Horse riding near London with lunch

Clothall, United KingdomPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Nicky And Richard

3 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This Host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 3 people
Includes food, tickets and equipment

What you'll do

Happy to collect you from Baldock Station; back at our cottage we can provide boots/jackets. Over a welcoming drink and a snack (arrive hungry please!) you can tell us your riding experience; we pay serious attention to your expectations as we aim to provide each rider with the ideal equine partner for your day with us.
Having signed a disclaimer and had a hat fitted you’ll meet your horse and bond with him/her using synchronised breathing, grooming and carrots! We normally divide the riding (bridleways /country lanes) into two sessions of about 45/50 min divided by home made lunch or supper with wine but we might keep you up for a 1.5hrs non-stop and eat afterwards, depending on weather and level of fitness.
We can go as slowly as you like, you won’t be pushed out of your comfort zone! Forgive us in advance for putting the horses’ happiness a very close second to your safety :-).
If you weigh above 80kg/have children below 12 please get in touch before booking.
We hope you'll enjoy this form of riding which focuses on voice commands (no kicking or pulling) thus insuring your horse enjoys it as much as you do ;-).
We also offer an introduction to Mindful Riding which tends to work well for intermediates who’ve come with novice partners. Or a longer session incorporating a pub stop. Please ask if you’d like something tailor made, or a different time, we are flexible :-).
Happy to collect you from Baldock Station; back at our cottage we can provide boots/jackets. Over a welcoming drink and a snack (arrive hungry please!) you can tell us your riding experience; we pay serious attention to your expectations as we aim to provide each rider with the ideal equine partner for your day with us.
Having signed a disclaimer and had a hat fitted you’ll meet your horse and bond with him/her using synchronised breathing…
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What's included

  • Food
    Please state your preferences, it won’t be a problem as we love a culinary...
  • Tickets
    We only offer 2 set times on the calendar but, because it’s a maximum of th...
  • Equipment
    Hats/helmets and rain jackets provided. Please don’t wear clothes you care...

Meet your host, Nicky And Richard

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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This experience involves learning how to ride a horse using your voice (no kicking or pulling)!. We’ve spent the last 30 years training horses, riding very long distances all over the world and teaching nervous beginners. I’m a qualified riding instructor, we both love yoga which we use within our riding. We are saddened by the normal way people are taught to ride - horses are not machines! Maximum 3 riders per session so NO large groups where everyone just follows the lead horse. We limit the experience to just eight people per week so that the horses keep enjoying it! We run a very ethical yard - the horses (mostly arabs) are unshod, living outside in a herd. We love cooking and make bread daily; Richard grows all our vegetables, our hens provide the eggs so lunch means minimum food miles. Guest cottage available for total immersion!
This experience involves learning how to ride a horse using your voice (no kicking or pulling)!. We’ve spent the last 30 years training horses, riding very long distances all over the world and teaching nervous beginners. I’m a qualified riding instructor, we both love yoga which we use within our riding. We are saddened by the normal way people are taught to ride - horses are not machines! Maximum 3 riders per session so NO large groups where everyone just follows the lead horse. We limit the…
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We take you on a personal adventure to horsemanship - which can be very different from just riding. We teach you to experience the world from the horses’ point of view. But we’re happy to point out badger setts, fox holes, local fauna and the jackdaw tree. It should be a unique experience on gentle, sensitive horses who enjoy going out. Companionable silence is also an option if preferred - we want you to have the best, relaxed time possible

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 303 reviews.

Jaimie
September 2021
Oh my.. had the most magical experience with Nicky and Richard. They’re the friendliest people and superb hosts. Lunch was delicious and the laughs were abundant. The riding was so relaxing and enjoyable with the horses being super chilled and a pleasure to ride. Carrots for kisses with my horse Siroco, pure bliss. Can’t wait to go again!
Damian
August 2021
My partner loves horses, great food and interesting people, so she had fantastic time. I only love great food and interesting people, was anxious about riding horse and even if a concept of humans riding an animal - I mean, why? My fear went away before I've even seen a horse. Then, both Nicky's and Richard's knowledge, personalities, clear bond (full of love!) with horses and undeniably thoughtful and effective methodology, made me actually enjoy being carried by a horse, developing some bond and working with it, to make the stroll comfortable and pleasant for the rider and the horse. There's been no dull moment, I've learned, I've laughed, I've enjoyed something I didn't though I will and I've been fed delightfully well with both homemade food from fresh produce and their stories. Left feeling grateful. Give them love.
Delphine
August 2021
From the start of the experience, Nicky and Richard went the extra mile to make us feel like home and enjoy the rides. Being novices, my partner and I were a bit tensed at the beginning but Nicky and Richard were very patient and with a few exercices they helped us get the right riding position and become more confident. It's quite a physical activity but within an hour we had managed to fully relax and even trot while enjoying the beautiful surroundings! The meditation exercice was excellent - we highly recommend it. Dinner was fully homemade and delicious - we sincerely appreciate all your efforts and care in selecting ingredients and dishes. Location, hospitality, animals, riding experience, food - everything was brilliant! My partner couldn't have dreamt of a better birthday gift. Thank you for a lovely evening!
Victoria
August 2021
We really enjoyed the horse riding experience and very tasty lunch! Prosecco was nice and the animals were all so cute! Would 100% recommend to anyone.
Nicola
August 2021
I can only add to the rest of the amazing reviews about this experience with Nicky, Richard and their wonderful horses. I have ridden for a few years but am certainly not an expert rider and Nicky taught me so much today about horse psychology and connecting with your horse; it made such a difference and it truly was wonderful to be out in the countryside with such a gentle, friendly (and very handsome) horse. Nicky also taught me some great mindfulness and yoga techniques to relax both horse and rider which worked a treat :). In addition to all of that Nicky cooked a delicious three course meal which we enjoyed at the end of the ride. Whether you have never ridden before or are an experienced rider I cannot recommend this experience highly enough. We can all learn a lot from Nicky and both horse and rider can only benefit. I will definitely be back. Thank you both for being so welcoming and to your beautiful horses for being so patient. This honestly is one of the best experiences I have had, (and incredible value) in a magical location.
Tina
August 2021
Just magical! As someone who heavily relies on reviews, I just have to give my enthusiastic endorsement for this beautiful experience. Go ahead and book right now. It won’t disappoint! This outing is truly a unique glimpse into tender farm living. You will learn gentle horsemanship alongside the chickens (all called “Harriet”), ducks, goats and the much-beloved family dog, Mildred. Richard’s wit and Nicky’s culinary skills (did I mention the farm-to-table generous meal? Come hungry!) made our stay at Hooks Green Cottage a highlight of our London journey. Our hosts took pictures throughout the day so we have captured memories. It was an unforgettable experience!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

please bring an open mind and a healthy appetite ;-), we have horseflies during the summer therefore. covering up your legs is a good idea! Our stirrups have cages so trainers are fine.