FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I AM WORRIED ABOUT COVID-19 AND HOW EQUIMOTION WILL KEEP ME SAFE. WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
The safety of our clients and the EquiMotion team is of the utmost importance to us. We have comprehensive safety measures in place and ask that clients and their guests adhere to these guidelines at all times. You can read our Covid-safe policy here.
All bookings are made on-line via the Book Now link at the top of this page. Bookings can be cancelled online for no charge up to 48 hours prior to the beginning of the session. Failing to cancel in time or failing to turn up will result in the session being charged as if it had been taken.
The only exception to this is if I client has to cancel at short notice because they have been told to self-isolate due to Covid-19, in which case the booking can be rearranged for a later date.
We ask that you arrive 5-10 minutes before your session is due to start so that you are ready to get started on time. Please do not be late as your session will still need to finish at the allotted time in order to be respectful to those attending after you.
WHO DOES EQUIMOTION CATER FOR?
From those who have never sat on a horse before, to elite riders across all disciplines, anyone who wants to take their riding to the next level will benefit from EquiMotion.
I AM NOT INTERESTED IN DRESSAGE, WILL I STILL BENEFIT?
Absolutely! While Saracen is referred to as a dressage simulator, the improved posture, balance, and awareness of your seat will benefit all riders and enhance their horse’s way of going, regardless of their chosen discipline.
I WANT TO PRACTICE DRESSAGE MOVES UP TO GRAND PRIX LEVEL, CAN I DO THAT AT EQUIMOTION?
Saracen has state of the art sensors allowing riders to practice everything from walk and halt up to Grand Prix moves such as passage and piaffe. Saracen will only perform the requested task when the rider gives the correct aids, so he is fantastic at teaching precision. If the correct aids are not given, he will simply continue in his current movements or perform a different one.
I AM AN EXPERIENCED DRESSAGE RIDER, CAN EQUIMOTION STILL HELP ME?
All riders can develop unwanted habits, often without realising it. Sarah’s uncanny ability to spot even the smallest misalignments, coupled with Saracen’s sophisticated sensors, are a great way for more experienced riders to iron out any issues. As Saracen never tires of being asked to do the same thing over and over again, he enables the intense repetition needed to perfect a move which is just not possible during a single session on a real horse.
I HAVE NEVER RIDDEN BEFORE, CAN EQUIMOTION STILL HELP ME?
Riding Saracen is a great way to prepare you for riding a real horse for the first time. It replicates a horse’s movement and feel very accurately so will help you to learn about balance and how to give direction without having to contend with the sometimes-unpredictable reactions of a real horse. When you do then ride a horse, it will be a much more familiar experience giving you added confidence. We do a short Learn to ride / Return to ride course which is perfect for those just starting out.
I AM A NERVOUS RIDER, CAN EQUIMOTION HELP ME?
Spending time on Saracen is an excellent way to improve your riding while building confidence. Saracen does not buck, spook or rear and he never gets bored, no matter how many times you need to practice a particular move. Many people are nervous when they come to EquiMotion for the first time, but Sarah very quickly puts people at ease and is never judgemental about an individual’s riding ability.
Yes, an EquiMotion voucher makes a great gift for horsey friends or relatives, or even those looking to give riding a go. We also find that lots of clients put EquiMotion vouchers at the top of their own Christmas and birthday lists. Vouchers can be purchased here.
IS RIDING SARACEN LIKE RIDING A REAL HORSE?
It’s pretty close. He moves beautifully in walk, trot and canter, feeling very much like a real horse and responds to aids given through your leg, seat and hands. In some ways though, he’s even better than a real horse as he’s never naughty, he doesn’t have one side that’s better than the other, and he lives inside, so you can stay cool in the summer and warm and dry in the winter.
Of course! Everything that is learned on Saracen will be transferable as muscle memory is developed during the sessions. When on a real horse, riders are then able to perform aids more instinctively and with greater confidence. For the more accomplished rider, it gives the opportunity to develop themselves without having to train the horse at the same time.
Each session is uniquely tailored to each individual, and together with the instant feedback that Saracen gives, riders often improve quickly. For riders looking to learn a particular move, whether that’s how to give the correct canter aids, shoulder-in, or something more advanced, one session is often enough. That said, most clients see so much benefit to their riding, that they choose to come regularly.
I ALREADY HAVE REGULAR TUITION ON MY HORSE, WHY DO I NEED TO COME TO EQUIMOTION TOO?
The beauty of riding a mechanical horse is that it’s all about the rider, and the whole session is dedicated to how the rider moves, not how the horse is going. With Sarah’s highly trained eye focused on rider biomechanics, and how your body moves as a whole, both on and off the horse, EquiMotion is the perfect complement to ridden tuition.
CAN SARAH TEACH ME ON MY OWN HORSE?
Yes, ridden sessions can be booked via our booking page and a series of regular clinics are also planned. We find that ridden sessions are particularly valuable for Franklin Method training so that clients have the confidence to use the balls, and practice what they’ve learned, in their own time.
You should wear comfortable, stretchy trousers (breeches or jodhpurs ideally) and riding footwear. Clean gloves are now required as part of our Covid-safe policy. Riding hats are mandatory. If you don’t have riding boots, boots or shoes with a low heel are best. Please note that boots should not have zips on the inside.
We often run sessions for riding clubs and other groups and friends and family are always welcome, too. Our brand-new treatment room has a toilet and kitchen area for use by our clients and their guests, making the experience even more enjoyable. We find that groups of friends often like to visit together and will therefore book consecutive sessions as it’s a fun way to share the learning and the experience. Please note that we will however need to adhere to government guidelines for the foreseeable future, so this may restrict who can come with you and how many people can attend at any one time.
An EquiMotion session is a great opportunity to get some time to yourself, but if you need to bring a baby in a buggy, or well-behaved children, you are welcome to do so. The studio is warm and secure, and you will still be able to watch your child while you ride.
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE?
Our insurance policy only permits us to teach children over the age of ten. Children under 140cm tall will not be able to reach the leg sensors, but there’s plenty we can do without. We find that children’s confidence can really grow through riding Saracen, and children particularly benefit from being able to practice asking for canter correctly as they can practice over and over again without their pony objecting.
The manufacturer’s recommended weight limit is 95kg (just under 15 stone).
Yes, you can ride Saracen while pregnant, however you must consult your doctor before taking part in any kind of exercise.
Yes, there is space to change in our treatment room if you are coming straight from work.
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