There is always so much to look forward to in the summer, especially when you have a four legged friend to enjoy it with. From heading out into the countryside for a long ride to competing at your favourite competition there are always adventures to be had!
We take a look at some of the horsey events you could get up to over the summer months
Take a hack on the wild side
Getting your horse out and about in the lovely English countryside is the ideal way to blow off the cobwebs and really have some fun. Our National parks can offer unrivalled, designated off-road riding and spectacular countryside of every kind. Boxing up for a day trip can be perfect to unwind and enjoy nature from the best possible seat in the house. If you decide to head out to some of the National Parks don’t forget to check up on the riding regulations and keep to the designated areas.
For more information on where you can go riding in National Parks – either locally or further afield – visit here. You should also ensure that you have the correct insurance in place before heading out. Do you have Public Liability Insurance should something happen, especially around the public and it is also worth considering Personal Accident Insurance in case the worst should happen?
Become a beach babe
Surely the ultimate summer thrill is galloping along the beach with the wind in your hair! There are a number of beaches along the coastlines where horse riding is permitted. However, remember that not all beaches are horse-friendly, and those which are often have specific dates and times you are allowed to ride along them. Always check on this when planning your trip and don’t forget to ask about tide times, which are really important for your own safety.
The BHS offer some excellent tips, along with a list of beaches where horse riding is permitted, which you can find on their website. Don’t forget to ensure your Horse Riding Insurance covers you for these kind of activities and if you are travelling your horse down to the beach that your Horsebox Insurance is up to date and covers all drivers.
Holiday with your horse
We all know it can be a problem finding someone to look after your horse when you go away so how about taking your best friend on holiday with you? Now days there are a whole host of options if you feel like escaping with your equine in the UK. You can head to the beach or a private estate, tackle some amazing cross country or if you feel like doing some homework, opt for a training holiday to help you and your horse succeed this summer. If you don’t have your own horse or transport, never fear – you should be able to find plenty of options for non-horse owners of all abilities too. Head online to find your perfect escape!
If you do decide to head off on a joint holiday this summer make sure you are covered at home with your Household Insurance. At Shearwater we can ensure your buildings and contents is fully covered giving you piece of mind whilst you are away. Alongside your usual equestrian insurance you may need to take out extra cover if you go abroad for your horse as well as looking at Travel Insurance for yourself.
Don’t forget Shearwater can help you with all your Insurance needs.
So make sure you are covered this summer.