Are you thinking of trying something new with your horse in 2022?
Now is the time to start thinking ahead to next year and setting some new goals and aims for the year. Tack Room Trading is here to help with a few ideas…
Why not try a new activity?
There’s a whole load of activities that you can do with your horse whether it be competitive or non-competitive.
Joining your local Riding Club can be a fun way to get into competition at amateur level and also meet new friends in your area. There are lots of training opportunities too if there is something you would like to work on. Plus there is access to organised local and national competitions.
If you are looking to step it up a level in your chosen discipline take a look at the equestrian governing bodies (for example British Eventing, British Dressage, British Showjumping) for opportunities, competitions and training events and how to become a member.
If you just enjoy riding out with friends and exploring new places to ride, pleasure rides or local group rides might be worth a look.
Endurance GB hold local group rides up and down the country. They also offer endurance training too.
Include some cross country training in your adventure. There are a number of venues around the country that offer farm rides and the use of their cross country training fences.
Mix hacking across countryside with the excitement of jumping a few logs and a splash in the water jump. Farm rides are also great for training young horses and introducing them to cross-country fences. These are great if you can get a group of friends and go together.
Holidays with your Horse
You may not have thought about it before but why not get your friends together and go for a short break with your horses?
There are quite a lot of places advertising ‘a holiday with your horse’ offering accommodation, stabling and the use of facilities and off road hacking including beach riding.
There are also some training and riding venues that offer summer camps where you can book a stable and camp in the lorry for the weekend. They offer a number of training sessions with a qualified coach throughout your stay. It’s like Pony Club camp but for adults!
The British Horse Society has a fantastic list of livery yards and equine B&B’s to start your search.
There’s nothing quite like a good gallop along the beach and a paddle in the sea water with your horse.
Not only is it great being out in the fresh air but the long sandy stretches are great for pre-season fitness toning and strengthening muscles.
Through the winter and early spring beaches are often quiet but please make sure you are aware of the legalities and safety. Please make sure you are allowed to ride on the beach first and at what time of year they are open for riding.
Check out the BHS for more details on beach riding.