My kingdom for a horse! Where to (horse) ride in the New Forest?

Both Rachel Parsons, the Founder of New Forest Escapes, and latest office VIP Rachel Smith, ride extensively. Here is our guide to riding in the New Forest.
Below the riding school information is info about bringing your horse with you on holiday.

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.

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.
brockenhurst holiday cottage

Bringing your horse on holiday…?

Guests are welcome to bring their horses. We can help you arrange grazing or stables at Beckheath House, Eat me Drink me Cottage 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.

Pitts Deep – which is next to a beach but – ditto above about boxing up and about the beach riding.

Also near Sunnydell Cottage in Burley – where the riding is just amazing and there is a BnB nearby where you can stable or rent short term grazing.

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 alot 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.