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Brittany - Riding Irish Cob in Brittany

7 days / 5 days riding - Price: contact us

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

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS Fingerpost Cottage
Hopton Wafers
Shropshire, DY140NA. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
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BRITTANY-Brittany - Riding Irish Cob in Brittany

7 days / 5 days riding - Price: contact us


Activity :

Level :

Comfort :

Experience horseback riding in Brittany and explore the diverse countryside between Argoat and Armor. Ride along inland and coastline trails, through protected woodlands and forests, by idyllic canals, and gallop the vast beaches of Mont Saint-Michel bay. Ride well-trained Irish Cob horses through Celtic lands, home to magnificent medieval chateaus such as Landal, Montmuran and Combourg, and climb impressive peaks offering unforgettable views across the scenic Breton countryside.

Strengths

- Enjoy a ride that allows you to experience the beautiful inland and coastal landscapes of Brittany
- An athletic ride with long stretches of galloping along the beaches and polders
- Ride well-trained and quality Irish Cob horses
- Discover the impressive medieval chateaus and their idyllic grounds and woodlands that line the route
- Stay in comfortable gites and enjoy delicious Breton cuisine

Itinerary

Day 1 : ARRIVAL AT EQUESTRIAN GITE AT CARDROC -

Depending on your travel plans, you will arrive at the horse farm and gite La Foucheraie, at Cardroc, in the evening (from 6pm onwards) or be met by a member of our team at Pontorson train station.

You will have your first hearty Breton dinner, of delicious local produce, and spend the night in a comfortable gite.

Day 2 : CARDROC - COMBOURG - 6 hours riding

Your first day on horseback will start with a ride through Montmuran Forest on the estate of the magnificent 12th century Montmuran Chateau. Your route will lead to the banks of the calm and idyllic Ille and Rance Canal. You will follow the canal's towpaths as you ride towards Hédé where you will stop for an alfresco picnic lunch in spectacular surroundings. Once back in the saddle, you will ride through the scenic Breton countryside before arriving at Combourg pond. You will have dinner and spend the night in a hotel in the shadow of the impressive medieval Combourg Chateau.

Day 3 : COMBOURG - EPINIAC - 6 hours riding

After breakfast and preparing your horses, at around 10:00, you will head out through the village of Combourg. You will ride through the surrounding fields until you reach Saint-Léger-des-Prés where you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will ride through the peaceful Buzot woodland to reach a typical Breton farm where you will sample some of the region's fresh produce. You will spend the night in a comfortable gite.

This first stage of the ride will allow you to discover Haute Bretagne, with its well-trodden sunken paths, copses and woodland, traditional stone houses and its small, yet beautiful, churches hidden here and there throughout the countryside.

Day 4 : EPINIAC - MONT DOL - 6 hours riding

Riding out from the gite towards the village of Épinac and passing close to Landal Château, one of the most historically significant chateaus in Brittany, you will have the chance to explore the stunning protected area of Higourdais. After lunch, at a restaurant in St-Léonard, your ride will continue and take you towards the imposing silhouettes of Dol-de-Bretagne and Mont-Dol; it is at the foot of these peaks that you will spend the night, at gite Morière.

Day 5 : MONT DOL - ROZ-SUR-COUESNON - 6 hours riding

Setting out in the morning, you will notice that the countryside you are riding through is vastly different from that of the previous stages of the ride. A long walk on horseback will see you exploring the polders and saltmarshes specific to this region, spaces between the water and the land latticed with streams; the beaches here will offer you a chance to enjoy a long gallop. After sitting down to lunch in the restaurant at Télégraphe de Chappe, an old relay communications station, you will ride along the brow of Saint-Broladre and benefit from truly exceptional views. You will spend the night in a gite at Bégossière and have dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Day 6 : ROZ-SUR-COUESNON - MONT SAINT MICHEL - 7-8 hours riding

The day's ride will take you to Mont Saint-Michel as you take a tree-lined track down to the sandy bay. You will gallop past Tomberlaine Island, an immense rock standing proud in the middle of this sandy expanse, and ride until you reach the Bec d'Andaine, on the far side of the bay. This ride will allow you to discover a particularly wild landscape, most likely different from anything you have ever ridden before. You will stop for your picnic lunch on the banks of the Coueson River looking out across the glistening plains.
In the evening, you will return to the gite in Bégossière and dine out for your final meal in Breton.

IMPORTANT: The day's itinerary listed here is a general guideline. The day's programme may be modified depending on the weather and the condition of the ground. It is not always possible to ride everywhere as the tides greatly modify the environment leaving some passages rideable on some days and not on others. It is also the tide that will dictate the start and end times of the day's ride.

Day 7 : ROZ-SUR-COUESNON - CARDROC - UK -

After breakfast, you and the horses will be driven back to your trip's starting point, La Fourcheraie horse farm at Cardroc.

After saying goodbye to the horses and the team, you will head back to the UK from around 12:00 onwards. If you are leaving by train, a transfer to Rennes train station is possible - plan your train departure for after 12:30. Today's lunch is not included.


