An enterprising Norfolk riding centre is advertising its horse-riding simulator to ice-bound equestrians desperate to get back in the saddle.

“Steady Eddie” — a state-of-the-art Racewood simulator — is stabled at PlayBarn Riding Centre, in Poringland, Norfolk.

Centre manager Nicole Douglass says he has become very popular during the cold weather.

“We have already had bookings for early next year from riding clubs, dressage groups and our local British Showjumping junior academy, concerned they will not be able to ride their horses,” she said.

“We also have regular visitors who bring their own instructor.”

Ms Douglass said the centre invested in the simulator two years ago, as they could not afford an indoor arena and wanted something to keep up custom over the winter.

Lessons on Steady Eddie are £35 per half hour or £60 an hour.

This article was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound, 16 December 2010