Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding

Horse Riding Lessons

We offer riding lessons for both children and adults from Mondays to Fridays during the school term. Riding lessons are 30 minutes long for individual lessons. If the rider wants to later join a group which has space for another rider, and the instructor judges the rider capable of meeting the abilities of the other riders in the group, the rider may join a group for 1 hour lessons weekly instead of individual lessons. The rider will have one lesson per week every week, at the cost of R1 767.00 per school term.

We can also arrange ‘once off’ lessons for guests visiting on holiday. This costs R250.00 for one half an hour lesson.

Please phone (021 789 2341 or 083 261 0104) or e-mail ( us if you are interested in horse riding lessons. One of our experienced instructors will get back to you as soon as possible to let you know when they have availability, so that you may discuss what times would suit you the best.

Noordhoek Beach Rides

Trails go out every day at 9.00, 13.00 and 16.00.
Sleepy Hollow Horses are superbly schooled and rider friendly.
All rides are led by our knowledgeable, experienced trail guides.

Age limit: 12 years to 65 years of age.
Weight limit: no persons over 95 kg / 15 stone / 209 pounds
Duration: 2 hours
Arrival time: ½ hour before trail
Cost: R450.00 per person
Speed: mostly at a walk

Arrival time is 30 minutes before actual time booked so we may meet and greet, supply you with the correct equipment, sign indemnities and do a safety talk.

Riding experience is not essential as we allocate horses according to skill, however you need to bear in mind that horse riding is considered an extreme sport and horses all have their own personalities.

The trail will be kept at a walk. Only in certain exceptions will there be a trot or a canter. In accordance with Table Mountain National Parks rules no galloping is allowed on the beach at any time.

If you are pregnant, have had a recent operation or have a medical condition that may be deemed unsafe to ride (if unsure please ask us), for safety reasons you may not ride on any of our trails or rides.

No alcohol or recreational drugs may be consumed before the ride, and no alcohol is allowed on the beach.

Riding hats are compulsory and we do supply these. No hat – no ride.

Riders must wear long pants and closed, secure shoes with a small heel, which we supply if you do not have any.

When you book we need to have a clear understanding of your riding experience, please note the following when deciding on what level of experience you fall into:

Novice = less than 100 times
Semi-experienced = more than 100 times or do not fall into the below ‘experienced’ criteria.
Experienced = more than 1,000 times and have competed, owned and ridden own horse and are currently riding.

Booking is essential and we require 24hrs notice of cancellation as we bring in trail guides especially for these trails.

SARDA Noordhoek

Since 1992 Sleepy Hollow therapy has been providing hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, riding for the disabled and para equestrian sport riding, for people with special needs.

Our mission is to provide excellence in treating and working with people with special needs, in both Therapeutic riding and an Occupational Therapy. We also provide training and education in the field of Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy.

Our goal is to assist and inspire our riders and patients to reach their dreams and capabilities.

Saddling up a horse is an enjoyable experience for many people, but for an individual with a disablility it can signify much morse – a road to recovery and freedom.Each year people with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities are discovering the benefits of Therapeutic Horse back riding. Horses provide challenges as well as rewards.

Therapeutic riding is the use of the horse and equine orientated activities to achieve a variety of therapeutic goals. The benefits of therapeutic horse riding are as numerous as the types of disabilities and conditions served. Research shows that students who participate in therapeutic riding can experience physical, emotional, cognitive, social, educational and behaviour rewards.

The differences between Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy is that Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy used by therapists who specialise in Hippotherapy. The therapists treat with the help of a trained horse professional. Therapeutic Riding is conducted by a Therapeutic riding instructor who consults regularly with a therapist and the therapist does the assessment and determines aims and goals for that rider and a program is devised with the Therapeutic Riding Instructor. In Hippotherapy the horse influences the patient, and the patient does not usually influence the horse in any way, as the horse professional is controlling and moving the horse. In Therapeutic riding not only does the horse influence the rider, but the rider will at times influence the horse. The emphasis in Therapeutic riding is on working towards learning riding skills, through therapeutic activities on horse back, focusing on areas of challenge and specific therapy goals.

The sense of independance found on horse back benefits all who ride. The therapeutic qualities of horse riding are recognized by many medical professionals. Individuals of all ages, disabilities and many conditions utilize therapeutic riding and other equine activities, including Hippotherapy.

Therapeutic riding activities are conducted by Riding for the Disabled Instructors under the and in conjunction and over seen by Therapists specialising in Hippotherapy. Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapists or Speach Therapists who have under gone specialised training in Hippotherapy, can specialise in Hippotherapy. In South Africa Hippotherapy courses are run and organised by EATASA (Equine Assisted Therapy Association of South Africa).

If you have any queries, please phone us at 021 789 2341 or 083 261 0104, or send us an email to

Sleepy Hollow Therapy is affiliated to both SARDA (South African Riding for the Disabled Association) and EATASA (Equine Assisted Therapy Association of South Africa).

Our unique team have qualifications in B Sc Occupational therapy specialising in Hippotherapy, SARDA (South African Riding for the Disabled Association) Senior and Branch Instructors, and SANEF Instructor.