Here at Equestrian Vacations, we’ve ridden horses in so many places that I can’t even count them all. What I can tell you for sure, though, is that horseback riding holidays are the best holidays.
Horseback riding vacations are a wonderful way to spend quality time with family and friends. When you go on a horseback riding holiday, you’ll get the chance to explore new parts of the world and see familiar places from a new perspective. Here at Equestrian Vacations, we have many friends who have taken horseback riding holidays. What they like best is the time they spend with their loved ones while on these trips. Horseback riding holidays are all about spending high-quality time together, which is why so many friends and families return year after year for more!
We know that not everyone is an expert rider and many of our readers have asked us to put together a list of our favorite riding holidays that are suitable for beginners. It was such a hard task because we love them all, but here are our top picks…
We know not everyone is an expert rider and many of our readers have asked us to put together a list of our favorite riding holidays that are suitable for beginners. Well, we have to warn you: it was a hard task because we love them all, but here are our top picks…
- A five-day trip in Ireland with Western Trails Ireland: Beginner riders can enjoy an unforgettable vacation on the west coast of Ireland, exploring mountains, forests and lakes. The company has been offering horseback rides since 1982 and their experienced guides cater for all levels—from total beginners to advanced riders. They provide a number of different trips which differ in location and length; for example, their “Best of Connemara” takes place on the beautiful wild coast where you’ll get to see spectacular views from your saddle.
- A two-week safari meeting elephants in Kenya with Equitours: If you want to experience something more adventurous than countryside trails, then this safari is definitely worth considering! You’ll be able to ride alongside chimpanzees and gorillas as well as observe elephants up close during your time in Central Kenya. The tour is aimed at intermediate riders who want to experience Africa on horseback but previous riding experience is not required if you feel confident enough.
- A three-hour beach ride in the Maldives with Baros Maldives Resort: This one might be slightly out of reach for those who don’t have much money but it sure looks incredible! While staying at this lush resort surrounded by crystal clear waters you can choose from various activities; including a beach ride along the pristine beaches just before sunset or early sunrise (they even offer private rides if that’s what you prefer). No previous riding experience needed; just hop on a horse and enjoy unique scenery around you!
If you’re looking for something a bit different this summer, how about making like the cowboys and joining a cattle drive? Usually it’s only possible to experience this if you know someone on a ranch but there are now some companies who will take people along on their annual roundups and help out with the work.
If you’ve ever wanted to experience the life of a cowboy or cowgirl, then you should definitely participate in a cattle drive. Cattle drives are an opportunity for people to ride horses all day, work with cattle, and see the countryside from a unique perspective. Not only do you get to participate in a unique experience that most people never get to enjoy (cowboy culture is not particularly common outside of certain parts of the United States), but you also get to meet new people while learning more about Cowboy and Western culture. If you’re looking for something different this summer, then join in on the fun!
If you’ve ever wanted to ride like they do in the movies, then our top pick for a Western riding holiday is the Bar T-5 Ranch in Montana.
- If you’ve ever wanted to ride like they do in the movies, then our top pick for a Western riding holiday is the Bar T-5 Ranch in Montana.
- Let’s start with what to wear. In general, we recommend long pants and boots or sneakers.
- Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and water! You can find more of our packing recommendations here.
- We want you to know what to expect if this is your first time riding, so be sure to check out this video from our friends at Bar T-5.
- There are some things you need to watch out for when you go on a trail ride like this one, including low hanging branches and other riders!
- When you’re done riding around all day, be sure not to forget about brushing your horse down and making him or her comfortable before bedding down yourself! There’s more advice on that here: [link].
- If you have any questions while you’re there or need any help with anything at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out through our contact page: [link].
The countryside around Kualoa Ranch on Oahu has been used in many famous films including Jurassic Park and Jumanji (remember the stampede?). You’ll be riding through valleys, forests and along sandy beaches with awesome views across the Pacific Ocean.
If you like horseback riding, it’s well worth taking a trip to the Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii. The rolling green hills of this ranch have featured in many films and TV shows, from Jurassic Park to Jumanji. The varied scenery throughout the ranch means that you’ll be galloping through forests, valleys and along sandy beaches with breathtaking views across the Pacific Ocean.
Show jumping or eventing? Dressage or polo? Even if you’re not into horses there’s no denying that jumping horses look exceptionally stylish!
Many people are unaware that there are different types of equestrian sports. Show jumping, dressage and eventing are all Olympic disciplines. Polo is also a competitive sport, but isn’t currently an Olympic sport.