I've been to CRC a few times now and can say that I think it's a good place for those learning to ride. My nephew is 5 and has had a few private as well as group lessons, and has thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The group lessons are run well, and the facilities and instructors are all very good.
A few downsides for me though:
Parents are expected to lead their children on the ponies - don't get me wrong, if you ask then they will get someone for you, but I think it's strange that this isn't the norm
No back protectors provided - something I feel should at least be offered
You're expected to bring your own pony/horse from it's stable to your lesson - again, I find it strange that someone who is learning to ride would be doing this when they haven't been shown properly. Yes the horses/ponies are very placid but at the end of the day, they're still flight animals that could bolt if something frightened them enough.
And finally, having ridden a few of the horses in lessons as an intermediate rider, I feel as though the horse got more from the lesson than I did...
These are only small things really though - I'm still taking my nephew, and he thoroughly enjoys himself! I would recommend CRC if you want somewhere local to learn to ride - the staff are friendly and the instructors good. I would suggest taking a horsey-friend with you if you can though to help you with the extras that you might not be that comfortable with!
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