First Choice Dressage

and Pilates for Riders

Livery and schooling

At First Choice Dressage your horse or pony will receive the best possible care from our experienced team. We are a small, friendly yard that only has a few liveries alongside our own competition horses and youngstock; this enables us to ensure that each horse is treated as an individual and given the same high standard of care to keep them happy and in good condition. It is a peaceful yard and as we keep to a daily routine all the horses are happy and relaxed. Horses are also given a late evening check and haylage. We have large airy stables with automatic drinkers, some inside a barn and some outside. Horses are turned out in individual electric fenced paddocks all day. Turn out is all year round as we are lucky to have well draining land. You have use of the 23m x 60m floodlit Charles Britten arena. Please see facilities here. Also see references below

Livery can be tailored to your specific needs so if one of the packages below doesn’t suit you then please contact to discuss your requirements. Although primarily a dressage yard all our horses also jump and hack. We usually use wheat straw but shavings are available if you prefer.

On site trainer Lynn Perry available for tuition

Very experienced in producing well mannered easy to ride horses from foals up to advanced level from pure dressage horses to general all rounders.

We are happy to take ponies as well as horses for schooling, backing and exercise livery as we are all lightweight riders (£5 per week cheaper for ponies depending on size, except part livery)

Part Livery

  • Stable and individual paddock
  • Large bale haylage, owner provides own hard feed (we put in so all horses fed together) and bedding, wheat straw can be purchased fro the yard
  • Horses fed and turned out and brought in daily, feet picked out and rug changed either morning or evening
  • Owner responsible for mucking out, poo picking paddock, grooming and riding
  • £65 per week

Full livery

  • As part livery, plus
  • Hard feed, mucking out, bedding, rugs changed and poo picking included
  • Bringing in for vet and farrier
  • £110 per week

Exercise livery

  • As full livery plus horse exercised twice a week to help with keeping your horse going whilst you are at work (more times by arrangement)
  • £150 per week

Schooling livery

  • As full livery, plus
  • Horse/ pony schooled five days a week. In agreement with owner we like to hack or ride the horse in a big field one or two days a week instead of schooling in the arena to give the horse a good all-round education
  • Jumping can also be done as part of the schooling, either to teach the horse to jump or grid work to help improve the strength and gymnastic ability of the horse
  • Can be short or long term
  • £200 per week

Holiday livery

Horses/ ponies just looked after while you are away and if required exercised or schooled; price dependant on service you require please contact Lynn

References

” I chose First Choice Dressage to back and bring on my four year old mare, and I am grateful everyday that I made that choice. My little horse was looked after as though she was their own, I was made so welcome that Lynn, her parents, staff and other clients are now also my friends! My horse came on quickly, under no stress or pressure and I now have a horse who is a pleasure to handle and ride. Everything was done to suit Grace and at her speed, with no fuss and no pressure. She has developed into a well mannered and happy horse, with no bad experiences to tarnish her trust in people. I had originally intended on remaining at First Choice Dressage as a livery after her backing, so that I could take advantage of the lessons Lynn gives, however personal circumstances forced a move to another county. Grace stayed with Lynn for over a month until she was ready to move here and I had no worries or anxieties about doing so. My only downside is that I couldn’t pick up the yard and everyone in it and move them all with us. Thank you to you all for everything you have done for Grace and I – we will keep you updated with our progress”.
Tammi Forbes-Owen

 

From the moment I visited Lynn’s yard I knew that I wanted to send my mare on schooling livery there. I wanted my mare to be in dressage training but also to continue jumping and hacking so she had an all round education. The yard is very friendly and the staff are very helpful. My mare was extremely well looked after. I found Lynn’s training methods easy to understand and was impressed by how much my mare had improved every time I visited her. Lynn took her to a few small dressage and show-jumping competitions for me as well. I would definitely recommend Lynn to anyone who needs help with their horse and I now have lessons with Lynn too. From the moment I visited Lynn’s yard I knew that I wanted to send my mare on schooling livery there. I wanted my mare to be in dressage training but also to continue jumping and hacking so she had an all round education. The yard is very friendly and the staff are very helpful. My mare was extremely well looked after. I found Lynn’s training methods easy to understand and was impressed by how much my mare had improved every time I visited her. Lynn took her to a few small dressage and show-jumping competitions for me as well. I would definitely recommend Lynn to anyone who needs help with their horse and I now have lessons with Lynn too.
Carrie Davey

 

It was a difficult decision for us to let our horse go away for backing, but we wanted the best possible start for her under saddle.  Whilst we knew that the right professional would be the best way forward for her, we were equally aware that the wrong one could be a terrible decision for our not-so-little girl, & would have a lifelong impact on her. We spent months asking for recommendations & visiting yards & trainers, so it was a huge relief to meet Lynn at her yard, where we knew immediately that this was the right place for us.

