How do I get to Ballyhannon House?
Ballyhannon House is a riding school in Quin Co. Clare, Ireland. We are conveniently located a mile and a half from exit 11 on the M18, which is 20 minutes from Limerick, Gort, and 10 minutes from Ennis.
What level of riding ability is required to participate?
We provide riding instruction for all levels, and all ages from 4 up.
How do I judge my riding ability?
Here are some guidelines to help you judge your riding ability:
BEGINNER: A rider with little or no experience.
NOVICE: A rider who is comfortable and in control at the walk and/or trot but has limited experience trotting and/or cantering.
INTERMEDIATE: A rider who is confident and in control in all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
STRONG INTERMEDIATE: An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
ADVANCED: All of the above plus the ability to handle a spirited horse in open country. All of our horses are ridden with English Style Saddles. If you only have Western-type saddle experience, you will be considered to be a Beginner rider unless you have taken English riding lessons. For any trail ride other than those specifically identified for Beginners, riders will need to be familiar with English saddles, be confident and have experience of rising trot and canter.
Trail rides are intended for Beginner and Novice riders, but riders with more experience are more than welcome. The guide will cater the trek to the riders as much as possible.
Do I need to bring any equipment?
We provide boots and helmets which must be worn for safety. The classic boot comes high enough up the leg to prevent the leathers of the saddle from pinching the leg of the rider, has a sturdy toe to protect the rider’s foot when on the ground and has a distinct heel to prevent the foot from sliding through the stirrup. The sole is smooth or lightly textured to avoid being caught on the tread of the stirrup in the event of a fall.
Do you have age restrictions?
We provide riding instruction for all levels and all ages from 4 up.
Do you have weight restrictions?
If you are fit, you will be safer, ride better, and you and your horse will enjoy yourselves more.
What is your cancellation policy?
We ride in all weather, as it is impossible to predict the weather in Ireland; we do not ride in dangerous conditions, for example, extreme winds and storms. If Ballyhannon House Horse Riding cancels a ride due to such unforeseen circumstances, then we do refund the cost of that ride.
What other activities do you offer at Ballyhannon House?
Horse Back Yoga