03 5282 4017
550 Elcho Rd, Lovely Banks, Geelong 3213

FAQ

 

Is Saddle On able to deliver certified training?

Saddle On is the only riding school in Geelong that is a private Registered Training Organisation (RTO), offering nationally recognised qualifications through Vet in Schools (VETiS), standard flexible delivery, traineeship, and School Based Australian Traineeship (SBAT). upon completion you will gain a National Qualification recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework, issued by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.

Located in Lovely Banks 3213, only 20 mins from Werribee and Geelong Central, Saddle On a popular choice for Equine and Animal related courses.

If you’re interested in animal studies and equine courses in Geelong, contact us now!

If you’re thinking of buying your first horse and taking Geelong, Bellarine or Werribee VET horse riding classes you may choose to do the first 6 units to become a stable-hand.

How do I book into Geelong equine and animal courses?

Weather you already work in the industry with no formal qualifications, are interested in a career with horses and/or animals, part time work or just want to learn more about your own horse /animals, contact Katrina Hore on 03 5282 4017 / 0415 177 637 for a schedule of courses and pay $50 to hold your place.

Does Saddle On offer group lessons?

Lessons are not compulsory and are not included in the courses, however If you’d like to do group horse riding lessons in the Geelong, Bellarine, Williamstown, Werribee or Laverton areas, Saddle On offers casual one hour lessons for $35, paid for in advance.

Does Saddle On offer private lessons?

If you’d like to do private horse riding lessons in the Geelong, Bellarine, Williamstown, Werribee or Laverton area, Saddle On offers a range of horse riding classes.

How old does my child have to be to participate in Saddle On riding lessons?

Mininum child age is six years (if younger, contact us about led pony rides).

How do I book in for a party?

To book in for a party, give us a call on 5282 4017 / 0415 177 637 or drop in during business hours.

Can I take my own cake to a party?

Yes, you may. You can bring a store bought or home-made cake; however, we do have rainbow, chocolate and ice-cream cakes available in two horse designs to purchase for $40 each.

Can I take my own food to a party?

No, you may not. We have a permit allowing customers to bring their own cake and party bags, but no other food is allowed to be brought to a party for distribution. If a child has an allergy and the parent is supplying food to that child and that child only, that is acceptable. Sharing the food is not.

What is the minimum amount of children who can come to a party?

10 children is the minimum amount our packages cater for at any party. If you have less, you must still pay for the minimum of 10 children. If you are over the minimum number of children, you will only be charged for the children who arrive on the day; but we do ask that you give us a reasonable estimate of the number of children expected to attend.

What is the difference between a pony party and a horse party?

A pony party is where the ponies are shared amongst the children – approximately one pony per 2 children. Each child takes turns riding a pony (they may swap ponies) and brushing another pony between rides. A horse party is where each child has their own pony and keeps the same pony for the entire party.  In each party the size of the ponies are suited to the size of the children – the name of the party doesn’t mean the size of the ponies.

What is the difference between a led pony party and a horse riding party?

The horse riding party offers one horse per child. The led pony party offers one pony per two children and all the children take turns being led around (children may also be led in the horse riding party if they wish).

Can I book a party on a Sunday?

Saddle On is not open on Sundays.

What party is the best value for money?

It depends on what you want for your child. All our parties are fantastic value for money and are lots of fun. However, if you want a party with the lot that will entertain the kids for a while, try our new adventure party options. These parties are excellent value. Party-goers get to participate in various exciting activities, food is included, and the host looks after everything for the duration of the party.

Can siblings (not included in the party) ride but not eat?

No. If a sibling wishes to ride, they will be included in the party package as another child and food will be supplied for them also.

Are younger siblings unable to ride allowed to come to Saddle On?

Yes. Siblings are able to be at the party as long as they are supervised by an adult. However, siblings not included in the party are not to participate in the activities.

Where can I get the party order form from?

If you have booked in for a party, you will be sent a party order form in our party pack through the mail. However, you may also downloaded a copy from our website once you have booked your party.

What is the maximum number of children per party?

For a horse party, the maximum is 15. For any other party, there is no maximum (within reason).

Is there food and drink available for parents at parties to purchase?  

Yes. Saddle On has a fully operational canteen with hot and cold food and drinks and a qualified cook. We also have adult platters at a cost of $30 if you wish to order them on the party order form, and a drinks tab if you like.

Can I bring my child’s BMX bike to an Adventure Party?

Yes, you may. Please note that Saddle On is not responsible for any damages sustained to your bike during the party.

Is there a charge for adults to attend a birthday party?

No. Adults are most welcome to come and watch their children enjoy a party at Saddle On.

Can I leave my child at a camp?

Yes. Your child will be fully supervised during camp hours (9am-4pm). Outside these times, your child will need to be supervised by an adult.

Does my child need to bring their own food to a camp?

No. All food is supplied at a camp, including morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

Can I bring my own horse to a horse riding camp?

If your horse is well-behaved in strange environments, you may bring your own horse. However, please discuss with Katrina prior to booking in (spaces are limited in camps).

Does my child need to bring their own boots and helmet to a riding lesson?

You may bring your own if you have it. However, if you do not have your own boots and helmet, we have some in our helmet room that you can borrow for the duration of the lesson.

What do I wear to a riding lesson?

Long pants (preferably jeans or jodhpurs), a t-shirt (singlets not allowed), and boots and a helmet if you have them. If you do not have boots, come wearing enclosed shoes.

What age can my child start horse riding?

A child can participate in a led pony ride between the ages of 1 year and 5 years, and lessons from the age of 6 onwards.

How many children do you have in a group lesson?

It depends on the level of the group. Most of the time our beginner groups range between 4 and 6 riders per group

Do I need to book in for my child to have a led pony ride?

It is preferred if you do book in, so we know that you are coming and we can have your pony ready for you when you arrive. However, if you do turn up between 10am-12pm Tuesday-Friday, we may be able to fit you in for a led pony ride. Keep in mind that if you turn up without booking, there may be a wait for your pony to be ready for you.

Is the playground open for use?

Yes, any child under the age of 12 can use the playground free of charge, with adult supervision.

Can I pay for lessons and parties with credit card?

Yes, we have credit card facilities available for any payments made. There is no minimum charge, however a $2 transaction fee applies.

If I have paid for the entire term of lessons for my child and we miss a lesson, can we have a make up lesson?

Make up lessons are only provided for clients whose lessons have been cancelled by Saddle On.  If you are unable to attend a lesson, we are unable to provide you with a make up lesson.

Are your staff qualified?

Yes. All horse riding instructors are suitably qualified.

Do all staff have First Aid and CPR?

Yes. All staff are kept up-to-date with their first aid and CPR.