• You should allow a full day for this experience
• You will get a total of approximately 3.5 hours in the saddle
• Tuition from an experienced instructor
• All horses are used to novice riders
• Complete a morning riding lesson, a break for lunch and an afternoon trail
• Breakfast and a BBQ lunch are included with soft drinks
• All equipment is provided including safety hats
• You may form part of a group of up to 12 other riders
What Can I Expect
Giddy yourself up and get ready to go horse riding at this New Forest Western Riding centre in Hampshire! This full day experience is all about becoming part of the stable team, so you'll be combining riding out Western-style with learning how to look after your own mount for the day.
Of course, any good horseman or woman knows you need bags of energy for New Forest horse riding, so before you even put one foot in the stirrup, you’ll tuck into a bacon (or vegetarian) sandwich, with a steaming coffee to kick-start your equine adventure.
It has to be said, riding a horse in and around the New Forest isn’t about proving you are the next Sundance Kid. You can grab the reins whatever your age or riding ability, with beginners particularly welcome and, of course, all equipment is provided – you just need to come prepared to get stuck in!
You'll be given your very own Western-trained Paint or Appaloosa horse for the duration of the experience and even though you won't be galloping around the real wild, wild west, the trails around the New Forest plains are a really lovely and gentle introduction to this riding style that is very different to European riding. Your first job? To tack your steed up with the Western saddle and then mosey on down to the arena for a lesson in riding.
Lunch is next - and not just for you, as your mount will need feeding and watering before you can tuck into a tasty chicken or steak BBQ. Once you and your horse are replenished and ready to go riding, the afternoon is spent in the wild blue yonder as you walk and jog along lovely trails, passing by New Forest ponies, ducking under branches in the woods and ambling along leafy tracks. You might even be able to spot some other famous residents of the New Forest - the wild deer.
Horse riding in the New Forest will open your eyes to just how unspoilt this National Park is and what a superb way it is to not only enjoy an authentic New Forest adventure western-style, but to spot animals playing in completely natural surroundings too.
Your day of horse riding around the New Forest is topped off with a delicious sweet treat back at the ranch, but only after you have tended to your horse, as you’re a true cowboy now. This means you make sure your horse is un-tacked, fed and watered, before sharing tales of horse riding in the New Forest with your fellow riders. And remember, you don't need to be John Wayne to trail ride as many of the participants on these experience days have never even ridden a horse before. So get yer jeans on and ride the range! Yee-haa!
• Selected Wednesdays and Fridays between April and October, excluding August
• Full days usually run from 9:00 until 16:00
• Selected weekend dates are available for an additional £25 payable when booking your date
• Minimum age is 12 years
• Maximum weight is 15 stone
• Riders must wear long trousers and shoes or boots with a small heel
• Flat soled shoes or trainers are NOT suitable
• Trails go out in all weathers so please dress accordingly
• Cameras cannot be taken on rides
• Previous riding experience is not 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) and also if a vegetarian meal is required
• Not suitable during pregnancy or with some medical conditions or disabilities, please enquire if in doubt
• The 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
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• The riding school is located near New Milton on the southern edge of the New Forest