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.
14 thoughts on “Horse Riding In Burgundy At Ferme Equestre Les Grilles”
Ah Sarah I had a riding in the lakes picture for my Captured Moment next week, I will re-organise hehe! These are lovely pictures and Evie, like Joe is a very confident rider despite having slipped off when she was about 3. Ellie isn’t frightened but just doesn’t love it as much. Good for Jack though for having a go , horses definitely pick up on your emotions. Riding is definitely a great family activity forever – we love it too xx
Ah post next week Lisa I cant wait to see it, its amazing how perceptive horses are isn’t it? I must say I loved it, would love to try on a caribbean beach now x
I love the picture of the 4 of you together with your horses but yes you can see poor Jack is not enjoying himself. Well done for overcoming your fear Sarah. I think I was about 10 when I last got on a horse, but it does look fantastic once you have relaxed with the horse. Well done Joe for being so confident x
Ah thanks Tracey, I know poor Jack, he can laugh about it now thank goodness, but the rest of us had a fab time x
Ah Sarah you got to do some absolutely amazing stuff on your last holiday! Poor Jack, I guess horse riding isn’t for everyone but well done you!! I love your determination xx
Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xxx
Ha ha thanks determined or mad ? But yes Heledd it really was a trip of a lifetime we have been so incredible lucky and made some amazing memories x
Oh I love horse riding! This place looks fab. I love how they also do holiday cottages. I’ll definitely be checking it out once my twins are a bit older. Jemms x #MyCapturedMoment
Jemma it is such a gorgeous place, so friendly x
I love the idea of a family ride, we’ve never done that. Being a huge francophile I tend to agree that (often) the French do things better (though not always!!!) Wouldn’t you like to link this to #AllAboutFrance now on on my blog? #culturedkids
Thanks Phoebe, yes it is such a wonderful country. My next aim is to horse ride on a beach x
My eldest daughter is now at the age where she wants to go horse riding, so this is something that we will probably be trying soon! Coincidentally, we visited Saint-Fargeau a few years back. Did you find the exhibition with all the old trains? And, of course, like you we visited the brilliant Guédelon castle project – maybe we should go back again to see how they have progressed since our visit? 😉 Thanks! #CulturedKids
Jonny we didn’t get to see the trains because of the weather, they are at the Castle aren’t they? But what a wonderful region and such gorgeous people, we all loved it there x
There’s something special about seeing the countryside on horseback. It’s a great way to exercise without actually realising you’re doing it! I love your beautiful shots of the Burgundy scenery, and the horses. And thanks for joining in with #CulturedKids!
Ah thanks so much Nell it is just a stunning region x