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Go Western at Loose Reins

Go Western at Loose Reins

Pics: Katharine Davies 
Wannabe cowboys and girls the brand new riding retreat Loose Reins in Dorset has been tailor made for you.
Featuring trekking on American Quarter horses, cook-outs under the stars and stunningly beautiful cabins inspired by the Pioneers right down to the quilted blankets and rocking chairs, this is the full Wild West experience.
The setting in the heart of the Blackmore Vale is truly spectacular. You can come here just to escape and realign your chakras, lolling on your personal deck with a cold beer. Or you can sign up for day long trails, exploring 2000 acres of Wild Dorset countryside, riding Western style.
The new venture has been set up by Michelle and Marc who have thought of everything. The cabins have been handbuilt by Plankbridge and feature beautiful king size beds, bunks, showers and well stocked kitchens.
You can also come here simply to learn Western riding, a discipline descended directly from cowboys and featuring loose reins and a more gentle communication between rider and horse than the typical English style.
There are 9 beautiful Quarter horses, all fully Western trained and you'll start with groundwork building a relationship between you and your horse. 
Western riding is suitable for those over 12, for small riders there are 2 very cute Shetlands.
But there's plenty here for non riders - cycle trails, incredible hikes, you can take a picnic to the top of the ridgeway for a truly inspirational view.
Beginners can opt for the Western Taster experience - a demonstration from expert instructor Martina, who skilfully shows how to build a strong relationship with your horse based on trust and understanding.
The shop sells stews, pulled pork and chill beans for you to heat up over your fire bowl, there are blankets to wrap up in for a night of star gazing.
Truly original and with amazing attention to detail, Loose Reins is definitely the place to find your inner cowboy.

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