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    Riding Holidays in the UK

    Horse Riding Holidays in the UK

    From the idyllic beaches of Cornwall to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands, the UK has an affinity with all things equestrian. From horse riding in Wales and challenging treks across the Glens of Scotland, to intensive tuition in the Central region - the possibilities for riding holidays in the UK are endless. Miles of scenic dedicated bridleways and tracks, forests, National Parks, mountains, beach riding, and quality horses, make the UK a superb destination for a riding holiday. For more information on individual Riding Holidays in the UK, please follow the regional links below.

    Equestrian Breaks – Central, UK

    Stretching from the borders of Wales, Central England has a dramatic, ever changing skyline. Explore the picturesque chocolate box villages of the Cotswolds or venture along the woodland pathways of Sherwood Forest. The rolling hills and secluded bridleways of the Marches are perfect for exploring on horseback. There are also ample opportunities for trail riding in the Peak District National Park.  From tuition and day riding, to short-breaks and longer trail riding holidays, Central England has something to offer all levels and ability of rider.

    Riding Holiday – East, UK

    Miles of golden beaches and wide open countryside; the beautiful counties of this region are ideal for horse riding. From sandy day rides to longer holidays following the bridleways and quiet country lanes of the hinterland, the East of England has a wealth of equestrian opportunities. Explore the vast expanses of Fens’ marshland, the sleepy Broads or ride through John Constable's landscape of vales and mills in Suffolk.

    Riding Holidays in the UK - North East

    The rugged, romantic countryside of the North East of England is an excellent backdrop for a riding holiday. Venture on horseback along the fossil clad heritage coastline. Canter over carpets of mauve heather on the dramatic Moors. Explore miles of bridleways in Northumberland's secluded National Parks, discovering historic hill forts, Hadrian's Wall or the rugged wilderness of Kielder Water and Forest Park. Tranquil countryside, fantastic flora and fauna and miles of sandy beaches are the recipe for a memorable riding holiday in the North East.

    Horse Riding in the North West, UK

    The North West of England is renowned for the breath-takingly beautiful Lake District. All levels and ability of rider are catered for on trekking holidays in this popular region. The peaks, fells and lakes are perfect for day rides or longer more challenging trails. Discover the quiet coastline of the Lake District Peninsulas, for beach riding along the shores of the Irish Sea. For fun family holidays, guided and non-guided trail riding, or short-breaks with tuition, the North West is a super location for horse riding.

    Horse Riding Holidays in South East England

    Away from the bustling metropolis of the City, the Garden of England - Kent, is ideal for a relaxing horse riding break. The peaceful countryside, miles of unspoilt coastline and undulating Downs of Sussex are perfect for an adventure in the saddle. Alternatively, discover Hampshire, with miles of riding trails and numerous centres offering horse riding in the New Forest.

    Riding Holidays in the UK The wild ponies of Dartmoor.

    Horse Riding - South West England

    The South West of England is rambling mysterious moorland, verdant rolling hills and picture perfect golden beaches; the perfect ingredients for a riding holiday. With much of this region classified as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is an ideal location for horse trekking. Numerous establishments in the South West offer horse riding holidays. All ages and abilities are catered for, with family trekking and pony camps in Cornwall for children, being a particularly popular alternative to the bustling beaches of the summer months.

    Equestrian Holidays in Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland is known for its Norman castles, glacial valleys and mountains, Celtic monuments, and some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe. The coastline provides long stretches of golden sand, flanked by impressive dunes, ideal for exploring in the saddle. Home to numerous centres offering a range of equestrian holidays in Northern Ireland, from family trekking for beginners to intensive tuition, challenging trails and fast beach riding for advanced riders.

    Riding Holidays in Scotland

    With mile upon mile of deserted sands, this region has fantastic fast beach riding and endless opportunities for splashy canters. Scotland is a land of vast mountain wilderness interspersed with glacial glens and magnificent lochs. Discover the remote Northwest Highlands and Cairngorms, on multi-day riding holiday adventures. From fun, family farm based holidays, to challenging trail rides camping out under the stars in the wild highlands, a riding holiday in Scotland will be an unforgettable experience.

    Riding Holidays in the UK Beach Riding in Wales

    Horse Riding in Wales

    Wales is known for its spectacular mountainous national parks, rugged coastline, glacial lakes and Celtic culture; a simply unforgettable location for an equestrian holiday. Whether a weekend of horse riding in the Snowdonia National Park takes your fancy or a day of cantering on the beaches of West Wales, this country will delight. From novice riders and family groups to advanced equestrians, the panoramic vista of picturesque Wales is the quintessential backdrop for a riding holiday.

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  • Winter Time Saving Tips for the Horse Owner

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    The nights are drawing in, the temperature is beginning to fall... we're heading for that time of year again! Winter can be a challenge for the most dedicated of horse owners, so we've put together a few simple winter time saving tips for the horse owner, to make the season a little more bearable.

