Situated in the south side of Glasgow, the Busby Equitation Centre is a member of the Association of British Riding Schools ... More
Busby Equitation Centre
Situated in the south side of Glasgow, the Busby Equitation Centre is a member of the Association of British Riding Schools and the Pony Club. It provides private and group lessons for all ages and abilities as well as pony parties, corporate entertainment, hacking, show jumping and cross country riding. It also has full livery and 40 acres of grazing for those who wish to stable a horse of their own. The staff actively encourage young people to learn about the sport, whilst also promoting animal care and sportsmanship. There are even achievement badges which can be won.
I have been having lessons and keeping horses at busby for around eight years now. The facilities and general atmosphere are very good. The horses and ponies are kept to a very high standard and the lessons are generally a very good instructive hour for the price. There are various fun activities throughout the year including pony for a days and frequent shows. All in all I think that busby is a very good yard, with good ponies and horses for any age or level of experience, and would strongly recommend it to anyone!
I have been riding at busby for almost 10 years and have had many ponies on loan and for livery. The yard is very busy, has a great atmosphere and has some very good instructors who help many riders improve substantially. The horses get good beds and are not over - used in the school, as some other reviews have said. Probably the only problem with the yard is that we have slightly too many horses!! - so there is no need for ponies to be over used in the school. Each horse does 2 hours a day, sometimes 3 but this is very rare. The yard has lots of activities to take part in such as '3 day events', chase me charlies, pony for a day/week, pony parties, saddle club, beach rides and yard shows for all to take part in. The stables has a horse for everyone, that is safe and fun to ride.
The staff are generally very helpful and do make sure the horses are looked after properly. The ponies are fed and watered every day, and skipped out at least twice after being mucked out in the morning. It could be debated that some instructors are 'better' than others - but each different person responds differently to different styles of teaching....personally i find all of the instructors very good in their teaching abilities.
I have not considered moving from busby at all, and although it has a few negatives - like every livery yard! Overall, it is a great placce to be with a brilliant atmosphere :)
i have been riding for around a year and a half all at busby i am a saddle clubber and really love busby. i can go up and help when ever i wish, i groom, tack up and muck out the horses. they only get used for 2hours per day max. i would know as i help up there. the staff are extremely nice and so is laura the yard owner. if you have a problem go and talk to someone or if your not sure just ask. sure u get people not liking each other but there are no "bullies" and sure the ponies arent perfect but how else you going to learn if they do everything right. the horses do not get whipped alot you are told you use your legs and if they dont reply you whip them which is safer for the horse as too much kicking can lead to bruising on their sides. all the horses are well looked after always have water which gets done twice a day and also get feeds around 9 and at 4 then hay at 5 to last them the night. i started riding and dont want to leave in the lesson you go out hacks up the field or just stay in and u work on different things every week they are never the same. come and try it for your self and you will see how amazing it is. robert teaches saturday sunday, claire only teachs on a thursday night now and scarlette teaches monday (all day) tuesday and wednesday up until 6or 7 then susan teaches tuesday night wednesday night and think scarlette is on a friday. the mpre advance lesson are on late if u want to learn alot and progess busby is your place:)
Love Busby, friendly and enthusiastic staff who are always willing to help no matter if you are experienced or a novice. As for the horses being over ridden - what a load of rubbish, horses are monitored and rested appropriately and I have been turned down from riding my fav. mare several times as she has been used earlier in the day. Whenever I have been there the vet and the farrier make a frequent appearance and the horses and ponies appear happy and healthy and at the slightest sign of being unwell or sore they are allowed to rest.
Robert and the girls and incredibly knowledgeable without being intimidating and I have never ever witnessed so called"whipping of the horses to make them run". In fact they have a great attitude to riding and encourage you to work in tandem with the horse and overuse of the crop/stick is discouraged.
Yes the facilities are a dated and the toilets are past their sell by date!! but there is alot of through traffic with ponies, horses, kids and regular riders so what can you expect. In all honesty i would rather they spend their money on the animals rather than the toilets!!!,The stables are continually being mucked out and cleaned and hay nets are always full. Tes some horses are out in all weathers but not without covers and it being appropriate for their breed.
Ingliston has the most incredible facilities but you can't ride their horses until you have passed their simulator test???!! I think there is a happy medium and for me Busby has it.
