Herons Farm








Royal Berkshire












Tel:  +44 (0)118 974 5228




Fax: +44 (0)118 974 5229










Frequently Asked Questions
Are your instructors qualified?
Some of our teaching staff are qualified, some qualified by experience , others are training, a qualified person is available upon request.

Are you recognised by a professional body? Yes we are apporved by The Association of British Riding Schools.

Are you licencesed and insured? Yes.

How well do I have to be able to ride?

We have horses for all levels of riders, from complete beginners to professional riders. Some are a little sharp and only suitable for experienced, fit and confident riders. Others will take complete beginners. 

Is there a weight limit?

On most rides there is a weight limit due to the size/strength of the horses. In general this limit is 15 stone/ 95 kg / 250lb, however it may be more or less depending on the horses available. The limit indicated may also be higher for experienced riders. It is more difficult for a horse to carry a beginner than an experienced rider who sits in balance. If you are an experienced rider over the weight limit please ask as there may be a suitable horse available.

How safe is riding?
Horse riding always has some inherent risks which is why safety is a priority with us. All horses are assessed on their quality and temperament, maintenance of saddlery and equipment, safety briefing for riders, training and attitude of guides/teachers. All riders must adhere to our stringent safety procedures.

Do I have to buy any riding equipment?
We have hats and boots in most sizes which can be loaned to you for the duration of your time with us.

What should I wear?
Please wear sensible outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket or anorak, jodhpurs or similar i.e. joggers, leggins plus gloves.

Can I hire a hat?
Hard hats and chin straps must be worn at all times. If you wish to wear your own hat, it must comply with British Safety Standards PAS 015, EN1384, ASTM F1163. We are willing to lend a hat initially but we are not qualified hat fitters it is your responsibility to be satisfied with the fit. We strongly suggest you purchase your own.

What about footwear, do I need riding boots?
Riding boots or strong flat shoes with heel must be worn.

Can I come on holiday alone?
We welcome single riders, you will have the opportunity to meet others as our groups range in size from 2-6 riders.

Do you cater for vegetarians?
We cater for guests with all dietary requirements. Please inform us of your dietary requirements before your arrival.

What will I do on holiday?
We set your programme to suit you.

I have no experience of riding. Is this a problem?
Definitely not. Many adults come as complete beginners and use the holiday to take up riding for the first time.

When do Holidays take place?
All year round, except for Christmas and New Year.

My partner would like to come but does not Ride?
Non riders are welcome. They can spend their days cycling, hill walking, or simply exploring the local landscape.

Can I bring my own horse?
Own horses are welcome.

Apart from the obvious, what should I pack?
Riding gear if you have any. If not, avoid denims for riding, and bring footwear with a heel. Trainers are unsuitable for riding. 

What if my partner and our children want to come?
We have ample room for families. Children can be accommodated in twin, triple, or four bedded rooms.

When should I arrive - depart?
Please arrive as early as possible to ensure you enjoy a full day. We are highly flexible, so should this be a problem, give us a call to arrange different timings. Collections can be arranged from local train & bus stations. Car parking is ample and safe.






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