Horse riding in the Northamptonshire countryside, and events to look out for in April!
Move4 have a very strong link with the Beauchamp’s and their horse riding clothing brand, Beewear.
One of Beewear’s finest, Chloe Beauchamp offered to write us a piece on horse riding out and about around Northampton. Believe it or not Chloe’s favourite hacking route takes her past Move4 Physio, on the Courteenhall estate. If you’re after some great advice regarding getting into horse riding or are interested to learn more about what Chloe does from day to day in order to keep Danny happy, then read on, if you’d like to learn more then feel free to get in touch and I’m sure Team Beewear would love to speak to you!
After Chloe’s entertaining piece, as per previous months, we have a list of all the fitness events going on in Northampton in April that we’re recommending. Like previous months, if you know of any events that you’re organising or taking part in, just get in touch and we might put them in next months post.
I am fortunate enough to regularly enjoy Northamptonshire bridleways with my equine partner Danny. Obviously I am biased, but I don’t believe there is a more special and intimate way to enjoy your local countryside than from horseback.
Danny and I do not particularly have a favourite route as it is important to vary the terrain, i.e. road work or field work, open grass or woodland, for not only fitness of horse and rider but also mentally too.
Believe it or not horses do “learn” routes that they do regularly and they do get bored! It is much more pleasant for horse and rider to mix up where you ride.
About once a week we do a circular ride that passes Move4 Physio, although it isn’t a very long ride, it includes varied ground conditions and no road work. It incorporates passing the windfarm, which luckily the horses don’t take any notice of. There is also a particularly inviting grassy stretch for a good canter!
If you fancy giving it ago, find a riding school local to you, be prepared to learn the basics in the ménage with an instructor first, once the riding school deems you able and you feel comfortable you may be able to go on a supervised ride around the local area. It is very important you ride/walk on permissive paths i.e. footpaths and bridleways only (Horses & riders are NOT allowed on footpaths).