Horse Riding Simulator: Booking and Information

HOW DO I BOOK a HORSE RIDING SIMULATOR SESSION?

Step 1: Use our online calendar

...to find a session day/time that works for you, using the calendar below.

UNLESS YOU ARE REQUESTING RSE TO ARRANGE FOR AN INSTRUCTOR FOR YOU, in which case please send your request and time preferences to horse-simulator@redscarfequestrian.ca AND proceed to Step 2 to purchase your session(s).

Step 2: Purchase a session

...that matches your needs. You can have a practice session, bring your own coach session, or have RSE arrange for an instructor for you. 
| click here to purchase |

All bookings are made on-line via the Red Scarf Equestrian site and are prepaid. Please call directly if you wish to schedule a session with less than 24 hours notice. Reservations for sessions can be cancelled online for no charge up to 24 hours prior to the beginning of the session.  Missed sessions without the appropriate notice will be charged as if attended. 


WHO IS THE Equine Simulator FOR? 

The Equine Simulator is suitable for all riders – whether you are an accomplished competition rider or a complete beginner. It is an excellent way for new riders to develop their skills whilst building confidence in a more controlled environment. Perhaps you are a nervous rider or are coming back to riding after a fall, The Equine Simulator can help you build your confidence and regain riding fitness. The Equine Simulator does not buck, spook or rear and therefore, provides a safe and steady feel.

If you are looking to improve your fitness, there are numerous exercises on the Equine Simulator which you can do in order to improve your fitness – without having to think about the horse underneath you! For more experienced riders, the Equine Simulator can be used to improve position, balance and timing in more complex lateral movements allowing you to focus 100% on you, without thinking about training the horse too.

 

Is The Equine Simulator ACTUALLY LIKE A REAL HORSE?

Absolutely! The Equine Simulator moves in 3 gaits – walk, trot and canter – just like a real horse! The Equine Simulator has the ability to flex through the neck and responds to aids given through your leg, seat and hands. Unlike a real horse however, our Equine Simulator will respond to the exact aids given. Sometimes horses may be misunderstand, ignore or anticipate our aids, so using The Equine Simulator allows you to practice the correct aids without having to focus on the horse too!

 

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED TO IMPROVE?

The Equine Simulator allows riders to improve quickly. Depending on your goal, a significant improvement can usually be seen in 3-5 Sessions. For riders looking to learn new movements such as leg-yield and shoulder-in the Equine Simulator provides a ‘shortcut’ to the correct way of going. We also find that riders, both beginners and experienced riders, like to have regular practice sessions to maintain fitness and continue improvements. 

 

CAN I TRANSFER MY NEW SKILLS FROM the Equine Simulator TO RIDING A REAL HORSE?

Of course! Everything that is learned on the Equine Simulator will be transferrable as muscle memory is developed during the sessions. When on a real horse, riders are then able to perform aids more instinctively rather than actively thinking about what to do, and when. For the accomplished rider, it gives the opportunity to develop without having to train the horse at the same time.

 

FITNESS/REHAB

The Equine Simulator can be used to improve riding fitness in a way no other gym equipment can!   If you are returning to riding after injury, the Equine Simulator will ensure you progress at your own pace, enabling you to redevelop specific muscle groups without putting unnecessary strain on other parts of the body.

 

I’M AN EXPERIENCED RIDER WHO COMPETES REGULARLY,  WHY SHOULD I TRY The Equine Simulator?

All riders can develop unwanted habits, often that they are unaware of. The Equine Simulator highlights the rider’s positional faults using sophisticated sensors and will only respond to clear aids therefore ensuring that the more experienced rider irons out any inaccuracies.   

 


ADDITIONAL FAQS

What is the difference between the Equine Simulator and a real horse?

The Equine Simulator enables you to concentrate solely on your riding technique without having to control the natural reactions of a real horse.  It gives you the opportunity to work on your accuracy in the saddle. The Equine Simulator will only respond to your directions if your aids are clear and correct, whereas horses often generously offer transitions/responses even when riders are not as clear/balanced as they should be. The Equine Simulator gives perspective on the importance of accuracy and will improve the rider’s balance in the saddle, thereby improving your riding technique when on a horse, enabling you to get more out of your riding. 

I have never ridden a horse before and I am really nervous, will the Equine Simulator help me?

The Equine Simulator is a great way to prepare you for riding a horse for the first time.  It replicates a horse’s movement and feel very accurately so it 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 then ride a horse it will be a much more familiar experience giving you added confidence. You can also have your instructor (with whom you’ll have built up a relationship) by your side, leading the horse you’re riding which will help to put you at ease. 

