…to all you aspiring trail-riders! You have read our intro, looked at the photos, thought this would be fun, but now there are doubts: camping with the horse – don’t I need a lot of gear, special training, a particular breed….?
Let’s see if we can answer some of your questions; we all have been at exactly that point and took the plunge – and it wasn’t hard at all and definitely a lot of fun. A little note up front: any average rider on an average horse can do this – no special talent, breed, equipment required, all it takes is a willingness to give it a go, and a little sense of humour helps.
You and your horse: any healthy horse can go on trail rides of a few hours, even if he/she is not particularly fit. Our pace is varied but we don’t set speed or endurance records, we have breaks to give both horse and rider a rest and nobody gets left behind. Most of our rides are quite leisurely affairs, with a few canters thrown in if you want to, but you can also walk the whole thing. Generally a trail ride is a lot easier on you and your horse than a full on riding lesson and we have found that these longer rides usually settle the ‘go-go-go’-type horses, calms the nervous ones and even puts new life into a soured old plodder. If you have any doubts, talk to us and we will advise you of the best ride to take if you or your horse are novices.
Same as the horse, the rider doesn’t have to be an athlete – our riders range from teenagers to people well into their seventies – all brought together by a love of horses and, let’s face it, a bit of adventure. So, there is no excuse not to give it a go. We are a very supportive group and will help where-ever we can. If you have a problem or are unsure of something – just ask. We all work together to have a good time.
Although we do a lot of weekend trips where we camp overnight, we also have day rides or you can join us for one day only on the weekend if you’re not ready to commit for 2 or more days. We are also planning some ‘easier’ introduction rides or weekends for those who are not too sure about all this. So, jump in, go to our contact page and join us in the fun!
Next time, I will talk about floats and camping options for you and your horse. Click on follow this blog on the right and you will get an email notification when my next blog is published, no other emails will be sent out and you can unsubscribe any time. If you have any questions, please use the contact form to drop us a line, we will get back to you!
Til then, keep on riding!