Stay involved in horse riding with some fun initiatives

Last Updated: 23/05/13 2:35pm

Our series on horse riding concluded this week with a closer look at how you can stay involved in the sport.

Throughout the month of March, Get Involved has shown ways in which you can join in with the 3.5million Britons to have taken part in horse riding in the last 12 months.

We've offered you an introductory lesson with Fellow of the Horse Society Tim Downes and met an inspirational local hero in Sam Martin, who guided us through the art of dressage.

And in the last of our four-part series we showed you ways to stay involved in horse riding, focussing on some initiatives that will keep your interest galloping forward.

One option is Taking Back the Reins - a scheme offered at over 70 riding schools across the country.

"It's a programme of riding which takes place over six to seven weeks and riding schools put it on in an informal atmosphere to get people back into the centres and to enjoy riding again," explained Sonia Birch from Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation's Olympic and Paralympic legacy campaign which aims to encourage more people to take up horse riding.

Trot To Be Trim is another scheme aimed at keeping people involved in horse riding. It focuses on the fitness benefits of the activity. "A lot of people think you sit on a horse and the horse does all the work, but you're using muscles all the time and you come off the horse feeling like you've done a good workout," advocate Jo Shuker told us.

Alternatively, riding clubs add a social element - or you could take a riding holiday and explore the countryside.

For more information about the schemes head to:

Hoof

Trot To Be Trim

British Horse Society