Ever dreamed of galloping along a beach at sunset or stepping into the shoes of a stunt rider? This probably isn’t your average bucket list, but it’s definitely one to consider if you’re a horse rider. In this blog, we unravel the top 10 things to do with a horse in the ultimate horse lover’s bucket list. Get ready to experience these awe-inspiring activities and redefine your bond with your horse.

Some of these experiences will be relatively easy to tick off, while others may take a bit of time and money. One thing’s for sure: crossing off each experience is undeniably rewarding. 

Here's our Top 10 things to do with a horse

1. Ride at sunset in Hyde Park

two women riding a horse

Photo by Barbara Olsen

Did you know that you can ride at one of London’s iconic landmarks? Hyde Park offers a unique horse riding experience amidst the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan. There are two stables within a stone's throw from the park - Hyde Park Stables and Ross Nye Stables. Take your pick and tick this horse riding experience off your bucket list.

2. Go on a riding holiday

woman doing a backbend on a horse

Photo: Instagram/@horse_yoga_girl

Embark on a journey of a lifetime while on horseback. Immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes, witness the wilderness, and connect with a horse in the best way possible. Regardless of your riding level, you’ll find a riding holiday that suits your needs and budget for the ultimate escape from everyday life. Head over to the Emerald Isle for lush landscapes suitable for all riding abilities. Alternatively, check out horse riding in Iceland for the ultimate Tölt experience.

3. Horse Yoga

woman horse riding

Photo by Ivy Son

Engage in a yoga session while on horseback to experience a magical connection with a horse. During the session, you’ll learn how to connect to a horse's breath, use the animal for stability, and you may even get to try more advanced moves like a headstand on horseback.

This niche sport can be a bit tricky to find in the UK. You may need to travel abroad to places like Spain or the USA.

4. Gallop on the beach

woman horse riding on a beach

Photo by Iurii Laimin

The thrill of the wind in your hair and the sand beneath hooves, galloping on the beach is one of those things you must experience at least once in your life. Whether you have a horse or not, this bucket list item is one of the easier ones to cross off. Just check the appropriate regulations if you’re a horse owner. For those who don’t own a horse, opt for horse experience days instead.

5. Watch the Spanish riding school

spanish riding school performance

Photo byAustrian National Library

Witness the elegant ballet between rider and the Lipizzans in the baroque Winter Riding School at Hofburg Palace. Immerse yourself in the legacy of classical horsemanship, where history, culture, and horses unite in a captivating display of excellence. It's a bucket list item and an excellent horsey thing to do next time you’re in Vienna.

6. See a foal being born

horse and foal

Photo by Elina Sazonova

While there are plenty of videos online and live cameras where you can witness this miracle, you may also want to head to your local livery yard around foaling season for a chance to see a foal being born.

7. Be a stunt rider in a movie

man on top of two horses

Photo by Harsh Sahu

Being a professional stunt rider is no mean feat - it requires excellent skills in at least 6 areas (fighting, falling, riding/driving, agility, strength etc.). However, this stunt riding experience day may just do the trick if you’re looking to get a feel for what it’s like.

8. Visit New Forest

man and young boy riding in the field

Photo by Oleksandr P

The New Forest is known for its stunning landscapes and captivating experience on horseback. Head over to Hampshire to explore ancient woodlands, heathlands, and streams. Discover its historic landmarks and diverse terrain while riding on your horse for a chance to connect with nature, history, and local culture.

9. Have a photography session

horse and woman

Photo by Hamid Tajik:

A great way to capture the special bond between you and your horse and a gift that will last a lifetime. Booking a photo session with your horse will become one of your cherished memories so it rightly belongs in this list of things to do with a horse.

10. Ride completely tackless

woman riding tackless

Photo by Alexander Dummer

Riding tackless goes beyond the technical aspects of riding. It’s about fostering a harmonious relationship, mutual trust, and a deeper connection with your horse. Granted it’s not for the average rider, but perhaps one to aspire to one day.

These top 10 things to do with a horse are more than just experiences forever cherished in your memories. They’re gateways to deepening the bond between you, horses and nature. So seize the opportunity while and if you can and cross these things off your bucket list.

Which one are you crossing off your list first?