New Forest National Park horse riders - even on a dull day you'll get up close to the forest and wildlife.
Discover New Forest horse riding for a really brilliant way to see and experience the New Forest 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 hope you have a wonderful time.
I've just visited two lovely stables and the really good news is that they are both next to warm and friendly hotels which I would also recommend for that special, relaxing getaway break.
The Burley Manor Riding Stables were the first New Forest horse riding stables I visited which I would really like to recommend to you. They are right in the heart of the Forest, in the lovely village of Burley, in the grounds of the Burley Manor Hotel. As you drive up to the stables and the hotel, you will see these red deer in a field on your right.
Here's how to book.
Sharon runs this yard, and when I spoke to her recently she was really warm and welcoming. 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?
It's such a shame - when I took these photos there was a beautiful rainbow arcing over in the sky, but it didn't come out, unfortunately. Despite it being a muddy winters day, the stables have a good yard in which to prepare for your ride out.
As you can see it was lunch time and many were having a midday snack - but their fronts were just as attractive as their rear views!
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.
If you want to find out more about New Forest horse riding you can choose whichever riding stable you will be nearest to, they are both on this website, with contact phone numbers.
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.
We were making our way on to Brockenhurst and that was where I visited the next great riding stable.
We stopped to walk the dog - actually we walked along the bank of the stream and she spent most of the time wading through beside us - she does love New Forest streams, my dog.
Whilst she was splashing about having loads of dog-type fun we heard some horse riders approaching. They came in line, over the bridge, all looking like they were having a really good afternoon out.
This horse riding hack came from the Forest Park Riding Stables. These New Forest riding stables are right next to the Forest Park Hotel on Rhinefield Road, Brockenhurst. SO42 7ZG.
Here's how to book.
This handsome chap wasn't out on the ride I saw on the bridge, but had been left back at the stables, probably to enjoy an early supper.
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 both these stables, as despite it being a muddy winters day both stableyards were clean and well kept and the staff were friendly and helpful. The horses all looked lovely, even the ones who only showed their rears!
To really enjoy New Forest horse riding at its best you will need a bright but not too hot, sunny day - we wish!