CLYDESDALE HEAVY HORSE RIDING EXPERIENCE, AYRSHIRE, SCOTLAND

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Important Booking Information

On redeeming your gift voucher or time purchased you are required to sign a waiver declaring that you understand the instructions given to you by you guide, you feel that you have the capability to interact and ride the Clydesdale Horse. In the case of a child [under 16] a parent or guardian is required to sign the waiver.

  • Experience available all year around. Booking Essential. Closed on Monday's;
  • Summer Time -Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-18.00
  • Winter Time on clock change - Thursday-Sunday 10.00-15.00

Participants guests are welcome to visit, however there is not a lot to do on the farm unless they are involved in one of our experiences, we have an outside covered seated area or indoor reception area where your guests can wait with a cuppa tea or coffee or we can direct them to a local cafe, restaurant, pub or Town, Village or Estate to take in the sights. Guests are not allowed to walk around the farm un-escorted, please make us aware if you are bringing guests with you.

Farm guided tour, If you are bring guests and would like them to meet all the animals by getting up close and personal on a guided tour of the farm while finding out about us and our animals history. Please ask cost at time of booking.

 

No food facility on site, participant complementary tea, coffee, juice and water available thought visit.

 

Please note all extras must be booked in advance an payment settled on the day.

Further information on the pdf participant form with T&C's

  

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Participant Form with T&C's (PDF doc) (For information only)

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Farm Trek at Blackstone Clydesdales

 

Important! Please understand...

If we discover that your riding ability has been greatly exaggerated and we feel you could be putting yourself at risk or the rest of the ride at risk due to your lack of control, after due consideration and discussion we may feel it necessary to remove you from the ride. If this is the case we will not refund any monies. We have never had to do this and hope it never happens!


What to Bring

What to bring with you

       

Riding Hat (to current safety standards). If you forget your hat we have a range of sizes available. Comfortable hard wearing outdoor clothing suitable for the time of year. Waterproofs if necessary Footwear; sensible sturdy boots with a small heal. You must be comfortable. As we do not stock footwear on the farm and we would not want to disappoint you on your experience, please ware suitable footwear. If you do not have suitable footwear you cannot participate in riding


Weather Restrictions

       

This activity will only be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or to run the experience safely. Frost, ice or gales are the most likely cause to stop the experience running, in which case we will be notify you or please contact us as late as possible before setting off to check that the event will be able to run.


Choice of horses

       

We determine who is riding what horse by the information you give us, we may be able to leave you on the same horse for the duration of the ride, we may not. Again, other folk may wish to try a variety of mounts, we will endeavour to give you the horse you want but it is at our judgement and discretion.


Insurance

       

All participants are responsible for taking out all necessary personal insurances including health and riding insurance; This gives you necessary cover in the unfortunate event of any mishap.


Things you should tell us about

       

Medication, medical conditions and medical allergies, see participant form, please be honest! Once on the experience if the you feel unwell, become cold, wet or both please tell us, we have emergency clothing and procedures to ensure situations do not deteriorate. If you take a tumble and it really hurts please tell us, don't be brave!.....   All accidents must be reported!


Road Safety

Road Safety at Blackstone Clydesdales        

We have to take great care on roads and be seen with high visibility tabards in place whether walking on foot or riding along them. Horse, rider and walkers safety is paramount!

On wide roads we ride in single file with great consideration for other users. On narrow roads we ride two abreast in good sound order i.e. organised not strung out, this is to ensure other users do not attempt to creep past where it is not safe to do so. Once we come to a safe passing place we let the road clear and then commence the journey. Do not let drivers bully you into passing in an unsafe place they can wait a few seconds to ensure a safe pass. Safety is paramount, rushing inconsiderate car drivers cause accidents, be firm. Equally where car drivers stop to let us pass please thank them.


Participants responsibilities

       

You are responsible for filling out your information form as accurately and truthfully as possible, under no circumstances to exaggerate riding ability or fitness levels. We reserve the right to confidentially check all riding guests weight and NO one can participate without the T&C's being accepted.

The rider understands that anyone riding or coming near a horse can suffer bodily or other injuries. Horses are unpredictable by nature. When frightened by real or perceived danger or when under stress, they can jump forward or sideways, run, buck, bite, kick or rear without warning. Risk of injury is inherent in this activity. The rider agrees to assume the risk of injury or death caused by horseback riding, and any other consequential losses resulting from such an incident.

We will not take anyone on this experience when riding without wearing an approved riding and correct footwear and clothing; equally we will not take any rider under 16 years of age unless accompanied or has the permission by a responsible adult, parent or guardian.


Children on the Farm

       

Due to several reasons, not least safety, insurance and the fact that Blackstone is A WORKING FARM, we have found it necessary to introduce rules regarding the presence of children on the Farm.

Children 8 years and under are NOT ACCEPTED on an experience without a parent or guardian present through out the experience

All Children 9 years and over on the experience without a parent or guardian present MUST be signed in and out of the farm by the parent or guardian, and are ONLY accepted on the Farm, when they are fully aware of the dangers of being in close proximity to all farm animals and the parent or guardian has read and signed the T&C's and wavier.

Children on the experience are NOT permitted to bring spectating child friends with them.

The above rules apply to ALL youngsters on the Farm. Parents will be contacted to come and remove immediately any children found to be on the Farm contrary to the above rules.


Care of Clydesdales

     

We are happy to offer help and advice on any aspect of Clydesdale care. If you have any queries about any aspect of our tack, our horse's or farm animals health or anything else on the farm, please ask!!!

  1. We ask that when visiting you treat our horses with respect, love and firmness.
  2. Treat our tack as if it were your own
  3. Report anything you are not happy about.
  4. Respect us as ride leaders yet feel free to question anything you are unsure about... we always have a reason!
  5. Tell us if there is anything we can improve upon.
  6. Have a fantastic time

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