The New Forest was the hunting ground of kings and queens as far back as the days of William the Conquerer, nowadays riding horseback on these introduction to riding experiences is still the best way to explore the plains and woodland enclosures of Hampshire.
This half day riding experience includes a beginner's lesson to settle you on your mount and help you with basic riding skills. Once you are all comfortable on your horse, you will set out for an hour and a half ride across the grasslands and heaths.
Your introduction to horseriding will see you riding amongst the wild New Forest ponies and foals and on into the forest enclosures, where you may be lucky enough to spot one of the many herds of wild deer.
You will then ride back to the stables, where there is tea, coffee and soft drinks so you can then rest your limbs and look back on a morning spent riding in the ancient woodlands of the New Forest.
This introduction to horseriding experience provides two hours of riding in total with a short session in the training arena followed by a forest hack. Complimentary soft drinks are included and safety hats are provided. There will usually be a maximum of six riders per group. Riding style is either Western or English saddle, if you have a preference please indicate this when booking with the supplier.
This experience is available on weekdays and weekend dates between February and November. The centre is closed on bank holidays and Mondays. Various start times are usually available.
The riding school is located near New Milton on the southern edge of the New Forest.
Minimum age is 8 for english saddle or 12 for western saddle, maximum weight is 14 stone. Cameras cannot be taken on rides. Riders must wear long trousers and shoes or boots with a heel. Flat soled shoes or trainers are NOT suitable. No previous riding experience is required. You will need to supply the following details for each rider when booking: height, weight and level of any previous riding experience (Beginner, Novice or Experienced).
This activity is not suitable for spectators, however, visitors are welcome to wait at the ranch. Riding lessons may be available to book on the day. The centre can recommend accommodation nearby.