You will be learning about our locally bred Fell ponies, native to the north of England, a breed whose numbers make them vulnerable (500-900 nationally) Peers Clough Packhorses take their name from our farm, and the job that Fell ponies were historically used for. The Pennine landscape is shaped by its industrial heritage where packhorses were used to transport cotton, wool, lime, coal etc between upland communities. Fells are sturdy ponies not exceeding 14hh and their placid temperament and friendly nature makes them ideal companions for trekking. You will be learning how to approach our ponies in a field, catch and lead them . You will learn about horse behaviour, their needs and characteristics, and how we live and work with them. There will be opportunity to groom and get to know them - this hands on approach is important and a powerful tool to gain confidence. If you wish to progress the experience you will be shown how to ride securely, safely and comfortably before riding out. Our rides can be escorted by a mounted ride leader, foot escort or lead rein if required. We will support your outdoor riding skills and awareness while you enjoy the countryside from horseback!
My name is Chris, I have been working with people and ponies for over 25 years. I love that interacting with horses can bring a sense of well being and wonder to people. Forming a relationship with a pony requires mutual trust and respect that can lead to feelings of empowerment and self- confidence. I am a qualified ride leader and taking people out riding is a great way of sharing and enjoying our beautiful Pennine countryside. I am passionate about my environment and working in harmony with nature.
sandwiches, fruit, homemade flapjack
Tea, coffee, soft drinks
Riding helmets, gloves
The experience will start at out farm, where guests will work with our ponies in a large purpose-built and airy barn. Our farm is situated on the Pennine bridleway, showcasing some of the best off road riding in the South Pennines. Escape from everday life along ancient packhorse trails now being used for leisure purposes, taking us through hill farms and over rugged moors. "The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears"
This is mainly an outdoor activity and we are at the mercy of the British weather! Layers of clothing and water/windproofs and gloves can make a difference to your comfort.
Hands-on horsemanship with Fell ponies