01929 450 273 info@studlandstables.com

About Studland Trekking Centre

We are a friendly stables situated in the picturesque village of Studland on the Dorset coast, 5 minutes from Swanage and 30 mins from Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry.

With 3 miles of sandy beaches and dunes, clifftop horse rides along National Heritage sites and 3000 acres of forest and heathland, we are lucky enough to offer some of the most stunning riding in the UK. We have rides suited to all abilities, from complete beginner to experienced riders and offer both Group Rides and Private/Semi-Private Rides so that you can make the most of your experience with us





Yard Manager & Lead Rider

With 27 years’ experience in the industry, Laura has a wealth of equestrian knowledge. Having trained at Wellington Riding and RAC Saddle Club Bovington, she successfully achieved her BHS PTT lll. She has experience working with young sports horses at a breaking and groundwork yard for a number of years.

Laura is fantastic at providing tuition for riders of all levels in order to get the best out of their ride, both for themselves and for the horse. She is kind, helpful and really instils confidence with clients.



Lead Rider & Yard Assistant

Brady has been working with horses since a teenager. Although his dream of becoming a jockey didn’t quite come true, he continued to follow his passion in the equine world at further education. He has a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management from Sparsholt College, and following work experience  with us, became part of the team in the summer of 2017.

He is the chatterbox of the yard and provides clients with endless entertainment and a fun ride.

Meet the Horses


Irish Cob – 16.2hh – Gelding (1&2hr)

Chalkie has only been here for just over a year now, but is proving to be a firm favourite with our returning riders. He is a keen and forward going horse that is eager to please, He will happily take you wherever at what ever pace, but is respectful of the aids that you use.

Chalkie’s maximum carrying capacity is 14 stone


Clydesdale – 17.2hh – Gelding (1&2hr)

Clyde is the largest in our team, but he is also one of the softest! He will happily take you for a gentle stroll around the heathland, but can also give the experienced rider a brilliant experience on one of our 2 hour rides.

Clyde’s maximum carrying capacity is 14 stone


New Forest x Welsh Cob x – 15hh – Mare (1&2hr)

Honey is a sweet mare that is just as happy wondering around the heathland as she is in the forest. She is keen and turns eyes wherever she goes.

Honey’s maximum carrying capacity is 11 stone


Cob X – 15.2hh – Mare (1&2hr)

Lily is a keen and forward going mare more suited to the experienced rider. She is a real head turner and always wants to please.

Lily’s maximum carrying capacity is 14 stone

SÉAMUS (shay-mus)

Clydesdale x Cob – 14.3hh – Gelding (1&2hr)

Séamus (aka Ronnie Rocket) is a nice versatile chap suited to all different riders, with his steady walk and sublime trot he is truly one of the best for riders still getting to grips with their riding.

Séamus’ maximum carrying capacity is 12 stone


Blagdon Cob – 14.1hh – Gelding (1&2hr)

Rhubarb (aka Rhubarb Rolypoly) has been a firm favourite here for a long time now. He thoroughly enjoys every aspect of his job and gives 100% every time he goes out. He is perfect for the intermediate to experienced rider. One ride and you’re guaranteed to fall in love.

Rhubarb’s maximum carrying capacity is 9 stone


Cob – 14hh – Gelding (1&2hr)

Percy (aka Sir Percival) is perfect for all levels of rider due to his relaxed attitude. He is just as happy wondering around the heathland as he is cantering along the downs. He is a real head tuner with his beautiful markings.

Percy’s maximum carrying capacity is 9 stone


Appaloosa – 15hh – Gelding (1&2hr)

Smartie is the friendliest face on the yard. Always looking for mischief. He is predominantly used as a lead horse, but if you’re given the opportunity to ride him he is a real treat!

Smartie’s maximum carrying capacity is 12 stone


Appaloosa – 14hh – Gelding (1hr only)

Whiskey is the longest serving member of the team having come to us 20 years ago! Taking life a little steadier now he is more than happy wondering around the heathland he knows like the back of his hoof!

Whiskey’s maximum carrying capacity is 9 stone


Appaloosa – 14hh – Mare (1&2hr)

Lady has been a firm favourite for some years now, with her super comfortable paces she is perfect for all riders.

Lady’s maximum carrying capacity is 9 stone


Dartmoor Pony – 11hh – Mare (1hr only)

Cheyenne (known to all of us as Chey) is perfect for kids. With her super soft coat and perfect temperament she is happy to be pampered for hours. 

Chey’s maximum carrying capacity is 6 stone

Bandit, Appaloosa X Cob, Studland Stables


New Forest Pony – 13.3hh – Mare (1hr only)

Meeka has been at Studland for a while now, predominantly being used as a lead horse, she loves attention and is perfect for beginner riders on our heathland treks.

Meeka’s maximum carrying capacity is 10 stone


Maximum Carrying Capacity

Our horses weight limits are set according to the type of terrain ridden on, ability levels of riders and body condition/conformation.

We believe it is important to be diligent when it comes to the welfare of our horses as they are what bring so much joy to our customers, therefore we are strict to our weight limits, and ask that honesty for the sake of our horses is of utmost importance.

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