Full Day Horsemanship Experience

A Natural Horsemanship Experience Like No Other

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Duration: Full Day

Season: 1st October to 30th April

Price: $249 Per Person

Riding Ability: Any

Conditions:  Minimum Age 13 Years.  Maximum weight 100kg.  Minimum of 2 riders on a public holiday.

The Experience

A full day horsemanship experience. Combining a challenge packed natural horsemanship 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.

Lunch is provided, either at River Valley Lodge or a picnic lunch.

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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What we Provide:

  • Riding Boots
  • Helmet
  • Leather chaps
  • Long oilskin riding coats for changeable weather
  • Lunch (either a picnic or at the lodge)

What you need to Bring:

  • Long pants
  • Warm top on cooler days
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Thirst for discovery

Testimonials & Reviews

“Amazing horses, reflecting the souls of their amazing trainers.  We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to ride over the spectacular country of Pukeokahu around the hill tops that took your breath away, and putting “trust” into your fellow companion who placed their feet evenly and smoothly across the rangers.  Highly recommend for all horse lovers who want to be out there amongst nature at its best. to also top it all of great hospitality at River Valley Lodge, the food and beers and incredible people to share a laugh with after long day in the saddle.”

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“We had a great ride with the lovely Lizzie, in some spectacular New Zealand scenery. Lizzie trains her horses using natural horsemanship, which was really interesting to try and learn about. It took us a while to get used to, but it was very cool and inspirational.  We had chosen River valley especially as they promised a more free ride for experienced riders, rather than the normal ride-in-a-line approach you find other places. This was great, but the new style of riding made us a bit like novices again, so we did take it slow until we got more used to it.”

“We had fantastic 2.5 days of natural horsemanship at the River Valley stables.  We had the chance to start with a bit of groundwork around the stable to get used to the new style.   After we felt comfortable on the ground we got on our horses and practiced in a large paddock. Gaining some confidence we rode to the arena, which was a lovely 40minutes trek down the hills. The horses got a break there and we headed out for lunch, which was very good. In the afternoon, we learned how to exercise a horse in the round pen, mainly with body language. Finally, as one of the highlights, Thomas introduced us to one of the rarley handled Kaimanawas, which was just fascinating- what a beautiful horse Awa is!  We definetely would recommend this experience to everyone who loves horses!”


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

0800 248666 / +64 6 388 1444