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Equitation Science
for Children

Teaching Children to Train Horses

Safe    Clear    Effective


Why ESC?

Horses deserve better...and children are their future

The welfare of horses always comes in joint first with the safety of children. In combining these two aspects, children learn how to train horses in a more effective and ethical way. When children can give clear and consistent signals to their pony, the pony becomes safer to ride as his world becomes more predictable.

The core principles of Equitation Science are broken down for children to easily understand and apply. As ponies and horses can inadvertently learn solutions to their own problems, ES comes with a toolkit that gives children the solution to re-training undesirable habits.

Teaching children to ride horses by an experienced Early Childhood teacher ensures lessons are enjoyable, calm and above all, safe.  

Lessons are for children from 4 years of age, fully insured and catered to children’s individual needs and requirements. Lessons can be on our school master – Harry – or on our lovable, lead-rein Shetland – Gypsy. The magic of interacting with horses is that there are many skills children are learning alongside horsemanship skills. See our 'Benefits of Horse-riding' for more information.

For children with their own ponies or horses, a thorough assessment is completed and any problems or challenges addressed - with goals created together.

For more information on types of lessons go to our 'Lesson Options' page.


...for the love of horses...

Why Equitation Science?

Equitation Science combines knowledge of learning theory, psychology and ethology to assess the effectiveness of training with horses. It objectively measures rider interventions and asks the most important question:

Is horse welfare being compromised in our current training system?

When we understand how horses learn and use the principles and practices from ES systematically in our training, the horses welfare is put at the top of our agenda.

The goal for us at ESC is to educate aspiring riders in how they can apply the core principles of learning theory, resulting in effective training and safe horses.

To learn more about Equitation Science, go to the International Society for Equitation Science website.


“It is every horse-person’s responsibility to understand the horse as completely as possible. Evidence-based horse training is our way to protect the welfare of the horse.”

Andrew and Manuela McLean


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Flaxley Rd Flaxley SA Australia