Benefits of using an equine simulator to learn horse riding & dressage too
All you need to know about EQUICISE'S horse simulator and fitness classes that take place at the Equicise Studio, Wimbledon Village Stables, London.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Horse Riding Simulator

What is the difference between the Simulator and a real horse?

The Equicise enables you to concentrate solely on your riding technique without having to control the natural reactions of a real horse.  It gives you the opportunity to work on your accuracy in the saddle with Equicise’s advanced sensor system giving instant feedback on how you have performed.  The Equicise will only respond to your directions if your aids are clear and correct, whereas horses often generously offer transitions/responses even when riders are not as clear/balanced as they should be. The Equicise gives perspective on the importance of accuracy and will improve the rider’s balance in the saddle, thereby improving your riding technique when on a horse, enabling you to get more out of your riding.

I have never ridden a horse before and I am really nervous, will the Simulator help me?
The Equicise is a great way to prepare you for riding a horse for the first time.  It replicates a horse’s movement and feel very accurately so will help you to learn about balance and how to give direction without having contend with the sometimes unpredictable reactions of a real horse.  When you then ride a horse it will be a much more familiar experience giving you added confidence. You will also have your instructor (with whom you’ll have built up a relationship) by your side, leading the horse you’re riding which will help to put you at ease.

Why should I ride the Equicise more than once, if I already own a horse?
Improving our riding technique with the help of the Equicise is not just going to take one session if you are dedicated to ironing out those bad habits! It can be very easy to slip back into our old ways of riding, even more so when we are riding a familiar horse.  The Equicise takes a little while to get used to as it is very sensitive and will not respond to the rider’s aids unless they are correct.  Using the Equicise to improve your technique will really help you to ride your own horse better, improving your partnership.

I ride regularly but often struggle to tell which canter lead I am on, how will the Equicise help?
The Equicise will only make the transition from trot to canter when the rider gives the correct aids.  If the correct aids are not given, then the Equicise will simply continue in trot or perform a different movement.  This need for clear and correct direction will help you to understand the aids for canter and become more and more confident each time the canter transition goes well.  This in turn will give you greater confidence and clarity when asking for canter on a real horse.

Can I practice the same lateral movements on the Equicise as I do in my usual lessons?
Yes, absolutely. The Equicise is an advanced piece of equipment with state of the art sensors that enable you to practise any lateral movements that you would ride in your usual lessons.  The Equicise can perform lateral movements from the lower levels of dressage all the way up to Grand Prix.  You can even request your usual instructor who will give you a breakdown of how to ride each movement correctly without having to think about the reactions of a real horse.

I am an experienced dressage rider who competes regularly, why should I try the Equicise?
The Equicise can benefit all levels of rider as it offers a bespoke programme of training which is tailored to each individual’s needs.  All riders can develop unwanted habits that they may often be unaware of.  The Equicise highlights the rider’s positional faults using sophisticated sensors and will only respond to clear aids therefore ensuring that the more experienced rider irons out any inaccuracies.  It also gives you the chance to practice advanced movements such as passage or piaffe using intense repetition which would not be possible on a real horse.

Can I have my session videoed?
Yes you can either bring along your own video camera or we can put your memory card in ours.

What should I wear?
If you are booked on the Equicise you should wear comfortable, stretchy trousers (breeches or jodhpurs ideally) and riding footwear. Please note that boots should not have zips on the inside. If you usually wear gloves when riding you may like to bring them. Riding hats are optional although some riders find it helpful to get used to the weight of the hat on their head.

Are there group sessions available on the Equicise?
We can take groups of up to four people in a 60 minute slot on the Equicise.  Larger groups can book two consecutive sessions to give you a longer period of time in the Ride Room.

Can I bring my baby/child with me?
If you have a lesson on the Simulator you can bring your baby along and park your buggy beside you.  The EQUICISE RIDE Room is warm and secure and you will be able to watch your child while you ride the Simulator!

Can I bring my dog with me?
Yes, well behaved dogs who will stay in the comfy dog pen in the corner of the Room are most welcome if you are using the Simulator.