      • If you don't have time for a full schooling session, or it's too dark or icy for roadwork, a short 20 minutes on the lunge can help your horse stay fit and will allow him to stretch his legs.

     

      • Invest in a quantity of 5 or 6 haynets. Fill them up in advance on a Sunday to save time during the week!

     

      • Develop a rota system. Get together with other horse owners on the yard and draw up a rota to turn out and bring in for each other on set days.

     

      • Keep an eye on the weather forecast and make sure you have a supply of rock salt on hand for those slippery concrete walkways.

     

      • Buy a set of overalls, available online or from most agricultural suppliers and farm stores. These can go straight over your day clothes and save you getting changed.

     

      • Buy a cheap plastic ball to place in water-troughs. This doesn't always prevent freezing if the temperatures really plummet but it can certainly help allow your horse access to drinking water.

     

      • Keep a torch and a spare set of batteries in your car for checking your horse over in the field. Wind-up or LED lanterns are also great to have on hand. Even if your yard has electric and is well lit, rural areas are notorious for power-cuts in winter... be prepared!

     

      • Mix (dry) morning feeds the night before. Buy bucket covers to keep feed, vermin and dust-free.

     

      • Purchase an economy double duvet (available in most supermarkets). They make a great, cheap, emergency stand-by (to go underneath quiltied rugs) if temperatures fall. Even though they are sheltered from the elements, stable kept horses have limited movement, so can get chilly on on icy cold night.

     

    • Consider deep-littering during the week, with a good clear out, wash and disinfect of the stable on a Saturday. This not only saves time but can keep the stable a little warmer.

     

     

    TOP TIP: BOOK A RIDING HOLIDAY!

    Whether you head off in search of winter sun, snowy trails, or perhaps take the opportunity to learn a new skill on a dressage or polo holiday, a short-break away will leave you refreshed and ready to cope with the remainder of the long, drawn-out UK winter.

    Winter Riding Holidays in Sweden

      • Embrace the snowy season with a winter riding holiday. Head north and enjoy an adventurous trail ride through winter’s eerie frozen magic. Consider Finland, Iceland or the spectacular Swedish Lapland.

     

    • Head south for some winter sun. European destinations such as Southern Spain and Portugal are generally milder and offer a brief respite from the sub-zero chill of the UK. Alternatively, South Africa has some fantastic opportunities for sunny riding, and December and January are exceptionally hot and dry in Colombia.

     

     

    Riding Holidays in Spain Beautiful trail riding in Andalucia!
    riding holidays in colombia The spectacular Coffee Triangle of Colombia.

     

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  • Riding Holidays in Colombia

    The Coffee Triangle is a spectacular area in Colombia, which by definition is formed by the three departments of Quindio, Caldas and Risaralda. This remote and beautiful landscape is perfect for exploring on horseback; a unique terrain of lush valleys and towering palms flanked by dramatic volcanic peaks.

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    Riding Holidays in Colombia

    Horseback Riding Colombia have used their 20 years of experience in the equestrian industry to carefully design an adventurous, action-packed trail riding itinerary which gives riding guests a truly unforgettable holiday experience.

    This region of Colombia has an enviable climate and a wealth of fantastic flora and fauna. The varied terrain allows for a mixed pace ride, with opportunities for faster riding on the responsive Colombian Criollo. Experienced, fit riders will relish spending 6 or 7 hours a day in the saddle discovering waterfalls and volcanos and experiencing first-hand the local culture and customs. Wholesome food, fantastic hospitality and knowledgeable dedicated guides - this trail ride has all the ingredients for wonderful riding holidays in Colombia.

    Accommodation along the trail is in a selection of traditional hotels and estancia, with some overnight comfortable camping. Discover colourful towns and peaceful villages. Swim in cool, clear lakes and relax in the soothing, therapeutic waters of geothermal pools. Learn something of the local coffee culture with a tour round a local coffee plantation. This trail ride incorporates all that this magnificent region has to offer.

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    COFFEE TRIANGLE TRAIL - 9 nights/10 days (8 days riding)
    Price from: € 2690 - Full board (all meals, water and soft-drinks)
    Accommodation is in double/twin rooms (2pax/room) with private bathroom. Some camping.
    6-7 hours riding per day. Riders should be fit and confident at all paces and fully able to control their horse in open spaces. Competent children aged 12+ accepted, when accompanied by an adult.
    Min: 2 people (discounts apply for 2+ pax)
    Max: 20 People
    Max weight: 120 kg

    DATES:
    27 Dec 2017 to 06 Jan 2018Riding Holidays in Colombia
    20 - 29 Jan 2018
    17 - 26 Feb 2018
    10 - 19 Mar 2018
    07 - 16 Apr 2018
    21 - 30 Apr 2018
    21 - 30 May 2018
    06 - 15 Jul 2018
    27 Jul - 05 Aug 2018
    24 Aug - 02 Sept 2018
    21 - 30 Sept 2018
    22 - 31 Oct 2018
    21 - 30 Nov 2018
    27 Dec 2018 to 06 Jan 2019

     Please contact us for more details on Riding Holidays in Colombia

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  • Riding Holidays in Tuscany

    tuscany-2044332_1920Tuscany is home to an enchanting landscape of fragrant olive groves and vineyard terraces, rolling hills and medieval hilltop villages.

