Horse Riding activities, short Breaks and Holidays
We offer two main horse riding packages, as well as Riding Activities, Holidays and Short breaks customised to your own requirements and specifications.
Half Board All Day Riding Holiday Package
Uniquely we offer an all day riding package which incorporates 6 hours a day of horse orientated activities. This is a fully horse immersed package with half board accommodation which includes breakfast and lunch.
Bed and Breakfast Riding Holiday Package
This includes bed and breakfast accommodation and allows you to enjoy horse orientated activities for a couple of hours a day leaving the rest of the day free for you to enjoy everything that the local area and Cornwall has to offer.
Our Horse riding activities are based on how well the individual progresses. You learn in your own time, not ours. It is totally up to the individual how much they would like to learn and what they want to accomplish. For this reason we do not mix accomplished riders with beginners or novices and therefore we will never hold you back in your progress.
All our programmes of activities will vary with the individual but a typical first day would include going into the field and catching your horse, leading and bringing the horse in to the stables, grooming, putting on the halter and getting to know your horse.
LEARN TO RIDE HOLIDAYS, SHORT BREAKS AND ACTIVITIES
At The Old Vicarage we offer several packages for the individual who would like to learn to ride.
Comprehensive Natural Horsemanship and Learning to Ride lessons
Learning to Ride Short breaks
Learning to Ride Holidays
Both the Short Break and Learning to Ride holidays can be based on either our Half Board or our Bed and Breakfast packages.
Along with our unique natural horsemanship approach to our horses you will find your confidence and understanding build quickly.
Depending on what you would like to accomplish and how confident you feel you will be introduced to how it feels to sit bareback on a horse. You will be introduced to barrel racing where you complete a circuit of the riding area being initially led and progressing to riding at a walk.
According to how well you progress and what you would like to accomplish it is quite common to be trotting and cantering by the end of the first day. On the first day you will also be introduced to the saddle, both the English and the Western saddle, so that you can compare how each feels to use.
Natural Horsemanship is an essential aspect of our learning to ride programme both in respect to the activity of learning to ride itself and as part of a learning to ride holiday or short break. It is important for the beginner to form a relationship with the horse as this increases the confidence and understanding of the individual.
As a complete beginner the week will include introduction to all aspects of Stable Management which helps to settle any nervousness (on your part – not the horse). You will learn how to catch your horse, tie them up and groom them. You will learn tacking and untacking of your horse and turning out your horse.
As well as Natural Horsemanship, Stable Management and getting to know the horses the amount of time you spend on horse related activities is totally up to you depending on how comprehensive you would like your programme to be.
This is only an overview of what can be achieved even on the first day of learning to ride.
The most important thing to remember is that whatever means of learning to ride you choose, whether it be lessons, a short break or holiday the whole programme is planned and devised around what you feel able to do and what you would like to accomplish.
For more detailed information please do not hesitate in contacting us.
At Churchtown Morgans our stables at The Old Vicarage we specialize in Western Riding and have entered our horses very successfully into numerous competitions all over the United Kingdom.
Our Morgan - Morgan/cross horses are ideally suited to Western Riding. We offer lessons, short breaks and holidays at The Old Vicarage where you can learn all the skills necessary for Western Riding
If you are hoping to go on a ranch style holiday in America in the future to either try out Western riding or to improve your skills, why not visit The Old Vicarage for lessons, a comprehensive course of western riding or a few days of refreshing your skills.
We are pleased that several ranches in the USA are happy to recommend The Old Vicarage and Churchtown Morgans as a basis for learning to ride Western Style before going 'over the pond' to experience the real thing themselves.
confidence building at all levels
From a nervousness around horses to improving your confidence in the saddle we have programmes to suit all levels.
As a complete novice to horses we offer a gradual introduction at your pace in order that your confidence grows to the level that you are happy with, whether it be overcoming a fear of horses or increasing your confidence in working with them.
For those that are more experienced and would like to feel more confident on a horse and improve the whole solidity of your riding we believe that bareback riding will provide the answer as well as a memorable experience.
Feel your confidence grow as you discover a level of relaxation and command you had perhaps forgotten.
family bonding activities, short breaks & holidays
At the Old Vicarage we specialize in Family Bonding Horse Riding Holidays, Short Breaks and Activities.
Our holidays and activities are customized to your own requirements.
We always try to ensure that whatever you choose to do, it will be a wonderful and memorable experience which bonds and unites a family unit in a shared experience that is hard to find in today’s technological world.
A horse riding holiday at The Old Vicarage offers families an active, dynamic and involved experience which both adults and children can share and delight in.
The Old Vicarage is idyllically situated in the Cornish Countryside within trotting distance to the Beach, lots of Tourist attractions and activities. You can enjoy walking the coastal paths, visiting the local fishing ports, try surfing, take a boat ride, visit the Eden Project or the amazing Minack Theatre or just spend the day on the beach relaxing.
The whole family can learn to ride together or accomplished riders can be part of the unique experience involved when one of their family members learn to ride.
Children usually find it relatively easy to learn to ride and tend to learn quickly and well.
Children and Adults alike will enjoy meeting and interacting with our beautiful and friendly horses.
For children, horse riding activities will provide memories they will never forget. They will experience great delight in interacting with both the horses and the adults in their family.
From a non-riding family, to those with individual experience not shared by other members of the family to a family experienced in riding we can accommodate all needs and requirements. You cannot beat the shared experience of a riding holiday to bond and unite a family.
Short breaks and family bonding activities will be dependent on the time available and the specific requirements of the customer.
