It’s hard to decide how many points to give because the fact that Hyde Park is really beautiful is not really an accomplishment of the Stables. Anyway, I was put on a horse and the horse was put on a lead and only after some steps did the instructor introduce herself. Also, the instructor’s horse didn’t like other horses passing him close by, so whenever I tried to ride next to the instructor, she shortened the lead and so we were close and her horse threatened (normal rank behaviour among horses) mine, so it fell back again.
Then, over her shoulder, she asked about our riding experience, and, looking back, I should have talked myself up, but I don’t like doing that and I only had a short time to answer (I think I forgot to mention that I do cross-country rides). She left me on the lead and the other rider was taken off (own horse at home). And really, I dont’t understand why. The instructor didn’t explain it to me. And from that moment on she didn’t really talk to me any more, which was probably because my horse was riding at her horse’s bud (reason See above) and the other person was free to keep just a little more distance and thus ride next to the instructor. Honestly, I felt a bit like the idiot.
And I have to say that I recommend you only spend the money if you are a complete beginner and just like the experience of going through Hyde Park on horseback, or if you are 1,000% sure that they will let you off the lead. For me it felt like a kiddy-ride and since the horses are well behaved and Hyde Park is no mountain region (where I ride out) it was not a lot of fun, because it had nothing to do with riding a horse, it was sitting on a horse. The lead must have been uncomfortable for the horse and so he would rather listen to the commands given through the lead than anything I could have done.
I had been looking forward to this very much and it was very disappointing, I absolutely understand that you are taken on the lead while crossing the streets to Hyde Park, but the rest of the ride was so easy that I honestly don’t understand why I wasn’t taken off and in the constellation with this particular instructor and her particular horse, it was not a lot of fun. I think, if the instructor had talked to me at all about this and maybe explained the reason, I could have been clearer about my experience. Or if it had been her assessment of my riding skills while I was on horseback, she might even have been able to tell me what I can do better. I could have learned something. But, as I said, I was the one on the lead at the rear end.
In the courtyard, I got off the horse, the instructor was gone. She didn’t even say ‘Goodbye’ or ‘Have a nice day’ which I think is the least anyone can expect.
If you really think you have to go through Hyde Park on horseback (you can explore on foot much better), make sure you talk yourself up. Don’t lie, but make sure the instructor knows all the good details. Don’t rely on his/her insepection on horseback because he she will be riding ahead of you und won’t be able to see a lot of you.
If you do the ride, I really hope you’ll have more fun than I did. For me, it wasn’t worth the money, because I was so frustrated in the end that it took some time for me to enjoy London again. And that’s not really something I want to pay a lot of money for.
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