Best UK Destinations for Horse Riding

England is a country of dreams, from the city of London lights to the old fashioned country side rural areas. Many people in UK spend their holidays in horse riding. The UK has some extraordinary, miscellaneous terrain for horse riding. Hills, mountains, woods, beaches, parks and of course the fields and sand schools of the local riding schools and livery yards.

But what are the best places for horse riding in UK so that you can get the best out of your holidays.

Here are the top 5 places to go for horse riding.

1: Wimbledon Village Stables:

Wimbledon village is one of the most beautiful attractions in London. It’s a 15 min drive from the major city. Nothing could make the village more special than dozens of horses trotting through the streets. It is one the best horse riding place in London. It’s a school for horse riding where riders from novice to expert enjoy the riding. This is a tidy and impeccably run facility with friendly and knowledgeable staff where everyone receives individual attention. The horses are all stunning and you can immediately see that they are loved and well cared for.

2: Ross Nye Stables

Ross Nye Stable is an ideally situated place for riding in London, along the famous ‘Rotten Row’ in Hyde Park. It is set in historic Bathurst Mews in London. It’s a beautiful ride in the Hyde Park where you can see many beautiful serpentines and many other features of the park. The horses are immaculately kept and nicely presented. The staff is well trained; the guides are informative and helpful. All people are welcomed whether adults or children, beginners or experienced, for a gentle hack in the Park or for a course of lessons.

3: Horse Riding Surrey:

It is Located in the beautiful country side of England. It has a very relaxing atmosphere having beautiful scenery. It’s an amazing way to explore the surrey hills. The staff is well trained and the instructors are very helpful during horse riding lessons. The horses are all fabulous, well trained and responsive. Most of the riding is done on tracks through fields and forests and on quiet country lanes with few roads. There are plenty of opportunities for trotting and cantering, but also ample time to admire the beautiful countryside that you’re riding through. All people are welcomed whether beginner or experienced, children or adult for riding lessons or for a gentle hack in the fields.

4: Riding in Brecon Beacons:

It is located in the National Park of Wales. It is the birthplace of pony trekking. It offers sensational trail riding along the ridges of the black mountains into the beautiful valleys. It’s the best place for the beginners as there are a lot of trekking centers in the area. Brecon Beacon has a wide range of trained horses for beginners to experienced. It is one of the best places which have beautiful scenery and the facilities.

5: Wellington Riding:

Wellington riding is located in the beautiful estate of Hampshire. It is one of the UK’s biggest and best-known equestrian centers. Wellington offers a variety of holidays, families can stay in nearby hotels, variety of holidays are offered from beginner to advance. Children can join during the school holidays.

Fantastic range of facilities is provided. The horses are well trained and are well cared; the staff is highly trained and is very helpful.

From Forklift Operator to Colorado Explorer

Depending on where you are in the world you may need to spend a few bucks to get to Colorado. Ideally you should also have a few hundred for spending money. It is well worth the trip if you are into hiking, huge 14000 ft peaks and exploring the many trails available.

I live across the pond so I am forced to save up for a while and get some time off. I will usually go for 1-2 weeks of the year. I actually have had to get a 2nd job to afford to go. My day job is actually as a Crain operator however I have a trained and gotten my forklift drivers licence (
. The job pays pretty well and there is always a demand for forklift drivers, so finding the job was relatively easy. I do shifts from 6-10 in a large Waitrose warehouse down the road.

Back to Colorado….

Some of the more famous trails include boulder creek greenway, devils thumb pass, beaver creek loop and sentinel point. There are several tour centres around where you can either hike with a guide or go via horseback. I would obviously recommend exploring on horseback.

During my time I went to Mineral Belt loop Trail which was a total of 12 miles and took about an hour to complete. There is a 10K ft elevation so it is not for the faint of heart. It is worth plucking up your courage though, as the views are breath-taking.

A few things to remember when you are on your travels:

A) always pack plenty of water but be aware that water is heavy! so just enough and always make room for it by removing things you probably won’t need.

B) Make sure you tell people where you are going and when you will be back. This way if the worst happens someone will know something is not right and go after you.

C) Bring firestarters, matches and a lighter.

Horse riding, more than just a leisure interest

Horse riding, also sometimes referred to as equestrianism, is not just a hobby, but it is also one of the oldest forms of sports. In the opinion of many it is rather an instinctive thing; not that it doesn’t require any training. To master horse riding, you would need to put in hours of practice, and might need a trainer too. But the love for horse riding, that of course is instinctive, would determine how quickly you can learn and master the art. If you are passionate about horse riding, have some innate love for horses, and understand how thrilling and exciting can horse riding be, it wouldn’t take long to learn.

Horse riding as a hobby

Horse riding as a hobby can be very beneficial. Children should not be discouraged from picking it up as their leisure pursuit, and in fact rather be emboldened. Horse riding as a hobby is not just a good way of exploring surrounding area, it also opens a corridor that would lead you closer to nature; put your worries to rest, get a whiff of fresh air and admire the ineffable beauty of nature. You can never experience this on a four wheel closed stifling car.  You can see the landscape and appreciate the terrain with a vintage style and perspective. The cool fresh breeze away from the metropolis’ hum and buzz is soothing and healthy. Horse riding can be a very relaxing experience for the rider. The worries slowly let go of you and mundane pressures of everyday life seems to disappear while you are astride a horse.

Horse riding can be equally enjoyable for both adults and children, but it can be very worthwhile activity particularly for young kids, for this hobby helps to inculcate in an individual the sense of responsibility. Children will learn the responsibility of taking care of the animal, the horse that is, which they are supposed to ride. They would learn to keep the area clean for their horses, where they are kept. And we all know, the horse needs to be washed, fed and groomed on regular basis. These duties would enhance the feeling of responsibility and guardianship in a kid.

