FAQ Page 2017-03-21T21:54:57+00:00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We’ve collated the answers to the questions we get asked most often about Liberty Trails, our horse riding holidays and our Days out of the Saddle.
If you can’t find the answer to your question below please contact us here.

How much riding experience do I need to have? 2015-01-14T17:21:42+00:00

You should be confident and in control on a forward going horse at a fast canter in the open, over rough and variable ground.

What type of horse do I need? 2015-01-14T17:21:57+00:00

If you’re bringing your own horse, the breed isn’t important as long as it’s fit, sure-footed, and calm when riding out with other horses. Our rides aren’t races or time trials – we’ve designed them all to be taken at a reasonable pace which is relaxed and enjoyable.

What’s the normal daily riding time? 2015-01-14T17:22:24+00:00

This can vary on each ride depending on which holiday you choose. On the Horseback Safari and Dartmoor Riding Adventure, the first day may involve a longer than normal ride. Occasionally there might also be a slightly longer ride on the last day. We aim to ride no more than five hours per day. We’ll send you a detailed itinerary for your holiday when you book, and if you have any questions or special requirements, just get in touch.

What are the overnight stabling arrangements? 2017-03-21T21:05:15+00:00

Our base camp is a purpose built stable yard in the heart of Dartmoor with good road access from the A38 Exeter to Plymouth road. It has ten loose boxes, secure parking for vehicles and a separate feed room and tack room.

Each of our outposts is on a Dartmoor farm and all offer a good standard of secure stabling with a paddock where horses can have a stretch and roll at the end of each day. If you’d like overnight grazing for your horse, please let us know when you book.

Who has primary responsibility for the care of my horse? 2017-03-21T21:05:20+00:00

If you bring your own horse you’re responsible for care of your horse, saddlery and other belongings. The Liberty Trails crew will take care of the stable work, overnight security and early morning feeds, but it’s your responsibility to make sure your mount is ready to ride out on time.

If you hire a horse as part of your Liberty Trails experience, we’ll take care of it and will make sure it’s ready to ride out on time.

Can I book single occupancy in the hotel? 2015-01-14T17:24:00+00:00

Yes. We have both single and twin-bedded rooms available. There may be an additional charge for single occupancy, but we’ll let you know when you book if this is the case.

Do you accompany each ride? 2015-01-14T17:24:32+00:00

Yes. All rides are accompanied by a local guide and a Liberty Trails representative. Our ground crew are also on hand to provide support, and they may meet rides at certain points with lunch and refreshments, depending on which options you choose for lunch.

Do I have to have insurance cover? 2017-03-21T21:05:20+00:00

You’ll need to have both Public Liability Insurance and Personal Accident cover in place for you and your horse. If you’re a hiring a horse, you’ll only need personal accident cover.

Is there a minimum/maximum number of riders? 2015-01-14T17:25:27+00:00

Yes. The minimum is two riders. Each Liberty Trails experience is unique, and tailored to the guests’ particular requirements, so we never join groups up. However, this does mean there is a premium for bookings with only the minimum number of riders.

How do you select the type of accommodation? 2015-01-14T17:29:43+00:00

We only work with the highest quality hospitality providers on Dartmoor who are fully supportive of our vision to create luxury horse riding holidays.

Is there a vet on call if my horse needs it? 2015-01-14T17:30:06+00:00

The local specialist equine veterinary practice Eqwest provide 24/7 emergency cover.

Is there a farrier on call if my horse needs it? 2015-01-14T17:30:25+00:00

We have a specialist farrier who is available when required.

What is the ideal group size? 2015-01-14T17:30:47+00:00

The Horse Party at Saddletor is ideally suited to groups of between four – eight people with their horses but an additional cottage is available for larger groups. For all other holidays, the maximum group size is six riders as our yards are small and exclusive.

What facilities do the stables have? 2017-03-21T21:05:21+00:00

The stable yards have large roomy stables for horses up to 17hh and offer a choice of straw or shavings or chopped reap straw as bedding. Hay and Horsehage are available and we have accounts with local feed merchants for you to pre-order hard feed. These are collected and delivered on request and charged to a credit card at cost plus 15%.