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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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  • Gredos Valley Trail in Spain
  • Horse riding trails in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Riding Icelandic horse in fumaroles
  • A lakeside trail in the Torres del Paine
  • Riding down a sand dune

Types of riding holiday

Pack trips with Equus Journeys 

A horse riding expedition takes you on a long-distance itinerant horseback ride with all your baggage, equipment and food carried by either pack mules or horses or a support vehicle. You will ride through isolated and spectacular regions often only accessible on horseback. You will sleep in simple, yet comfortable, tents out under the stars.


Horseback trails with Equus Journeys

A trail riding holiday is an itinerant ride through stunning scenery. You will ride a progressive route through the local landscape and stop at a different place each night. The transport of the baggage, horses and riders is all done by support vehicle. At night, you will sleep in comfortable tents, gîtes, equestrian hostels or charming hotels.


Ranch stay with Equus Journeys

A ranch stay most often takes place on a cattle or horse rearing estancia or ranch - depending on the part of the world you travel to. We choose to send our riders to small or medium-sized, family-run ranches where you can really get to know the owners and workers. Nights are sometimes spent camping out, but more often than not are spent in the comfort of a simple gîte or high quality lodge.


Horseback safari with Equus Journeys

A horseback safari offers a unique chance to explore native wildlife and spectacular scenery on horseback. Routes can either be itinerant, with you camping ‘Out of Africa’ style, or centre-based, riding out each day from a lodge or camp which are comfortable and generally open to only small groups of riders. The horses you will be riding are truly exceptional as they will get up close to the wildlife while you observe.


Dressage with Equus Journeys

A dressage training holiday allows riders to either train and improve or perfect their dressage technique. The riding instructors are highly qualified and by working with perfectly-trained horses, riders will be able to progress and feel the precision of each movement. 


Equestrian stay with Equus Journeys

A centre basedriding holiday offers riders daily trail riding or other equestrian activities from a fixed location with accommodation. The rhythm of the ride is entirely flexible and these rides are often open to non-riders. The type of accommodation varies, depending on the country, from gîte to ranch or yurt to luxury lodge. 


Cattle drive

A cattle drive focuses on the herding of cattle, deer, or sheep working alongside the cowboys, gauchos, pantaneiros or mongols who raise them. Riders joining these drives will get involved in the many different aspects such as corralling, sorting, watching over the herd, branding, and castrating. Nights will be spent under canvas or on ranches, farms or yurts.


Horse drive

A horse drive involves moving herds of horses from pasture to pasture. In general, the riders tasks will involve circling ahead of and behind the herd in order to keep the horses in check, notably the youngsters. Nights will be spent in tents or on ranches and farms.


Natural horsemanship with Equus journeys

Natural horsemanship holidays allows for the discovery or the perfection of ‘Natural Horsemanship’ (ethological equitation), of which the aim is complicity and close cooperation between horse and rider. The instructors have been trained in a variety of methods such as those of Pat Parelli, Monty Roberts and Buck Brannaman, which they have then adapted to form approaches of their own. Accommodation varies depending on the destination and may include gîtes, ranches and guest houses.


Long distance horse ride

An enduranceriding holiday allows for the discovery and perfection of endurance riding through open countryside. This equestrian discipline is suitable for all experienced riders. The usual aim of these types of holiday is to complete the preparation for a long-distance race. Accommodation varies depending on the destination, and may include gîtes and guest houses.


Polo with Equus Journeys

On a polo playing trip, you will be introduced to this invigorating equestrian sport involving 4 players on horseback on two opposing teams. This riding discipline is within the skill-set of any experienced rider. Accommodation varies depending on the destination and may include estancias, hotels or guest houses.


Exploration with Equus Journeys

A trip led by an extraordinary guide with a specialist knowledge of the destination.  Whether it be an open itinerary or a trip full of memorable events, it is often the guide that truly sets these trips apart; the guide’s insight and skill allows for total and unique immersion into different horse cultures found throughout the world.


