Horse riding is one of the best ways to view the outstanding scenery and get right into rural countryside. No experience is necessary to go horse riding or pony trekking and there is a vast range of riding clubs and equestrian centres providing plenty of opportunities to saddle up, hit the trail and kiss your worries goodbye!
How to get started
Most stables and riding centres will cater to riders of all ages and abilities. A few offer guided trekking throughout many picturesque areas of Northern Ireland. Pony trekking in Northern Ireland can also be an enjoyable way to experience the outdoors. Some providers offer one or two hour long pony treks, suitable for families, through beautiful traffic-free forest parks.
For those who are interested in taking up Horse Riding as a hobby bhsireland.com have a full list of approved riding centres throughout Ireland. Explain what level you are at, or if you are a complete novice. The centre will advise you on which type of lessons would be best to meet your needs.
Is it easy?
Horse Riding is an activity that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. It's never too late to start.
Being physically fit will help. You will be using some muscles you don’t normally use and will probably feel a little stiff after the first few lessons as your fitness increases Many beginners lessons will be taken in groups of more than 5 and there is a strong social atmosphere throughout the lesson experience.
Is it expensive?
It is not hugely expensive to start riding. The average cost of a beginner's lesson is £20 for an hour.
Clothing and Footwear
Specialised riding equipment can be bought from equine shops however, for beginners, riding schools will provide protective hats. Comfortable fitting trousers should be worn - overly tight trousers are not advised as these may restrict movement and prove uncomfortable for riding in, whilst baggy trouser may flap and alarm the horse or pony. Boots or shoes with a small heel should be worn and shoes with a chunky grip on the sole are best avoided.