Full Day Horsemanship Experience

A Natural Horsemanship Experience Like No Other

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A full day horsemanship experience. Combining a challenge packed horsemanship arena session with the opportunity to put into practice what you’ve learned as you explore the foothills of Pukeokahu.

We start with building a trusting relationship between you and your horse. It does not matter if you are new to horses or they have been a part of your life forever. We work with you at the level you need to be working at.

Next we take you and your horse, who is now your partner, out into the beautiful country side of River Valley. Here you will have the opportunity to try everything you learn’t beforehand. You will be riding over the hills, taking in the spectacular scenery, and if you are up for it, cantering through the fields.


SEASON: 1st October to 30th April

GEAR PROVIDED Riding Boots, helmet, Riding chaps, and long oilskin riding coats for changeable weather.

WHAT TO BRING Long pants, warm top on cooler days, sunscreen, a camera suitable to be taken riding,

PRICE $249 – Per Person

Minimum Age 13 Years


“Dear River Valley,

I was just staying at River Valley Lodge and I just wanted to let you know what a magical time I had. I was staying on the ‘2-Day Trekker deal’ and it was very worthwhile.

it was hard not to feel welcome there, everyone was friendly and it felt like being at home with a big family.

Imagine you will, a trip entailing a trail ride ambling through stunning countryside, a quartet of horse treks across gentle and challenging terrain, and a beautiful lodge cocooned in a valley, alongside a raging river, where you feel like you’ve just dropped off the edge of the planet into another world.

A magical kingdom in the middle of nowhere that encompasses your every being, a place that leaves you feeling in awe of the breathtaking scenery, relaxed from the serene and peaceful ambience and, a few sore muscles from hours of horse riding!!

So thank you River Valley Stables for making my time there an unforgettable experience.”


What is Natural Horsemanship?

Natural Horsemanship is about the partnership between horse and human. At River Valley Stables our guides have spent time building this connection with the horses and working with them in a way that makes our horses feel good about their work. It is this connection between you and your horse that makes River Valley Stables unique.

What is freestyle riding?

Freestyle is a style of riding. It is not English or Western, but does have some similarities to both these disciplines. Riding Freestyle is riding in a halter, so no metal bits in the horse’s mouth. It encourages you to build a connection with your horse. It feels fun and free when you have that connection together.

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Contact one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to answer any questions you might have.

0800 248666 / +64 6 388 1444