It shocks me sometimes when I realize just how irrelevant horses are to normal people. Like, woah, you DON’T stare at how pretty they are in movies or in a pasture you’re driving by? You DON’T know what a halter is? You don’t contribute at least 10 minutes a day to thinking about OR doing something involved with them?!
I think what you’re all forgetting is we don’t see “Hunter Jumpers” here. It’s the showjumping and eventing scene and basically, as long as you get around that course clear with no time faults, no one cares.
“Except you can’t show a topless woman on TV - and you can’t defibrillate a woman in a bra. So victims of heart attacks on TV are always male. Did you know that a woman having a heart attack is more likely to have back or jaw pain than chest or left arm pain? I didn’t - because I’ve never seen a woman having a heart attack. I’ve been trained in CPR and Advanced First Aid by the Red Cross over 15 times in my life, the videos and booklets always have a guy and say the same thing about clutching his chest and/or bicep.
And people laugh when I tell them women are still invisible in this world.”—
I’m going to be travelling to England from the U.S. in Fall 2014 for my graduate school studies! Right now I have the schools narrowed down to:
University of York (in York, England)
University of Essex (in Colchester, England)
Kingston University (in London, England)
In the UK 90% of people ride what you’d call “English” and a small minority ride “western” (although it is ever more popular here but definitely not the norm) over here it’s more a case of what discipline you ride; Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing, Showing (so classes for breeds and types and classes like the Working Hunters which is sort of similar to your ‘Hunters’ in the US I believe) and hacking (or trail riding) and there are riding schools all over the country which will cater to all kinds of rider and disciplines.
In London the cost of riding will be astronomical, like £60.00 and upwards for a short, group lesson; Kingston’s fairly central in London so you’d either have to be prepared to travel a fair distance out of the city or pay the extortionate prices in the city (I believe there are yards in/near both Hyde park and Wimbledon common).
I live in a small city in Hampshire (about 2 hours from London) and around here, once you’re out in a rural area, the average price for a group lesson is about £20 for 45mins - that goes up to about £30/£35 for a private lesson but it’s still a hell of a lot cheaper than what it would be in London and its surrounding areas. I’d expect prices for riding lessons in Colchester (Uni of Essex) to be part way between what you’d pay where I am in Hampshire and what you’d pay in London (as I believe Colchester is fairly close to the Capital city).
As a guess you’d probably find York much cheaper - as a general rule of thumb the cost of living decreases the further North in the UK you go (and York is pretty far North) so I’d expect riding lessons or livery/the cost of keeping a horse to cost less (so, potentially under £20 for a 45min group lesson). Obviously this all depends on what kind of yard and tuition or riding you’re looking for so might be worth googling what yards are in areas you could get to from these universities and gauging prices that way.
Hope that made at least some sense, and was vaguely helpful! If you have any questions feel free to message me :)