Horse riding schools in the New Forest

Since COVID many riding stables are struggling for staff. Do look at their social media for updates and to see if they are taking rides out on the forest.


Both Rachel Parsons and Rachel Smith in our office, ride and our passion is anything with fetlocks and forelocks.

They both have their own horses but we have heard consistently good things about riding in these places.

Here is our guide to some of the riding schools in the New Forest- enjoy!

Coombe Farm Stables, Sway.

A lovely place which we get excellent feedback about. They do more arena work than out and about on the forest.

Coombe Stables is located right in the heart of the New Forest in the pretty village of Sway. They offer  both private and group lessons with highly trained instructors. Our guests that go there say that they can offer riding to total beginners up to experienced riders.

They have 12 lovely ponies and horses. All equipment and ponies provided. Coombe Stables is fully insured and fully licensed.
A private lesson is 45 minutes of one-to-one tuition with an experienced teacher. Fay Lai, the owner may teach, or a member of her coaching team. The lessons are suitable for a beginner to experienced rider and hats, body protectors and boots provided. Minimum age 2 years. £40.

Make sure you book before you go.

Burley Villa Riding, Bashley.

The team do a great job. They mainly offer riding lessons in an arena. However they are not taking on new holiday guests for riding. Call them to check but it’s not likely.

Brockenhurst Riding Stables (was Burley Manor Stables).

This place is on the edge of Brockenhurst and has an excellent location for rides out onto the forest. The stables is just a few houses down the road from our Heather Cottage and you can usually see the ponies through the back garden fence.
They are open 8 – 5pm.

Hacking out/forest-rides are 1-2 hours and go out onto the forest area which is thick with lovely old trees, you’ll see plenty of wild ponies and donkeys around there too.

They can cater for 2 year olds to 20 stone people.
They are often busy – so do book.

Ford Farm Stables outside Brockenhurst.

Also on the edge of Brockenhurst, on the way to Burley, they have about 15 horses and ponies to choose from.

The indoor arena is perfect for all weather making for a good activity in the rain…

Lesson are usually 30 to 45 mins and hacks are available for 1-2 hours.

Arniss Farm, Godshill.

Arniss Farm has lovely riding, and you can hack out from here for miles. This area has some of the best, (and quietest) hacking in the county. You’ll be on the heath first, and in the forests and valleys later in your ride. Pass masses of New Forest ponies and enjoy the big skies.

Bringing your horse on holiday…?

Guests are welcome to bring their horses. We can help you arrange grazing or stables at Beckheath House and Ploughmans Cottage. These houses are near the coast (riding on the beach here is possible but not very good).

Gins Barn is close to grazing but the riding here is mainly lanes unless you box up and travel for 10 mins minimum.

We don’t have any houses that have stables and grazing on site but we can help you by signposting you to some good places.


For an interesting read, have a look at our blog interview of local rider and horse enthusiast Hicky Gibbs. Hicky lives in Beaulieu, has ridden all her life, worked at Vogue, for the Royal Family, won the New Forest Point to Point – and picked up a lot of poo from her fields!

She’s very knowledgeable and and has answered our questions about the culture and lives of horsey people in the New Forest.

Horses in my life by Hicky Gibbs – read it here.