Can people come and watch?
Yes, if you are having a lesson on the Simulator then friend(s) are very welcome and we provide chairs for them to sit on.

Are there age restrictions?
Children over the age of six years can ride the Simulator and there is no upper age limit!

Is there a weight limit?
We have a weight limit of 95 kg on the Simulator.

Can I ride the Equine Simulator whilst pregnant?
Yes, you can ride the Simulator whilst pregnant, however you must consult your doctor before taking part in any kind of exercise.

Is it suitable for disabled riders?
It depends on the disability.  We do not have disabled toilets and there is a small step into the EQUICISE RIDE room.  The disabled rider would need to be capable of getting onto the horse from a mounting block.

Can I get changed at the stables?
There is space to change in the WC if you are coming straight from work. You can bring your clothes and bags into the EQUICISE Ride Room with you.

Do You Sell Gift Vouchers?
Yes, an Equine Simulator lesson makes a very useful and unusual gift and one sure to be appreciated!  Vouchers can be purchased online.

Can I ride a real horse?
Wimbledon Village Stables has horses to suit all levels of ability.  Please see Wimbledon Village Stables website for further information.

Can I use the Simulator on my own?
WIMBLEDON VILLAGE STABLES MEMBERS are entitled to one 15 Members’ Practice Sessions every month.  Please see the Wimbledon Village Stables website for details of becoming a WVS Member.  www.wvstables.com

General

I am coming to Wimbledon Village to EQUICISE, what else is there to do?

Wimbledon Village has a fantastic blend of chic shops, cafes and bars set amongst handsome period buildings and open spaces making it unique in London. You will find it hard to leave!  See the Wimbledon Village website for more information www.wimbledon-village.com

 

Can I park at the stables?
There is no parking at the stables. There is plenty of pay and display parking bays; the nearest are on the High Street, Lancaster Gardens, Belvedere Avenue, Marryat Road, The Green and The Grange. (Note pay and display on Wimbledon High Street is maximum one hour).

 

Is it easy to reach by public transport?
Yes, it is very easy. We are only eight miles from Central London and about a 10 minute walk from Wimbledon mainline and underground stations as well as being on bus routes 93, 200 and 493. See Our Location

 

How can I book and what is your cancellation policy?
All bookings are made on-line via the Mindbody site and prepaid. Reservations for sessions can be cancelled online for no charge up to 24 hours prior to the beginning of the session.  Missed sessions without the appropriate notice will be charged as if attended.

 

What time should I arrive?

EQUICISE  Sessions start punctually at set times during the day so you should arrive at least 5 minutes before your class is due to start.  Please do not be late as your lesson will finish at the allocated time.

About Us
Carol Andrews, Wimbledon Village Stables, London

Carol Andrews – Owner

OUR STORY

Since opening in 1980, Wimbledon Village Stables  has gone from strength to strength and over the years we have won many prestigious awards.   Our recipe is simple: we have an outstanding team of instructors, fantastic horses and great riding.  I very much appreciate the loyalty of our members and clients who ride with us regularly and I have also always been very proud of our excellent global reputation – we have riders from all over the world who visit us whenever they come to London.

I am always looking for ways to enhance the experience for our riders and horses and with this in mind I have developed a revolutionary new concept for equestrians – EQUICISE.  We all know how important it is to keep our horses in peak condition and this is just as important for riders too.  If you keep fit and healthy, you can ride whatever age you are.  Look at show jumper Nick Skelton, winner of a Gold Medal at the age of 58 at the Olympics in Rio in 2016!

EQUICISE is a unique programme of fitness and technical development for horse riders of any standard and also beneficial for non-riders too.  It features individually tailored lessons on our fully interactive horse simulator together with an extensive range of fitness, yoga and Pilates classes designed with the equestrian in mind.  We can’t promise you will win a gold medal but you will be astonished how EQUICISE will improve your general well being and make your riding even more enjoyable. You’ll probably make new friends too!

Please do come along and try Equicise and see for yourself how it will revolutionise your riding, and possibly also your life!