Visited with a friend as part of a 3 hour Groupon deal
As complete beginners to equestrian related activities, a friend and I decided to take the plunge to spend an introductory afternoon here. Granted we were helped by a glorious afternoon of sunshine, but we certainly weren't disappointed!
The first part of the session was a tour of the facilities and an introduction to the real stars of the show (the inhabitants of the stables!). We were then led onto a lesson in grooming and basic stable / horse care
As always, these kind of activities are always dependant on both the enthusiasm of the guide, and the participants. Our guide (Jesse) clearly loved what she did and her enthusiasm rubbed off!
Being able to get your hands dirty in the grooming aspects might not appeal to everyone, but for me was very therapeutic and lots of fun.
The next part of the session encompassed an outdoor group riding lesson, which again was memorable for all the right reasons. As a complete novice (having never mounted a horse until that day) my guide was not only very patient but a very good teacher. The group leader again was very enthusiastic and really gained a lot out of the lesson.
At the end of the session we were treated to cake and tea too, which was always nice.
So in conclusion - I'd certainly recommend this place from the perspective of a complete newcomer to the field. Without the Groupon deal however, the session would have been very pricey (£100 per head), which is a general theme with equestrian generally.
Nevertheless for me (total beginner) was an amazing day out, hence the 5 stars :)
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