Cantering along a beach with miles of sand stretching ahead of you is one of the most amazing things you can do on horseback, and it’ll be even more special if you’re riding your fave pony. He’s sure to enjoy feeling the sand beneath his hooves as much as you do, because it’ll be a break from his normal riding routine.
Open for access
You may think the best time to head to the seaside is a sunny summer day, but autumn and winter are the most horse-friendly seasons for a beach ride.
Did you know?
Some beaches require you to purchase a permit to ride there, so check this out before you go.
The tide turns
Something that’s really important to check is when the tide will be out. You don’t want to go to the beach at high tide, because there’ll be no sand to ride on! Find out when the tide comes in, too, and make sure you leave the beach well before this or you could get cut off by the sea.
Fun for all
If you don’t have your own pony you can still enjoy a ride on the beach, because loads of equestrian centres offer the experience. Even if you do have a pony it could be a good idea to go to an equestrian centre to get your first taste of beach riding, as their ponies should be safe and experienced. These centres often cater for beginners, so you might even persuade other family members to join you!
If you can’t wait to start organising a beach ride, pick up a copy of January PONY, on sale 21 November