We are surrounded on Dartmoor by magnificent scenery full of the wonderful heritage of the South West of England, going back at least 4½ thousand years. Coupled with this we have fascinating natural history and landscape which cries out for interpretation. Not only will you ride out on a very special horse but you will have your own unique guided tour of the surroundings.
As we are a small business, with relatively small ride groups we can afford to be quite flexible with what we can offer. Rides are from novice - (competent at rising trot and able to control the horse at walk and trot in open spaces and have experienced cantering) to experienced riders and having spoken with you we will only book you on the type of ride which is within your capabilities and fulfils your expectations.
THE MINIMUM AGE FOR RIDERS IS 12 YEARS, THEY MUST BE PONY CLUB TRAINED OR THE EQUIVALENT. THE HORSES ARE BIG AND STRONG AND WE WANT TO KEEP YOUNGSTERS SAFE.
WE DON'T TAKE BEGINNERS.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE A WEIGHT LIMIT OF 16 STONE FOR THE SHORTER RIDES AND 14.5 STONE FOR THE DAY RIDES, THIS IS FOR THE WELFARE OF OUR HARD WORKING HORSES AND WILL BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO. THESE WEIGHTS ARE FULLY KITTED OUT FOR RIDING, NOT ON THE BATHROOM SCALES.
WE DO HAVE SCALES AT THE FARM AND WILL ASK PEOPLE TO WEIGH IF WE ARE IN DOUBT.
There are three basic ride lengths:
- 2 hrs "Heritage ride" - £70.00
- Half day (3 - 3.5 hrs) - £100.00
- Full day(5.5-7 hrs) - £165.00
- Hands on experience - per day - £165
- New for 2019 is our 1 hour ride which costs £40 without cream tea or £45 with cream tea, these rides are for the less fit rider or someone returning to riding after a break. The riding standard will still be the same but the rides can be walk/trot only if required, The one hour rides will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm.
Payment can be made by cash or cheque on the day. If you are booking a ride some time in advance we will require a deposit of 25% of the ride at the time of booking, which can be paid by BACS or by cheque.
All these rides are conducted on a variety of terrain dependent on the abilities of the riders. All riders will be required to wear suitable clothing, riding boots or shoes with a defined heel. A helmet to the current safety standard as follows-
Standard and date and must have
PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) BSI Kitemark
VGI 01.040 (2014-12) BSI Kitemark
ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards) SEI mark
SNELL E2001 Official SNELL label and number
AS/NZS 3838 (2006) onwards SAI Global mark
Please note - EN1384 and BSEN 1384 are not acceptable without PAS015 and Kitemark
If you do not have your own equipment, we may be able to supply what you need to enable you to ride.
The weather can change quickly on Dartmoor so it is best to be prepared with waterproof clothing.