Horse Riding and Pony Trekking

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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.

In-House Provisions
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.

 

Useful Contacts

Adventure Activities Consultant

Adventure Scotland
AS Training and Consultancy
Telephone: 01479 811411
Email: enquiries@astraining.co.uk

Grampian Police Stations

Tel: 101

Sport Scotland

Doges
Templeton on the Green
62 Templeton Street
Glasgow
G40 1DA
Tel: 0141 534 6500
Fax: 0141 534 6501
Email: sportscotland.enquiries@sportscotland.org.uk

Royal Life Saving Society

Royal Life Saving Society (UK)
River House
High Street
Broom
Alcester
Warwickshire B50 4HN

British Horse Society

Stoneleigh Deer Park
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
CV8 2XZ
Tel: 0844 848 1666
Fax: 01926 707800

The Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland

Trekking & Riding Society of Scotland Bruaich-Na-H'Abhainne
Maragowan
Killin
Perthshire FK21 8TN

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