Riding on “RoboCob”: Mechanical horse gives taste of equestrian life

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RoboCob takes Oscar Wilkins, 21 months old, for a ride at the Royal Windsor Horse Show during his Take up the Reins Tour of Great Britain.
RoboCob takes Oscar Wilkins, 21 months old, for a ride at the Royal Windsor Horse Show during his Take up the Reins Tour of Great Britain.

Little Oscar Wilkins, at just 21 months old, was one of the youngest Royal Windsor Horse Show visitors to try out riding on the mechanical horse RoboCob.

The show, which ended last weekend, was the latest date on the Take up the Reins Tour of Great Britain, where RoboCob joined the team on the Dengie Horse Feeds stand.

Those who enjoyed a ride received a goody bag with a booklet on getting started and vouchers for a £10 Equestrian Taster Experience (towards a riding session), and a free pair of riding gloves when buying their first pair of jodhpurs and boots.

The Take up the Reins campaign, devised by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) and supported by Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) participation initiative to encourage more people into the sport, aims to get those of all ages and backgrounds connecting with horses.

The fun initiative is promoting the benefits of being around horses – improving health, fitness and wellbeing, whether in or out of the saddle. Getting horsey can also help to build precious family time where parents and children put down the tablet and mobile phone, and enjoy a group activity. This can lead to a more switched-on, vibrant life with new opportunities.

Those who want to keep their feet firmly on the ground might help at their local riding stables or become a volunteer at an equine charity, where they can still experience that powerful connection with horses and build friendships with like-minded people.

takeupthereins.co.uk

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