    Agriturismo Diacceroni is ideally situated in one of the most picturesque parts of this region between Pisa, Florence and Siena, making it a perfect for family holidays. The 250 hectare working estate offers a range of both riding and non-riding activities, making it ideal for families and mixed groups. From sunset trail rides and dressage tuition to cookery courses and mountain bike excursions, this delightful location has something for every guest.

     

    Riding Holidays in Tuscany

    Agriturismo Diacceroni have designed a number of fantastic trail riding itineraries to showcase their petit pocket of paradise. Discover the magical atmosphere of a cool, tranquil sunrise on horseback, culminating in a delicious breakfast, or enjoy the iridescent colours of sunset from the saddle with an evening trail, topped off with wine and dinner on your return. This area has a wealth of history, architecture and culture, entwined within its sleepy villages, rolling hills, dense woodland and scenic river D’Era. The experienced owners of this charming estate have carefully mapped out their routes, to incorporate all this area has to offer. With quality horses, experienced guides and a varied terrain, competent riders will relish in some long fast canters and river swims on horseback!

    Trail Riding in Tuscany

    Riding Holidays in Tuscany - 2017

    Tuscan Sunrise Trail Ride
    A magical sunrise trail ride! Experience the sun rising over the rolling Tuscan countryside before returning for a delicious full breakfast and hot coffee.
    Price: €55 (with full breakfast included)
    Duration: approx. 1.5hrs

    Tuscan Sunset Trail Ride
    Set out at sunset for a peaceful evening hack; the colours at this time of day are magnificent. Return at dusk as the moon rises before enjoying a glass of wine and light dinner.
    Price: €55 (including drink and dinner)
    Duration: approx. 1.5hrs

    Tuscan River Trail Ride
    A refreshing ride through the river D’Era. At some points of the river the horses begin to swim which is fantastic fun. Plenty of opportunities for great gallops on this ride!
    Price: €55
    Duration: approx. 2hrs

    Teatro del Silenzio Trail Ride
    Explore the rolling hills of Tuscany which surround Lajatico, on horseback, ride up to and inside the theatre built by the architect Andrea Bartalini rendered famous by Andrea Bocelli.
    Price: €75
    Duration: approx. 3hrs

    Montelopio Park Trail Ride
    This trail ride passes through the hills adjacent to the farm estate and through the borgo of Montelopio. Discover fantastic tracks through dense woodland and open fields of grazing deer and wild boar. The route takes riders through picturesque Montelopio, where it is possible to stop for light refreshments at a quaint bar.
    Price: €55
    Duration: approx. 2hrs

    balze-di-volterra-diacceroni-agriturismo-toscana-vacanze-cavalloBalze of Volterra Trail Ride
    A delightful picnic ride through a spectacular and ever-changing landscape. Explore the river D’Era; passing through tranquil valleys and over the rolling hills surrounding Volterra before stopping in a shady glade for a sumptuous picnic style lunch. Opportunities for long canters and fast gallops on this trail, as such it is only suitable for experienced riders.
    Price: €135
    Duration: approx. 5hrs

    For more details on Riding Holidays in Tuscany see: Agriturismo Diacceroni or Contact Us.

    Riding Holidays in Tuscany

  • Pony Camps in the UK - Horse Riding Holidays

    Pony Camps in the UK

    Pony Camps in the UK

    Pony Camps in the UK and overseas are a fantastic adventure for children and are often the highlight of their riding year.

    All-inclusive residential camps provide the perfect opportunity for children and teenagers from 7+ years to gain first-hand experience and knowledge of the daily skills required in looking after their own pony. Youngsters gain a tremendous amount of confidence both in and out of the saddle over the duration of their stay, with a range of fun and exciting activities supervised by friendly, experienced staff.

    Penycoed Riding Stables is ideally situated in North Shropshire, close to the border of Wales, on the Llynclys Nature Reserve with miles of bridleways to discover on horseback. The established centre, see their young guests returning year after year to take part in the popular Pony Camps . All levels and ability of rider are catered for on these "all-inclusive" 5 day/4 night camps, with children taking part in a flexible itinerary, choosing from lessons, jumping, hacking and stable management. The young riders are on the yard every morning, grooming, checking over and preparing the horses and ponies before daily riding. At the end of the day, they assist in the feeding and turning out of their equine companions in nearby fields.  Children are groups according to ability from beginner to advanced, with progression to higher groups possible during the week as their riding ability improves.

