Choosing a Horse Riding Holiday that matches your level of experience is crucial for a safe and enjoyable experience. Snaffle Travel provides a diverse range of options, catering to riders of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced riders.

Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Diverse Riding Experiences: Snaffle Travel offers a variety of riding experiences, ensuring there’s something suitable for everyone. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an advanced rider seeking a challenging adventure, there’s a holiday for you.
  2. Prioritise Safety: Safety is the top priority on all riding holidays. If there’s a risk to your safety, the safety of the horse, or the well-being of fellow riders due to a mismatch in skill levels, you may be asked to dismount. This proactive approach ensures a secure environment for everyone.
  3. Enjoyment and Value: Selecting a holiday that aligns with your riding abilities ensures that you’ll get the most enjoyment and value out of the experience. Riding at an appropriate level enhances the overall satisfaction of the trip.

Remember to honestly assess your riding skills and choose a holiday that aligns with your experience level. This way, you’ll have a memorable and safe horse-riding adventure.

Our Horse Riding Holidays offer a full range of riding experiences from holidays suitable for people who are complete beginners, to challenging and lengthy rides for Advanced Riders only.

Here is a broad description of the riding experience expected by level


A beginner is someone who has never ridden before or has only ridden a few times.


You have limited experience of riding, most probably some trekking at a walk or a trot.

Good Novice

More experienced than a Novice and is a confident rider who does not ride very often but can canter on a safe horse.


Someone who rides regularly or you rode for a long time but may have not ridden regularly recently. You are very confident to ride different horses and can canter and be in control at a gallop in open countryside. You have an independent seat and hands.


As an advanced rider you ride every day, you are comfortable riding different horses confidently and like to ride forward-going horses. You most probably compete or work to a high level in dressage, endurance, showjumping, cross country, or showing.

We will also need your Height and Weight

It’s important to provide accurate weight and height information when requested for riding holidays. Riding outfitters and centres use this information to assign appropriate horses that match the rider’s size and weight. Riding on a horse that is suitable for your body size contributes to the safety and well-being of both the rider and the horse.

If incorrect information is provided, there’s a risk of being declined or encountering difficulties during the activity. Additionally, safety protocols are in place to ensure a positive experience for everyone involved. Always prioritize honesty and transparency to ensure a smooth and enjoyable riding experience.

If you have any queries on your riding level or the length of the ride, please Contact Us and ask us for guidance.

Snaffle Travel takes pride in firsthand experience, having personally explored all the rides offered. This unique insight allows us to intimately understand the level of riding required for each adventure. Your satisfaction and safety are paramount, and we’re dedicated to assisting you in making the best choice.

Here’s how we can help:

  1. Personalised Advice: With our direct experience on each ride, we can provide personalized advice tailored to your riding abilities. We’re here to guide you in selecting the ride that aligns perfectly with your skill level and preferences.

  2. True Descriptions Matter: To ensure we offer the most accurate recommendations, it’s essential for you to provide a truthful description of your riding experience. Your honesty enables us to match you with the most suitable rides, enhancing your overall enjoyment and comfort.
  3. Guaranteed Assistance: Rest assured that we’re committed to helping you make the right choice. Your satisfaction is our priority, and we guarantee that you’ll receive the necessary guidance throughout the process.

Feel free to share details about your riding experience, and let us assist you in choosing the perfect horse riding holiday. Your adventure awaits!