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Horse riding near London with lunch

Clothall, United KingdomPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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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 the same voice commands you'll be using once riding. After mounting (comfortable saddles) there’s a 45/50 minute session outside on paths or fields then a home made lunch so you can relax and process what you’ve learned, followed by another 45/50 minute hack out.
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 really 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 how the horse understands what you're asking.
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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Tue, Jan 26
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
$134 per person
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Wed, Jan 27
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
$134 per person
$134 per person
Thu, Jan 28
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
$134 per person
$134 per person

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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Where you'll be

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

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 231 reviews.

Ali
January 2021
This was absolutely amazing. Nicky and Richard were fantastic. They treated us with respect and were understanding. We enjoyed and will definately be coming back very soon. Thanks so much
Sally
January 2021
It was a really great experience. Kind response end delicious meals. I want to go again. The experience of cute animals and horses is truly unforgettable. I'm really glad I was able to go.
Alex
December 2020
We had an incredible time on our beautiful horses followed by a delicious meal with our hosts. The teaching was absolutely spot on and made it very achievable withing the time frame. We will surely be back!
Karen
November 2020
A truly memorable experience. Lovely horses and such calm temperaments - perfect, even for complete beginners. Fabulous hosts in beautiful surroundings and the most amazing home cooked lunch.
Jackie
November 2020
A magical day. Starting with mulled wine in the beautiful thatched cottage; riding alongside goats in the crisp autumn air; delicious homemade lunch and a final ride with Nicky and Richard guiding us gently but firmly in how to get to know our horses. Can’t recommend enough as a wonderful escape.
A magical day. Starting with mulled wine in the beautiful thatched cottage; riding alongside goats in the crisp autumn air; delicious homemade lunch and a final ride with Nicky and…
Jessica
October 2020
I really enjoyed meeting Nicky and Robert and highly recommend this experience. If you have previous riding experience you will not be disappointed, but will learn new things about natural horsemanship or maybe relearn, unlearn or adapt what you know. Lovely home, gorgeous animals, interesting teachers- a full wrap around experience.
I really enjoyed meeting Nicky and Robert and highly recommend this experience. If you have previous riding experience you will not be disappointed, but will learn new things about…

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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