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Loose Reins, Ridgeway Farm, Shiilingstone, Dorset, DT11 0TF

Western Riding

Visit Loose Reins in the heart of rural Dorset for Western Riding Lessons and Trail Riding Experiences.Bring your own horse or choose one of our fully trained American Quarter horses to suit your riding ability, from beginner to returning rider.

With our highly trained American Quarter horses and immediate access to over 2000 acres of trails over the stunning Wessex Ridgeway and Dorset countryside, riding at Loose Reins delivers a real taste of freedom, discovery and adventure.

At Loose Reins we give private and group Western Riding and Horsemanship lessons on fully western-trained lesson horses, and we have a horse to suit your riding ability, from beginner to returning rider.

The one-to-one attention and focus in our private lessons helps you to progress quickly and all riding lessons are tailored to an individual rider’s needs and experience. Our group lessons enable you to meet other horse lovers, progressing your skills together and letting your horse work safely within a group setting.

We also offer tailor-made clinics for groups and will be inviting some guest clinicians to Loose Reins to enhance skills and confidence even further. Watch this space!

Safety is at the forefront of everything we do. One of our particular aims at Loose Reins is to help riders improve confidence levels. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to ride but have confidence issues.

After your lesson or trail ride we have a guest kitchen, bathroom and outside viewing area, so you can have a shower, grab a cup of coffee and watch your friends ride as well.


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Our three unique and beautiful cedar-clad cabins and pioneer-inspired canvas lodges are available for weekend, midweek or week-long breaks. Filled with home comforts, they nestle under Blandford Forest in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with stunning views over the across the Blackmore Vale towards the ancient forts of Hambledon and Hod Hills.

Sleeping up to six and set in generous grounds, our cabins and lodges have top quality furnishings, plumbing, electricity, fully-equipped kitchens, proper loos, hot showers, gas ovens, wood burners and outdoor fire bowls. All in all, it’s the most relaxing stay possible – you can discover your trail and connect with the wild in luxury and style.

To ride, or not to ride…

Loose Reins sits within easy reach of some of the finest walks, cycle routes and bridleways in the UK. You may choose to fill your stay here with Western riding lessons and trail riding or grab a map and hike or cycle through the forest, along the Wessex Ridgeway or down the North Dorset Trail Way – you can even order a Loose Reins picnic to take with you!

If you prefer to put your feet up, you could just relax on the front porch, watch the horses graze, listen to bird song or watch the buzzards circling lazily over the trees. Time goes slow in Loose Reins country, and when the day melts into the evening you can grab a drink and sit by the fire, or stargaze for a while. Take life at your own pace.



CONTACT US ON 01258 863533