Riding Experience on a Riding Holiday

 

Riding Experience

Choosing the ride that is right for you is the very important for an enjoyable and safe holiday.  At any stage in the process you can email or call us for advice. We can talk through the holiday and fill in any information gaps.

The following are some guidelines.  These are only general guidelines, so please make sure you read this carefully about the trip you are interested in. It is your responsibility to make sure you are adequately prepared.

Beginner

Someone who has never sat on a horse or had only limited very easy rides. Probably not able to rise to the trot.

Novice

A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.

Intermediate

Confident and in control on a forward going horse at a steady canter in the open over uneven ground. Has ridden for a number of years. A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two-point canters and gallops).  May not ride regularly.

Experienced

Confident and in control on a forward going horse at a fast canter in the open over rough and variable ground. There are likely to be long stretches of fast riding and/or you will be riding in areas with potentially dangerous game. Is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours.

 

This is a very important first step in choosing a riding holiday. For most of the trips you must have a good knowledge of the basics and some experience in riding across cross-country. Some important factors to take into consideration are:

  • Do you ride in English or Western tack?
  • How much riding can you realistically do to prepare for the ride?
  • Will it be in the controlled conditions of an arena, or on trails with varied terrain?
  • What is your level of physical strength and stamina?

It is generally best to estimate on the conservative side.  If you have a particular ride in mind, but do not meet the riding criteria, consider joining an instructional program where you can gain the necessary skills and confidence.

Previous experience may be required. You should be in excellent health and top physical condition to enjoy such an experience.