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Equestrian Stays

Equestrian Stays

A riding holiday based at a centralised accommodation, with horseback rides in different directions each day which can be adapted to differing riding levels and to your wishes. You can unpack and relax, knowing you return to the same place each night and even sit out a day and rest if you prefer. It is an ideal opportunity to share a horseback holiday with your family, as a couple or amongst friends, without wondering whether non-riders will get bored, novice riders will be overly challenged or experienced riders will be frustrated. If you wish your centre-based riding holiday to include another element such as dressage instruction or cattle work then you may wish to browse those sections of our website too, or call us for advice. There is a riding holiday to suit everyone.

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Horseback Safari

Horseback Safari

Encounter wild African animals from horseback on a riding safari in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania or Namibia. A horseback safari is either mobile with fly camps such as in "Out of Africa" which move on every day; or daily rides from very nice lodges or comfortable static bush camps. Riding safaris in open spaces with lions and elephant are usually limited to experienced riders, whilst horseback safaris in areas with no dangerous game are open to all abilities and families. Non-riding activities are also usually on offer and non-riders can be as well catered for as the riders, with game drives, walks or boat trips.

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Trail Riding

Trail Riding

A mobile trail ride is a riding holiday where you move on almost every day. Depending on the type of journey you prefer, you could spend your nights camping or in comfortable accommodation. A horseback trail ride is usually vehicle supported - if you prefer to have your belongings carried by pack horse, camel, yak etc then we describe these as Pack Trips. Some riding trails will start and end in a different place, whilst on others you will ride a circuit and return to your starting place. There are even horseback trails that cross country borders! Whether discovering vineyards in France, volcanic icefields in Iceland, beaches in South Africa, mountains in Peru or nomadic families in Mongolia, a horseback trail ride offers a different view and experience every day.

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Pack Trip

Pack Trip

Pack trips are real horseback adventures and journeys. Long trail rides where your belongings are often transported by pack animals such as horses, yaks or camels, enable you to reach isolated areas, forgotten high valleys and meet local people and learn about their traditions. These rides often involve camping as you venture off the beaten track and will have to pack light. You might be expected to help with the horses or to help around camp as well, so these adventurous riding holidays are for riders with a sense of adventure. Having pack animals with you means that these horseback trails are not fast and so it is often possible for novice riders to also enjoy the sense of freedom these trail rides offer.

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Instruction Dressage

Instruction Dressage

On an Instructional riding holiday a good instructor and well-schooled horse can help you to improve your riding skills. Whether your interest lies in classical dressage or western riding; endurance or natural horsemanship; learning to play polo or simply improving your basic riding skills, there's a riding holiday to suit you. Classical dressage holidays are usually arena based, but learning to ride Western or experiencing your first endurance ride are generally done out on the riding trail. Improve your natural horsemanship skills on a ranch holiday in USA, practice piaffe and passage on a dressage holiday in Spain or experience the thrill of jumping cross country fences on a riding holiday in Ireland.

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Non riders welcome

Non riders welcome

On many riding holidays it is possible for non-riders to join you. Sometimes they are offered specific activities, such as game drives and walks on a riding safarior golf and fishing on a ranch holiday. It is even possible for non-riders to sometimes accompany riders on trail rides by joining the back-up crew in the vehicle and meeting the riders at lunchspots and the overnight accommodation. On other riding holidays the non-rider could simply kick back and relax at the comfortable accommodation, perhaps using the spa or pool, or stretching their legs by hiking or cycling, but no formalised activities are on offer. Let us know what your non-riding family and friends would like from their holiday and we will happily advise you.

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Ranches and Cattle Drives

Ranches and Cattle Drives

On a ranch holiday a well trained working horse, a herd of cows, sheep or horses, a wild immense landscape and a way of life all combine to offer the chance to become a real cowboy. There is a world full of equestrian ranching traditions to experience and these ranch holidays speak to riders who are looking for real and authentic experiences and wish to be completely involved in the work of a cattle ranch. On a working ranch the daily activities are often determined by the needs of the farmer and the season, and cattle drives will only run at certain times of year. Some ranch holidays focus more on trail rides through spectacular scenery rather than working cattle but Western riding is the usual style. Ranch holidays are not restricted to the USA either - you can herd horses in Chile, round-up sheep in Iceland or work with chagras in Ecuador.

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