Alot of people have romantic dreams of riding up to the wedding on a stunning white charger or, failing that, Black Beauty, without really thinking about the logistics of not only getting a horse but their own competency in the saddle.
Firstly, I would recommend don’t do it! No, really, that is my first suggestion. Think of it this way 1. It is a horse, horses do weird things at unfortunate moments like poop or run away 2. You might just possibly be wearing a white dress and horses do not care about keeping things like white dresses clean 3. You can’t ride
It doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom if you’ve really got your heart set on that Knights and Maidens on Big Horses type wedding…
Firstly, go and have some lessons. See if you actually like riding. You can find riding stables by looking through your local yellow pages, doing an internet search or visiting a site like The British Horse Society.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll need to check the route to the church or other venue. Is it safe for horses?
Ok, so you’re doing it! Do consider the weather though. Riding to the location is really only feasible in the summer months in Britain.
Also think about how you will ride. Sitting astride just isn’t practical in a dress so you will possibly have to ride sidesaddle. Can you get lessons for this?
And now the horse. Brides and Grooms could consider a white horse from Wedding Horses whom advertise themselves as Asian Wedding Horse specialists. You could also try asking your stables if they would loan and escort you a horse or check the classifieds of wedding magazines.
And my top tip (after don’t do it!) is if you really must have a horse as part of the day, then chose a pair that pull a carriage!
Related: Horse Drawn Wedding Carriages