Why should I ride the Equine Simulator more than once, if I already own a horse?

Improving our riding technique with the help of the Equine Simulator is not just going to take one session if you are dedicated to ironing out those bad habits! It can be very easy to slip back into our old ways of riding, even more so when we are riding a familiar horse.  The Equine Simulator takes a little while to get used to as it is very sensitive and will not respond to the rider’s aids unless they are correct.  Using the Equine Simulator to improve your technique will really help you to ride your own horse better, improving your partnership. 

I ride regularly but often struggle to tell which canter lead I am on, how will the Equine Simulator help?

The Equine Simulator will only make the transition from trot to canter when the rider gives the correct aids.  If the correct aids are not given, then the Equine Simulator will simply continue in trot or perform a different movement.  This need for clear and correct direction will help you to understand the aids for canter and become more and more confident each time the canter transition goes well.  This in turn will give you greater confidence and clarity when asking for canter on a real horse. 

Can I practice the same lateral movements on the Equine Simulator as I do in my usual Sessions?

Yes, absolutely. The Equine Simulator is an advanced piece of equipment with state of the art sensors that enable you to practise any lateral movements that you would ride in your usual Sessions.  You can even request your usual instructor who will give you a breakdown of how to ride each movement correctly without having to think about the reactions of a real horse. 

I am an experienced rider who competes regularly, why should I try the Equine Simulator?

The Equine Simulator can benefit all levels of rider as all riders can develop unwanted habits that they may often be unaware of.  The Equine Simulator highlights the rider’s positional faults using sophisticated sensors and will only respond to clear aids therefore ensuring that the more experienced rider irons out any inaccuracies.  

Can I have my session videoed?

Yes you can. Please contact us at horse-simulator@redscarfequestrian.ca to learn more. 

What should I wear?

If you are booked on the Equine Simulator you should wear comfortable, stretchy trousers (breeches or jodhpurs ideally) and riding footwear. Please note that boots should not have zips on the inside. If you usually wear gloves when riding you may like to bring them. Riding hats are optional although some riders find it helpful to get used to the weight of the hat on their head. 

Are there group sessions available?

We can take groups of up to four people in a 60 minute slot on the Equine Simulator to give you a longer period of time in the Ride Room. Please contact us at horse-simulator@redscarfequestrian.ca

Can I bring my baby/child with me?

If you have a Session on the Equine Simulator you can bring your baby along and park your buggy beside you.  The Ride Room is warm and secure and you will be able to watch your child while you ride the Equine Simulator! 

Can people come and watch?

Yes, if you are having a Session on the Equine Simulator then friend(s) are very welcome and we provide chairs. 

Are there age restrictions?

Children over the age of six years can ride theEquine Simulator and there is no upper age limit! 

Is there a weight limit?

We have a weight limit of 220lbs on the Equine Simulator. 

Can I ride the Equine Simulator whilst pregnant?

Yes, you can ride the Equine Simulator whilst pregnant, however you must consult your doctor before taking part in any kind of exercise. 

Is it suitable for disabled riders?

It depends on the disability.  We do not have disabled toilets and there is a small step into the RIDE room.  The disabled rider would need to be capable of getting onto the horse from a mounting block. 

Do You Sell Gift Vouchers?

Yes, an Equine Simulator Session makes a very useful and unusual gift and one sure to be appreciated!  Vouchers can be purchased online. 

I am coming to the Collingwood to use the Equine Simulator, what else is there to do?

The town of Collingwood & Blue Mountain Village have a fantastic blend of chic shops, cafes and bars set amongst handsome period buildings and open spaces making it unique. You will find it hard to leave!   

Please visit the Collingwood & Blue Mountain Village websites for more information: 

https://www.collingwood.ca/culture-recreation-events/experience-collingwood 

https://www.bluemountain.ca/ 

How can I book and what is your cancellation policy?

All bookings are made on-line via the Red Scarf Equestrian site and are prepaid. Reservations for sessions can be cancelled online for no charge up to 24 hours prior to the beginning of the session.  Missed sessions without the appropriate notice will be charged as if attended. 

What time should I arrive?

Sessions start punctually at set times during the day so you should arrive at least 15 minutes before your class is due to start.  Please do not be late as your Session will finish at the allocated time. 

Is there a Waiver to be signed?

Yes. You will need to sign a waiver on your first visit.