Family Trip

During a family horse riding holiday, the pace of the ride, the riding level, accommodation comfort and guides are chosen to suit the needs of a family riding together. The transport of the luggage and of the riders and horses is done by support vehicle. Non-riders are often welcome on these holidays. A family horse riding holiday is also a fantastic opportunity for non-riders to get into the saddle for the first time.

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in tents, outdoor dining

Nights in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's or homestays. Double or twin rooms with bathrooms.

Nights in luxury or boutique accommodation. Rooms have private bathrooms. 

Nights in basic shelter such as a mountain hut/cabin. Usually dormitory beds with shared bathrooms.

Nights in yurts, the traditional housing in Central Asia, with beds and sometimes stoves for heating.

Nights in luxury camps with proper beds and linen. Toilets and showers are usually provided.

Ideal For Families

These rides are ideal for families and offer maximum flexibility

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Non riders

Non riders are welcome to join their riding friends as activities are available for them such as riding   lessons for beginners, cyling, walking, fishing, golf...

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AVAILABLE RIDES

  • ECUADOR Volcanoes and Haciendas

    10 days / 7 days riding from 2419€

    This horseback trail ride journeys between charming haciendas in the Ecuadorian highlands. Ride through tropical cloud forest and across the wide open paramos, where the local chagras and herders roam. LEARN MORE

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    SUITABLE FOR NON-RIDERS

  • PORTUGAL Kingdom of the Lusitano

    8 days / 6 days riding from 1651€

    A fabulous trail ride through hilly meadows full of wild flowers, culminating in a visit to a national Portugese stud farm where you can view the new foals, mares and LEARN MORE

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  • MOROCCO Desert Cavalcade

    8 days / 6 days riding from 774€

    Make your way through the desert on a horseback trail ride in Southern Morocco through a beautiful string of oases. Ride past the first sand dunes of the Sahara, through LEARN MORE

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  • LANGUEDOC ROUSSILLON - CEVENNES Languedoc Roussillon - Mountain Pass Trail

    8 days/ 6 days riding from 1064€

    Trail riding in the heart of the French Pyrenees high on the Aillou plateau. Follow streams, ride past lakes and grazing herds, and canter along plateaus in the wild high LEARN MORE

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  • SPAIN White Villages of Alpujarras

    6 or 5 days/ 4 or 3 days riding from 785€

    The mountains of Southern Spain offer some of the best horse riding in Europe. Between the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains and the delights of Granada, this trail ride takes you LEARN MORE

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  • ICELAND The Kjolur Trail

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    20 June 2020
    27 June 2020
    4 July 2020
    11 July 2020

    8 days / 6 days riding from 2112€

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    A pacey horse riding trail which crosses Iceland on historical tracks linking the North to the South. Explore the ancient Kjölur trail, that Icelanders used to ride when travelling to LEARN MORE

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  • MONGOLIA Orkhon comfort tour NEW !

    14 days / 9 days riding from 2106€

    A trail ride in the renowned Orkhon valley in Mongolia. You will be staying exclusively in gers (yurts) at night, making this a more comfortable alternative to our camping trails. LEARN MORE

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    SUITABLE FOR NON-RIDERS

  • TURKEY Cappadocia Family Ride

    8 days (5 riding) from 905€

    A magical family holiday in the heart of Cappadocia, riding beautiful Arabian horses through one of Turkey's most scenic locations. This horseback holiday is perfect for those wishing to enjoy LEARN MORE

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  • MONGOLIA Across the Orkhon Valley

    13 days / 8 days riding - Price: contact us

    This fabulous trail ride in Mongolia will take you right through the historical Orkhon Valley. From Karakarorum, ride across vast steppes, experiencing the warm and friendly welcome of the locals. LEARN MORE

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  • PROVENCE - THE COTE AZUR South Alps - In the heart of Mercantour

    6 days / 5 days riding from 950€

    Explore the Mercantour region of the Alps on horseback, ride trails through the imposing high mountains and passes, between altitudes of 1500 and 2800m - in an area known for LEARN MORE

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