I can recommend New Forest horse riding as a great way to discover and explore this lovely National Park, at its best. I don't make bookings for you and I cannot accept any responsibility for your New Forest horse riding experience, but I'm sure you'll enjoy it and have a wonderful time.
New Forest horse riding. Hack out and you'll get close to the National Park and all its wildlife.
New Forest horse riding from Arniss Equestrian across the beautiful Ogdens area of the National Park.
Every year we visit the Spring Event of the Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association and see wonderful displays of horsemanship performed by dedicated heavy breed enthusiasts and their beautiful horses.
Here are the dates for 2017
Heavy Horse Event Sunday 23 April 2017 10.30a.m. onwards
The Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association are a wonderful society dedicated to the wellbeing and future of the working heavy horse.
Harbridge Farm, Ringwood (A338), Hampshire, BH24 3PW Adults £6.00 OAPs £5.00 SCHHA members & children under 16 FREE
Later in the year: Great All England Ploughing Match and Country Fair
Date: Sunday 22nd October 2017
Time: From 10:00am to 4:30pm
Hartley Park Farm, Selborne Road, Alton, Hampshire GU34 3HS Adults £8.00, Seniors £6.00, SCHHA members & children under 16 FREE
Contact details for both shows
Anne Dawson - Secretary - Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association
Tel. 07773 155 817 Web site: www.southerncountiesheavyhorseassociation.co.uk
Archive info from my recommended days out
The Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association are a wonderful society dedicated to the wellbeing and future of the working heavy horse. On Sunday 13 April 2014 at the Heavy Horse Event at Harbridge Farm, Ringwood they showed their kindness and generosity to my little old Mum - wonderful people!
A very dirty trick! My website is built on personal recommendations and content and pics have been stolen.
Please note that my copywritten content and photos have been used both with my permission on Burley Manor Stables website (after much discussion!) and without my permission on Brockenhurst Riding Stables website. As well as my photos being manipulated and the water mark taken off, under "About" my content has been used virtually word for word.
I do not recommend Brockenhurst Riding Stables. I have never visited these stables until yesterday when I wanted to meet the owner to discuss this breach. I'm pursuing through legal channels this violation of my intellectual property.
I'd also like to add that I don't believe the owner of these stables knew of this violation but the web designer certainly does and despite me speaking to them once they have again produced a website using my material.
I've just visited Arniss Equestrian at Godshill which is close to Fordingbridge. This is an idyllic area of the New Forest to experience horse riding from. A huge advantage is you wont be going out on any roads, you simply set off down a stable track and you are out on the open forest.
Mixed age and ability riders were just mounting up when I arrived and all the ponies and horses looked safely tacked up and all the riders had all the necessary safety gear on too.
Jan, the owner welcomed me, although she was busy and allowed me to have a look around. All the horses were munching their hay nets happily or having a midday doze. This is not only a beautifully situated equestrian centre in 50 acres of stunning countryside, but it is also very well run.
Here's why I would recommend you experience New Forest horse riding with Arniss Equestrian
These New Forest riding stables are next to a warm and friendly hotel and are run by Sharon. When I spoke to her recently she was really welcoming with a great sense of humour.
She told me that they now have a lovely horse called Godfrey who can accommodate a human weight of 20 stone! rather him than me though? He really is huge but rather lovely.
Size isn't any issue here - There are also two cute and very speckly little Shetlands in the yard Sausage and Tomato you can see them below.
Here are 2 riders with one of the experienced and qualified staff ready to hack out onto the open New Forest.
You can have a one hour ride which is for any standard of rider or a two hour ride for the more experienced rider.
Sharon has experienced and qualified staff on hand and is Association of British Riding Schools Approved. Can you imagine going out into the heart of the New Forest - on a horse ride - what will you experience on the way?
All the New Forest ponies and other animals will take much less notice of you as you mingle amongst them - they will be less aware of you, and probably come up closer, as you'll smell more of horse to them than human!
I've always found when I've been riding that you can get a much better experience of nature from the back of a horse - give it a go - I know you'll love it.
If you stay at the Burley Manor Hotel for a weekend break, you can let the hotel make the booking for you, then it can fit in with your plans for your relaxing getaway break. Or contact Burley Manor Stables.
If you want to search New Forest Life.com without using the navigation bars on the left, then here's a really useful Google tool. Just put your search details e.g. pigs in the search box and hit Search and you can choose to search my site or go onto the Web and come back to NewForest-Life.com.
Make your New Forest getaway break that little bit more special by booking a one or two hour New Forest horse ride in the beautiful New Forest - you'll remember it forever.
I would recommend these New Forest horse riding stables. They are well run, clean and well kept New Forest horse riding stables and the staff are friendly and helpful. The horses all looked lovely, well looked after and happy.
To really enjoy New Forest horse riding at its best you will need a bright but not too hot, sunny day - we wish!