Western Riding & Trails

A Wonderful Introduction to Natural Horsemanship!

All riders are welcome, from novice to experienced. Available as Private / Semi-private trail rides and lessons.

We have a selection of the Argentine Criollo & American Quarter horses. The Argentine Criollo horses are compact and durable and they have a great stamina. In Argentina they are used for herding horses & cattle, riding rodeos, playing polo and performing at shows. They are the gaucho's (Argentine cowboy) best friend. They are very trustworthy under saddle and are ridden with one hand, which makes it very easy and turn on a six pence.

Western Riding Trails & Pub Rides


Woodland Wander - 1 hour Walk & Jog Trail Ride

Mosey around - enjoying beautiful views at any time of year.
Suitable for beginners, novice or nervous riders.
Maximum of three riders.


Badgers Ride - 1½ hrs Walk & Jog Trail Ride

Explore Surrey Hills - trails for just that little bit longer!
Great for riders wishing to improve their fitness.
Maximum of three riders.

Akubra Trail - 1½ hrs Walk, Jog & Lope Trail

A taste of wonderful heathland and woodland trails.
Suitable for experienced-intermediate riders.
Maximum of four riders.

Heathland Trail - 2hr Walk, Jog & Lope Trail Ride

For more advanced riders and including a wide variety of terrain around Surrey Hills & woodland trails.
Maximum of four riders.


Western Riding Pub Rides

After leaving the stables you will ride for just over 1.5 hours across the beautiful Surrey Hills, eventually arriving at the Merry Harriers in Hambledon, where you can enjoy a light lunch and the beer garden with the horses! Once refreshed, you will remount your steed and heading back to the ranch on 1.5 hours trail.


The 'John Wayne' Special - A Whole Day of Adventure!

For Experienced / Intermediate Riders
This day begins with a 'join up' session with your mount. We then head out for a 2 hour Trail Ride, stopping for lunch at a local public house. We then re-join the trail for another 2 hours of riding. Finally, it's back to the 'Ranch' where you will probably appreciate this Trail Rides' Title!

Maximum of four riders.

All Riders - Please Note:

We recommend you bring a waterproof coat (we hope you won't need it), jeans, boots with a heel & an approved BSI Riding hat (we can provide hats if needed).

A booking deposit is required for our 2 hour & full-day rides.

Email us, call us or contact us via the link below to book.




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Western Experience Days

Let us introduce you to the Western style of horse riding.


Come & Join us for an experience day to remember. Treat yourself, a friend or family member to a full or half-day of Western Riding. We also provide experience days for larger parties. It's a Great idea for a Stag or Hen party!

Enjoy a Western Riding Full Day Experience for £150.00

3-4 hours in the saddle spilt between morning & afternoon sessions. Coffee or Tea on Arrival & Sandwich lunch, followed by a safety talk and Western tack familiarisation. Coffee & biscuits completion of day

Half Day Sessions for £95.00:

  • Morning session Western Riding lesson in the Ménage finishing at around midday.

  • Afternoon session Trail Riding for 2 hours

Email us, call us or contact us via the link below to book.

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Dressage Training

We are able to offer medium level Dressage Schoolmasters horses for rider training. Horses Suitable for BHS stage 3 riders and above plus competition training. 


Training will be tailored to meet your needs by Our experienced, qualified Dressage trainers. The aim is for riders to fully understand how their position and aids affect advanced work. You will learn the true meaning of balance, contact, submission and self carriage.

These horses are 7 years old upwards, well bred, and powerful, suitable for novice and advanced riders. They are chosen for their temperament & ability, but please remember that they are fit and capable of competing.

They are available for mostly advanced dressage training, bridging that gap  between Preliminary, Novice & Advanced levels.

Check Our Events Calendar for Dressage Riding Clinics. Horses will be available to hire for these events.

Dressage Experience Days

  • Morning Session, Arrive to coffee & biscuits

  • Learn to tack & bandage a dressage horse

  • Flat Training

  • Improve your Dressage Test

  • Light Lunch

  • Afternoon Session

  • Learn how to ride a test, Improve your paces

Dressage horses are also available for riders to bring along their own trainers.





