Grove Riding School


What’s it all about?

Grove Riding School sits between Marlow and High Wycombe and is home to a very large number of riding stable and privately owned horses. I’m listing it here as a ‘mini trip’ with your young child to see and experience the horses rather than as a place to come and ride (although it is a great place for riding lessons and they offer lots of fun children focused ‘own a pony days’ etc for kids). 

We turn up with a small bag of cut up carrots and apples (finger strips carrots and apple wedges). We park up and then find someone that works at the stables and ask them if it’s ok if we walk around and give the horses some carrots. They may show you which horses you can feed and which not to. It’s important to ask but I have always found this to be fine. The horses are in their stables in the barns so you can walk down the aisles distributing carrots to very pleased horses! 

There is generally a large yard dog running loose. He/she may run up to you to say hello but in my experience, has been not at all overbearing even for small toddlers. He/she says hello and then carries on.  There is often tractors to see and sometimes the farrier shoeing the horses which my boys are fascinated in watching! 

The picture I have shown shows and aisle of large horses but there are lots of small ponies too!


The stables are open Tuesdays to Sundays during working hours. Depending on the day and time of year the horses may be in the stables or out in the fields. In winter they will be in more than in the summer. I tend to go mid afternoon but if you want to be sure of there being horses in to see you are best to ring ahead.

More information

Phone: 01494 881939


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I Saw A Child
by John Anthony Davies

I saw a child who couldn't walk,
sit on a horse, laugh and talk.
Then ride it through a field of daisies
and yet he could not walk unaided.

I saw a child, no legs below,
sit on a horse, and make it go
through woods of green
and places he had never been
to sit and stare,
except from a chair.

I saw a child who could only crawl
mount a horse and sit up tall
Put it through degrees of paces
and laugh at the wonder in our faces

I saw a child born into strife,
Take up and hold the reins of life
and that same child was heard to say,
Thank you for showing me the way.
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What a great fun day, huge thanks to all the organisers, helpers, riders, teachers, all the parents that came to watch and the Grove Riding school. Fabulous food weather and great fun. ... See MoreSee Less

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RDA fun day!!!!It's a beautiful day, and preparations are well under way! Excitement is mounting and we're almost ready for our riders! ... See MoreSee Less

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We cant promise you'll have this much fun but why not come and have a go anyway, horses are unpredictable so who knows you could get lucky!

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Some serious skills from this jockey 😱😱😱

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Brilliant advice"No. 1. Get your tack and equipment just right, and then forget about it and concentrate on the horse.

No. 2. The horse is bigger than you are, and it should carry you. The quieter you sit, the easier this will be for the horse.

No. 3. The horse's engine is in the rear. Thus, you must ride your horse from behind, and not focus on the forehand simply because you can see it.

No. 4. It takes two to pull. Don't pull. Push.

No. 5. For your horse to be keen but submissive, it must be calm, straight and forward.

No. 6. When the horse isn`t straight, the hollow side is the difficult side.

No. 7. The inside rein controls the bending, the outside rein controls the speed.

No. 8. Never rest your hands on the horse's mouth. You make a contract with it: "You carry your head and I'll carry my hands."

No. 9. If the horse can't learn to accept what you're doing, it isn't any good.

No. 10. Once you've used an aid, put it back.

No. 11. You can exaggerate every virtue into a defect.

No. 12. Always carry a stick, then you will seldom need it.

No. 13. If you`ve given something a fair trial, and it still doesn't work, try something else—even the opposite.

No. 14. Know when to start and when to stop. Know when to resist and when to reward.

No. 15. If you're going to have a fight, you pick the time and place.

No. 16. What you can't accomplish in an hour should usually be put off until tomorrow.

No. 17. You can think your way out of many problems faster than you can ride your way out of them.

No. 18. When the horse jumps, you go with it, not the other way around.

No. 19. Don`t let over-jumping or dull routine erode the horse's desire to jump cleanly. It's hard to jump clear rounds if the horse isn't trying.

No. 20. Never give up until the rail hits the ground.

No. 21. Young horses are like children—give them a lot of love, but don't let them get away with anything.

No. 22. In practice, do things as perfectly as you can; in competition, do what you have to do.

No. 23. Never fight the oats.

No. 24. The harder you work, the luckier you get."

~Bill Steinkraus

(Charlie Weaver on Ruxton pictured)
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Here at The Grove, Equine Connection runs sessions on a Monday for local care homes and individuals living with dementia. We couldn't run these sessions without the help and support of our loyal volunteers. A big thank you to Lyn and Olivia. ... See MoreSee Less

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