Become a cowboy for the day as you ride through the New Forest. First you'll get to know your trusty horse as you learn how to groom, tack and ride like a pro. Once you've had your Western riding lesson, you'll tuck into a sizzling Texas-style BBQ lunch. Then it's time for you and your steed to join a Western trail as you set off into the plains, take in the picturesque surroundings and trek amongst the roaming wild ponies!
Start with a coffee and a chat with the trail leaders before meeting your trusty steed for the day. Learn how to ‘groom’ and 'tack up ', before you lesson in Western horse riding. After a hearty 'Chicken n Steak' BBQ lunch (vegetarian options available if requested when booking) it 's time to saddle up for your Western trail into the stunning New Forest. Ride amongst the wild forest ponies and maybe even catch a glimpse of wild deer, before returning to the ranch for coffee.
There are up to 12 riders in a group and the trail will be at a slow walk and jog pace, leaving you time to take in the glorious scenery of the New Forest. This experience is ideal for both beginners and experienced horse riders as the Western style of riding is different from the traditional English style, and generally acknowledged to be relaxing, easier and more secure.
This experience is available at Hampshire:
Hampshire (South East) - New Milton
Your voucher is valid for 10 months for one person. Please note that is experience runs only on Wednesdays on selected months: February to June and then September to November. There will be at least one session per month.Please contact the centre directly to book your day. No previous riding experience is necessary and as there are beginners on the trails all riders are restricted to slow paces. Minimum age is 12. You must be at least 5 foot tall and weigh no more than 15 stone to take part. Vegetarians can be catered for but should specify when booking. Not suitable during pregnency. May not be suitible for those with limited mobility, please check when booking. All dates subject to availability. This voucher cannot be extended.
I had never ridden before and was a bit concerned when I found the rest of my group were fairly experienced riders. However, this did not matter at all and I really enjoyed myself.
We groomed the ponies before saddling up and having a lesson in the basics. I think I was given a very well-trained pony as it seemed to know what to do with a novice on board! The afternoon ride was through the New Forest in a lovely area. However, by the time we got back I could hardly move and did a brilliant John Wayne walk.
Throughout the day the staff were all friendly and very patient and we were very well fed too.
Warning - that evening my legs and bottom were agony!!! 2 days later I can almost walk again. I must be a wimp!
17 May 2013