To make it easier for you to focus on the rides which might be right for you, we have classified riding ability into four broad groups. For each ride the coloured circles give you a quick guide to the level of experience that holiday would suit. Also on each page is a more detailed description of the riding that you should expect.


Has never sat on a horse or had very limited riding. Cannot rise to the trot and insecure in canter..


In control of a well behaved horse at walk, trot and canter.

 Intermediate Plus

Confident and in control on a forward going horse at a steady canter in the open over uneven ground in a group situation. Has ridden for a number of years.


A frequent and regular rider. Very fit and in control on a forward going horse at all paces in the open over rough and variable ground.

Choosing the ride that is right for you is the key decision for an enjoyable and safe holiday. We've included lots of information on our website to help you navigate your way through the choices available but there is no substitute to speaking to us. At any stage in the process you can call or email for advice. There will be someone here who has been on the ride. We can talk through the holiday and fill in any information gaps. It is very important that you are open and honest about your riding experience and fitness so that we can properly advise you. The description of your riding experience will be forwarded to the ride operator when we confirm your holiday.

We also recommend you read the guest reviews. We don't select or filter the feedback, everything that comes into us goes on the website.

Please remember that, for your own safety and the enjoyment of the others on the ride, if the guide feels that you are not at the required riding ability they may take the very difficult decision to ask you to dismount from the ride. In these circumstances no refund is possible. This is always a last resort but very occasionally does arise, particularly on trail rides or safaris where the ride must move on each day. If you are in any doubt it is normally better to choose a centre based ride where it may be easier for the ride operator to make alternative arrangements, if necessary.

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