Are you planning a fun ride with your horse this autumn? We share our tips for enjoying a fun ride with your horse and a selection of the best fun rides this autumn you and your horse can enjoy this autumn.
Choosing The Perfect Fun Ride
Think of a fun ride as an organised hack with many fellow riders. Some fun rides include jumps and water, and some incorporate more road work than others. Choose the best ride for you and your horse’s ability and enjoyment.
Get Your Horse Fit
If your horse is not fit, asking him to undertake a marathon isn’t fair! So get your horse fit to avoid injuries such as pulled muscles or tendons. Increase your hacking time leading up to the event and incorporate more canter work if you plan to do faster work on your fun ride.
Feed Your Horse Appropriately
If you are upping your workload, you may need to review your horse’s nutritional requirements. Alongside their hard feed intake, review your horse’s supplements. Aloeride delivers premium organic aloe vera goodness in every sachet for wellness and vitality, including hooves, skin, coat and digestive support. If you have never used Aloeride before, then do make use of the introductory coupon code (myveryfirstcarton) and enjoy 25% discount on upto 4 cartons (120 servings).
What To Wear On A Fun Ride
Generally, there is no dress code, but some events may encourage you to dress up for charity with prizes for the best outfits. Opt for comfortable clothing and check your horse’s tack is properly adjusted before you set off. If you plan to ride in anything new, test it before the event to ensure you don’t have a wardrobe malfunction!
Safety Tips For Your Fun Ride
Be courteous to fellow riders and keep your distance. Remember, some riders may be more nervous or riding young or novice horses. Let riders know that you are passing and avoid jumps where there is a queue of riders to help prevent overcrowding. Stay alert and aware of riders around you and behind your horse. Stick at a pace you feel comfortable with and in control.
Some of the best fun rides this Autumn that we have found…
The Cotswold Farm Park Fun Ride on 10th September allows you both to enjoy exclusive access to the private estate in the heart of the Cotswolds. Ride along woodland trails, grass gallops, open hillsides and through the clear waters of the river Windrush. According to the organisers, free tea, coffee, or squash is available to quench your thirst and timed slots to avoid overcrowding.
The Biddleston Pleasure Ride, Rothbury, on 10th September promises (approx. 11 miles) stunning views over heather-clad hills and dale! Covering the Simonside Hills, the Otterburn Ranges and the Cheviot Hills. With minimal roads and stewards throughout, the route is promised to be clearly marked, and the gates will be manned, giving you a stress-free ride.
The 2023 Annual CPRE Warwickshire Fun Ride on 24th September offers an invigorating ride over stunning countryside not normally open to the public. With the exception of one or two crossings over quiet country lanes, the organisers claim this ride is entirely over farmland and fields.
The Tilmangate Farm Ride For Life on 24th September covers a 10-mile route of mainly off-road riding, so suitable for all.
The organisers are asking riders to Think Pink! There will be prizes for the pinkest horse and rider combination and a bottle of pink fizz for all riders who raise over £100 for charity!
The Minley Fun Ride on 1st October is a fabulous ride of approximately 10 miles through beautiful forestry with a large range of optional jumps ranging from 1’6″ to 3′. Start slots are available every half hour starting at 9:30 am, with the last riders going at 1 pm. If you’d like to ride with friends, they recommend booking the same start slot.
The Cirencester Park Autumn Fun Ride on 21st October covers ten miles and includes over sixty jumps for you both to enjoy! Perfect for those combinations who jump for joy and, according to what we have seen and heard, a popular event.
*Dates and information correct at the time of article production. Check with the organiser before booking.
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The header image of a rider in front of a beautiful thatched cottage in the Cotswold village of Stanton was shot by Chris Dorney in 2022.