    The highlight of the week for most is Gymkhana Day! Children have an opportunity to compete in a whole day of fun and games in the school, with plenty of rosettes to be won.

    Accommodation at Penycoed is in luxury log cabins with meals provided. Shorter stays by arrangement.

    Please enquire for further information and future dates.

    Pony Camps in the UK

  • Guest Ranches in British Columbia

    Guest Ranches in British ColumbiaGuest Ranches in British Columbia - Montana Hill Guest Ranch

    Montana Hill Guest Ranch is nestled in the gentle rolling hills of Bridge Lake, in the heart of South Cariboo cowboy country and is ideally situated for guests seeking a tranquil retreat. Discover endless scenic trails leading through vast, scented pine forests, in a spectacular landscape dotted with lakes. This working ranch offers a combination of luxury cabins with private hot tubs, friendly hosting, quality horses and a wealth of amenities and activities.

     

    Guest Ranches in British Columbia2017 Season Special

    Meet the Hosts
    Experienced and dedicated owners Alan and Elaine Dillabaugh have certainly discovered the perfect recipe for an unforgettable and magical vacation! This truly is a home from home. The couple have focused on providing guests with a luxury stay at a cost effective price. Montana Hill Guest Ranch is a much sought after life-long dream for Alan and Elaine and as such, their enthusiasm and passion is boundless.

    On the Ranch
    Try your hand at some Western skills with professional cowboy roping lessons or indulge yourself and book a luxurious Spa Treatment. From peaceful picnics to gourmet breakfasts, Montana Hill Guest Ranch has it all. There are four beautiful log cabins on site, (sleeping up to four guests per cabin), each carefully designed to create the perfect ambiance.

    Bring your Own Horse
    The ranch welcomes guests who wish to bring their own horse. A paddock and shelter is provided alongside your cabin and there are hundreds of acres of panoramic trails to explore on horseback. This is also a Pet Friendly Guest Ranch (by arrangement).

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    Montana Hill Guest Ranch ~ an unforgettable experience!

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  • António Borba Monteiro

    António Borba MonteiroMeet the Instructor: António Borba Monteiro

     

    Early Years
    António was born in Portugal. His family have a long heritage as riders, breeders of horses and bulls. The mentoring skills of both his grandfather and his uncle Master Guilherme Borba, proved pivotal to his future pathway, encouraging him to discover and learn the traditions associated with the majestic Lusitano horse

    On his 18th birthday António moved to his uncle’s home, the house of his grandfather, where he remains today with his family. Despite his passion for horses, António also completed a degree in engineering, like his father. He uses this knowledge helps him to interpret the dynamics and kinetic efforts of horses.

    Portuguese School of Equestrian Art (EPAE)
    In 1981, António joined the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art (EPAE), once again under the guidance of his uncle he achieved great success, meeting the approval of his Master, the great Nuno de Oliveira. Master Nuno went on to give ABM the great honour and huge responsibility of working with his horses while he travelled to Australia. The Master, an old friend from the family, jokes: - “If you improve them, I’ll give them to you…”!

    Santo André Lusitanos
    Santo André Lusitanos is a Premier Dressage School ideally situated in a green and leafy haven just 15 minutes from Lisbon airport.

    The centre is dedicated to providing an exceptional standard of tuition in Classical Equitation. Lessons are taught by highly experienced instructors, under the guidance of António Borba Monteiro, Master of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.

    Ethos

    “If you understand what the horse tells you, it’s always more relaxed and fun!”

    António encourages riders to respect the horse’s natural postures and uses this focus as a starting point, when instructing.

     

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    “ride from the horse”

    For more details see Santo André Lusitanos or Contact Us

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  • Trail Riding in Mongolia - Horse Riding Holidays

    Trail Riding in Mongolia

    TEMUJIN'S HIDDEN TRAIL will take you on a journey of discovery in the spectacular Khan-Khentii mountain range!

    Situated just 100 miles east of Ulaanbaatar in the Töv and Khentii Provinces in northern Mongolia, the chain of mountains overlaps the Khan Khentii National Park (a Strictly Protected Area) and includes Mongolia's sacred mountain, Burkhan Khaldun, which has long been associated with the origin of Genghis Khan. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, perfect for exploring on horseback; a visual extravaganza of vast forested wilderness, open grassy plains, river valleys and dramatic mountains.

    Trail Riding in Mongolia

    Experienced guides will lead you on an unforgettable adventure, discovering hidden historical and cultural sites. The diverse terrain allows for a mixed pace ride, with plenty of opportunities for fast canters. Discover an abundance of unique fauna and flora along your journey through this pristine wilderness of wildflower filled pastures and lush valleys lined with larch and birch trees. This habitat attracts an array of wildlife including hawks, eagles, elk, deer, moose and even wolf.

