A horse ride perfect for beginners in Hampshire's New Forest
Start in the arena to run through the riding basics
Begin the hack accompanied by experienced riders
Ride amongst the wild foals and ponies of the New Forest
This 75 minute riding lesson in the green beauty of the New Forest in Hampshire is perfect for first-timers and inexperienced or nervous riders. Beginning in the arena at the riding school, get settled on a horse and learn the basics of horse riding before setting out on the hack which takes place at walking pace. The accompanying experienced riders often lead by foot, with the hack taking the group to open forest greens to ride amongst the wild ponies and foals that occupy the New Forest. Take in some beautiful scenery while learning a new skill in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
Any day but Mondays all year round (excluding the Christmas and New Year period).
Minimum age 10 (under 16's need to be accompanied by an adult). Minimum height 5'. Max weight 15 stone. Not suitable for pregnant women or anyone with visual or hearing impairments. Any other disabilities must be declared prior to booking.
This experience won't be cancelled due to bad weather - if it's raining you're going to get wet!
Expect to be at the venue for up to two hours including 75 minutes of riding time. Please aim to arrive early; traffic congestion at Lyndhurst can add considerable time to weekend or holiday journeys.
Numbers on the Day
A maximum of eight people ride on the day.
Spectators are welcome to watch the lesson in the arena and walk along with the ride in the forest.
Dress for the weather. Ideally wear a long-sleeved top, long trousers and sturdy boots or shoes with a small heel (no trainers or flat shoes). If you have a riding hat please bring it along; otherwise one is provided.
Unfortunately, cameras can't be taken on the ride.