Learn to ride
Onto the Trail, the holiday for adult beginners and novices
On this three day introduction to riding in the hills, our purpose is that you should feel at home with your horse and enjoy being in the saddle as you travel along the tracks and trails. Even those with little or no previous experience will soon be able to prepare their horse for the trail – catch, feed, groom, and tack up. The course is absolutely practical and learning takes place out in the hills. As such it is also ideal for those wishing to come along and introduce a non-riding friend to the pleasures of horseback travel and horse holidays.
Relaxed guiding and instruction on this learn to ride trail
The instruction and guidance we offer is relaxed, friendly and informal. The horses are patient and understanding. By the end of an Onto the Trail many riders will have significantly increased in confidence and be happy with all the basics.
Join a ride or hire your own guide
You can either join an Onto the Trail course on set dates starting on Fridays or you can hire your own guide and ride this trail. If you hire your own guide for your group you can start and finish the trail on any days and dates throughout our season (as long as we have a guide available). Hiring you own guide is free for groups of 4 or more riders and £150 per day for groups less than four.
Stays at welcoming country inns
Onto the Trailer’s ride out from Freerein HQ across the Radnor Hills to stay at an inn for the night. Two nights are spent at the Roast Ox Inn, Red Lion Inn or Fforest Inn. All of the inns are friendly places with rooms and food on offer. They also all serve real ales and cider. Perfect for Apres-Trail beverages with your fellow riders!
Fitness and weight
To get the most out of your Onto the Trail riding holiday you need to be fit, keen to learn, have a sense of adventure and enjoy the outdoors come rain or shine! Our weight limit is 15st/95kg.
There is a maximum of 6 riders on an Onto the Trail horse holiday. This means everyone gets plenty of individual attention.
Your guide is a professional adult who has undergone a large amount of training in routes, horses and customer service. Guiding at Freerein is a paid, full time profession. Our guides have lots of experience introducing people to hills and horses. They love what they do.
Individuals and single rooms
Individual riders are most welcome on Onto the Trail Courses and single rooms are available. Its a great way to meet other people with a similar interest.
Our Learn to Ride holidays are aimed at adults. They are friendly and sociable holidays staying overnight at inns. Young adults are most welcome if accompanied, the minimum age for an Onto the Trail riding holiday is 14 years old.
Set dates or bespoke dates
Onto the Trail courses run on set dates throughout our season. Alternatively you can have your own guide just for your own group starting and finishing on any dates during our season.
Learn to ride basics
During the trail riders will be offered instruction in:
looking after your horse:
Catching, grooming, feeding, checking hooves and tacking up (putting on headcollar, bridle, saddle, numnah and saddlebags).
in the saddle:
Controlling your horse at the walk, leading, up and down steep slopes, dismounting and remounting. Progress from walk to trot and, for many, a canter or two by day three.
Those intending to do future Self Guided trails will be introduced to, and have practice using, the Freerein maps and route descriptions.