Horses

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Oakpond Cottages now welcome two horses to have their holiday with us in peaceful surroundings. There are country lanes to hack with two bridleways close by with the one which is a circular route (1.5 hours) which passes the horse friendly pub The Olde Jack Inn at Calverhall.
We have two lovely stables which are a stones throw away from the cottage and a turnout paddock for daily turnout. The fencing is post and rail with some electric fencing.
There is also a 20×40 all weather arena which can be hired for £7 per hour per horse but no jumping or lunging please but we do have some flatwork poles if required.
A wheelbarrow and mucking out tools are available to use and there is a secure lock up room for tack and a large area of hardstanding for horse boxes.
We do offer a horse sitting service if you are unable to bring in or turn out your horse if out sightseeing for the day.
Our rates for the stable with straw bedding and hay is £10 per night and the rate for the second stable with two bales of shavings is £20 for the first night and £10 for the consecutive nights. Extra bales of shavings priced at £6 per bale can be purchased from ourselves or you can bring your own.  Please provide your own corn or haylage if required.
We are very lucky to have fun rides close by which start from August until the end of October as well as one locally which is on Easter Monday (Weather permitting)

PLACES TO RIDE
LEA HALL FARM RIDE
A 25 minute hack from the cottage will get you to the farm ride at Lea Hall Farm which has acres of arable land to hack on in peaceful surroundings. This ride will lead you to the White Lion in Ash for refreshments. £10 per horse.
GRINSALL AND CORBETT WOODS
A beautiful and very scenic sandstone ride with views over Wales and Cheshire.  This would take you 35 minutes travelling time from the cottage.
HADLEY CROSS-COUNTRY AND TRAIL
This equestrian facility is in Whitchurch and is open all year and has developed a reputation as a first class course, attracting riders from all over the midlands and Wales. They cater for all ages and abilities, from leading rein to first class eventers. The cross country course is over 30 acres and the fences range from 18″ to 3`7″ in height. The ground is sandy and well drained and includes a small water complex and splash through. There is a large car park and a cafe on site. The all weather show jumping arena with jumps is £10 per hour and £10 for the cross country course or £15 for both.  This would take you 20 minutes travelling time from the cottage.
THE DELEMERE LOOP
This is a 22 mile route following bridleways, minor roads and permissive access through the countryside of central Cheshire. The loop runs from partway along the Whitegate Way round in a circle, taking in Delemere Forest, Primrosehill Wood and little budworth Park. The route is largely on flat ground with gentle hills in its western area. This ride could be split into sections.  This would take you 40 minutes travelling time from the cottage.
AGDEN HALL TO BRADELEY GREEN
Park up at the Horse and Jockey pub in Whitchurch and join the Sandstone Trial which joins the Bishop Bennet Way at Grindly Brook.  This would take you 20 minutes travelling time from the cottage.
LONG MYND
A very popular area for horse riding and this is only a 50 minute travelling time from the cottage.

EQUESTRIAN CENTRES
TUSHINGHAM EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
This centre is near Whitchurch and is  only a 25 minute travelling time from the cottage and holds regular clinics and shows all year round as well as area qualifiers. There is an all weather arena as well as the indoor school.
WEAVER EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
This is based outside Market Drayton and is only a 25 minute drive to get to.  They also run a riding school from tots to adults for those guests who do not have a horse. There are two outdoor arenas and they have weekly clinics and shows on throughout the year.
REASEHEATH EQUESTRIAN CENTRE.
This centre is only 30 minutes away and has a first class indoor arena with ample seating areas as well as two outdoor arenas.  Reaseheath have regular clinics and shows plus demonstrations.  The centre is based in Nantwich and have easy roads to get to it with ample parking.
SOUTHVIEW EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
This is an international circuit for show jumping with riders competing from abroad for the big jumping classes. They also have their own shows on for dressage and unafilliated  jumping events.
BOULESWORTH CASTLE
A fantastic venue for top class horse events and is only a 20 minute drive away.  They have their international showjumping festival on for 5 days during the month of june plus other events such as dog fest and car fest plus many more events.  The site is splendid with three huge all weather arenas and lots of parking and plenty of equestian outlets. Look out for the early bird tickets which are usually on sale during January and February.
KELSALL HILL FARM RIDE
Open every day of the week, riding through some of Cheshires beautiful countryside surrounded by Delemere Forest. There are over 50 flagged and anchored fences ranging from 18″ to 3` over open fields. The farm ride offers 7 miles of off road riding through fields and woodland and most of the time you will have access to the water complex which is part of the British Eventing course. The farm ride is £15 per horse or combine the ride with half an hour in the arena or the gallops for £20. There is a 45 minute travelling distance from the cottage.

Please read the below terms and condition and then there will be no misunderstanding on arrival.
All horses must be insured and upto date with their vaccinations.
No stallions allowed.
Our turnout paddock is only available from Easter until the end of October due to the ground conditions.
We have no turnout paddock during the winter time but you can use our all weather arena for 30 minutes free of charge daily instead.
Please pick up your horse droppings from the paddock daily and before your departure.
We hold no responsibility for any injury caused on our property and therefore a declaration form must be signed before arrival.
All horses must be in a fit state before arriving.
We have our vet practice and farrier close by if required.
There is agricultural machinery using the lanes during the harvest season and so therfore make sure your horse is traffic proof.
LIST OF FUN RIDES ON FOR 2019

 

Private and quiet lane

Private and quiet lane

Countryside views

Countryside views

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Sunset at Oakpond

Sunset at Oakpond

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