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Horse Riding

UCPA horses are carefully selected and trained under saddle to be suitable for beginners. In some cases the horses are kept on a long rein while you are learning how to control and handle the horse. If you have ridden before you will be able to practise and perfect your technique and discover new equine activities; Horse ball, vaulting, jumping etc. You will be grouped in lessons according to your ability.

Always included in our holidays


Instruction or guiding

All meals

Friendly & social atmosphere

All equipment necessary for horse riding

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You will begin by understanding the preparation of the horses and the first steps in horse riding. You will learn or review (if you have ridden before) the basics and safety rules of this sport before taking the horses out. You will take the horses out around the beautiful surrounding areas near the equestrian centre and also get the chance to take the horses to the beach. There is also a great opportunity to have a taste of show jumping with a workshop planned towards the end of the course where you will learn the basics or perhaps show your peers what you can already do. During the week you will enjoy approximately 5 supervised riding sessions and in your spare time explore all the other amazing sporting options available at your host UCPA centre.

Good overall fitness, strength and endurance are extremely helpful for horse riding. It is a sport that you discover muscles in your body that you had no idea existed. After a few hours in the saddle you will have had a good workout. Your legs, your back, your core and your arms all come in play whilst on a horse. You will benefit from exercises such as running, cycling and swimming to get you ready for this experience, but it is by no means necessary. You just may be a bit more comfortable!

For those of you that do not horse ride already and do not want to buy all the gear, here are some great tips to ensure you are comfortable on your course. Comfortable, long trousers either without a small seam on the inner leg. Jeans can be worn, however the seams can cause rubbing. Ideally thick leggings or non-baggy sports trousers are the best option for trousers. A lightweight, breathable top and layers are the best idea for your top half. Ideally, hard leather boots or something like Timberlands with a slight heel are the best for horse riding, however if you do not have anything like this, trainers will be absolutely fine. If you have soft hands, a pair of gloves will help with any rubbing from the reins. UCPA will provide you with a helmet.

Beginner: You've either never ridden or may have had a few lessons. You may be able to trot or ride at a walk pace.

Intermediate: You're a secure rider on a horse at all paces including cantering. You're happy to ride for several hours and may have some jumping experience.

Advanced: You're an experienced rider, confident and relaxed on horseback. You ride regularly, have an independent seat and soft hands. You're capable of handling a spirited horse out in the open and are happy to jump. You have experience of riding a variety of horses with varied behaviours.

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