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Horse riding near London with lunch

Clothall, United KingdomPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Nicky And Richard

3 hours
Includes food, tickets, equipment
Up to 3 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

If you arrive by train, we collect you from Baldock Station; back at our cottage we discuss your expectations for the day, find boots/jackets and you can be pestered by the puppy. Over a welcoming drink and a snack (arrive hungry please!) you can tell us your riding experience; we pay serious attention to evaluating the characters of each rider as we aim to provide you with the ideal equine partner for your day with us.
Having signed a disclaimer and had a hat fitted you’ll meet your horse and be shown how to (nominally) groom, tack up and do ground work using voice commands. We normally divide the riding (all on bridleways or country lanes) into two sessions of 45/50minutes each divided by home made food, wine, postmortem but we might do all the riding first; depending on weather and fitness.
We can go as slowly as you like, you won’t be pushed out of your comfort zone! Forgive us in advance for putting the horses’ happiness first :-) - but your experience of viewing the world through the ears of a willing happy horse could start you on a wonderful equine adventure.
For genuinely experienced riders we might ride to a pub where there’s a small paddock for the horses to graze.
If you weigh more than 85kg please get in touch before booking.
We think you'll enjoy this form of riding which focuses on voice aids (no kicking or pulling) so your horse enjoys it as much as you do.
If you arrive by train, we collect you from Baldock Station; back at our cottage we discuss your expectations for the day, find boots/jackets and you can be pestered by the puppy. Over a welcoming drink and a snack (arrive hungry please!) you can tell us your riding experience; we pay serious attention to evaluating the characters of each rider as we aim to provide you with the ideal equine partner for your day with us.
Having signed a dis…

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What's included

  • Food
    Please state your preferences, it won’t be a problem as we love a culinary...
  • Tickets
    We only offer 2 set times on the calendar but, because it’s a maximum of th...
  • Equipment
    Hats/helmets and rain jackets provided. Please don’t wear clothes you care...
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Meet your host, Nicky And Richard

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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This experience involves learning how to ride a horse using your voice (no kicking or pulling)!. We’ve spent the last thirty years training horses, riding very long distances all over the world, sorting out people’s ‘problem ponies!’ and teaching nervous beginners. I’m a qualified riding instructor, we both love yoga which we use within our riding. We are saddened by the normal way people are taught to ride - horses are not machines! Maximum 3 riders per session so NO large groups where everyone just follows the lead horse. We limit the experience to just nine people per week so that the horses keep enjoying it! We run a very ethical yard - the horses (mostly arabs) are unshod, living outside in a herd. We love cooking and make bread daily; Richard grows all our vegetables and our hens provide the eggs so lunch means minimum food miles.
This experience involves learning how to ride a horse using your voice (no kicking or pulling)!. We’ve spent the last thirty years training horses, riding very long distances all over the world, sorting out people’s ‘problem ponies!’ and teaching nervous beginners. I’m a qualified riding instructor, we both love yoga which we use within our riding. We are saddened by the normal way people are taught to ride - horses are not machines! Maximum 3 riders per session so NO large groups where everyon…
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We take you on a personal adventure to horsemanship - which can be very different from just riding. We teach you to experience the world from the horses’ point of view. But we’re happy to point out badger setts, fox holes, local fauna and the jackdaw tree. It should be a unique experience on gentle, sensitive horses who enjoy going out. Companionable silence is also an option if preferred - we want you to have the best, relaxed time possible
Ayo
April 2021
I couldn't say thank you enough to Nicky and Richard. Right from the point of booking till we said goodbye to them today, we've had such a great experience. They are an amazing couple who love people. They went over and above to make our visit special for my daughter who was celebrating her birthday. We were able to spend time meeting all the animals, bonding with the horses, grooming them before riding. And they took time to explain the proper handling of horses so as to ensure the best riding experience for us as well as the horses. We had such a great time and we can't wait to visit again. Thank you for such an amazing time Richard and Nicky!
I couldn't say thank you enough to Nicky and Richard. Right from the point of booking till we said goodbye to them today, we've had such a great experience. They are an amazing cou…
Vytautas
April 2021
The Horse riding experience with Nicky and Richard was great! I booked it as a birthday surprise for my girlfriend, and they went an extra mile to keep the secret until the last moment and create an excellent experience. It was a great, fulfilling, relaxing and recreational day with very much loved and looked after horses. Nicky and Richard were very warm, friendly and hospitable and we enjoyed the conversations during the delicious lunch :)
The Horse riding experience with Nicky and Richard was great! I booked it as a birthday surprise for my girlfriend, and they went an extra mile to keep the secret until the last mo…
David
April 2021
A perfect midweek getaway from London! Both Nicky and Richard were great teachers who showed so much love and respect to the horses. Food, drinks, ducklings and company were a real treat. Would definitely recommend. Thanks Nicky + Dicky
Coraly
April 2021
Amazing experience Great setting in the middle of fields and nature Very relaxing Horses were very gentle Host make us very comfortable It was our first time riding and it was not stressful but indeed very enjoyable Even our 6 years old daughter managed to ride Nicky and Richard are very approachable and are passionate about their horses Mildred the dog is also a plus to the experience she loves to play with us and is very calm. Dinner was so good with differents homemade food on the plate ,bread was delicious,pudding was delicious . Do not hesitate one second to do this experience it is overall 5 stars.
Amazing experience Great setting in the middle of fields and nature Very relaxing Horses were very gentle Host make us very comfortable It was our first time riding and it was not…
Caline
April 2021
Spent Easter sunday with Nicky and Richard and it was such a magical day from them taking us into their farm to teaching us how to ride horses (while being bery patient) to serving us a very delicious meal. This experience is worth every penny
Spent Easter sunday with Nicky and Richard and it was such a magical day from them taking us into their farm to teaching us how to ride horses (while being bery patient) to serving…
Georgi
April 2021
Nicky and Richard were amazing hosts. They managed to deliver the full horse riding experience with great attention to details. The lesson was explained in an easy to digest way and we enjoyed every minute during the horse riding.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Clothes comfortable to ride in, shoes with a heel If you don’t want caged stirrups