Horse riding can eventually turn into much greater than just a hobby, for the passion for this keep on increasing; increasing exponentially, till it becomes something that your life revolves around. Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, he/she will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.”

Horse riding as a sport

Horse riding is one of the oldest sports. It fulfills every definition of the sport (for those who doubt horse riding being a sport). It is not as easy as people think it is. It’s because people often see equestrians, on TV shows, riding horses effortlessly, that they get the impression that it is not that difficult a thing. What they don’t see is the effort being put to reach the professional level that these equestrians have achieved; the hours of practice put in everyday for years; the sores and bruises that the rider has endured to finally become the rider that he today is.

Horse riding involves the display of athleticism and aerobics, like any other sport. Besides, it is as much a mental exercise as it is physical. Strategy building, reasoning, utilizing skills, memory and confidence are required in all kind of sports, and it is no different for horse riding too.

There are many sports disciplines that involve horse riding, recognized by International Federation for Equestrian Sports. Show jumping, Dressage and Eventing are three Olympic horse riding disciples. Additionally, combined driving, endurance driving, horse-ball, reining, tent pegging and vaulting are some other horse-riding sports. Horse racing is one worldwide popular sport too. Polo is played in a lot of countries as well, and many tournaments are organized worldwide.

Getting started with horse riding

Horse riding can be very exciting but at the same time you need to know the basics before you start. The time when you think you should start learning this art of horse riding , first thing that you need to do is find someone who really knows how to ride a horse rather than some inexperienced person. Follow his instructions carefully and act accordingly so that you can learn this thing early as possible. You don’t need to be in any hurry when you are at the start of your learning process, you might feel dejected when you are not able to do something that your instructor said you could easily do. So being patient and following instructions carefully is something that will lead you toward your goal of learning horse riding.

Once you know the basics of riding a horse with your instructor, you might need to learn how to groom the horse before you can buy your own. This really is very important because grooming your horse will make your bond with your horse stronger and that will really help you in the long run if you want to ride the same horse over and over again. At the start there are some safety precautions that you should take to avoid any unwanted situations or injury to you or your horse. When you are at your very beginning you should practice horse riding in an open area away from any fences or tree branches that might hurt your or your horse. Feed your horse on time and do check your horse after every ride, and make sure it isn’t hurt.

When you are done with your lessons and you want to buy your own horse, you should know that buying a horse really is big responsibility that you have to bear and when you think you are ready to bear this responsibility, you need to take someone who knows about this art so that you can buy a good one.

Benefits of Horse-riding

A casual onlooker might have the impression that what horse rider does is just sit atop the horse, while the horse does all the work. But anyone who knows the basics of horse riding must know that this is not the case. There is far more to horse riding, than people generally presume. The enjoyment of riding the horse aside, it has great benefits to the physical and mental health if the rider as well.

Horse riding helps to develop balance. It improves muscle coordination and motor function. Your reflexes get better. Muscles get strengthened, and you’ll experience less cramps. It has great cardiovascular advantages too. It increases the blood circulation and improves your visual perception. Riding a horse can stimulate internal organs too. It aids in liver function. It can thus be very effective physical therapy. Riding a horse can be an excellent way to do away with the extra fat on your body. It can be a good and healthy work-out. You can burn all those extra calories, and refresh yourself at the same time. Rearing a horse and riding it off and on can bring some positive changes in your personality. It infuses in people responsibility and patience, and increases self-discipline and self-confidence.

Just like our muscles, the mind too needs exercise to remain young and working. Researchers say that lifelong learning can help prevent or at least minimize memory loss. Horse riding is an active way to exercise your mind. Step wise learning of horse riding can augment your problem solving skills. With every step, you will realize that there is always something new to learn.

Many people find peace, tranquility and solace in company of their horses. They can ride a horse and stride away anytime, away from all the problems if their lives. It helps to give them a break, which they need. And for some, horse is a comrade, a companion that helps to lift their mood; a friend that is always there, and does not at all judge you. Horse riders are often at peace with their emotions and feelings. So, horse riding can improve emotional wellbeing of a person. Sir Winston Churchill has put it this way, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.’’

Horses are absolutely gorgeous creatures. They come in different breeds of course. But every single one of them is beautiful in their own way. Steeds and stallions are popular among adults, while children prefer to have ponies. For centuries, they have been used for riding, working and as companions. Horse riding is popular among humans for a long eon of time now. Taking horse riding as a hobby is wonderful, but become a professional horse rider is a whole different story. Great amount of training and dedication will be required to become a reputable equestrian.

Costs of Building a Stable

building a stableThere can be many unknowns and or hidden expenses when it comes to any new construction. I would always advise someone to seek professional assistance or consultancy from a builder. Searching for a local tradesmen and exchanging some phone calls or emails is usually a great start. To give an idea of a ball park figure reports of building 3 12×12 stables cost around £13.5K in the UK in 2007. Prices will be higher in today’s market so I would expect in the region of £15-20K.

British horse riding laws and best practices

The UK has a lot to offer in terms of different areas to ride and sheer beauty. There are many set trails across the county.

Some of the top areas include Berkshire, Hampshire and the west country however it is best to be aware of riding laws and guidelines before you set off.

In law often references to the term road also include pathways and footpaths as well.

It is important that all equipment including horse draw carriages are properly maintained and up to standard.

General horse riders must always wear a helmet.  Light coloured clothing must be warn during the day as well as light reflective clothing at night.

More info and rules / laws about riding horses in the UK can be found here. Also if you need any unbiased advice you could track down a local firm to confirm or deny any questions you have.