Equestrian Program

Updated December 2022

Horse riding is offered at Al Siraat College to our students from Year 3 and up as an after-school program, using our very own College ponies. Experienced Equestrian Coach Ms Adrienne McMahon guides both inexperienced as well as advanced riders in their individual lessons held at our very own sand arena on College grounds.

The cost per term is $250 and will cover approximately 10 lessons. This is a highly subsidised price for Al Siraat students only.

In 2021, students were excited to welcome new school pony "Kryptonite" to the stables, enabling older students to be participating in the program as well.

Please be reminded that our ponies must NOT be fed vegetable scraps of any kind as it can cause severe illness leading to death. Their stomachs are not capable of digesting vegetables, in particular lettuce and other green leafy vegetables. The horses are on a specific diet to enable them to stay in the best of health.

The course for first and second year riders is:

  • 1.1 Tack & Gear: How the pieces of equipment are used and their relevance.
  • 1.2 The Upright Seat: How to sit on a horse in a position which gives horse and rider balance.
  • 1.3 Principals of Forward Movement & Tracks: Contact aids, rhythm tempo and the footfalls.
  • 1.4 Paces & Transitions: Aids required to communicate with the horse.
  • 1.5 Ride Movements of the arena: Learn the location of the dressage letters and ride movements
  • 1.6 Arena Rules and courtesy to other riders left in the arena (sitting down/not running around)
  • 1.7 Warm Up and Cool Down the Horse: Why this is important.
  • 1.8 Self Analysis: How are you going and what do you understand so far.
  • 2.1 The Forward Seat: Introduction to jumping and trot poles
  • 2.2 Riding the horse over trot poles
  • 2.3 Riding in open spaces.

Second and third year riders:

  • 2.4 Learn a Dressage Test and ride the test around the arena.
  • 2.5 Jump small jumps at trot and canter.
  • 2.6 Be able to confidently canter around the arena applying correct aids to stop and go.
  • 2.7 Be able to lead the horse at walk and trot.
  • 2.8 Be able to saddle and bridle the horse correctly.
  • 2.9 Be able to name key points of the horse and gear (saddle, bridle).
  • 3.0 Be able to ride with reins in one hand.