Please share your horse riding experience. Someone told me that the riding concession takes you off the horse and then puts someone else on it -- like a pony ride. How long are the rides (or can they be)? Thank you. We rode at Castle Kinnetty in Co. Offly a few years ago and had several, terrific 3-4 hour rides. Went we were finished, the horses were finished for the day.
The rides last between one and two hours depending on what you choose. You can have a simple walking hack, usually an hour, which is excellent for families especially with young children. You can have one or two hour walk and trot hacks or walk, trot and canter hacks. If you haven't ridden at Castle Leslie before staff will assess your ability before you set off, particularly for the walk trot and canter hacks or if you are jumping the cross country course. The horses are extremely fit and may be ridden a couple of times each day. However I believe you would have to search far and wide to find horses that are as well cared for. I have been riding here for a few years now and can't recommend them highly enough. It's also important not to forget about the staff who are very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Enjoy your visit.
My understanding is that the horses are selected specifically for the rider ie. by size and skill. We were out about 90mins on a fairly gentle route but there are routes for much more skilled riders. I'm no expert but the equestrian centre is certainly of a very high standard with every need catered for.
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