The yard is professionally run, with excellent facilities, but still friendly & welcoming.  The atmosphere is calm & reassuring, & the horses’ every need is met.  Lynn & her team pay individual attention to each horse, work to a very high standard, & at all times have been extremely helpful.  We couldn’t be more pleased with how our pride & joy was cared for, handled, taught & now ridden.  We were kept updated with her progress, welcomed to visit at any time & although Lynn, Liam, Rachel & Kira did all the hard work, we felt involved at every stage.  We now return for regular lessons, on this & our other horses, & feel confident that we have the backing of an excellent instructor to help us all progress & improve.  I am now starting the Pilates lessons, which complement the ridden work perfectly.   So a huge thank you to you all for everything you’ve done for us, we really appreciate it.

Jo Last

‘I always felt part of the family at the yard and my horse was looked after like he was one of theirs. I never worried about him or had any concerns about his welfare, he was rugged carefully, his feeding was always perfect and he looked great. It’s a small yard with only a few livery horses so the attention is always very individual. The routine at the yard is excellent and all the horses are calm and relaxed because of it. Having a young horse for the first time it was brilliant to be able to ask advice if i needed it and to have my trainer on hand. I was able to have lessons frequently as i didn’t have to travel so we both benefited hugely.’
Caroline Williams and Thyme (Full livery for 2 years only moved due to house move too far away)

 

Just before I moved from Essex to Suffolk I searched long and hard to find a livery yard where my two advanced dressage stallions could be temporarily cared for in a professional, safe and dedicated manner. I am very pleased that I found First Choice Dressage as my stallions settled in extremely quickly due to the wonderful calm and friendly atmosphere at the yard provided by Lynn Perry and also her parents Alf and Ann and the lovely grooms.
They all treated the stallions with respect, kindness and sometimes the necessary patience due to the full understanding and knowledge of the stallion’s nature.
My mare was treated like a princess and needless to say I recommend Lynn’s yard to anyone who wishes the best for their horses!
The arena was in almost any weather condition perfect to train in for advanced dressage.
My two daughters also enjoyed being on the yard and were made very welcome as well, we were there for 6 months until our own stables were ready.
Ilse Van der Veen

My horse was kept on full livery with Lynn Perry for 18 months prior to my relocation to Portsmouth. In that time, my mare was very well cared for and all her needs met by Lynn and her friendly and approachable team. Unlike other yards that my horse has been on full livery, she was never forgotten about, so I always knew that she would be brought in, fed and watered etc. The strict routine meant that my often anxious mare was very calm and relaxed, so much so, that the usual stressful situation of moving yards was avoided as my mare travelled well and was so relaxed when I unloaded her after the long journey that she settled instantly into her new home. Lynn is very knowledgeable and experienced; therefore, I was always confident when I was away with work that my horse would be well looked after and that I would be informed if there was a problem, she was injured or unwell in my absence.

Rebecca Arundel

 

“I can highly recommend Lynn Perry, based in Wetherden, who has helped my 16 year old daughter with schooling and generally managing her 16.1 hh dutch warmblood named River.
After encountering some problems with him at home and sending him to a natural horsemanship yard for 10 months, we put him on schooling livery with Lynn when he came back. Lynn allowed us to continue using some of the basic principles we had been taught and helped us to continue his education as he did not like being left alone or leaving other horses initially.. Lynn accommodated his needs perfectly, understanding and pre empting any anxieties he may have had with a very calm and thoughtful approach. Lynn taught Jessica to keep calm, and was very patient with Jess when she was having a teenage “bad day”, or losing confidence in herself. Lynn encouraged Jess not to give up when something did not quite go the way she wanted, and Jess enjoyed Lynns teaching style.
Jess had previously attended some of the pilates courses Lynn holds, which she found very beneficial and useful to put in practice when riding. She also found the wearing of an ear piece (Lynn uses this instead of having to shout at you) and receiving instruction through the ear piece whilst riding very helpful, as it meant you can always hear what Lynn is teaching you wherever you are in the arena.
Lynn accommodated us by taking over his entire care and schooling him when we were away on holidays, or unable to get to the yard. We always returned to find a very happy relaxed horse.
The yard itself is very peaceful and friendly, all the staff were helpful and i can highly recommend both Lynn and her facilities”.
Jackie henson.

 

I sent my kind but inexperienced Irish mare to Lynn for some schooling to help us progress with our dressage. Because I have a disability it is important that she should respond to light aids rather than strength, so Lynn’s approach was appealing.

I was very pleased with the training my mare received at Lynn’s yard. Not only was there a noticeable improvement in her way of going in a short time, but I found the yard professional, knowledgeable and welcoming and she was clearly happy and settled there. I also benefited from having lessons with Lynn during the schooling period which gave me useful pointers on how to work more in harmony with my mare.
Grateful thanks to Lynn and her team, and I look forward to working with you again in the future!
Jennifer Phillips Campbell and Carrie.