    Spectacular sunsets, cosy yurts and intimate campfires under endless star-filled skies provide an ethereal end to each day. Trail Riding in Mongolia is addictive! This wonderful country has such varied and interesting landscapes, it isn't hard to see why. Monglobe Travel also offer a number of other Trail Riding itineraries, exploring desert and mountain, forest and river valley. For those keen on Fishing Holidays, it is possible to combine your riding holiday in Mongolia, with fly fishing, in some of Mongolia's secret spots! This professional company are dedicated to providing travellers with their dream holiday, specialising in tailormade trips for families, couples and groups.

    Mongolia is truly the adventure lover’s paradise – vast, remote and rich with culture and natural beauty!

     

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    For more details on Trail Riding in mongolia see: Monglobe Travel or Contact Us.

     

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  • Horse Riding Spain - Riding Holidays

    Horse Riding SpainRelax in the warmth of the Spanish sunshine in spectacular Andalusia!

    Discover the delights of riding beautifully schooled, responsive horses, through delicately fragranced orange and lemon groves, splashing through cooling rivers and meandering along eucalyptus-lined river banks.

    Horse Riding Holidays in Spain

    It’s not difficult to see why guests return year after year to Horse Riding Spain. Owners Miranda and Giles have discovered the perfect recipe for the quintessential riding holiday. Friendly hosting, fabulous accommodation, quality horses and a breath-taking vista. Located just 35 minutes from Malaga airport, close to the town of Coín, the ranch is ideally situated in a secluded river valley, adjoining the idyllic Sierra de las Nieves National Reserve. This establishment is truly a haven for horse enthusiasts.

    Horse Riding Spain - Holiday Packages.

    Riding is aimed at confident intermediate and experienced riders. Choose from 3 or 4 night or full week packages, starting from just €675. With an amazing 50% non-rider discount, Horse Riding Spain is a fantastic choice for families, couples and mixed riding/non-riding groups. There are numerous additional activities locally, such as hiking, cycling, climbing, shooting, golf, motor cross routes. Guests may also enjoy the delightful Mediterranean gardens, relax on the sun terrace, take refreshing dips in the pool, or explore nearby Coín.

    This is one of our most popular Riding Holiday destinations. Check out some of the many fantastic Riding Holiday Reviews for Horse Riding Spain. Guests return year after year to ride in the warmth of the Spanish sunshine. The short transfer time from Malaga Airport, combined with frequent, relatively cheap flights from the UK, enable Horse Riding Spain to be a very easy option for a weekend break or short stay. Happy Horses, Happy Hosts, Happy Guests!

    This is horse riding at its very best!

    For more details see: Horse Riding Spain or contact us.

     

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  • Natural Horsemanship Courses - Riding Holidays

    Natural Horsemanship CoursesSundance Ranch - Portugal.

    Discover the delightful Sundance Ranch, set in the stunning Alentejo region of South West Portugal, dedicated to providing guests with week-long courses in Natural Horsemanship and Western Riding.

    The Alentejo covers over a third of Portugal. The protected plains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site stretch out beyond the mountains of Monchique and the Serra do Caldeirao. Discover a magnificent unspoilt landscape of tiny whitewashed villages, mighty rivers, and cork and pine forest. Sundance Ranch is perfectly situated in this protected retreat, close to the town of Odemira and just a short distance from the rugged and deserted Atlantic coastline.

    Natural Horsemanship Courses

    Natural Horsemanship is a philosophy of working with horses based on the horse's natural instincts and methods of communication. The understanding is that horses do not learn through fear or pain, but rather from pressure and the release of pressure in a spirit of cooperation and harmony.

    Itineraries at Sundance Ranch are carefully tailored to suit the needs of riding guests. The weekly schedule at this friendly ranch is flexible and incorporates time to explore the local area. Working with the horses can include ground work, riding lessons or trail riding, depending on the interest and requirements of the groups. Lessons can be taught in both English and German.

    Natural Horsemanship and Western riding holidays are suitable for all levels and ability of guest, with the focus on developing a trusting relationship between horse and rider. The small herd on this fifty hectare ranch consists of Quarter Horses and Portuguese breeds. A selection of both youngsters and experienced horses, enable riders to be matched with the ideal horse to help them achieve the maximum enjoyment and enrichment from their riding holiday.

    Natural Horsemanship Courses

    Contact us for more details on Natural Horsemanship Courses, Western Ranch Holidays or Riding Holidays in Portugal

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  • Riding Safari Holidays in Africa

    Riding Safari Holidays

    Riding Safari Holidays in South Africa

    Explore the wild craggy rock formations and vast grassy plains of the upper escarpment and the sandveld vegetation and wetlands of the lower plateau, on a quintessential riding safari with Out in Africa Encounters.  The Entabeni Safari Conservancy is ideally situated in the World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere”. This 22 000ha malaria-free reserve boasts five eco-systems and provides the perfect backdrop for these unique, intimate safaris, which have been designed to enhance the natural ambience of this spectacular region.

