Where is Iceford Stables?

Iceford is located between Ballina and Enniscrone on the Mayo/Sligo border.

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What is a trek?

A trek is a ride out in the countryside . All treks starts in the indoor arena with a short assessment to allow riders to familiarise themselves with their horses and for instructors to assess the level of riding

How long is a trek?

A countryside trek suitable for all levels – 1 hour

Beach ride suitable for experienced riders – 1.5 hours

Mountain ride suitable for intermediate & experienced riders – 3-4 hours

How do I organise riding?

You can contact us by

  • Call 087 0555770
  • Email- icefordstables@gmail.com (emails are answered in the evenings)
  • Text 087 0555770 and we will get back to you as soon as possible
What activity is suitable for me?

This depends on your level of riding. For beginners we have countryside treks. These are a very relaxing and enjoyable way to experience horse riding. Also a great family activity.
For intermediate riders we have the countryside trek and mountain ride.
For experienced riders we have the countryside trek, beach and mountain.

What style of riding will I be doing?

All our horses are trained to work with English tack.  For anyone who has learnt to ride western you would need to have taken English lessons and be able to do the rising trot and light seat in the canter.  This is important if you are interested in the stronger rides. The countryside treks can accomodate someone who is trying English for the first time

What level am I at?

BEGINNER- Little or no experience. Learning the basics

NOVICE- A rider who is comfortable in walk and trot but has limited/no experience cantering

INTERMEDIATE – A rider who is confident in walk, trot and canter.  Comfortable with the rising trot and light seat for canter.

STRONG INTERMEDIATE –  A rider that is taking regular lessons and would be comfortable in the saddle for a number of hours.

ADVANCED – All of the above and able to ride a variety of horses at different levels of their training

What do I need to bring?

For most activities you just need yourself and comfortable long trousers.  Iceford can provide you with correctly fitting hats and boots. For outdoor activities it is advisable to bring a light jacket as you never know what the Irish weather will do.  If you plan to do cross country you will need to bring a back protector

My son/daughter can ride but I can’t , can we all go together?

Yes for treks everyone can ride together. The ride will be taken at the level of the most novice rider when outside. When the trek returns to the arena those that have more experience can do a little more. This will ensure the more novice riders are safe. If it was to be a regular activity we would recommend that you ride in lessons to suit your individual needs. This will ensure a continuous and safe progression of your riding skills.

What are the age restrictions?

Minimum age for pony camps and treks is 5 years

Minimum age for regular lessons is 6 years

There is no upper age limit as long as you are comfortable to get on board.

Do treks go out rain or shine?

Yes as you never know what the Irish weather will bring. We would not go out in unsafe conditions such as heavy rain and high winds. If you are worried about the weather you can give us a call the morning of your trek. We can call you if we deem the weather is not suitable for the activity you had chosen and maybe we can reschedule.

How much advance notice is required to book/cancel?

We will try to accomodate everyone as best we can. As you can imagine the summer months and holidays are busiest.  The more notice you can give us the more availability there will be. Some of our activities are weather dependant.  Once these are booked they need to be confirmed nearer the chosen date to assess the weather conditions.

Cancellations can be unavoidable at times. We really appreciate a call or text once you know about the change and the slot can be reallocated. For bigger groups a deposit  will need to be paid in advance which is non-refundable unless the cancellation is made by Iceford Stables.