5 reviews of Three Greys Riding School in English
When I first arrived I was pretty nervous, but the staff are very encouraging and happy to help with anything. I was a complete beginner, and everything was explained to me in a clear, but not patronising way. I had a group lesson, and while there were quite a few people in the lesson, so the instructor's attention was obviously divided, the instructor still managed to keep an eye on everyone, and help everyone with their posture etc. If you're a beginner then someone walks alongside you, leading the horse, which I really appreciated as I was so nervous to begin with. The leaders were really nice, they asked if I'd ever ridden before and reassured me when I told them how nervous I was.
After the half hour lesson we went on a hack up the South Downs. I felt that this bit was a little bit short, but I think the lesson overran which was why. Again the leader came with me, which helped me to feel comfortable as I knew the horse wasn't going to run away or anything like that.
Overall, I had a fantastic first lesson, and I'd love to come back. I paid £29 for my lesson and hack, which totalled an hour spent on the horse, and I believe it's cheaper for children. I thought this was a little expensive, but I thoroughly enjoyed what I paid for, and I don't think that I paid any more than I would have paid at another riding school. Overall I had a great time and will definitely be coming back!
I know we might run our lessons a different way to other riding schools but we are still a good riding school!!
My daughter loves riding at 3 Greys. She was very nervous at first, and Sue (the proprietor) was hugely encouraging and took an interest in her progress. She had a couple of individual lessons as well as the group lessons, as obviously you can’t have 1:1 attention for very long in a group.
It is very busy at the weekends and a newcomer may feel they would like more attention, but it is a friendly, efficient stables which I would recommend.
I went for my first lesson with Three Greys and couldnt have been more disappointed from start to finish. When I booked my lesson I was asked my level which was total beginner, Id had 4 previous lesson with another school but I thought Id try three greys as an alternative.
On arrival I was just told to grab a hat and boots, ( no one checked it was fitted correctly which on my first time there I would have thought should be a priority)
I was asked briefly what id done before however I was put on a very very stocky sturdy horse who didnt seem to want to do a thing!
I am willing to concede as a brand new rider my skills are pretty terrible however even though I was told to 'kick him as hard as you can' he would only actually move or do anything when the instructor spoke'
I say instructor as for half the lesson there was a little dog running loose in the lesson and actually in the arena with us which she proceeded to play with half the time, so anytime I did get the horse to move and look to see if I were doing it right she was playing tug with the whip and the dog!!
Not only did I find this extremely frustrating and totally unprofessional but I cant imagine on a health and safety point of view its very good.
I also personally am not scared of horses or of riding however as a new rider I may well have been and a dog running around the feet of the horse would have terrified me!
All in all I felt I learnt nothing and actually didnt feel safe.
Perhaps I got a bad instructor or a bad day, I am more than willing to concede this and perhaps if you are a more experienced rider it could be the place for you, however I wont be giving three greys another chance.
I give one star as the horses seem very well taken care of.
As an adult this isn’t my favourite stables in Brighton. I can only ride at weekends and the weekend facilities on offer by this stables are primarily geared towards children (am I the only adult who doesn’t have time off work in the week ? !!)
There is also a tendancy to do group lessons at the weekend as opposed to individual ones (which again are primarily geared towards children).
That said the stables are handy for accessing from Brighton and they are chepaer than some of their competitors. The stables are clean and well managed and the horses are well kept and healthy.
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