THE IDEAL FAMILY RIDE TO LEARN THE BASICS
The Beginners Pony Ride at Rothiemurchus is an activity that all the family can enjoy in a friendly environment.
Age restrictions apply. For further information please scroll down for Description, Need to Know and Rates & Dates.
This is an ideal family ride, where you can learn the basics of riding in a friendly environment and understand the ‘Highland’ pony as a breed, its uses and the characters at our stables.
This ride is ideal for both adults and children of 8 years and over who have little or no riding experience. The ride is field-based and there are no roads/road crossings.
We offer different rides to suit all levels of ability. Please read the individual terms and conditions and note the level of experience required – this is an important requirement to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible and that our riders are safe at all times.
Required documents for Health and Safety are included in the booking process and must be completed before arrival.
Protective headgear provided.
PARTICIPANTS TO TAKE
Wear suitable outdoor clothing & sturdy shoes with a small heel.
No previous experience required. However, all riders need to be fit and active enough to mount and dismount unaided, minimum age 8 years old. Parents are more than welcome to walk along with us to capture those special moments. Required documents attached to your booking confirmation are required to be completed by all participants prior to arrival. You will not be able to participate if these are not completed as they are part of our Health and Safety procedure.
WEIGHT & DISCLAIMER
16 stone (100 kg). A disclaimer must be signed by participants before the session – Under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign the disclaimer, and can then be left with the instructor.
The Stables. Please park at either the Triangle or Woodland car parks and walk to the stables.
Please arrive at the stables 20-25 minutes prior to the session. If you are late, the ride will proceed without you and you will not be eligible for a refund.
If you need to change your booking or to cancel, we do require 24 hours notice in order for you to receive a full refund.
Approx 45 minutes. You must arrive 20-25 mins before session to get safety gear fitted and meet your pony!
£40 per person
Open from February to November. Full programme from Easter – October 31st. Closed on Tuesdays expect during School Holidays.
We aim to use pedigree Highland ponies due to their hardy and strong nature as well as their kind temperament. We also have a Shetland/Exmoor cross pony and a Dartmoor pony to allow us to take smaller riders. We are a very friendly team, both human and equine, and have rides going out all year round (weather dependant) tailored by ability.
Feona Laing – BHH Stage 1 & 2, TRSS Senior Trek Leader, first aid Rebecca Brown – BHS AI, qualified Veterinary Nurse, first aid
We are a TRSS approved centre and most of our riding is varied, off road heathland or caladonian pine woodland terrain.