Price details

No departure for this destination. Please contact our travel advisers for more information.
- Riding groups are made up of 4 to 10 (max.) international riders

- There is a maximum rider weight of 95kg/ 14st 13lbs/ 209 lbs.

- Children form the age of 12 are welcome on this ride as long as they are accompanied by a parent and meet the riding level requirements for the trip

- Transfers are available from Pontorson train station

- There is no possibility of a single room on this trip
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support team

1 English-speaking horse riding guide

Inland transport

Return transfers from Pontorson train station

Accommodation

Gite accommodation - in 3 to 4-person rooms

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverages and personal extras

Transport

International flights
Visa fees

Extras

Tips to the local team
Entry fees to parks, museums and other tourist sites

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

TIPS

In France it is customary to tip - usually this is by rounding up the price when you are satisfied with the service in a restaurant. You may wish to leave a tip with the guide who can split it amongst all members of the team - this is not obligatory and is entirely at your discretion.

HORSES

The horses you will be riding are all Irish Cobs, of Irish origin, measuring between 1.4 and 1.6 metres. They are all shod, docile and well suited to riding the region's trails.

There is a maximum rider weight of 85kg/ 13st 4lbs/ 187 lbs. If you weigh more than this and wish to ride, please contact us before booking.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

For this ride, you need to have mastered all 3 paces (walking, rising trot and galloping in a forward seat) across uneven terrain.

There is a maximum rider weight of 95kg/ 14st 13lbs/ 209 lbs.

PACE

The base pace of the ride is a walking pace interspersed with trots and gallops. Areas of this region's terrain are well suited to long gallops.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be responsible for grooming, tacking and un-tacking your horse throughout the ride as well as feeding and watering them in the morning and evening. You will also need to check out and signal any possible injuries or problems with your horse to you guide during the ride.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

This ride is best suited for experienced riders that ride regularly. You lust be in good physical condition and be able to ride over several days without tiring. This ride is not recommended for inexperienced riders due to the long periods of galloping outdoors.


EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

English saddles and saddlebags are provided.
You will transport your personal day-to-day necessities as well as all support material (horseshoes, first-aid kit etc.) in the saddlebags.
Helmets are mandatory and we recommend you bring your own to ensure a comfortable fit.

COMFORT

During the ride, you will stay in simple yet comfortable gites in either dormitories or 2 to 4-person rooms. There is not the option to have a single room on this trip.

CLIMATE

Cancale bay has characteristics typical of an oceanic climate, being generally humid and temperate, and is subject to westerly winds. It usually has cool summers with most of its rainfall between May and September.

In winter, temperatures vary between 2 and 11°C.
In spring, temperatures vary between 3 and 14°C.
In summer, temperatures vary between 12 and 23°C.
In autumn, temperatures vary between 7 and 20°C.

Meals

You meals will be made from quality local produce. Your midday picnics will consist of regional and homegrown fare such as salads, local chacuterie, chouchen (a honey-based alcoholic drink) and the delicious Breton cake, koiugn-amann.
Evening meals will be hot and had either out at restaurants or at your accommodation. You will enjoy a special Breton themed evening too - crêpes or fruits de mer.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Your guide and teacher, Isabelle, qualified with a BPJEPS in equestrian tourism, has a very thorough and technical knowledge of horses - from blacksmithing to dentistry skills. She speaks English and French and has a calm, open and welcoming personality.

Packing list

Head
- A riding helmet is compulsory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun, wind or rain
- Warm hat for cold evenings/days

Upper body
- Thermals in case of cold weather
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun or extra warmth
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Waterproof jacket (made from Goretex or equivalent) and/ or (depending on the season) a waterproof vest that covers you thighs. No ponchos!!

Legs
- 2 pairs of lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Waterproof over trousers (made from Goretex or equivalent), especially if you don't have a long waterproof coat
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)
- A swimming costume may be useful for impromptu dips in the lake
- Non-irritant cotton or synthetic underwear

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of warm socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Night
- A sleeping bag (comfort rating +5 °). We also recommend bringing a sleeping bag liner (thermal if possible)

Our Recommendations
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lip balm etc)
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Water bottle (1.5 litres or 2 equivalent)
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Toiletries
- Protein or cereal bars for the longer stretches of riding
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it after use
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Small plastic bags for you rubbish
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- A pair of binoculars

Medical kit
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) and clearly stated in your medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Painkillers
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhea medication
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Eye drops
- Hydrating/ soothing cream
- Plasters
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

General information
- The airline allows only one bag to be checked-in per passenger. Make sure it weighs no more than 20kg; if it exceeds this weight, you will have to pay excess luggage fees at check-in
- Hand luggage is limited to 7kg (measuring 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm), it mustn't contain any sharp objects (knives, scissors, nail file or nail scissors, etc.) and the quantity of liquid allowed per passenger is limited to 100ml per container.
In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant over 100 ml and all bottles can be decanted into small, clear, plastic Ziplock bags. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.

