Riding is fun and healthy Riding is more popular than ever with children. Riding is not just a fashionable sport, but a very meaningful leisure activity. Riding promotes empathy and a sense of responsibility. Body tension is trained and helps to prevent posture problems. The Swiss Holiday Park offers age-appropriate riding lessons at its Fronalp adventure farm with trained riding instructors who show great empathy and patience. The horses and ponies are kept in an animal-friendly manner in accordance with the guidelines of the STS horse label. From the age of two, children can gain their first experience on the back of a pony, and from the age of eight, they can start with proper riding lessons.
Arguments for ridingRiding is not just a trend. Riding teaches children important things for life. Riding promotes empathy, intuition, fairness and a sense of responsibility. These are important values in the life of every human being. These values are trained while riding quite incidentally and out of self-motivation. In addition, the children are active when riding and move outside in the fresh air. By sitting on the horse, the muscles that are relevant for posture are trained. This can prevent posture problems.
From when do children learn to ride?
|2 - – 5 years|
At Swiss Holiday Park, children are allowed to ride from the age of two. They sit on the back of the ponies and are guided. This way they can gain their first experiences with horses at an early age.
|5 - – 7 years old|
At this age, the children's balance and sense of rhythm are trained in a natural way. Real riding lessons are not yet possible, as the necessary body coordination is still lacking.
|8 - – 10 years old|
From now on, beginner lessons and lunging lessons are possible. However, it is still difficult to control the left and right halves of the body independently. And it is difficult to concentrate for 45 minutes. Breaks and other activities are necessary.
|11 - – 18 years|
When motor skills are fully developed, riding training can continue steadily. From about 16 years onwards, full ability has been reached.
We take into account the developmental stages of children and adapt the lessons to their age. Our horses are used to dealing with children and are very patient. The riding lessons at Swiss Holiday Park can be booked by both overnight and day guests.
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Having the right equipment not only makes the rider more comfortable, but is also a matter of safety. What you need to bring:
- Riding shoes or sturdy shoes with a non-slip sole and a slight heel (rubber boots or hiking boots).
- Breeches or trousers without or with a soft inseam (leggings)
- Riding helmets are provided
Wearing a helmet is compulsory, long hair must be tied up and hanging earrings removed. Closed toed and sturdy shoes are also a requirement for lead riders.
Cancellations up to 7 days before the start of the course are free of charge. After that 80% of the costs will be charged. In case of illness, a doctor's certificate must be presented. Insurance is the responsibility of the participant. Riding is at the participant's own risk. The company declines any liability.
Taster day pony farm
The children get to know the handling but also the care, feeding and keeping of horses. Of course, a small ride may not be missing. The course content is adapted to the age and weather conditions.
- Horse care incl. theory about horses
- Feeding and keeping of horses
- Pasture and/or leather care
- Getting to know other farm animals
- Leading horses around obstacles and/or guided exit
Beginner riding courses
6 Wednesday or Thursday afternoons each.
The children learn the basics of riding in an age-appropriate and playful way. They learn what a horse is, how to handle it and how to build trust. The course also includes work around the horse.
- General handling of the horse
- Bridling and saddling
- Horse care and hairdressing of tail and mane,
- Hoof care
- Basic concepts of riding
- Guided riding out
First experiences and impressions on horseback with mummy or daddy. Alternating between cross country and the riding arena, with the adult leading the horse or pony.
Children learn here in a playful way the first tasks around the horse or pony. The carers support the little ones during their first encounter and pass on their expertise with pleasure. Conducted from 2 children, also includes pony rides.
- from 6 years
- By appointment
every Wednesday 9.30 - 11 am (during the defined holiday periods) every Saturday 9.30 - 11 am (low season)
|90 minutes for CHF|
The lunge line is a long rope. The riding instructor directs the horse over this lunge. The riding student can concentrate completely on his seat and his aids. This is especially suitable for beginners, but also as seat training for advanced riders. At first the student rides without reins and partly without stirrups to find the balance in all gaits. Later, light trotting is practiced with stirrups. When this fits, the reins are added and one learns to hold the reins correctly. Recommended age 8 years.
|25 minutes for CHF|
For advanced riders who can move at a walk and trot, possibly canter, with independent rein control. In the group we will continue to work on the correct giving of aid, seat and rein control. Advanced riders will then be supported according to their individual needs in section, dressage and jumping.
|25 / 50 minutes for CHF|
|Single||35 / 65|
Our riding instructors
My name is Melanie Huser and I was born in Schwyz in 1984. The enthusiasm for horses started early. Even when I was little, my parents always had to think of something good to convince me to keep going when I was walking past a horse pasture. When I was old enough (6 years) I was finally allowed to start riding. Since then I have been fascinated by the beautiful, imposing animals and my passion for riding has never left me.
In 2008 I fulfilled my dream of having my own horse. I then regularly went to dressage and jumping courses and acquired my knowledge, trained my eye along the way by watching a lot and tournament accompaniment.
In October 2018, another dream came true for me, I could make my hobby my profession at the Erlebnishof Fronalp. Passing on my knowledge to young and old riders and seeing the sparkle in their eyes when they can put what they have learned into practice makes me happy every day.