fit and healthy, checked regularly by a nutritionist, chiropractor and other equine professionals to advise and adapt their care plan through the year. We continually monitor the weather and heat index, and during heatwaves like we have seen recently, we will alter the lessons as appropriate and focus teaching on areas such as perfecting position, lateral work and hacking which have lower impact on the horses during hot weather, yet still offer a great way for our clients to learn. We always ensure our horses have access to water, which includes recently renewed, self-filling troughs in the fields and a fresh water supply always on hand in the yard. Horses may also be brought into the stables during the hottest parts of the day as it is cooler for them in the shade. The horses are kept fly free with fly spray, fly rugs and fly masks which you may see them wearing out in the fields. Following lessons or activities we also hose down the horses which keeps them cool. When booking lessons, we ask for payment to secure each place. This helps to make sure that we don’t have ponies tacked up, waiting in the yard unnecessarily should people not turn up to their lesson or activity, or as has happened in the past, prevent other clients from enjoying riding at a time they could have due to bookings being made but not taken. Thank you for your lovely comments about our staff and volunteers, they take great pride in caring for our horses and ensuring that everyone has a fantastic experience at the centre, and we value every member of the team – horse or human, greatly. We would be more than happy to meet with you at the centre to discuss your concerns further, please email us at info@ridehighequestriancentre.co.uk to arrange a meeting should you wish.
Written 31 July 2018
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  • Mon - Fri 09:00 - 19:00
  • Sat - Sat 09:00 - 17:00



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