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Corporate Events

Southern Schoolmasters has a solution for all your Corporate event & hospitality needs.

Discover your Inner Cowboy or Cowgirl on this great day out Western riding in the beautiful heath land of Surrey. All Riders are Welcome, from Novice to Experienced.

Client Hospitality, Networking, Relationship Building events, Staff Incentives,Team building & Social Events

See Our Half & Full-day Experience Day programmes for examples.

Theory - Learn the Western way, Catch, Groom & Tack Up your Horse. You'll start off with coffee, biscuits and a briefing from your Ranch Hand. We then head up to the field to meet & Catch your Horse, before learning how to Groom and Tack him up - Western style. Moving on to a Western riding lesson in the arena - It's easier to learn as it feels more Secure than Riding English-style, so it's great, even for beginners! Don't forget those cowboys have to spend all day in the saddle, so they made damn sure it was comfortable! Take a break for Lunch, then head off on the Western Trail. You'll Finish up Back at the Ranch, to Untack, Rub down and Feed your horse, Turn him out to Pasture before you settle down to a well-earned Coffee.

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Cowboy for a Day

Ever wanted to ride the range with a four legged friend?

Then mosey on down and join us on one of our Western trail rides.

Our trail guide 'Cowboy' Jim will introduce you to your horse before you hit the trail together to explore some of our beautiful Surrey countryside on horseback.

Jim's extensive experience of riding and working with horses has included film and TV work as well as live action shows and he loves to share his passion for horses with others.

Jim has also worked with what he affectionately refers to "horses with people problems", using National Horsemanship techniques or what is often referred to as 'Horse Whispering'.

Whatever your skill level, Jim will adapt the trail ride to suit when you join us on our trails through the glorious Surrey Hills countryside at your own pace for a relaxed, stress free and fun filled 'Happy Trails' western trail ride.


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Healing. Affirmation. Life Organising

Southern Schoolmasters is delighted to introduce a new series of programs and clinics aimed at learning the ways of the horse and experiencing synergy and self-discovery.


Throughout our turbulent history, mankind owes much to our connection with the horse, from the clash of swords and shared bravery, to the quiet companionship on the open plain.


Whilst tales of heroic adventure have moved into myth and legend, the horse continues to offer something rare and unique to us, if we take the time to listen – not just from the saddle, but also from something less tangible, a connectivity, a 'reaching out' from their spirit.

All our H.A.L.O. programs are non-riding, although we do offer Dressage and Western training for those of your wishing to pursue these connections. All our training is natural horsemanship minded.

Below are just some of our courses available.

H.A.L.O Level One - Introduction to the Equine Mind

2 hour session – Individual or with a friend. Small groups by arrangement.

Covers elementary equine psychology, body language, emotional agility, herd behaviours. Includes a 'Hands On' session – around 45 minutes

Ideal for those who have never interacted with horses before, or have become nervous around them after a particular event, a great introduction to the ways of the horse in general.

H.A.L.O Level Two - The Equine Mind II

2 hour session – Individual or with a friend. Small groups by arrangement.

Covers elements of the above program, with particular emphasis on communication and emotional agility. Includes a 'Hands On' session – around 1 hour.


A natural progression from the first course, expanding on experience, also ideal for those who have a little experience around horses, but may know them more from riding than sharing space with them on the ground.

H.A.L.O Level Three - Communication Clinic

2 hour session – Individual or with a friend. Small groups by arrangement.

Covers elements of both Equine Mind programs, and explores locomotion systems, connectivity and touches on training techniques. Includes a 'Hands On' session – time will vary.

A more progressive program, covering interacting with individual equine 'personalities' and communicating creating an open dialogue through understanding ourselves and the ways of the horse.


This clinic is for those familiar with the nature of horses and who wish to discover more about connectivity and communication, either for riding or training.

We can also arrange a 'Private' Clinic, should you wish to pursue a particular avenue or simply wish your experience to be your own. Call or email us to chat, we are more than happy to deign a course just for you – whether integrating riding (dressage or western), or from the ground or both – your equine journey is yours to design.


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