Learn to ride a horse or brush up on your skills with a 45-minute lesson (for two people) at a British Horse Society approved riding establishment in the New Forest, led by a qualified instructor, and enjoy a night’s accommodation in the Georgian coastal town of Lymington, with dinner and breakfast, on the southern edge of the forest the evening before. Make your way to Burley Villa School of Riding, eight miles away, where your trusted steed and instructor will be waiting for you. You can borrow a riding hat, or bring your own if you have one. Your lesson, which will be in traditional English saddle, can be adapted to your level of ability, from beginner to more seasoned rider. For example, you may wish to learn from scratch, you may have learned to ride as a child but haven’t been in the saddle for decades, or you may want to learn or expand your skills at jumping or dressage — your instructor can cater the lesson accordingly.
You will be taken to one of two arenas — an indoor 60m x 20m arena or an all-weather outdoor 48mx25m arena — where your instructor will ensure you learn at a pace that suits you. Lessons can include everything from getting the basics right to learning rising trot and canter, or perhaps trying jumps for the first time.