What you'll do
Your experience comes in three steps! Step 1: (30 mins) You’ll spend time getting to know your horse with some hands-on grooming. Then you’ll have a demonstration on tacking up, what the various pieces of equipment are and how they are properly used. We’ll also look at walking a horse correctly and safely on the ground. Step 2: (60 mins) Riding assessment in enclosed arena/ on a lunge/long line. Basic riding commands and safety. Getting a feel for the horse’s rhythm and becoming comfortable on him. Step 3: (30 mins approx) Relax and enjoy a hack through our glorious 30-acre bog with purpose-built horse trail. Paddle through the ponds and observe some beautifully scenery and wildlife, and you may even hear the call of the elusive Cuckoo at certain times of the year. *My experience conforms with Airbnb and the World Animal Protection welfare guidelines.* All my horses have freedom of movement, adlib forage, companionship and access to veterinary care and farriery. They all hold passports with their up to date medical records and these records can be presented to any authorities on request. A weight limit of 16 stone applies to ride Hector, my biggest horse.
- Responsible interactions
All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.
- Caring expert hosts
Learn from biologists, conservationists, farmers, and more.
- Diverse animals
Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.
I have been awarded my British Horse Society/BHS Ireland accreditations (Stages 1 & 2, including the Ride Safe Award) and I am working towards my instructor/coaching qualification. I am interested in Equine Facilitated Learning as a therapeutic practice, and try to base my learning on Equitation Science. Peoples’ interest in horses stems from the fact they were an integral part of all human societies for millennia. We owe a lot to horses, but sadly their relevance is being lost in our culture. As prey animals, horses are extremely perceptive and sensitive to changes in human behaviour, and we must learn to regulate our emotions around them (an important and transferable life skill!) I hope to be able to inspire your appreciation of horses in some small way. Get in touch with any queries - I’m always happy to help!
Hats Boots with a heel are required for horse riding: long trousers.
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Where you'll be
We'll hack through 30 acres of nature reserve, inaccessible by vehicles. We'll hack up a narrow country lane to visit a famine graveyard site from the Irish potato famine in 1840s. All trekking on this experience takes place off road.
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Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
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Up to 3 guests ages 14 and up can attend. Guests should have some experience of horses and good physically fitness, but we can tailor the experience according to their wishes. All my horses are experienced, seasoned professionals - but they are still…
Suitable footwear and good physically fitness essential! Can you squat? Do a starjump? Guests acknowledge inherent risks associated with our sport, although every effort is taken to minimise these.
Horse riding with experienced equestrian