Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Equestrian Centre Horse Riding
Needless to say, I've seen horses.  Plenty of them.  But can you believe I've never actually touched, let alone ridden a horse before?! Having heard mention of the illustrious Equestrian Centre while last at the hotel (as well as driving past it for the fabulous Bride To Tea event last month), I was thrilled to have been given an insight into the Equestrian Centre at the end of last week, as well as the opportunity to take a gentle ride through the Dogmersfield Park Estate underneath the winter sun.  Riding boots on, hat in place and back protector secured, it was time to start exploring...
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Estate Winter Sun
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Equestrian Centre Horse Riding Experience
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Equestrian Centre Luxury Lounge
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Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Luxury Lounge Decor
It goes without saying that if I've never even touched a horse, I'm also a total novice when it comes to riding one.  With this in mind, the process of both getting onto the horse, as well as getting to grips with the basics was made surprisingly simple thanks to Ruth, the glamorous ex-dressage competitor who introduced me to the equestrian world that morning.  Speaking of which, I have someone else to introduce you all to... Khyber!  The beautiful white horse shown in these photos has come all the way from UAE for his retirement; and what a lovely place the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is to retire!  
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Khyber White Horse
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Equestrian Centre Horse Stables
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Horse Riding Lessons
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Equestrian Centre White Horse
Girl Feeding Grass To White Horse
Okay, so for those of you swooning over the idea of being surrounded by horses and nature with the backdrop of the spectacular Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, let's dive into some info about the Equestrian Centre.  Firstly, I should point out the centre caters to riders of all abilities; though everyone will be asked their height and weight to ensure the best-suited horse for your experience.  The stables are home to fourteen horses, located next to two outdoor 20 x 40 metre arenas and 500 acres of parkland to explore.  So, before riding, you're taken into the tack room (a new term for my newly-formed equestrian dictionary!) to be fitted with riding boots, hat and back protectors.  Afterwards, lockers and showers are available for riders, as well as the luxurious Club Lounge to return to, put up your feet and enjoy a warm drink.  Mmm.

Psst!  Find out more about horse riding lessons at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire and do your best to pick a sunshine-filled day!
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Four Seasons Hampshire Hotel Equestrian Centre Horse Riding
Equestrian Centre Horse Riding Tack Room
Horse Head in Stable Photography
Luxury Hotel Horse Riding Tack Room
This has undoubtedly been one of my favourite experiences of 2018.  I'm on a mission to experience more of the activities that have ever crossed my mind - and horse riding was sitting prettily towards the very top of the list.  Well, mission accomplished.  I can completely understand why so many are fascinated by the equestrian world; the atmosphere is both relaxing and yet ambitious.  And I don't think I'll ever be able to forget just how kind Khyber's eyes were!
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Equestrian Centre Arena
Equestrian Centre Transport Two Person Vehicle
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Equestrian Centre Ruth
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I'm so pleased to have been able to enjoy this experience - and on pretty much the only day with blue sky and sunshine we've had recently.  This has made me all the more keen to experience as many of the activities in 2019 that have ever crossed my mind!  Have you ever been horse riding?  Are there any experiences high on your wishlist right now?  Let me know in the comments below!

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With love,

Gabrielle x

Thanks so much to Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire for providing this wonderful experience!