Horse Riding in the New Forest
One of the finest ways to explore the New Forest National Park is on horse back. The landscape is beautiful and varied and with so much wildlife roaming free – with cattle, ponies, donkeys and even pigs – the New Forest is the unique backdrop. There are bridleways and tracks crossing the entire open heathland so there is something for everyone – from a beginner’s lesson to an energetic hack through the open countryside or on a horse drawn carriage ride.
If you are a beginner at horse riding the New Forest offers plenty of opportunities for you to start your experience. There are stables offering lessons for visitors and local people in New Milton, Brockenhurst, Ringwood, Brockenhurst, Lymington and Fordingbridge.
Burley School of Riding in New Milton offers Western Riding
Brockenhurst Riding Stables has direct access to the forest for riding and livery.
Burley Wagon Rides and the New Forest Carriage Company offer horse drawn carriage rides to give you a special view of the New Forest.
Arniss Equestrian Centre in Fordingbridge offers lessons, pony fun days, walk-outs and picnic rides.
Flanders Farm Riding Centre in Lymington offers indoor and outdoor school, show jumping and dressage lessons.
For Equine Reiki as well as lessons and hacks go to Fir Tree Farm Equestrian Centre, Fordingbridge.
Bring your own horse on holiday with you to the New Forest. Many people take their dog so why not bring your horse with you? There are several places to stay which will also provide a warm welcome and livery for your horse in New Milton, Boldre, Fordingbridge, Sway, Burley and Ringwood.
Countryside hacks can be the perfect way to explore the New Forest countryside. You can arrange a hack with one of the many stables in the area. You can across rolling heathlands, beautiful coastlines and magical woodlands. There is an extensive network of bridleways and you can enjoy the Forestry Commission inclosures. The British Horse Society’s New Forest Route can be downloaded. If you prefer guided hack Ride New Forest offer guided hacks in the New Forest on an variety of routes. Bring your own horse and they will guide you through the beautiful landscape with their local knowledge you will be confident off the beaten track.