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Experience | Horse Riding

Devon provides ideal terrain for horse riding - from wide sandy beaches, stunning bridleways which cut across rolling hills and farmland, to the dramatic open moors and forest trails of Exmoor and Dartmoor.

If you’re having lessons you may be able to hire kit and the riding stable should provide you with a riding hat. Wear comfortable trousers (ideally, not jeans) and boots.

If you’re new to the activity but it’s fast becoming your next big pursuit and you want to progress consider purchasing jodhpurs (tight fitting but flexible trousers), riding boots (which will have a small heel for gripping the stirrups) and gloves. These will protect your hands and help you to grip the reins, whilst providing warmth in winter.

A good quality crop is designed to provide back-up to the voice and leg commands of the rider, but should never hurt the horse. Finally, you may wish to invest in a good quality set of grooming brushes for your horse.

Like many other outdoor pursuits, horse-riding becomes a way of life and investment in quality equipment means it will be fit for purpose, safer and longer-lasting.

Equestrian stores in Devon will be able to provide you with advice, ensuring items fit correctly and are comfortable and safe. They should also be able to inform you about good areas to ride.

Whether you’re new to horse riding or an experienced rider, visit local stables from across the county to hire a horse and equipment and enjoy guided rides across the stunning Devon countryside.

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