Horse Riding in the South of Scotland

South Of Scotland Countryside Trails

Planning Your Trip

Tips for Riders

We want you and your horse to have an unforgettable experience in safety and comfort. Please make full use of all the information provided below to ensure you are properly prepared for your holiday and journey:

  • Stay on the designated routes and always tell someone where you are going.
  • Take a note of the weather forecast before setting out.
  • Ensure that your tack is in good repair and that your horse is well shod. If possible carry a protective ‘Equiboot’ because it is very difficult to obtain a farrier at short notice
  • Watch out for slippery surfaces in wet weather and take care crossing and using roads.
  • Always wear a hard hat certified to appropriate safety standards and reflective clothing.
  • You are responsible for insurance for yourself, your horse and equipment. Gold members of the British Horse Society automatically benefit from third party cover.
  • You are responsible for the safety and well being of your horse. 
  • Groups of two to four riders are advisable – larger groups may find it more difficult to identify accommodation in the same place and need to take more care not to disturb livestock.
  • Horses in your party are usually expected to share the same field if Horse B&B offers grazing only, please rearrange if this is a problem.
  • Non-riders are very welcome – please book early to avoid disappointment. 
  • We advise to have your horse vaccinated against equine flu and tetanus and follow a regular worming programme.


This project is being part-financed by the European Community
Scottish Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, Tyne-Esk and South Lanarkshire Leader+ 2000-2006 programmes

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