F.A.Q

Q. Can my 4 year old child ride with me on the horse?

A. Each rider is assigned a horse each. We are not insured to have more than one rider on a horse at any one time, and it is not safe to do this either. All beginners are given the option to have someone walk near them to offer help from the ground, and all small children will be on lead rein unless they can ride.



Q. Why do I have to arrive at the yard 15 minutes before my trek begins?

A. You must arrive approximately 15 minutes before your trek to allow enough time to fill in the relevant paperwork for insurance purposes.



Q. Can I bring my dog out with the trek?

A. When at the stables, please ask a member of staff if you can let your dog out the car before doing so, as we have our own dogs running around, as well as chickens! Unfortunately dogs are not allowed to accompany the trek unless on leads. Obviously this would mean if you are riding your dog cannot come along. However family members/friends who are not taking part are welcome to walk out with the trek as long as the dog is kept on a lead and away from the horses at all times.



Q. Can my 3 and a half year old child come riding?

A. Our insurance covers us for 4 years and upwards. This is for health and safety reasons as young children riding for a length of time can be physically damaged due to the position of there legs when on the horse.



Q. What happens if I book in at 10stone but I am actually 10 and a half when weighed in

A. In some cases this may not affect the horse you are assigned when booking in. If you have been reserved a horse that can carry 10stone maximum, we may be able to swap a few horses around depending on the weights of the other clients on the ride. However if we do not have any horses available to swap clients with, you will be slotted into another trek on the next available space for your weight.



Q. Why is your weight limit only 13 stone??

A. Our weight limit is based upon what types of horses we have at the stables. Due to the heavy work the horses are in during the summer months, we have very strict weight limits on each individual horse. This is for there own welfare.



Q.I am experienced. Can I tack up my own horse?

A. Unfortunately this is not possible partly for insurance purposes and also for the welfare of the horse. For our own horses comfort our staff attend to all the yard duties.



Q. I have done a lot of riding in the past. Is it possible for me to go on an experienced ride?

A. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that you will be on a ride with experienced riders only. Most of our rides are of mixed ability and always go at the pace of the least experienced rider. In general, all rides will be at a walking pace due to the terrain we are trekking over.



Q. What kind of landscape will we be riding over?

A. At present we have 3 different routes, 2 of which are hill/moor rides- the ‘sheep fanks’ and the ‘hill ride’. We have the ‘old road’ trek which we tend to use more in wet conditions, as the hill rides can get quite slippery and boggy. What route will be used is usually decided on the morning of the trek, but we use the hill rides mostly when weather permits.



Q. What equipment do you provide?

A. Unfortunately the stables do not provide footwear/jackets etc. We do provide hard hats that are up to the current safety standards.



Q. What kind of footwear/clothing is suitable for riding?

A. Footwear worn should have a slight heel to prevent your foot from sliding right through the stirrups. Flip flops, high heels, ugg boots, sandals etc. are not safe and therefore cannot be worn to go out riding. If you do not have riding boots, walking boots are perfect, and ‘wellies’ are also recommended. Trainers can also be worn. We tend to encourage people to bring waterproofs with them - we are on Skye of course! Jackets must be zipped up when riding to avoid them flapping about. In the wetter weather it is also handy to come prepared with gloves as your hands can get very cold when riding in the rain!



Q. Do we ride out in all types of weather?

A. Treks will go out in all types of weather, providing it is safe to do so. If the weather is too dangerous e.g. 70mph winds, it is always best to telephone the stables to check trekking is still going ahead. If treks are cancelled that day due to the weather, we will book you in on the next available ride.

 

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Get away from the hustle and bustle, and experience the quiet rugged beauty of the Skye countryside from horseback.

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Come along and visit the Centre - home to 21 horses & ponies, 5 cheeky dogs, 3 sleepy cats,13 friendly sheep and 10 very talkative chickens!

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  • skyetrekking@btconnect.com
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