FEATURED Horse Riding

Finding time for my passion again and enjoying a horse riding hack on holiday

I have mentioned this a few times so chances are if you’re a regular reader you’ll already know but for those of you who might be new here  -I’m a massive animal lover. Growing up I was forever finding injured animals, a rabbit, an injured collie, a three-legged dog, a baby bird, the list goes on. Part of my passion for animals was my love of horses and horse riding, growing up I loved going horse riding at Camperdown Park in Dundee (whoever tore the ships down needs a good talking to!) and my love of horses grew from there.

In my teens, I took horse riding lessons with a friend on a lovely horse called Demi. I loved learning to ride and felt so comfortable in the saddle, it was a hobby I always looked forward to and intended to keep. Sadly, life got busier and my passion for riding took a back seat. This year I have been looking into horse riding again and my recent holiday to North Devon gave me the perfect opportunity to see if it was still something I still enjoyed. My sister, nephew and I booked ourselves a 1-hour hack at a stable near to where we were staying.

Having not ridden in over 10 years I was a little apprehensive and wasn’t sure how the hack would go or if everything would just come flooding back. My nephew had never ridden before and my sister was in the same boat as me having not ridden in several years. Thankfully, the riding stable was great, when we arrived we were fitted with boots and hats for the ride, we were then asked to fill in a form with our details and our horse riding experience so they could pair us with a suitable horse. After the forms were completed we were taken to the indoor arena where we met our horses, the stirrups were adjusted and the instructors introduced themselves and gave us some basic riding tips.

The basics I actually didn’t forget such as getting on and off the horse from the left-hand side, how to hold the reigns and how to get the horse moving. I was definitely rusty though and the instructors were very helpful at advising and giving tips as we were riding. The area we rode through was absolutely stunning, we walked up hills and then walked over fields which overlooked the beach, it couldn’t have been a more beautiful and peaceful hack. We also got the opportunity to enjoy a trot twice which was nice.

The hack reinforced how much I have missed horse riding and it made me realise that I wanted to make time for it again, it’s something I really loved doing and I’m looking forward to starting again. I have already been looking at hats/boots and have found a riding school nearby which looks good and I can’t wait to get started.

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