I visited Wayside yesterday with three friends for a two hour hack through Windsor Park, using an offer from Groupon earlier this year. We are intermediate riders, who take riding lessons together most weeks and happily jumping a small course of SJ on a well schooled horse.
On arrival at the yard, the staff were friendly and helpful and explained how the day would work and which horses we would be riding. The horses were loaded up on the lorry and we followed in the car down to the park - what a fantastic start! No road work required so a full 2hrs at the park!
Our horses came off the lorry beautifully groomed and with well kept tack. We mounted up and set off into the park for some beautiful scenery and lovely riding. One of the horses was a bit keen but our ride leader (I'm sorry I forget her name already?!) was superb and made sure that within an hr my friend had fallen in love with him, and his keeness! My horse was a little excited too but there's nothing wrong with that! In any event, after several lovely canters (and a few excitable bucks!) we kept to a nice walk for the reminder of the ride to make sure everyone was comfortable - this meant that we were delayed getting back to the lorry. How lovely to see a yard that listens to the riders and adapted the ride accordingly!
All in all, a wonderful day - we all agreed we'll be going back when the weather is a bit better although considering how much it's rained recently, the ground was still very good for quite a few lovely long canters. Thank you for a lovely day!
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