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Riding holiday for whole family - is this a good idea?

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RedundantExpat Mon 24-Feb-14 17:37:03

DH and I used to ride decades ago, DDs are 8 and have taken the first lessons but no galloping yet. We are thinking about a horsey/riding vacation for all of us - is this a good idea?

If so, do you have any recommendations? As much as a dude ranch in the US sounds attractive, I would love to avoid the expensive and long trip. DH suggests Hungary where he once took a riding holiday but I don't fancy it. Something with a bit of comfort/luxury or at least not camping.

NigellasDealer Mon 24-Feb-14 17:38:53

even if you rode years ago are you riding fit?
that would be my main concern if i was planning this.

NigellasDealer Mon 24-Feb-14 17:39:16

think of the pain!

pipsy76 Mon 24-Feb-14 18:24:23

I've been with free rein in Wales and they do onto the trail holidays for rusty riders, however your daughters might be slightly too young at the minute but it's worth asking

RedundantExpat Mon 24-Feb-14 18:34:09

How much would I have to prepare myself, do you think?

SlowlorisIncognito Wed 26-Feb-14 22:06:43

I think you would want some preparation if it's been decades. It probably won't take you long to get back to w/t/c, but you don't want to waste time on a holiday doing this.

If your DDs are 8 and novices, then a full riding holiday might be a bit much for them too? Something where you could maybe stay at a stables and have a ride out and a lesson each day and do some stable management might be better? Then if any of you are really aching, you could skip a day or a ride?

PetiteRaleuse Wed 26-Feb-14 22:11:49


They are brilliant - loved every minute I spent there.

JumpingJackSprat Wed 26-Feb-14 22:14:40

I went riding for 3 hours in one go once. Bloody agony the next day and I ride once a week!!

Not really any way to prepare yourself - Id choose somewhere you weren't relying on riding as your only entertainment all day.

RedundantExpat Thu 27-Feb-14 10:25:25

Thanks for the good ideas. Will take it on board.

higgle Fri 28-Feb-14 13:36:38

I went on a week long riding holiday in Iceland a couple of years ago. I hadn't ridden for 12 years except for a long weekend on Dartmoor I used as preparation. Not a good idea. I coped quite well but thighs purple from top to bottom on my return.

A very long time ago DH and I went to paradise Ranch in Wyoming, it was really good fun, they do special activities for children.

saintmerryweather Fri 28-Feb-14 13:55:43

I went to wheal buller in cornwall and rode 4 hours a day, the worst thing for me was my boots rubbing the backs of my ankles raw, meant I couldnt really walk properly. I did 3 days so 12 hours of riding in total

higgle Fri 28-Feb-14 15:28:20

The other big mistake I made was thinking I could just spring into the saddle from the ground without practice! I had to keep finding bits of hillocky grass to stand on, or positioning horse on steep slope sideways on. With Icelandic holiday we just went flat out for half an hour or so, had a little break and a drink, got back on and went flat out again for another half hour repeated all day.

RedundantExpat Sun 02-Mar-14 13:58:39

Maybe we'll just go somewhere the kids can do an hour of pony riding a day ... - thanks for all your thoughts.

JumpingJackSprat Sun 02-Mar-14 18:07:39

I think the new forest would be amazing for a few short rides for all the family.

Smerlin Thu 13-Mar-14 09:10:52

Second vote for French Riding Holidays- best riding I have ever done. Went with non horsey DH and even he had had a little gallop by the end and lots of canters on a very gentle trustworthy horse

Smerlin Thu 13-Mar-14 09:12:13

Take deep heat and painkillers if you're rusty

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