Making your stay extra special with our new horse experiences

9th July, 2019

As our business grows and we continue to build on our unique holiday offer, we have designed some fantastic horse experiences. We take great pride in our award-winning homestead and every single thing that we have for our guests to enjoy has been meticulously thought out - from the stock of local and delicious food in our shop, the characterful touches in the cabins to the memorable moments that our horses can give people.

A Loose Reins core value is animal welfare and we thought how fantastic it would be to give our guests an insight to how we work with our horses and why. Natural horsemanship is becoming increasingly popular now in the UK, there are many methods and trainers to follow, such as Parelli and Monty Roberts. We don’t offer riding activities for adults but a holiday where you can learn how to work with horses this way and bring mindfulness into your horsemanship is magical. Guests can work next to one of our beautiful horses in our round pen or in our large sand arena learning about equine communication and behaviours, involving the subtle but profound two-way reading of body language between you and the horse. It is also amazing how much the horse can teach us about ourselves. You do not need any previous horse experience to join in on these sessions – you can choose a private session, share with some friends or book the family experience. For horsey guests the sessions will leave you feeling empowered to use the skills on your own horse to build on your existing relationship. Horses will give us everything, all we need to do is listen…

Children’s pony experiences are available to book in the warmer months. Enjoy getting up next to our adorable ponies in a pampering session, learn how to release your inner cowboy in a western riding lesson and explore our site on the back of one of our lovely horses on a mini on-site trail. Our popular Buckaroo Club runs throughout the Summer holidays – yet another chance to get up close and learn about our animals by joining us feed the goats, chickens and sheep, hunt for the chicken eggs, meet our friendly donkeys and join in on nature activities. A child’s dream!

That’s not all…

We are excited to offer guests horses accommodation now too! Your horse can join you on holiday and graze in front of your porch while you sit back and unwind. Our experienced and caring horse care team will help your horse feel at home in their beautiful and peaceful surroundings. We are very fortunate to have some incredible riding right on our doorstep, plus our onsite instructor is available for horsemanship sessions to help you build a stronger relationship with your horse or help you improve your horse under saddle in a riding session in our large sand arena. If you want to hit the trail and like the idea of some company and guidance on the best paths to take, whether you want to ride up Hambledon Hill or stroll down to the trailway, you can book a member of our friendly team to ride out with you. An opportunity to go on a holiday that will leave an imprint forever.