What will I need to wear to try horse riding?
You don't need to invest in specialist clothing to have a go at riding. Wear comfy trousers (including leggings and jogging bottoms) and sturdy shoes with a closed toe, a smooth sole and a small heel (N.B. trainers should never be used for riding as they can slip and get stuck in the stirrup). The staff at your chosen stables will give you a hard hat to use during your lesson, trek or hack too. On warm days it's best to wear a top that covers your shoulders (though on not so sunny days a few layers and a waterproof coat could be handy too - just in case!).
How easy is it to ride a horse?
Don't worry - even if you've never ridden before you'll pick it up very quickly! Your stables will match your current skill level to the right horse/pony and together you'll be trotting along before you know it.
Can children try horse riding?
Of course! Some stables are happy to offer lessons to children from four years old upwards though others start at five or six. Individual stables and riding centres will have their own age restrictions so it's best to contact them directly.
What kinds of treks and hacks can I go on?
Scotland is famous for its majestic (and hugely varied) landscapes and there are lots of fantastic trekking and hacking opportunities available. Follow a winding woodland route and listen to birds chirping in tree canopy overhead, enjoy views of sparkling waters as you canter along the beach or explore some of the country's hills, glens and wild terrain with your sure-footed companion.
What kind of lessons are available?
Scotland's stables and equestrian centres offer a huge range of lessons that they can tailor specifically to you. They usually take place in enclosed paddocks or indoor/outdoor schools with beginner lessons focussing on building confidence and teaching you how to control your horse while more advanced riders can develop their jumping and showing skills.
Is there a weight or height limit?
Although normally there is no height limit, the horse/pony's wellbeing is of the utmost importance and your stables will have a weight limit for each of their horses/ponies. Your chosen stables will be able to advise further on this.
Can I just watch, and not ride?
It's best to check with the stables you want to visit. If you're a parent and you want to watch your child during their lesson most riding centres will let you watch (and cheer your wee one on) from outside the paddock or school. There are also lots of shows and horse events happening throughout the country where you can see top riders competing for prizes.