If you are bringing your own horse on one of our trail rides, you must ensure
that it is fit enough to cope with a daily ride of 15 to 25 miles,
some of which will be done at speed. Although most of our rides are off road, your
horse must be calm in traffic, as some road work is unavoidable in
order for us to link trails and in some areas of blanket bog, the
only safe way through is to use the road – although it has
to be said that most of the roads in this area are single track and
very quiet, we do sometimes meet lorries and tractors! We will provide grazing at the end of the days
riding, as well as hard feed and hay if necessary – however if your horse requires
special feed, then this will need to be brought with you. You will be expected to attend to your own horses feeding, grooming and tacking up. We
only have stabling available on our petal rides, and at two of our
overnight stops on some trail rides, so your horse will need to be
able to live out – if you need to bring rugs, they will be forwarded
on with your luggage. The horses are generally all turned out together
at night, so it is important that your horse is comfortable sharing
his space with other horses!
If you know that your horse might find it difficult to share, please let us know, as we can normally fence a section of the field off with electric tape. It is important that your horse boxes easily - just in case.
Your horse must be fully insured, and its’ vaccinations must be up to date, for both tetanus and equine influenza. If there is an outbreak of strangles in your area, please for the sake of our horses, do not be tempted to bring your horse! In this case we will do our best to provide you with one of ours if available.
Remember when booking please ensure that you are honest about your riding ability and that of your horse! This is essential for your own safety and to ensure the enjoyment of everyone on the ride.
By the way .....
The lovely horse portrait above is by Lyn Wells, a local talented artist, specialising in wildlife and animal subjects. Why not have a look at her website to see what she can do..... www.artfulcreatures.co.uk