What you'll do
After arriving at our 15th century cottage we can discuss your expectations for the day and work out the best type of horse for you. Over a welcoming drink you can tell us your riding experience; we pay serious attention to evaluating the characters of each rider as we aim to provide you with the ideal equine partner for your day with us. Having signed a disclaimer and had a hat fitted you’ll lead your prospective horse in from the field, and be shown how to (nominally) groom, tack up and do ground work. After mounting (comfortable saddles) you’ll have a 45 minute lesson before home made lunch or supper followed by a hack in the country. We can go as slowly as you like, you won’t be pushed out of your comfort zone! Forgive us in advance for putting the horses’ happiness first :-) - but your experience of viewing the world through the ears of a willing happy horse could start you on a really wonderful equine adventure. If you’re an experienced rider we might ride to a pub where there’s a small paddock for the horses to graze. Afterwards riding back to the farm where the goats will greet you like long lost friends (especially if you've brought them back a cold chip!)
Please state your preferences, it won’t be a problem as we love a culinary challenge!
We only offer 2 set times on the calendar but, because it’s a maximum of three people, we can be really flexible. Just ask!
Hats/helmets and rain jackets provided. Please don’t wear clothes you care about as it is a farm!
Nicky And Richard
This experience involves learning how the horse relates to its rider. We’ve spent the last thirty years training horses, sorting out other people’s ‘problem ponies!’ and teaching nervous beginners. I’m a qualified British Horse Society Instructor, we both love yoga... We aren’t impressed with the normal way people are taught to ride and therefore only take a maximum of 3 riders per session so there are no large groups where everyone just follows the lead horse. We run a very ethical yard - the horses (mostly arabs) are barefoot and live outside 24/365 in small herds (a muddy horse is a small price to pay once you see how happy and calm they are). I love feeding people and make bread daily; Richard grows all our vegetables and our hens provide eggs so lunch (or supper if you’ve booked an evening session) means minimum food miles.
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Where you'll be
We take you on a personal adventure to horsemanship - which can be very different from just riding. We teach you to experience the world from the horses’ point of view. But we’re happy to point out badger setts, fox holes, local fauna and the jackdaw tree. It should be a unique experience on gentle, sensitive horses who enjoy going out. Companionable silence is also an option if preferred - we want you to have the best, relaxed time possible
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 3 guests ages 5 and up can attend.
This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.
Complete beginners more than welcome. We collect from Baldock Station (trains from Kings X). If heavier than 85kg let us know before booking. Lunch or supper included depending on time of session
Lesson, lunch +trail ride near London