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. 

 

 

The Dude Trail - 1 hr Walk & Jog Trail Ride

Mosey around enjoying the spectacular scenery at any time of year.
Suitable for beginners, novice or nervous riders.

 

The Wilderness Trail - 1½ 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

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 riders.

 

The Bandit Trail – 3 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 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.

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Western Lessons

Anyone can learn to ride Western Style.

 

We offer riding lessons for all abilities, from the complete beginner to the more experienced rider either on our specially trained western horses or bring your own horse. We offer instruction to adults and young people over the age of 14 years and our weight limit is 15 stone. It doesn’t matter if you have never ridden a horse before, our gentle horses will give you confidence and improve your body balance.

 

Western riding is a relaxed way of going in order to make hours in the saddle as comfortable as possible for both the horse and the rider. The horse is not ridden 'on the bit' with a tight rein, but is encouraged to carry itself in balance and is guided by small rein, leg and body movements.   

Lessons are only available to people aged 14 years and over please disclose any disabilities when making a booking via email or over the phone.

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!

Full Day Experience for £165.00

Our Western Experience days are a fantastic way to get a taste of western riding and are a good introduction to the sport. Coffee or Tea on arrival, followed by a safety talk and Western tack familiarisation, you will then have the opportunity to learn how to tack up with western tack while meeting the horses that you will be riding for the day.

You will then ride for around 2 hours in our arena before untacking and having sandwich lunch, which is provided for you. You will have another riding session after lunch for around 2 hour’s this will either be a trail ride or session in our arena depending on your level of confidence and understanding.

 

We then finish the day with you untacking your horse, rugging them up and turning them out into their fields or stables. We then show you how to clean your tack and offer you a tea or coffee to review your day.

The riding sessions will cover the basics of western riding and dependant on riding experience; some other western manoeuvres will be covered. You will also get to try out some different obstacles included in the discipline of the trail in your afternoon session.

The cost of these days is £165 per person and includes 3-4 hours riding, lunch and drinks. These days are for bookings of 1-5 people.

 

Lessons are only available to people aged 14 years and over please disclose any disabilities when making a booking via email or over the phone.

Half Day Experience for £115.00:

Our Western Experience days are a fantastic way to get a taste of western riding and are a good introduction to the sport. Coffee or Tea on arrival, followed by a safety talk and Western tack familiarisation, you will then have the opportunity to learn how to tack up with western tack while meeting the horses that you will be riding for the day.

You will then ride for around 2 hours in our arena before untacking or if you have ridden western before and depending on your ability you could split the ½ day to 1-hour session in our arena and a 1-hour trail ride.

Lessons are only available to people aged 14 years and over please disclose any disabilities when making a booking via email or over the phone.

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

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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.

 

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

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Gift Vouchers

 

Why not treat someone special to a Southern Schoolmasters Experience Day or a gift voucher, so that they can enjoy one of our experiences? Our gift vouchers start at just £60. Click the badge below to contact us for more information.

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