BEACH RIDES AND COASTAL RIDING
Take a ride on one of the many beautiful, local Cornish beaches, we have the beautiful Mounts Bay with two miles of safe, sandy beach; perfect to allow you to do just that. (Please note that beach rides are dependent on the tides and the availability of the beaches.)
horse lovers honeymoon activities, short breaks & holidays
Although not a holiday experience normally associated with romance if you love horse riding or would like to learn as a shared experience then try one of our Horse Lovers Honeymoon holidays or short breaks. A perfect surprise for a special occasion or anniversary.
A holiday at The Old Vicarage is ideal if you love Horses and if you want to experience a Honeymoon, Anniversary or special occasion that is unique, memorable and customized to the requirements of just for the two of you. Set in the idyllic Cornish Countryside which is inherently romantic it is only trotting distance to the beach, coastal paths, local fishing ports and lots of Tourist attractions such as The Eden Project and the majestic Minack Theatre are nearby.
Take a romantic canter across the beach, enjoy majestic views of the Cornish Coastline from Horseback, investigate historical sites such as the magnificent abandoned mines embedded deep into the cliffs or experience the peace and tranquility of riding in the Cornish countryside.
If you are celebrating an Anniversary or Honeymoon your stay will include a congratulatory bottle of Wine, Chocolates and Flowers.
trail and cross country riding
Anything from a one hour trek on local bridleways, to a full days riding on the west Cornwall moors and in the beautiful Cornish countryside.
TEAM BUILDING HOLIDAYS, SHORT BREAKS AND ACTIVITIES
Horse orientated activities can be massively effective in team building exercises. As horse specialists we specialize in activities suitable for small groups with no necessity for any riding experience or even any experience of horses at all.
We offer short breaks or holidays which focuses on the team building necessary if not essential between people who work together. We can also offer a full day of team building activities (out of season).
The activities involved in team building encourages all those involved to participate and cooperate as well as inspiring trust, confidence, better communication and enjoying sometimes challenging experiences together.
Would you trust a colleague to guide you blind-folded around an inquisitive horse?
Can you communicate well enough together to stop a hungry horse from getting to food in a bucket right in the middle of the paddock with only yourselves between the horse and what he wants?
Can you follow directions from others and show the horse where you would like him to go rather than where he wants to go? Does this sound like one of your work mates when he/she has their own way of doing things, which may not be the best way?
Working with horses is calming, relaxing and full of surprises. Individuals find new strengths and abilities within themselves whereas others may be slightly deflated as to their own abilities. All the activities are rewarding and revealing to those who wish to experience team building in a slightly different way in comparison to traditional team building exercises.
Our programme of Natural Horsemanship is philosophically based on the needs and wants of the horse and we will base our activities on what the horse enjoys and is happy to do. We place great emphasis on respect between the horse and the individual, which is an essential aspect of learning to work with and ultimately to ride the horse, and to ride the horse properly.
Natural Horsemanship forms the basis of all the Horse orientated activities we offer at The Old Vicarage. In addition to learning to approach the horse with respect and understanding you will learn all the essential skills such as learning how to catch your horse, grooming, leading, familiarizing individuals with riding tackle, the parts of the horse and horse characteristics etc ...
Natural Horsemanship is an essential aspect of our learning to ride programme both in respect to the activity of learning to ride itself and as an integral part of a learning to ride holiday or short break. It is important for the beginner to form a relationship with the horse as this increases the confidence and understanding of the individual. Ideal for the beginner as an introduction to really learning about the horse in it's true sense and how we can work together – horse and human. Invaluable for all other levels of experience for a richer, deeper bonding between horse and rider and possible solutions to problems you may have encountered with your own horse.
Take the reins and enjoy the timeless pleasure of wandering down the lanes, exploring the beautiful Cornish countryside under true horse power, or learn the preliminaries of breaking a horse to harness.
DRESSAGE and JUMPING
Benefit from top-class instruction and facilities for all levels
EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY HOLIDAYS, SHORT BREAKS AND ACTIVITIES
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an emerging field of psychotherapy which uses interaction with horses as part of a treatment to facilitate emotional growth and learning.
The treatment encompasses a collaborative effort between a skilled and qualified therapist, a horse professional and the horse, and due to its effectiveness and intensity is classed as a brief intervention with clients.
The EQUUS programme at Churchtown Morgans is a model sponsored and produced by the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), the professional body for this treatment field.
It is a 100% ground-based programme with no ridden element.
The service users learn about themselves by participating in activities with horses and then processing feelings, behaviours and patterns both in one-to-one and group sessions with the therapists.
EAP has been found to be very effective in the following areas:
Equine-assisted psychotherapy has been shown to illicit a powerful and effective therapeutic effect and can have an incredible impact on individuals, families and groups.
For more information about Equine Assisted Therapy, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Personal Development, please visit the Equus Solutions Website. www.equussolutions.co.uk
Learn to ride Holidays
family bonding Holidays
beach & COASTAL RIDING
horse lover honeymoon holidays
trail & cross country riding
team building activities and holidays
dressage and jumping
equine assisted therapy
Whilst staying at The Old Vicarage there are various horse riding activities that you can take part in such as Trail Riding, Beach Rides, Carriage Driving, Dressage, Jumping and Cross Country.
SPECIALIZED AND PERSONALISED ACTIVITIES
We specialize in Confidence building, Novice riders, Complete beginners, Natural Horsemanship, Family Bonding Holidays and Western Riding. All benefiting from top-class instruction and facilities.
CUSTOMISED HOLIDAYS AND ACTIVITIES
All our Horse orientated activities incorporate our own version of Natural Horsemanship.