At Newtonmore Riidng Centre we have a Highland Pony Heritage Display dedicated to our family's involvement with the breed over more than 100 years in the local area. the centre will be officially opened at "The Highland Fling" Highland Pony Fun Weekend on Saturday 10th of October.
In addition to lots of old photographs, books and pictures the centre has all sorts of Highland Pony items of interest in including Working Harness, Deer Saddles, Grouse Panniers, Army Riding and Pack Saddles as used by the Lovat Scouts, a Highland Pony Farm Tip Cart, a lype or sledge and various gigs and traps. It is intended to continulaly keep adding to this collection.
An extract from a Visitscotland Toursit Board Website
Pony Trekking & Horse Riding
With its network of old routes through the glens, Scotland is made for riding and trekking.
Some say that several of Scotland's still-used trekking paths came about many centuries ago, and were originally cattle droving roads. Today, these rough tracks still cross the open moors and high passes so that from the saddle you can glimpse some of Scotland's secret places. Scotland's other particular claim in the world of horses is that the sport of pony-trekking originated here - specifically in the Newtonmore, area as a way of using the strong and sure-footed Highland ponies outside the stalking season.
A variety of Highland riding and trekking operators offer everything from short treks for youngsters and beginners, hacks for the more confident , right up to long-distance rides over several days. Some activity centres specialise in particular breeds of horse - for example, Icelandics. Some offer carriage driving. Other operators offer packaged treks over several days - including an east-west coast to coast trek listed among the top ten rides in the world.
Whichever Highland centre you choose, you can be sure that the view from the saddle will certainly be rewarding.