Eat Sleep Ride CIC - Eat. Sleep. Ride.
Horse riding lessons near eyemouth
horse riding, riding lessons, stables, livery, social enterprise, homeless, training, trekking, hacks, mental health, borders, eyemouth, berwick
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About Us

Eat, Sleep, Ride, CIC – registered community interest company, licensed riding school and trekking centre

Eat, Sleep, Ride is a social enterprise targeting people experiencing mental health problems, those that have suffered abuse, lived in areas of high deprivation and other challenges such as drug/alcohol addiction. But we are also a TRSS approved horse riding centre and give lessons and hacks to the public.

We are accessible from Edinburgh, The Lothians and Borders directly off the A1 with adequate spaces for car parking. Please find a link, just next to our address to get directions using Google Maps.

One in 4 people will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives. Nearly 1 in 10 16-18-year olds are not in education, employment or training.

We aim to improve the lives of all people. We use our beautiful animals as inspiration for change which in turn and can provide an alternative learning environment to mainstream education. The skills developed through the programme can meet the requirements of ongoing education and training for employers and participants.

The way that I deliver lessons and training will aid people experiencing the challenges outlined above. I can draw on personal experience to provide a teachable point of view on how to overcome personal circumstances and lead a happy and fulfilled life. The business has lots of room for expansion and more opportunities for social enterprises to join the community.

What we do

All services can be delivered on our horses or your own.

We give horse riding lessons, educational walks and groundwork training. We will also run training programmes for direct employment and improve employability and will target hard to reach young people. This offers them a sense of purpose and empowerment increasing their self-esteem. Through which participants can reduce anxiety and depression whilst developing important leadership and communication skills. All of our horses assist with therapy and work in the riding school.

Our main activities are:

  • Horse Riding Lessons
  • Educational Walks
  • Trekking
  • Hacking
  • Employability Programmes
  • BHS Exam Training up to Stage 4
  • Own a Pony Days

We give groundwork and ridden lessons for ages 3 upwards. The lessons can be private, restricted or in a group. All lessons can be delivered in one of our own horses or even your own. Children can experience the alphabet walk and make use of the fabulous games equipment. One of my favourites is the fish race game. Riders get to catch and hook their fish on horse back. No fishes were harmed when constructing this game. Flat work or jumping lessons are available with a fantastic selection of show jumps and fillers to try. Exam training is welcome or college students wishing to work within the industry. We're also a TRSS appproved trekking centre. Trekking and hacking is available for anyone wanting to experience the beautiful Scottish Borders. There are endless treks surrounded by stunning scenery for you to explore and coming soon, full day rides as well as treks to see the stunning views of The Firth of Forth. If you would like to book or get more information then contact us.

We have a large outdoor school and small indoor area that is being resurfaced. The outdoor school is an international size dressage area for people not familiar with this size, it measures 60m by 30m. The jumps are securely stored in the shed at the end of the school so this makes accessing them very convenient. The indoor area is perfect for ground work, lunging work and ridden work in walk and trot. We provide quality tuition at all levels with qualified staff to suit individual requirements on well schooled horses and ponies.

Due to the amount of horses we currently have, we cant take any more than 6 riders at any one time and there is a weight limit of 13 stone.

Please contact me if you have any queries. No question is too small. We all look forward to meeting you here at the farm.

We have a great selection of horses and ponies. We are a small setup, take pride in our animals and endure to give them the happiest life imaginable.

Please arrive 15 mins before lesson time to get hats fitted and pony/ horse out of stable ready to mount on time

Cancellation policy 24 hr notice Cancellation fee 50 % of cost owed.

Danielle is also available for hire for other freelance services, please get in touch to discuss your needs


All services can be delivered on our horses or your own.

Individual Lessons & Exam Training

½ Private
½ Private - Ages 5-12
¾ Private
¾ Private Ages 5-12
Lunge Lessons (30 minutes)

Group Lessons

Shared lesson for 2
1 hr novice group lesson’s (Maximum of 4) Ages 5-12
1 hr novice group lesson’s (Maximum of 4) Ages 13 and above

Hacking, Pony Trekking & Walks

1 hour
1.5 hours
2 hours
3 hours
4 hours
Educational Pony Walks (find the alphabet hidden around the farm)

Stable Management

Own a Pony Day’s (2 Lessons plus Stable Management)
Stable Management Lessons with Hands on Experience
Exam Training (up to stage 4)

Other services

Please get in touch for a quote on any of the below services

Backing, Retraining & Schooling

House & Pet Sitting


Pony Parties


Behavioural Problems


I have been involved with horses for over 20 years. The touch, smell or sound of a horse gives me a feeling like no other. These magnificent animals are breath-taking. Their beauty and strength never cease to amaze me. They are not a hobby they are my life.


I attended the local stables in Edinburgh when I was 15 in the year 1999 after various problems at school and home. The authorities didn’t know where to turn and we had to figure out a way to make me concentrate. I knew the only time I felt at peace was when I visited my grandparents in Sussex. I loved the local RDA stables and would spend all day helping lead children with disabilities. The yard was run completely by people with learning difficulties. The yard made me calm and I was a different person there. I was consequently excluded and began my first college apprenticeship through Oatridge Agricultural College at 16. I worked my way up to yard manager of Tower Farm Riding Stables within 5 years. This wasn’t at all bad considering I had only sat on a few donkeys and never had a lesson other than listening to instructors at the stables in Sussex. I established myself as a confident rider with a great passion and enthusiasm for teaching. I was involved with the Scottish Autism Society and taught many riders with a range of disabilities.

