Lessons at Overdale are mostly private and taught by Karin Major who is a BHSAI and an accredited Ride With Your Mind Coach, or one of her assistants working along the same lines.

The focus of attention is on the rider, as an individual. Many pupils who have tried and failed to make progress elsewhere are amazed by the results in such a short space of time at Overdale.

Lessons can be on your own horse, or one of our school horses or ponies.

  • Build riding skills and confidence
  • Increase security on a horse
  • Understand how you can, or do, influence the horse

We encourage our riders (whatever their age) to also learn about the care of their horses, leading, grooming, tacking up, un-tacking and more as desired.

There is also the option to study with us for ABRS Stable Management & Riding Tests.

  Our riders


Riders who have lessons at Overdale represent the full spectrum of ages and abilities.

  • Age: 4 upwards, including those wishing to start or return to riding in their later years
  • Ability: Total beginners, through to International competitors of all disciplines
  • Riders with confidence concerns can be assured of our care, developing their skills at a pace to suit

What our riders say about Overdale:

"For the first time ever I could feel what was happening..."
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"Thank you so much for this mornings' lesson, it is still sinking in...."
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"My name is Jane and suffice to say I am the wrong side of 50..."
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"My first lesson at Overdale with Karin was pretty amazing..."
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"Rieu says "thank you, thank you, thank you Karin" for putting his mum in the right place..."
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"Unfortunately, I have spent the last six years with a persistent back problem... I was given an usual (but very welcome) suggestion for exercise; horse riding!..."
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Our riders travel to us from all over the UK and Overseas, including France, Luxembourg and Ireland. We have a number of riders travelling regularly from London (we are 1hr 40m from Heathrow). Some clients car share to keep travel costs down, whilst others take more than one lesson, include a practice ride, or visit less frequently but incorporate a Private Training Morning or Day.




Child's walk about
30 minutes
minimum age 4
£ 35   per child
Child's private lesson
30 minutes
minimum age 5
£ 35
Children's group lesson
45 minutes
maximum of 3
£ 35   per child
Child's - special saver
11 lessons for the price of 10
as above x 11
£ 350   * pre-paid
Adult private lesson
45 minutes
minimum age 12
£ 54
Adult - special saver
10 lessons pre-paid
with a bonus Feldenkrais lesson (worth £52)
45 minutes x 11
£ 540   * pre-paid
Feldenkrais Private
session - ATM / FI

45 minutes


£  54

Adult shared lesson
60 minutes
2 riders
£ 46   per person
Practice session
42 minutes
no instruction
£ 42   per person
60 minutes
limited availability
regular clients only
£ 60
Feldenkrais plus a Private
Mounted lesson
- special saver (save £10)
90 minutes
£  99
Stable management
30 minutes
private session
£ 35
Stable management
30 minutes
shared session
£ 25   per person
Late cancellation fee
less than 48 hrs notice
please see Terms & Conditions
Half lesson price
Late cancellation fee/
No show fee
less than 24 hrs notice
please see Terms & Conditions
Full lesson price

* Pre-paid lessons to be taken within 6 months of booking.

Payment accepted by cash, cheque or BACS (40-44-26 91234021).
Sorry, we do not accept credit or debit cards.


  Private Training Days


Private Training Days are available with Karin, specially designed for those who are unable to attend a Mary Wanless intensive mounted course due to time constraints, or those preferring not to be in a group with others.

For full details, please visit the workshops page.


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