I am sticking with Busby....
to full loan a horse it would be about £60 a week (around £250 per month) this is pretty much including everything exept from new tack etc. it can also depend what kind of horse you are loaning, some more expencive than others. Basically you pay a set amount of money per month to the owner who will them use it to pay for livery fees, vet bills, etc. ( not all stables require you to have horse insurance, its recomended). Loaning a horse it just like having a horse exept you don’t accually own it. You are free to do shows and go on hacks anywhere. Busby require you to keep the horse at busby for the duration of the loan. You can loan for as long as you want from a year to whatever. Loaning is a great way for people to care for a horse that don’t have the upfront £2000 odd to buy one. I would strongly recomend to loan a horse at busby, its only about £250 per month including pretty much everything ( amazing). Ive just started to loan a horse there for my daughter who is ten. If you have a child who wants a horse, loan one at busby!! What are you wating for!!.
I have been riding at busby for 9 years, and i have recently started helping out in my spare time. I used to ride the same horses all the time, and i started to get bored, but when i moved to a later lesson i rode lots of different horses, and i still do. the horses do a maximum of 2 hours work, and only occasionally they do more, because the staff don't realise that they have been worked already. The fields do get used all year round, but only a few ponies stay out for the whole winter. most others stay in. the stables have rubber matting, and get a decent size bed of shavings. in previous comments i have read, people mentioned the horses standing in their own mess. in answer to this, lots of horses are put in those stables through the day, and are only in for a short period of time.
The centre has a large indoor arena, which has recently been resurfaced, and the outdoor arena is nice to ride in when the weather is decent. the staff have the usual banter, but are willing to help when you need it.
overall, busby must be a great place to have kept me there for 9 years.
Busby Equitation Centre is one of the best stable yards in my area. It has a large indoor and outdoor school, and in winter the indoor school is usually free for an hour or two in the evenings, and if not staff are hapy for liveries to join in lessons, especially when it is cold/snowing/raining!
The yard is kept fairly clean, which is amazing considering how busy the it is! The staff are friendly and willing to help, and the instructors actually know what they are talking about, unlike at some yards. Susan Auld teaches on some weeknights and is really good, she helped me so much with my first pony, i went on to win at some showjumping for my school etc after some lessons with her! Robert, Scarlett and Claire are also very good, and the lessons cover alot in the hour, at a good price.
There are shows and fun nights throughout the year at the yard itself, and Robert and Laura are always happy to take people to Rowallan/Ingliston or the Beach, in the yard's two lorries.
I would recommend Busby to anyone, i have been riding here for about seven years, and have made friends who all share experiences and advice with each other.The school ponies and horses are used for two hours max. per day, and are well fed and cared for!
Please listen to this review, Busby may have been dirty or 'bad' in the past, but new staff and more help have made it into a fun place to be, and a wonderful place for anyone to start having lessons, or to keep their horse.
I used to my horse at Busby for a number of year and I can say the facilities are brilliant with an indoor and outdoor school and the staff are helpful when need be and the place is kept relatively tidy. All stables have rubber matting which is a bonus! The down sides to it is that some nights when I came up my horse didn't have water (just when they are about to close as well) and the beds where not always satisfactory and there was very little of it. It is a very friendly atmosphere along with the usual bitchyness amongst staff and liveries but all in all very good.
I would recommend lessons though as the instructors are qualified and can teach from the very experienced/competitive rider to the more novice/beginner and lessons are well worth the money as alot is learned in the space of an hour or however long the lesson is although sometimes lesson numbers can be too high and it can become congested. The large variety of horses and ponies are top quality as they all have different personalitys and aren't hjust your typical 'school horse' ranging from all ablitity types.
The shop is full of up to date and new stock all the time with lots of different things equipped for both rider and horse even it is a bit pricey but who isn't these days.
Would definately recommend Busby although lessons more than the livery (even though livery is still good).
I have been looking for riding lessons for my daughter and have been going around different centres looking for lessons that suit us(where we feel confortable) It is obviously a working stables but considering how busy it is was clean and tidy enough. The horses all looked happy enough (i had read previous posts and did pay attention to this as I am an animal lover) The staff we helpful and pleasant and the instructor was friendly. The establishment is not as stuffy as some others which to me is a good thing. A nice friendly relaxed atmosphere. Absolutely Worth a look.
there is a review out someone getting bucked off because he or she canter they didnt have to canter carmac is very good my friend rides him in the same lesson and the reason no one is there to greet u its not a 5 star hotel that proves that everybody there is working very hard. and horse buck its not anyones problem busby is the best!!!!xxx
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