It’s hard being a novice — particularly if you’ve got horsey friends who just seem effortlessly good at it. But nothing in equestrian life is effortless — and if you asked your friends, they’d give you the following advice…
Horses give us something special at every stage of our lives, while our relationship with them changes over time...
If your child is keen to get in the saddle but you're struggling to find riding schools who cater for tiny tots, have a look at our list of centres who take children under five
If you’re suffering from the winter blues, riding might just be the perfect tonic to give you a pick-me-up
When we stop and think, we have a lot to thank our horses for; whether it's dealing with failure, pushing our boundaries or teaching us what fun really means
It's never too late to start riding — but beginning as an adult rather than as a child does give you a different perspective on the whole malarkey. Do any of these sound familiar...?
Gallery of mini riders and their ponies in action
A summer of events designed to introduce people to riding has been planned by the National Riding Festival
A new certificate has been introduced to improve standards of equestrian coaching in Britain