Horse Riding and Pony Trekking
Riding has a wide appeal to all age groups and abilities with many establishments offering opportunities for disabled people.
Riding instruction covers all standards in riding skills, jumping and dressage. Instruction is normally given in a menage area. Many establishments also offer indoor facilities.
Hacking provides opportunities for more experienced and ambitious riders whilst trekking is undertaken on ponies suitable for novices and the less adventurous. Both hacking and trekking allow the rider to enjoy the experience of travel on horseback.
In the Aberdeenshire area there are many recognised and approved riding schools and centres that offer a wide range of facilities and there are an increasing number of centres providing carriage driving facilities.
Approved Riding and Trekking Centres
It is anticipated that most riding and trekking activity organized under the council’s auspices will take place at established riding centres. All approved centres will have a licence issued by the local authority’s environmental health dept. In addition they will hold third party liability insurance. Establishments must also comply with the Riding Establishments Act of 1964 and 1970 before a licence is granted.
The Local Authority License should not be confused with council approval as an External Provider of Adventurous Activities. Only those centres approved as external providers may be contracted by council groups. Approval in this context confirms that their credentials and safety management arrangements have been checked and that they conform to the council’s requirements.
On some occasions riding and trekking activities may be delivered in-house by council staff to groups or individuals using their own horses. One example of this might be Duke of Edinburgh expeditions on horseback. In such circumstances the following rules and guidance will apply.