After this I moved on to work with more competitive riders throughout Fife resulting in a higher standard of education and sleeping in a lorry whilst travelling up and down the breadth of the country to high end shows. I enjoyed the learning but missed teaching and wanted to start my qualifications through The British Horse Society.

I moved on to work as a stable hand at a big riding school called Kingsbarn Equestrian Centre, it was also a facility and livery yard. I became team leader within the year. I gained my Stage 2 Horse Riding and Horse Management. I also gained my first teaching qualification. I was now 23 and was was responsible for the running of the yard, training the younger students, implementing all routines for the riding school horses, dealing with customers and teaching clients. I ran my own riding club and pony club and hosted charity shows and theme nights. The yard closed after 3 years and I left to go to Mongolia to raise money for the BHS and Breast Cancer. I lived with Nomads and travelled across Inner Mongolia by horse.

The touch, smell or sound of a horse gives me a feeling like no other. These magnificent animals are breath-taking. Their beauty and strength never ceases to amaze me. They are not just a hobby, they are my life.

After this I realised there were not many centres in Scotland who could further my career so I moved to Wiltshire at the age of 26.

I started my advanced apprenticeship in Horse Management and riding for a competition rider called Jill Holt in a large training, selling, competition and livery yard. I worked up to manager and gained my level 3 and 4 in management and riding and my next teaching exam, the “Assistant Instructors Test”. I managed staff, dealt with clients daily, helped and assessed students doing there NVQS. I set up outreach programmes for school students. I ran my own selling and retraining services for horses who had suffered in the hands of individuals and realised I was good at figuring out these horses. My ability to listen to them became my work and I set off home to Scotland to begin my own business.

I am now an accredited coach with the BHS and a registered Pony Club Instructor. I began my first Sole trader business in 2014 with the help of The Princes Trust. I teach, train, ride and provide holiday /sick cover across Central Scotland. I have a large varied client base and have developed and implanted training programmes for each individual horse and rider. I teach at 3 large riding schools as well as many different private clients. I provide a range of services aligned for the young horse. I am a mobile service and can cater to any need and be confident in any situation.

Over all this time I realise there are hundreds of horses, and people, that need a safe place with well trained horses and qualified instructors.

I have also had many years’ experience as a carer with the bank agencies for people with disabilities and the elderly. I have worked in units, wards and care at home.

Meet the Team

Eat. Sleep. Ride has an experienced team of young and vibrant characters

Get in touch for a chat and see how they can help

Danielle McKinnon

Many years of experience with youngsters and competition horses. Specialize in behavioral cases and youngsters.
Ridden for over 20 years on a range of different horses in a range of different disciplines. Full packages tailored to suit every person and horse

Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship | Stage 4 Rider | Accredited Coach and Pony Club Coach | Advanced Apprenticeship in Horse Management | Riding and Schooling Horses on the Flat and Over Fences | First Aid Certified


From Our Blog

Check out our blog for the latest stories and adventures we have been on

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Eat, Sleep, Ride, CICFebruary 17, 2020 7:49pm
Dressage again this weekend, great results from the horses despite storm Dennis.

Well done one of our young volunteers for coming so far and showing such talent.

Thank you to our amazing support team we couldn't do it without you.

#dressage #outings #horse #horses #equine #horsesandponies #ponies #funtimes #adventure #happy #happyplace #training #welldone #volunteers
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Eat, Sleep, Ride, CICFebruary 13, 2020 6:57pm
Today we had coaches in for training for their UKCC level one in Equestrian Sport with Lea Allen.

Over two days they learned the basic structure and foundations of a good lesson and how to carry it out safely and effectively.

Demonstrate demonstrate demonstrate.

Looking forward to having them back in March for their next day of training.

We are going to be holding another UKCC course at this level at the yard so if you're interested in learning more about becoming a coach then drop us a message.
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Eat, Sleep, Ride, CIC shared a post.February 9, 2020 4:30pm
Rider Fitness Case Example:
Look at the leg this rider is standing on…can you see how the knee diverts inwards, after they bend down? This is linked with poor control of the Glute Med muscle in the buttock. Why is this relevant to her riding? It is resulting not only in some saddle slip to the side, but also impeding her ability to signal for the horse to turn. What can be done? Her exercises in the rider fitness class have been adapted to focus on strengthening the weaker side…with continued work under our guidance; she should become a more balanced rider 
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Eat, Sleep, Ride, CICFebruary 6, 2020 9:23am
Today is Time to Talk day. It aims to get people all around the country talking about mental health.

Time to Talk day happens on the first Thursday every February. It's a great day for communities, workplaces, schools, or anyone to get together and have a chat about mental health.

The more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us.

Some suggested conversation starters from See Me Scotland:
1. Tell someone you appreciate what they've done for you.
2. Ask someone "How are you?" (and mean it!)
3. Arrange to meet up with someone you care about
4. Play a game of "would you rather?" with someone
5. Check-in with someone over text
6. Call someone you've not spoken to for a while
7. Go for a walk with someone and see how they're doing
8. Have a chat over some lunch with someone

#TimetoTalk #TimetoTalkDay
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Eat, Sleep, Ride, CICFebruary 5, 2020 10:10pm
Own a pony days are back for half term 🎉 bookings now being taken 🐴 😃
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Eat, Sleep, Ride, CIC updated their profile picture.February 4, 2020 7:58pm

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Heugh Head Farm, Heughhead, Eyemouth, TD14 5TN


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