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Rider information

To save time when you come to us download, print out and fill in your Rider Registration form now.

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Please note this is Scotland and we ride in all weathers and expect you to as well so please come prepared.

All riders are required to fill out a rider registration form before riding, this can also be downloaded from our website and filled out at home before hand and taken with you. Alternatively you will be given one at the centre when you arrive. This is a necessity for Insurance and Approval purposes and also lets us decide what horses you should ride and what type of ride you can join.

Important: Please be as honest as possible when filling it in because if we discover that your riding ability has been greatly exaggerated and we feel you could be putting yourself at risk, or the rest of the ride at risk due to your lack of control, after due consideration and discussion we may feel it necessary to remove you from the ride.

We provide approved hats and have some other items we can loan (Jackets and Gloves) and also have a selection of items in our tack shop for sale.

We suggest you bring some lightweight waterproofs or even better a long trail riding coat. Because it is Scotland we would also recommend sunscreen and thermals depending on the forecast !

For Trail Rides we recommend that riders bring their own approved equipment (hats, boots, gloves, chaps) we also provide saddle bags and back packs for you to carry any equipment necessary on the horses on a daily basis, although we recommend bringing additional waterproof bags for items such as phones, cameras etc We suggest you bring some lightweight waterproofs or even better a long trail riding coat. Because it is Scotland we would also recommend sunscreen and thermals depending on the forecast !

What to bring? We advise you bring the following for all Riding Holidays:

Jods/breeches for all  riding days , we suggest a min 2 pairs jods, Riding Hat (to current safety standards, we can supply) and gloves. Chaps, good boots and waterproofs.
Socks, undwear, toiletries as per usual to include sunscreen, midge repellant and a few plasters in case of any blisters A torch can be of use, head torches are best. A choice of tops to encompass both foul weather and fair, mountaineering type equipment would be advised, thermal top(s) in case of poor weather, T-shirts may be useful, the weather in the Highlands cannot be guessed and we have had occasional snow and wet spells even in August !!!! A fleece and/or a sweatshirt or two...
Good waterproofs - we have found over years of off-road riding that the long trail coats do work even if they make a shorter person (like myself!) resemble a dalek! We have coat rolls for the backs of the saddle, we can take them with us daily.

Please do not wear flat soled plastic riding boots, if you have to get off and lead your horse you will spend most of your time on the ground !, ideally an off road/all terrrain riding boot with half chaps although a good walking boot with half chaps works well too. Also a good long boot from the Mountain Horse or Ariat ranges amongst others where there is a good sole to provide grip and most importantly you must be comfortable!

Evening wear and  casual clothes to relax and  have dinner in, just whatever you would usually bring on Holiday.

Other useful odds to bring include a camera in a waterproof bag, a torch, laptop (but not on rides), a good book, spare cash and a sleeping bag if you want to stay out at night.

If you possess any high visibility clothing please bring it and wear it if you prefer however we do supply tabards anyway.

Working holidays

You have the opportunity to come and stay with us, help out with the animals and the riding centre as well as ride and make some new friends!

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Ladies club

Image of a ponyIf you would like to ride affordably and help out around the centre, Ladies club may be just for you.

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Trail riding

Hill trekkingRough Highland country trail rides available.

Come and join us in these spectacular surroundings.

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Pony club

pony clubAre your kids wanting to learn more about horses and ride on a regular basis, Pony Club may be for them.

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