Holiday with a horse.
Experienced riders and novices will love what we have to offer. Holiday with a horse, and yes its all included in the price.
This area is unique and offers hundreds of miles of off road forest walks straight from your door. Our horses are kept on site and are always happy for a brush or an apple.
For novice riders, children or those just wanting their first try on a horse, you will love our relaxed and friendly attitude.
Suzie is a Percheron cross. She is an experienced 12 year old horse and is 155cm.
She has amazing manners and is very quiet and gentle. Although she is perfect for beginners and novice riders, the more experienced will find her exciting and forward going when needed. She is highly trained in western riding and voice commands so perfect for both novice and experienced riders.
Badger is a 7 year old Irish cob. Very quiet with perfect manners. He is just over 150cm.
Although Badger is a perfect gentleman he would be best suited to a more experienced rider. He is however perfect in every way, loves the forests and the walks and is happy leading or being behind.
Other horses may be available from our very friendly equestrian centre ( right next door) but this will incur and extra cost, payable to them, not to us.
Your very own horse
Here at St Moreil we have two horses. They are currently in training and will be ready to hit the trails in November after our new stables have been installed. They are currently getting to know the routes and we are making sure they are happy with riders of all ages and abilities.
We will have our own stables and tack room and the horses will usually be in the stables or in a nearby field grazing. You can spend as little or as much time as you want with them. We try to have no rules and regulations but there are a few just for your safety when with the horses. The horses are fed, mucked out, turned out to graze and ridden five days a week and you can get involved with this or just turn up ready to ride and they will be saddled up. it really is flexible and we will fit in with what you want from your holiday. We are not a riding school, these are our pets and part of the family. They are extremely well looked after and loved.
Some information and what to expect with the horses
One of the advantages of staying at Saint Moreil Gite is that guests can use our horses. We have two horses here at Saint Moreil, we are not an equestrian centre, but competent riders may be able to use the horses to take advantage of the superb riding in this area.
For the complete novice or younger children, you are more than welcome to come and have a go, it could be a lead around the village, a trek around the forests or just a morning brushing and helping with the horses. It’s all here and it is all very flexible.
If you want to ride then please bring your own gear. We do have several riding hats and childrens size back protectors and hats.
We have two horses, we like one of us to ride with one guest at a time. If you are a single rider then you can have a horse for your stay, if you are more than one rider then you can take turns riding.There is an option for two rides a day, or one long ride. ( other guests can feel free to experience the quad bikes as often as they like). These horses are part of our family and we hope people would treat them as they do their own pets. We have had incidents of the horses coming back cut, bruised and exhausted. We are happy hackers and if your idea of riding is similar to ours then you will enjoy what we have to offer. Jumping and speeding off with the horses is a firm NO. You have to understand these are our pets and we can not take risks with their health and well being. In exceptional circumstances riders may be able to ride together but this is at our discretion and is only available to experienced riders. We hope that any horse lover will understand why these rules are in place. Please ask us if you wish to ride together prior to booking.
Novice riders, children and parents.
If you are a novice rider or inexperienced rider then you are welcome to come and get some riding experience. All riding will be tailored to your suitability and at our discretion. The most important thing for us is safety and enjoyment. You will be able to be guided through the forests and sample some amazing off road riding.
For young children or parents. You or your child can come and get to feed and help with the horse, have a sit on them, maybe a lead around the forests. Youngsters can experience the good and bad of having horses, bringing them in and out, mucking out, feeding and watering, moving the muck, washing and brushing and saddling up. If youngsters and riders and are confident they can be led by or maybe even go out on rides depending on their ability.
Having said all the above we still try to be as flexible as possible and try to cater for everyone so please contact us if you have any ideas of how you would like your holiday to be,
Our horses are insured for public liability and NOT for the person riding them. The legalities are that once you take the horse then the responsibility is passed to you. We hate formalities, but we must insist you sign a disclaimer and sign the horse in and out to comply with our insurance.
As with any sport, there are dangers and it is advisable to take out insurance for yourself and to be specific and advise the insurance company that you are partaking in horse riding activities.
There are many UK companies that will insure for horse riding. An example is www.sportscoverdirect.com although there are many more.
There are options to insure yourself in France and full details can be found here. You can also contact the FFE direct for advice and information. https://www.ffe.com/cavalier/Avantage
Prices for extra horses
Pony rides on lead rein 10 Euros per hour.
Children under 15 year pony
half day. 30 Euros
Full day 45 Euros
1 hour . 20 Euros
Half day. 40 Euros
Full day . 60 Euros
These extras are not payable to us but to the equestrian centre next door. They will provide a horse that you can have for the hour, half day or full day. This is unaccompanied and you are just given the horse ready to go