Equestrian Traditions

Saddling with a traditional fantasia saddle

Equestrian Traditions in Arabia

In North Africa and the Middle East, the horse is revered. Traditional Bedouin tribes relied on their horses as much as their camels and their horses were considered part of the family with highly prized animals being kept inside the tents to keep them safe.

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traditional saddle lying in front of yurts

Equestrian Traditions in Asia

Asia is considered to be the birthplace of the modern horse, and the ancient Przewalski horse still roams free in parts of Mongolia. In Asia horses are still an integral part of everyday life and are used as working animals, for riding and for pulling carts and ploughs. In parts of Asia mares are still milked for traditional drinks and nomadic families rely on their animals.

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Ethiopian saddles in Bale Mountains

Equestrian Traditions in Africa

Worldwide the horse is revered - ridden, worked, respected and cared for - and riding horses is central to all of our holidays. Equus Journeys believes that it is important to inject local equestrian traditions into the heart of our travels. In each meeting with local horsemen, you will gain insight into the long history of man and horse.

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Equestrian traditions in Europe

Europe's history is linked to the horse - firstly as a war horse and then prized amongst royals. Horses were used for working the land, for transport, for demonstrations of prowess whilst bull fighting or performing high school dressage movements. The variety of different breeds is testamount to the multitude of ways in which the horse was fundamental in improving Europe's status in the world.

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Equestrian traditions in America

The land of cowboys and rodeos, America is full of equestrian traditions. Linking into these traditions, which originated from the large cattle ranches, they have their own specific breeds which are ideally suited to the work they require - Quarter horses in North America and Criollos in South America.

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