    Luxury Big Five Adventure
    Confident riders can immerse themselves in the wilderness of the bush on an adrenaline fuelled, 8 Day, Big 5 Adventure, combining 3 nights in Lodges and 4 nights at Fly Camp. The route has been carefully planned to ensure guests experience the full diversity of this location. Maximum game viewing opportunities! On horseback you will be in a unique vantage point to view game. Experienced guides will position you in the ideal spots, to blend in with your environment and becomae at one with nature.

    No attention to detail has been spared on this exciting adventure.

    Lodge Based Safaris
    As an alternative to the Big Five Adventure, Out in Africa Encounters offer guests a lodge based safari. Relax in opulence with an unforgettable Lodge Based Safari Holiday. Families, Private Groups and less experienced riders, can combine twice daily riding with additional activities, whilst enjoying the comfort and tranquillity of this wonderful retreat. Whilst only experienced riders can enter the “Big 5” areas, the less dangerous game and wildlife around the lodges are plentiful. Romantic log fires, sundowners and sumptuous cuisine, combined with quality horses, experienced guides and a multitude of fauna and flora, ensure a truly magical riding safari holiday.
    Riding Safari HolidaysWe have a fantastic selection of Riding Safari Holidays in South Africa.

    For more details on Out in Africa Encounters or more information about other destinations, please contact us.

    Riding Safari Holidays

  • Riding Holidays in Cornwall

    Riding Holidays in Cornwall

    Discover picturesque Cornish scenery on a riding holiday with Hallagenna Riding and Cottage Holidays. The centre is perfectly situated in the heart of the Cornish countryside, allowing easy access to the remote and rugged wilderness of Bodmin Moor. The friendly, family run centre is operated by qualified, experienced staff and has a selection of quality horses to suit all levels of rider. For those wishing to stay at Hallagenna, recently renovated self-catering cottages are available, providing the perfect place to relax after a day in the saddle. The holiday cottages and riding centre form an ideal base from which to explore the rest of Cornwall. This is an ideal Riding Holiday for familes, couples or groups. There is plenty of alternative activities locally for accompanying non-riders.

    “Learn to Ride” Weeks

    For complete beginners, novice riders and those keen to return to the saddle, the centre offers tailormade packages with a combination of expert tuition in the school and daily trekking in beautiful countryside to improve riding skills, confidence and general equine knowledge. Intensive "Learn to Ride" weeks are great for riders who wish to expand their skills and fitness in the saddle before booking a Riding Holiday overseas. The perfect taster before committing to a long haul Riding Holiday destination.

    Riding Holidays in Cornwall

    Hallagenna has a selection of itineraries to tempt competent riders looking for day rides, short-breaks or week long riding holidays. Spend between 3 and 8 hours in the saddle each day on guided trails. Ride through the shady, wooded valleys of the river Camel, over open moorland with Atlantic views and along the smuggler’s routes of Poldark country. Rides combine fantastic scenery with mouth-watering refreshments, cream teas, pub lunches and local wines for an unforgettable riding holiday experience in the South West of England.

    For more information on Riding Holidays in Cornwall please contact us.

    Riding Holidays in Cornwall

  • Riding Holidays for Singles

    Riding Holidays for Singles

    Regular independent travellers will delight in telling you that you’ll find numerable like-minded companions on a riding holiday. From enthusiastic thrill seekers, eager for the adrenaline rush of galloping with game in the Serengeti to sociable types, keen to explore picturesque vineyards of Tuscany - the choices are endless. From ranch holidays dedicated to groups of singles, to trail rides for all, the perfect riding holiday for singles awaits. Your first holiday as a single traveller can be daunting yet liberating; consider the following pointers to help you through the process.

    Riding Holidays for Singles

    1) Cost – The dreaded phrase “Single Supplement” often deters many a lone traveller. Some rides do however offer specialist singles weeks and others may have departures with no single supplement or one or two single rooms or tents with no additional charge. Most establishments will help customers avoiding having to pay a single supplement by arranging same-sex room shares.

    2) Type of Holiday – Whether you are looking for a luxury safari, exotic beach riding or a desert camping trail, your choices are in no way limited by travelling alone. A little research is always worthwhile, as you may find some destinations cater more for family groups or couples. Whilst you would never be made to feel unwelcome, you may prefer a ride where there are likely to be a few other single riders. Solo travellers can often be a little apprehensive about the prospect of meal times alone, but on many riding holidays, sociable evening can be the highpoint of the trip, offering a chance to bond with your group and share stories.

    3) Group Size – You will have one fundamental trait in common with others in your group - you are all adventurous, keen riders. Larger group sizes will allow you to mingle with your riding companions, and make a few friends along the way. Your fellow riders may even be keen to make plans and book other riding holidays with you.

    Riding holidays in Spain Sunny canters with Horse Riding Spain!

    Horse Riding Holidays

    Spain: Horse Riding Spain is a friendly establishment, ideal for single travellers.