ENTRY FORMALITIES

The UK is leaving the European Union. The rules for passports, entry requirements, driving, EHIC cards and more may change after Brexit.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

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Experience horseback riding in Brittany and explore the diverse countryside between Argoat and Armor. Ride along inland and coastline trails, through protected woodlands and forests, by idyllic canals, and gallop the vast beaches of Mont Saint-Michel bay. Ride well-trained Irish Cob horses through Celtic lands, home to magnificent medieval chateaus such as Landal, Montmuran and Combourg, and climb impressive peaks offering unforgettable views across the scenic Breton countryside.

  • Irish Cob squad and their riders
    Brittany on horseback, France
  • Riding on the beach
    Irish Cobs on the beach, France
  • Our riders in front of a menhir
    Brittany and menhir, France
  • Hooves in the water
    Riding on Irish Cobs in brittany, France
  • Chapel in Brittany
    Horseriding trail in Brittany, France
  • Riding in the breton forest
    Riding in the Brittany's forest, France

STRENGTHS

- Enjoy a ride that allows you to experience the beautiful inland and coastal landscapes of Brittany
- An athletic ride with long stretches of galloping along the beaches and polders
- Ride well-trained and quality Irish Cob horses
- Discover the impressive medieval chateaus and their idyllic grounds and woodlands that line the route
- Stay in comfortable gites and enjoy delicious Breton cuisine

ITINERARY

Day 1 : ARRIVAL AT EQUESTRIAN GITE AT CARDROC -

Depending on your travel plans, you will arrive at the horse farm and gite La Foucheraie, at Cardroc, in the evening (from 6pm onwards) or be met by a member of our team at Pontorson train station.

You will have your first hearty Breton dinner, of delicious local produce, and spend the night in a comfortable gite.

Day 2 : CARDROC - COMBOURG - 6 hours riding

Your first day on horseback will start with a ride through Montmuran Forest on the estate of the magnificent 12th century Montmuran Chateau. Your route will lead to the banks of the calm and idyllic Ille and Rance Canal. You will follow the canal's towpaths as you ride towards Hédé where you will stop for an alfresco picnic lunch in spectacular surroundings. Once back in the saddle, you will ride through the scenic Breton countryside before arriving at Combourg pond. You will have dinner and spend the night in a hotel in the shadow of the impressive medieval Combourg Chateau.

Day 3 : COMBOURG - EPINIAC - 6 hours riding

After breakfast and preparing your horses, at around 10:00, you will head out through the village of Combourg. You will ride through the surrounding fields until you reach Saint-Léger-des-Prés where you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will ride through the peaceful Buzot woodland to reach a typical Breton farm where you will sample some of the region's fresh produce. You will spend the night in a comfortable gite.

This first stage of the ride will allow you to discover Haute Bretagne, with its well-trodden sunken paths, copses and woodland, traditional stone houses and its small, yet beautiful, churches hidden here and there throughout the countryside.

Day 4 : EPINIAC - MONT DOL - 6 hours riding

Riding out from the gite towards the village of Épinac and passing close to Landal Château, one of the most historically significant chateaus in Brittany, you will have the chance to explore the stunning protected area of Higourdais. After lunch, at a restaurant in St-Léonard, your ride will continue and take you towards the imposing silhouettes of Dol-de-Bretagne and Mont-Dol; it is at the foot of these peaks that you will spend the night, at gite Morière.

Day 5 : MONT DOL - ROZ-SUR-COUESNON - 6 hours riding

Setting out in the morning, you will notice that the countryside you are riding through is vastly different from that of the previous stages of the ride. A long walk on horseback will see you exploring the polders and saltmarshes specific to this region, spaces between the water and the land latticed with streams; the beaches here will offer you a chance to enjoy a long gallop. After sitting down to lunch in the restaurant at Télégraphe de Chappe, an old relay communications station, you will ride along the brow of Saint-Broladre and benefit from truly exceptional views. You will spend the night in a gite at Bégossière and have dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Day 6 : ROZ-SUR-COUESNON - MONT SAINT MICHEL - 7-8 hours riding

The day's ride will take you to Mont Saint-Michel as you take a tree-lined track down to the sandy bay. You will gallop past Tomberlaine Island, an immense rock standing proud in the middle of this sandy expanse, and ride until you reach the Bec d'Andaine, on the far side of the bay. This ride will allow you to discover a particularly wild landscape, most likely different from anything you have ever ridden before. You will stop for your picnic lunch on the banks of the Coueson River looking out across the glistening plains.
In the evening, you will return to the gite in Bégossière and dine out for your final meal in Breton.

IMPORTANT: The day's itinerary listed here is a general guideline. The day's programme may be modified depending on the weather and the condition of the ground. It is not always possible to ride everywhere as the tides greatly modify the environment leaving some passages rideable on some days and not on others. It is also the tide that will dictate the start and end times of the day's ride.

Day 7 : ROZ-SUR-COUESNON - CARDROC - UK -

After breakfast, you and the horses will be driven back to your trip's starting point, La Fourcheraie horse farm at Cardroc.

After saying goodbye to the horses and the team, you will head back to the UK from around 12:00 onwards. If you are leaving by train, a transfer to Rennes train station is possible - plan your train departure for after 12:30. Today's lunch is not included.

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