Edinburgh and the Lothian’s Out of School Care Network (ELOSCN) in collaboration with the Musselburgh Crusaders’ Riding Club offered pupils from Primary 5 to 7 the chance to take part in a riding and horse care course at Edinburgh and Lasswade Riding Centre. This included riding lessons in the indoor school and an opportunity to learn about grooming of horses. The children were also learning the importance of each individual’s horses diet and feeding routine.
Whilst the weather was dark and cold this course was able to raise a sense of self-achievement, health and wellbeing and introduce the pupils to horses environment, giving them the chance to be outdoors.
The course ran from Friday the 24th November until Friday 9th February and proved to be very enjoyable for those who attended.
ELOSCN were able to open this opportunity to pupils from all Musselburgh schools after a pilot was run with Campie involving the Crusader’s Riding Club the previous year. This year Stoneyhill, Wallyford, Whitecraig, Pinkie, The Burgh and Loretto all took part.
Crusaders Club President Margaret Ross has stated “We tried this last year and it was a great success being able to offer 12 school children who may not have been able to afford horse riding the chance to do this. It was lovely to see how much enjoyment the school children took out of the experience.”
ELOSCN had known of the clubs aim to get school children involved in this project and how well this went with the pilot at Campie Primary last year. With ELOSCN having the knowledge and know how behind them I knew we could help the club achieve their goal of opening this up to the entire school cluster with their background in out of school care.”