Western Riding & Trails
A Wonderful Introduction to Natural Horsemanship!
All riders are welcome, from complete beginners to experienced.
Available as Private or Semi-private trail rides and lessons.
We have a selection of the Argentine Criollo & American Quarter horses. Both breeds are compact and durable and they have great stamina. They are used for herding horses & cattle, riding rodeos, playing polo and performing at shows. The Criollo is the gaucho's (Argentine cowboy) best friend. They are very trustworthy under saddle and are ridden with one hand, which makes it very easy to turn on a six pence.
The American Quarter Horse is an American breed of horse that excels at sprinting short distances. Its name is derived from its ability to outrun other horse breeds in races of a quarter mile or less; some have been clocked at speeds up to 55 mph (88.5 km/h). Quarter horses make great beginner horses because of their even temperament adaptability, dexterity, and reliability.
The western saddle appears larger and heavier than the English. It is designed in order to spread the rider's weight more evenly over the horse's back. Originally horses, like the cowboys that rode them, were expected to work long hours, so small saddles which might create pressure on the horses back were not practical.
If you are about to go on a ranch holiday in the States, we can teach you the basics before you go. In just a few lessons, we can teach you the basic principles of neck reining, backing up, sidepass, roll backs, and teach you about the saddlery so you can be well prepared. We are open Monday-Thursdays & Sundays, for private or shared private lessons.
Please note we have a 15 stone weight limit for riders using our horses.
Choose Your Trail
Please be aware all Western trail rides are weather permitting and must be paid for upfront in cash, cheque or by direct payment on arrival.
All our Trail rides you need to able to ride Western Style
The Dude Trail - 2 hr Walk & Jog Trail Ride
Mosey around enjoying the spectacular scenery at any time of year.
Suitable for beginners in Western riding, novice or nervous riders.
The Wilderness Trail -2 hrs Walk & Jog Trail Ride
Explore the Surrey Hills on this trail for that little bit longer!
Great for riders wishing to improve their confidence, & stamina who ride Western.
The Creek Trail – 2 hrs Walk, Jog & Lope Trail Ride
Explore a variety of terrain at a faster pace, through Woodlands, crossing Meadows, and Creeks whilst taking in the incredible views of the Surrey Hills & Woodland trails.
For more advanced Western riders.
The Bandit Trail – 4 hrs- Walk, Jog, Lope, Gallop Trail Ride
Exhilarating trail ride, gallop across the picturesque Prairie with the wind in your hair on your trusty steed.
Trail ride for the intermediate, advance Western rider
The Saloon Bar Trail – 4 hrs
(Due to Covid restrictions there maybe social distancing issues with table bookings for sit down meals at this time)
After leaving the Ranch you will enjoy a 2hr ride to the Merry Harriers in Hambledon. The ride will be tailored to your Posse’s ability through the spectacular scenery of the Surrey Hills navigating the many bridle ways. Arriving at the pub your Posse can enjoy an hour’s free time while the Ranglers water the horses. Once refreshed, you will remount your steed and amble back to the ranch on 1 hours trail.