Grooming on Learn to Ride

Getting to grips with grooming!

Learn to Ride 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 a Learn to Ride 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 a Learn to Ride 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).

Stays at welcoming country inns

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. It’s a friendly place 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 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.

Small groups

There is a maximum of 6 riders on an learn to ride horse holiday. This means everyone gets plenty of individual attention.

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.

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. Its a great way to meet other people with a similar interest.

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 learn to ride riding holiday is 14 years old.

Set dates or bespoke dates

Learn to ride 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.

route finding:

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







  • 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 inn for the evening. Arrive, feed, groom and turn out horses.

  • Day 2

    Prepare horse for trail. Full day in the saddle on Newchurch, Rhulen and Llanbedr Hills returning to your 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 via Llanbwchllyn Lake and the Begwns. Returns to HQ for approx 5pm.

Learn To Ride

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

Accommodation on Trail

Night 1

  • Roast Ox Inn

    This must be the hottest property in Painscastle. In the winter of 1969 it burned down under the name “Maesllwch Arms”. In the summer of 1991, under the name ”Black Ox”, it again went up in smoke. For a number of years it remained a burned out eyesore until it was lovingly restored in 2005.…

  • Goblaen Guest House

    Goblaen Guest House is a fantastic place to stay. Friendly hosts and great food.

Dates & Prices

Join a ride in 2019, starting -

19th April - Fully Booked

🗓26th April - 2 Saddles Book this date

🗓3rd May - 1 Saddle Book this date

🗓6th May - 4 Saddles Book this date

10th May - Fully Booked

🗓31st May - 3 Saddles Book this date

7th June - Fully Booked

🗓21st June - 1 Saddle Book this date

🗓5th July - 6 Saddles Book this date

🗓16th July - 6 Saddles Book this date

🗓27th July - 4 Saddles Book this date

2nd August - Fully Booked

🗓7th August - 6 Saddles Book this date

🗓12th August - 6 Saddles Book this date

🗓16th August - 6 Saddles Book this date

🗓23rd August - 5 Saddles Book this date

🗓28th August - 6 Saddles Book this date

🗓3rd September - 6 Saddles Book this date

🗓13th September - 6 Saddles Book this date

🗓27th September - 4 Saddles Book this date

🗓4th October - 3 Saddles Book this date

🗓11th October - 6 Saddles Book this date

Hire your own guide-
2019: Thursday 18th April to Sunday 20th October


The price is £595pp including everything except your lunches and evening meals.

Your Horse Riding Holiday


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.

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