British Horse Society
Horse Riding UK
UK Riding Schools
BHS Approved Riding Schools
RIDING IS ADDICTIVE!
Horse riding is fun and exciting for both adults and children.
The physical benefits include using up an awful lot of energy
and exercising your muscles - including some you never knew
you had! An hour’s horse riding is the same as a good
jog or game of tennis, and can use 220 calories per hour.
The only essential equipment is a riding helmet of the current
standard and this can initially be borrowed from a riding
school. Wear snug fitting trousers, sturdy shoes with a heel
and no loose fitting clothing or jewellery.
A list of British Horse Society approved riding schools can
be found on the BHS website: The
British Horse Society, under Riding Schools.
you have mastered the basic techniques, the choice is limitless.
A gentle hack around some of Britain’s bridleways can
introduce you to a countryside that you normally would not
see. On horseback you can see over the hedges, and wildlife
is not scared away by what to them is a fellow creature and
not a predator.
If you are looking for something a little more exciting,
there is nothing to match galloping across fields of stubble
in the autumn. If competing is your thing, the list is vast.
There are show jumping competitions to match every level from
2ft fences at local events right up to Olympic level. Dressage
challenges control and training of the horse in a series of
steps and manoeuvres that progress from simple outlines to
complicated procedures that give the impression that the horse
is dancing. Eventing combines these two disciplines with riding
cross-country at speed over the sort of hazards you might
be expected to encounter in open country, such as water jumps
or fallen trees. If team sports are your thing, try
(a sort of rugby on horseback and not for the fainthearted),
friendly competition combined with riding out in beautiful
countryside sounds good, then try the newest sport to hit
the UK from France: Le TREC, which is a form of orienteering
on horseback, combined with basic horsemanship skills. BHS
TREC is administered by the British Horse Society and it is
catching on fast.
If you have never tried riding, why not give it a go. But
be warned, it can be addictive!
Please mention Try My Sport when contacting this sports association.