Learn to Ride

Learn to Ride courses are the perfect way to discover riding in the hills.

We all look forward to welcoming you here at Freerein soon.

Learn to Ride holiday for adult beginners and novices

On this 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 a Learn to Ride trail many riders will have significantly increased in confidence and be happy with all the basics.

Hire your own guide

You hire your own guide to ride this trail. You only ride out with the people you book with. This means everyone gets plenty of individual attention.

By hiring your own guide, you can start and finish the trail on any days and dates throughout our season.

Hiring your own guide: £263 per day

Stays at a welcoming country inn or B&B

Ride out from Freerein HQ across the Radnor Hills to stay at an inn or B&B for two nights.

Fitness and weight

To get the most out of your learn to ride 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 92 Kgs / 14 Stone 7lb / 203 Lbs.

Your guide

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.

Grooming on Learn to Ride
Getting to grips with grooming!
Picking out hooves on a learn to ride trail

Learning how to safely pick out horses hooves

Individuals and single rooms

Individual riders are most welcome on learn to ride courses and single rooms are available.

Minimum age

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 a bespoke learn to ride riding holiday is 14 years old.

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.

route finding:

Those intending to do future Self Guided trails will be introduced to, and have practice using, the Freerein maps and route descriptions.

Grooming on Learn to Ride
Getting to grips with grooming!


  • Day 1

    Arrive Freerein HQ for 9am. Label trail luggage for delivery.

    Basic trail preparation and instruction, then out into the hills en route to your B&B or inn for the evening.

    Arrive, feed, groom and turn out horses.

  • Day 2

    Prepare horse for trail.

    Full day in the saddle across the Welsh Hills returning to your B&B or inn for the evening.

  • Day 3

    By now you will have had time to bond with your horse and the ride back to Freerein HQ should consolidate the experiences of the first 2 days.

    Many may now be enjoying a canter as they return to base.

    Returns to HQ for approx 4-5pm for tea/coffee and homemade cake.

"An exhilarating way to spend a few days; physically demanding, eye-opening, satisfying escapism" - The Sunday Times

Learn to Ride

3 Days
Book by 6th November 2022 and save £pp

£1066pp all inclusive
[Single Occupancy £42 per person per night]

Booking Conditions

Price includes:

  • Three full days trail riding
  • Two nights accommodation on trail
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Packed Lunches
  • All Evening Meals
  • Arrangements for duration of holiday
  • Trail riding horse, tack & saddlebags
  • Backup as required
  • Luggage delivery

Price excludes:

  • All drinks at any bar
  • Tips
  • Guide Cost

Hire Your Own Guide

This trail is available as a bespoke product where you hire your own guide just for you and those you book with. The cost for hiring your own guide is £263 per day per group + trail cost pp.

Choose your start date: