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TA northwest

Approved by:
Trekking and Riding Society
of Scotland (T.R.S.S.)
British Horse Society (B.H.S.)

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Riding style

We would like you to ride in a relaxed style when on the trails, you are not in a school and do not require a firm contact with the horses mouth. The horse uses its head for balance and, particularly on uneven terrain, needs to have the freedom to use it.

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When either on a road or near other path users we expect you to take up a contact for safety reasons.

We still expect to see your riding position as normal, upright, sitting lightly and sympathetically, if you slouch in the saddle your weight goes to the back of the saddle and can cause sores. On steep ground we expect to see our riders helping the horses by getting their weight well out of the saddle, up in the stirrups, to assist, and downhill leaning gently back!!

If you ask your horse to do something that is not scarey please insist the horse does it. INSIST or you will be encouraging him/her to ignore both you and future riders. If we say the horse is not scared please believe us! We know our horses well and know what they are cautious of, we are also reasonable judges of their body language so trust your horse and trust us too!

The horses are not usually permitted to “eat on the job” however over the course of the day we stop at intervals to admire views, have a “rest stop” or a short drink etc, at these times it will be OK for them to browse. If your horse has a nose band on it must be loosened or trying to eat with it could cause sore areas.

When on the ride do not ride right up the backside of the horse in front, and watch each other's horses for their body language... if a horses ears are back it may mean a threat of a kick or at the least, discomfort/unhappiness... watch and learn! Most of the horses will ride happily alongside each other.

Leading on the ground or uneven terrain; there may be rare occasion when you have to do this.... reins over the head, stirrups securred, lead on a loose rein, preferably wearing gloves, from the shoulder. On steeper ground stay uphill of the horse. Do not let the horse drag you along, neither walk onto the backside of the horse in front.

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Important! Please understand

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. If this is the case we will not refund any monies. We have never had to do this and hope it never happens!!

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Choice of horses

We determine who is riding what horse by the information you give us, we may be able to leave you on the same horse for the duration of the ride, we may not. Again, other folk may wish to try a variety of mounts, we will endeavour to give you the horse you want but it is at our judgement and discretion.

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Roadwork

We have to take great care on roads with all tabards and high visability clothing in place whether crossing or riding along them. On wide roads we ride in single file with great consideration for other users. On narrow roads we ride two abreast, in good sound order ie organised not strung out, this is to ensure other users do not attempt to creep past where it is not safe to do so. Once we come to a safe passing place we let the road clear, then commence the journey. Do not let drivers bully you into passing in an unsafe place they can wait a few seconds to ensure a safe pass. Safety is paramount, rushing inconsiderate car drivers cause accidents, be firm. Equally where car drivers have stopped to let us pass please thank them.

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Safety on shared routes

We share paths with cyclists and walkers; please treat other users with due regard, we will move aside for them, not everyone thinks a horse is a wonderful animal some folk are terrified of them. We must endeavour to give all other track users space to pass safely. Equally we expect the same treatment... a speeding cyclist on a downhill stretch who does not slow down accordingly will have manners expained to him/her! Equally please thank any users who give us space on tracks or roads.

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Things you should tell us about

Medication, medical conditions, food allergies and medical allergies, all of this is on the booking form, please be honest! Also once on the ride if the weather should change and you are getting very cold/wet / both please tell us, we have emergency clothing and procedures to ensure the situation does not deteriorate. If you take a tumble and it really hurts then again, please tell us, don't be brave!

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Insurance

We advise you take out a general insurance both for personal accident and for your personal effects. You may existingly have this and we do have full cover, but it may give you better cover in the unfortunate event of any mishap.

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NEW! Ride Dates for 2017:
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NEW! Relocation:
We are currently relocating to Baystone Bank Farm, just across the road. Please watch this space for further news.