Generally a small mature
horse ( under 14.2 hands high at the withers ) is
termed a pony ! Grown ups ride horses and more lightweight people
ponies ! Ponies have long been used for slow trekking over lovely
scenery but they aren't big enough to gallop all day long carrying
18 stone man !
A pony may also be classified as a "breed member" but
s/he may be bigger
than 14.2 hands. For example, "Simon", Iain's old Exmoor
Pony, was 16+
hands high ( he needed to be big to carry Iain ! ) but he was
still called a pony
by the vet and others who knew much more than I did about horses
( & ponies ! )
Also, some mature animals which are under 14.2 hands can enter
It's a tad confusing, isn't it ?
More specifically, ponies
are horse breeds which have specific temperaments
and physical conformations. Ponies are usually friendly and intelligent
affectionate. Generally breeds of ponies have thicker manes,
tails and coats as
well as proportionally shorter, stockier legs and heavier bones
with wider barrels
and broader foreheads. Examples of pony breeds include Exmoors,
Shetlands, New Forest Ponies, Welsh Ponies, etc. Small and medium-sized
can ride ponies - n ot just kids - because generally ponies are
Some ponies you may have
met might be described as devious or stubborn
or both...and some ponies can be quite naughty ! This is often
ponies are owned by young and / or inexperienced riders such
children who do not have the equestrian training skills or time
to train out a
pon's acquired bad habits and undesirable pony behaviour. When
we look at
potential suppliers of riding ponies for our customers, and carry
assessments Peak Activities Ltd looks for well-schooled, sure-footed
which have a nice temperament and which been trained professionally
experts. Some riding schools buy and sell beasts all the time,
so may not
always supply the best schooled and best trained animals. We
If you're not used to horses
just remember they like carrots and other
bribes and they will pretend to be your friend for life if you
have Polo Mints
or an apple in your pocket. However, the front end can bite and
end can kick ( hard !!! ) - so you need to be briefed about safety
you rush into a yard full of other peoples' horses !
Interestingly enough, if
you carry out a thorough review of UK accident
statistics falling off your horse is a MAJOR cause of accidents
through hospital casualty departments... ( much more statistically
dangerous than say potholing per thousand man.hours of the activity
The height of the horse
riders' accident season is in July and August
when children are on holiday at home from school. If booking
it is worth making sure that you're on a safe animal which is
by your accompanying grooms. Having said that, don't forget you're
astride a large beast with a brain equivalent to a naughty six
or seven year
old child - so even steady horses and ponies can sometimes get
traffic or even a polythene bag flapping around in a tree !
Wearing a special horse
riding hard hat is essential in case you take a tumble.
One pony Iain used to ride used to ride often used to fall over
( or so it seemed ) whilst looking up to watch hang gliders high
up in the sky
whenever we were trekking along a local ridge ...but Gnasher
was a rather
odd horse anyway - so that's another story !
If you can avoid traffic on roads when pony trekking in the hills
it is nice to do so for safety and lots of other reasons. The
day hill treks we organise try to keep away from roads insofar
Please note : because of
the specialist nature of riding you
will riding on our sub-contractors insurance cover.
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information on the equipment needed
for horse riding & pony treks.
Information for group leaders
wanting to include pony trekking in their multisports programmes.
At this time we are only offering sessions
of pony trekking and
horse rides to GROUP clients at weekends who are purchasing
combined 2-day package
multisports deals - such as our popular
weekend package which combines abseiling or caving or
rock climbing with orienteering and horse riding or pony trekking.
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Phone us on
01433-650345 to discuss
the group programme you'd like to book....
We are unable at the moment to
offer pony trekking as a single
stand alone option for groups of people. We regret horse riding
and pony trekking is currently not available through our company
for individuals - so please only contact us about riding ponies
horse treks if you are wanting to book a group of 6 or more people
for at least 2 days of activities with Peak Activities staff.
- We have another 40 or so other outdoor
- and adventurous outdoor
pursuits on offer for group
organisers. These include abseiling
caving, led-walks, treasure
hunts, rock climbing, potholing,
Nordic Walking, high ropes challenges, scrambling,
and mountain biking, orienteering and
much more !
Four of the women in a jolly Hens Group of 20 ladies enjoying
caving with our centre's DCA qualified Caving Instructors
TYPICAL ACTIVE HEN WEEKEND
including horse riding &
pony trekking session
9-30 am to 1-00 pm
Choose to try ABSEILING or easy,
after lunch until 5-00 pm
Try ROCK CLIMBING or a BIKE SAFARI
2 days of mid week or weekend multisports
activity packages including hotel or inn acommodation from as
little as £199 each for a party of 6 +
a more leisurely day ...but still loads
of fun !
9-30 am ( or later ! ) ORIENTEERING
PONY TREKKING / HORSE RIDING until 4-30 pm
Time for a swim in the heated outdoor
then teas and coffees prior to your departures.
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of the activities for the 11th place is free
if you bring 10 or more people.
If you are wanting to come on
your own to the Peak District don't
worry, all of
our other many outdoor pursuits are still on offer and
are running this season as usual for individuals, stag
groups and for
corporate groups. Unlike pony trekking, we can
often arrange single " stand alone" sessions of, say,
or abseiling, etc.
which apply when booking pony or horse riding :
- Horse riding and pony
trekking are just two of the many
fun different safe adventurous outdoor pursuits and
outdoor activities and sports on offer TO GROUPS at
Rock Lea Activity Centre in the accessible village of
Hathersage. We no longer offer riding or trekking for
individuals and families or couples.
- WE RESERVE THE RIGHT
TO ONLY OFFER HORSE RIDING
& PONY TREKKING TO GROUPS COMING OUT WITH US FOR
TWO OR MORE FULL DAYS OF ACTIVITIES.
- Please phone us on
01433-650345 to discuss the wide
range of other adventurous activities we can offer.
Clients specifically wanting horse-riding only are asked to
contact directly one of the Peak District's many other suppliers.
We are not a Tourist Information Point - so please don't waste
our time asking for horse riding information if you are not a
fide group leader wanting to discuss a two day ( or longer )
programme with us.
Please remember, individual clients
please DO NOT call us about horse riding - we'll not be
able to help you so you'll be wasting your time and money.
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Meanwhile if you are looking for outdoor pursuits instruction for your group
in the Peak District please click here for details of lots more outdoor activity
choices such as abseiling, caving, led-walks, treasure hunts on cycles
or on foot, climbing, orienteering & trailquests on mountain bikes.
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