    France: Horse Holidays France offer trail riding and short-break riding holidays in a spectacular location, a short commute from Paris. Sociable, chatty guides will help single travellers feel very at ease.

    Canada: Montana Hill Guest Ranch is a warm, friendly guest ranch in pristine British Columbia. As riding holidays for singles go, this is a a great option! The relaxing ranch has a host of activities on offer from roping lessons to Spa treatments, and of course trail riding through breath-takingly beautiful scenery.

    If you would like any information on riding holidays for singles, please contact us.

  • Choosing a Ranch Holiday

    Choosing a ranch holidayThere are establishments all over the globe offering genuine Western Riding and Ranch experiences. From Latin American Gauchos in the traditional Estancias and Fazendas of Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico to the classic cowboy ranches of Canada and the USA. Western riding is becoming increasingly popular and is available in a number of less obvious destinations such as Italy, Hungary, France and Portugal. With such a diversity of options, the following pointers will help you find your perfect Ranch Holiday.

    Choosing a Ranch Holiday

    1) Riding – Are the quality of the horses important to you? Are you looking for a well-established family ranch that breeds its own stock or are you happy with a ranch that hires in horses seasonally? Are you looking for a holiday with fast paced riding, working livestock, daily trail riding, tuition, cattle drives, pack trips, team penning or arena games? Ranches fall into one of the following categories:

    Working Ranches - These are working cattle or sheep units. Your riding adventures will be determined solely by seasonal work related to the ranch livestock. Be prepared to experience these activities first hand as part of a team, from moving livestock, checking fencing, routine health management and general farm duties. These holidays are ideal if you are looking for the true “Cowboy” experience, especially for those confident in the saddle. Accommodation and facilities are often rustic but realistic.

    Dude Ranches – Horse riding is the predominant feature at these ranches. You’ll experience a variety of Western riding and outdoor activities. These are ideal for family holidays, where tuition and guidance is available for all ages and abilities. Some Dude ranches offer the fantastic opportunity to take a horse pack trip into the wilderness for an overnight camping adventure.

    Ranch Resorts – Whist Western riding will always be available at ranch resorts, guests will also have access to an array of other diverse leisure and sporting activities. These tend to be larger ranches, with a range of accommodation from family suites and bunk houses, to luxury cabins. They may have additional onsite spa facilities, such as swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs, massages and beauty treatments. These ranches are again ideal for family groups, especially where some guests are non-riding.

    2) Location - The location of the ranch determines the terrain; consider the riding environment that appeals to you, when choosing a ranch holiday. Do you long to venture on horseback over fragrant meadows, lope amongst the cacti in arid desert, trek into vast prairies or traverse snow-capped mountain trails?

    3) Dates - Your final consideration should be the time of year you choose to holiday. Popular Ranches tend to be booked up well in advance, so plan ahead. Typically if you are looking at a US based holiday, the ranches in the northern states (and cooler climates) are busiest in the summer months, while the southern ranches offer warm weather riding in the winter months.

    If you would like any further information on Western Ranch Holidays, please contact us.

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  • Horse Riding Safari Holidays - Top Tips

    Horse Riding Safari Holidays

    Horseback Safaris have long been considered the ultimate riding holiday experience. Viewing game from the saddle gives you a unique vantage point, with a natural camouflage and a sense of being at one with nature. As you sit in quiet anticipation, your horse will attune to its surroundings, alert to any movement or sound of approaching game. A riding safari allows access through dense bush and across waterways into areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. Safari exists wherever there is wildlife, but the classic destination is undoubtedly Africa; Botswana, South Africa, and Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania and more. A wealth of adventure awaits.

    Horse Riding Safari Holidays - <<AFRICA>>

    Experienced Riders – If you are a confident rider, fit and secure in the saddle at all paces, you will find there really is nothing more exhilarating than seeing the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo) from the saddle in the African Bush! Do you want to canter alongside elegant giraffe in the Okavango Delta, ride deep into the incredible Makgadikgadi salt pans in Botswana or gallop amongst the great wildebeest migration on the plains of Kenya? Advanced riders will relish in challenging expeditions into the harsh, unchartered but breath-taking terrain of Namibia. From tented camps to luxurious lodges, the riding safari opportunities are endless

    Beginner, Intermediate Riders and Mixed Level Groups – There are still plenty of destinations throughout Eastern and Southern Africa, for those not so confident in the saddle. Private reserves such as those in South Africa's Waterberg, or the classic opulent ranches and lodges of stunning Kenya, beautiful Tanzania or adventurous Botswana are ideal for family groups. Optional daily riding is perfect for occasional riders and children, where trail rides into the bush can be tailored to suit mixed levels and abilities. There are usually opportunities for additional cultural visits, and a range of activities from spa treatments and stargazing to wine-tasting and leisure activities. Non-riders can often share in the safari experience, travelling on vehicle drives and walks, meeting up each evening for sociable suppers and stories around the campfire.

