After our little, but huge trip to France I am seriously starting to think the French just do things, better.
Their attitude to having fun and enjoying life is such, that they put everything into having a great time. And that shone thorough in all the activities we took part in. Ferme Equestre Les Grilles was no exception; this was maybe one of the scariest things I have ever done in my life. But I am so glad I tried Horse Riding In Burgundy, I left wanting more.
My fear of horses is due to a minor incident as a teen riding bareback on a friend’s horse. Well, you can’t call it riding; it bolted then threw me off. But this is a fear I have been desperate to get over, mostly due to Joe’s love of horses.
Up until last year Joe had riding lessons, I have to say he is a talented rider. He is confident, fearless and builds such a rapport with the horses he rides. I was so upset when he decided to stop his lessons. As much as it terrified me making my way through the stables every week, I love to watch him ride.
When we arrived we met the lovely Stephanie, who gave us a tour of the site and told us all about Ferme Equestre Les Grilles I could see the delight in Joe’s face, not only is Ferme Equestre Les Grilles a riding school, it is a summer camp. And also has holiday cottages so families can come along and stay in the gorgeous grounds and chill whilst the kids are having the time of their lives riding horses, around and in the reservoir. It is the most incredible equestrian activity village. It is the perfect place to try riding as a family activity.
We spent some time grooming our horses and getting to know them. Thankfully I was with Joe as every time it moved I ran, yet Joe happily maneuvered it about to brush it, and it seemed content with him.
Jack on the other hand was a different story. We had no idea he had my fear of horses. And he was so jumpy; he decided from the start that his horse didn’t like him. It’s odd to see such a confident teen so concerned over something, at one stage he announced he was not riding, but then changed his mind and decided to ride.
Once we had spent a little time getting to grips with riding the horses in the arena, learning most importantly how to stop. We set off for an hour and half trek through the French countryside. At first I was terrified, what if the horse ran away with me? But as we got into the ride I relaxed more and more.
Jack however did not; he and his horse were not friends from the start. I think Jack’s fear made the horse nervous. He was confusing it with his commands so the poor thing was trying to canter, then stopping, constantly trying to comfort eat to help with the fact he had a nutty English teenager riding him.
The highlight of the ride was watching Joe skillfully navigate through the forest, over trees, and even canter at the end. He is so talented that it breaks my heart that he is no longer riding. He clearly loves riding and horses so much.
If you are heading to Saint Fargeu, this is an activity to add to your list, I would thoroughly recommend it; there is nothing more breathtaking that seeing the French countryside at a leisurely pace on a horseback ride through the country and Stephanie her family and the team at Ferme Equestre Les Grilles we the most wonderful people. Horse Riding In Burgundy is something we will never forget.