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Hello, Im looking for a horse to hire to take on the Spooners & West Devon Boxing Day Hunt. Im very experienced rider from London, spending Christmas in Devon. Im 511 and 10.5 stone in weight. Please contact me on njatincknell@gmail.com if you can help. Thanks

Posted by Nicola at njatincknell@gmail.com on 12 December 2014. ref: 818


Hi Just an update. The Old County Road linking Burrator to the track south from Princetown is very clear on the ground but very very rough and stony. If you are unshod you may want to consider boots and/or get off and walk as it is not possible to use the grass edges at the Burrator end, as of 15/7/14. The Plume has a paddock but does not have easy access to water for the horses. I asked to borrow a bucket the other day and it was somewhat of a performance, so a collapsible one might be an idea.

Posted by Jill at jillmansfield123@btinternet.co on 19 July 2014. ref: 817


Four of us have just completed the circumnavigation of Dartmoor. Jane Moss, Charlotte Hart, Isabel Howell and Julia Pryor. Started from Cheston Farm Riding Centre where we stopped overnight before setting off, 2nd night at Sampford Manor; 3rd at Downton Farm, Lydford; 4th at Gooseford Farm near Whiddon Down; 5th at Langworthy Farm, Widdecombe in the Moor; then back to Cheston. The weather was very good and we had the most fantastic riding and a brilliant time. The trickiest part was locating exactly the crossing points of the Bala brook and Red Brook. We had one picnic at Ditsworthy Warren House where part of Warhorse was filmed and the views as we went round were superb. The horses had a great time too.You need to be capable with a map and compass and take the right gear.Two of the horses were barefoot and two shod, we lost one shoe on the first day and were lucky that our B&B host organised a farrier to replace it at 7.30 the following morning! We were so lucky with the weather as it would have been very challenging if it had been poor and we would not have attempted a lot of the route if visibility had been very bad. The sense of achievement is terrific and if you have a sense of adventure then go for it!

Posted by Jane Moss at janemoss999@hotmail.com on 16 June 2014. ref: 816


We are selling our property in Merrivale privately. It was once a riding stables and is now for sale with 5 acres of grazing separated into 5 fields. It also has four stables and a barn for storage and winter shelter. It is possible to ride out onto the open moor in any direction. There is a specialist equine vet nearby in Lamerton and numerous local farm shops in the area. Please take a look at dartmoor-smallholding-equestrian-property.co.uk for more information.

Posted by Nigel Knight at hillsidecottagemerrivale@gmail on 1 June 2014. ref: 815


Hi, we are hoping to do the Dartmoor circuit this June. Can anyone send me any B&B for horses and riders contacts? Also any other helpful info? We have done quite a few linear and circular rides with our horses,inc.twice across Wales, but never yet Dartmoor.Thanks, Jane

Posted by Jane Moss at janemoss999@hotmail.com on 2 March 2014. ref: 814


My sister and I have just done Band B rides in Wales on our own horses. Can you help us with horse and persons B and B around the moor. We are starting from Christow and would like to do the 60 miles or more. over a 5/7 day period. Look forward to hearing from anyone who can help or make suggesations

Posted by Venetia at veecraggs@hotmail.com on 26 June 2013. ref: 812