Man’s passion for horses goes way back into the mists of time. And how often had you wished that you too could ride one of these elegant creatures? Well here’s your chance to learn from the best.
Alasdair’s recommended horse riding experience day
Wherever you live, you’re not far from a fantastic horse riding experience where you can learn from the experts the arts of handling this noble beast and getting some great exercise at the same time.
If you’ve ridden a horse before, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t then you’ve got a whole world of great equine experience to look forward to.
Here is a full list of those you can buy in the UK, with up to date prices:
Why horse riding?
Well if you love horses, then riding them through the countryside and feeling yourself at one with nature is the next obvious step.
If you’re not sure whether you love horses, then give it a go. Most people do.
And if you don’t love horses, then that’s probably because you don’t know anything about them.
At first they may seem big and frightening, but they’re the gentlest of creatures, especially those that you can meet on one of these experiences. And once you’ve made friends, and start to understand each other, then you’ll wonder why you waited for so long.
It’s fantastic exercise, it’s all-encompassing, and the feeling you get from working alongside such a magnificent animal and relying on each other is like no other. So stop being a spectator and start learning to be a rider.
What kind of experiences are there?
The short answer is, every kind. From a brief introduction to horse riding, through a long trek if you want something a bit more in-depth, right up to a two-day break with riding included.
It doesn’t matter how much or how little riding you’ve done, the professionals running these experiences will welcome you, make sure you have a great time, and teach you as much or as little as you want to know.
If you’ve never sat on a horse before, or even been near one, that’s no problem. Complete beginners will normally be more than welcome.
One or two of the longer events do ask for a bit of experience first, as it’s not realistic to expect your body to adapt to many hours on horseback without even a bit of practice. You’ll just find it too hard and won’t enjoy it.
But just check out the detail and you’ll see the ones that are not best for beginners.
And don’t forget, a horse riding experience would make a superb gift for birthday, anniversary, Christmas, or just because you want to give a present. And a lot of them are for two, so you can go and share the thrill of learning horsecraft together!