    In short, before deciding on the perfect Horse Riding Safari Holiday destination, consider:

    1) Riding Experience and Fitness – Don’t over-estimate your level of fitness, endurance or ability in the saddle. Take a little time to prepare physically, to get the maximum out of your riding adventure.

    2) Budget – Costs of Riding Safari Holidays can vary dramatically. If your budget can stretch to it, consider two riding safaris back to back in different locations. For example, your game viewing and riding experience can differ considerably between the Delta and Salt Pans of Botswana, and the South African bush.

    3) Travelling Companions – Are you holidaying as a single, couple, group of family?

    4) Dates – Check out seasonal changes in riding terrain and game viewing opportunities. From rising water levels in the Delta, to iconic migrations; no two seasons are the same on an African Safari.

    5) Aspirations – Take some time to research destinations and wildlife experiences to tailor your perfect “once in a life time” riding holiday.

    For more information on Horse Riding Safari Holidays, please contact us.

  • What to Pack for a Riding Holiday

    Essential Packing List - What to pack for a Riding Holiday. Top Tips and Travel Advice from the experts at Ridingholidays.com.

    The exact items recommended for your Riding Holiday will naturally depend on your destination. Regardless of whether you are going on a safari in Kenya, or a winter ride in Finland, the key factors to remember are comfort and safety.

    1) Riding Helmet/Hat 

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    It is highly recommended that you take a properly fitting riding hat that meets current EU/British Standards with you on your holiday. Some destinations have hats available for riders to borrow, but this should always be confirmed prior to departure, and remember the fit and quality can't always be guaranteed. If you are riding in a hot climate, a lighter-weight helmet with vented sides is ideal.

    2) Riding Footwear


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    Once again, safe and comfortable footwear is very important on your check list. Short ankle length riding boots are ideal and can be combined with half-chaps if required. Whether you are galloping through Botswanan Delta or trekking through Transylvania, short boots are usually considered more comfortable. They are lighter and easier to pack, and dry out faster if they get wet. There are several makes of footwear on the market that are dual purpose riding/hiking boots. These are fantastic, especially if you are likely to spend time out of the saddle, walking in rough terrain.

    3) Riding Trousers

    riding trousers

    A couple of pairs of riding trousers, jeans or jodhpurs are a must on your list. Ideally take your usual, well-worn riding attire, and combine with half-chaps to help prevent any uncomfortable chaffing. Jeans are great for Western Riding but the thicker inside leg seams can cause problems if you are not familiar with riding in them. Comfort over fashion!

    4) Important Extras


    riding equipment

    Sun Protection: Regardless of climate, take a suitable factor sun-screen or sunblock and a good quality UV lip balm and sunglasses. You will be very exposed to the elements.
    Riding Gloves: Even hardened riding hands can become sore after hours of riding. You will be using unfamiliar tack which may cause blistering and your hands may become cold and wet. They also aid grip.
    Camera: You will no doubt have many new experiences to capture on film. Don't forget your charger but remember, you may not have access to electricity, so a spare set of batteries is a must!
    Binoculars: Particularly if you are on safari!
    Toiletries: Check what is provided before you travel. A small pack or wetwipes or similar are an ideal addition.
    Insect Repellent: Dependent on destination.
    Torch: If you are on a tented safari or a mobile trail ride, a torch is a great add-on.
    Drinking Container: If your ride doesn't provide you with one, remember to pack a water bottle.
    Medical Kit: This will vary according to destination but a small kit containing any prescription medication, plus antiseptic wipes, plasters, ibuprofen & antihistamines (if advisable) and rehydration sachets plus other medication such as Anti-Malaria tablets as recommended.

    Addition items may be required depending on the type of holiday you have chosen. From waterproofs and camping equipment to lightweight safari clothes and swimwear, your hosts will usually be more than happy to advise you of what you should take.

  • How to Get Fit for a Riding Holiday

    Riding in the Okavango Delta

    Horse riding is a sport that can be enjoyed at any level, from complete beginner to experienced rider. Unless you spend a considerable amount of time in the saddle, either on your own horses or as a professional rider, it is sensible to do a little pre-holiday preparation, in order to get the maximum pleasure out of your riding holiday experience, with the minimum level of discomfort.

    1) Select an Suitable Holiday
    If you only ride a couple of times a year and have limited time to prepare, an endurance trek across Namibia or the Gobi Desert, may not be for you. If you are uncomfortable in the saddle, your level of enjoyment and appreciation of your surroundings will be diminished. If you aren’t a regular rider or this is your first riding holiday, it may be sensible to choose a Centre-Based Holiday, where it is possible to have a non-riding day if necessary.

    2) Spend Time in the Saddle
    A couple of months before your departure, try to increase the time you spend riding. If you are a weekend leisure rider, simply adding a mid-week or longer weekend hack, can make a great difference to your level of fitness. Increase the length of time you trot or canter for, gradually each session, ideally until you can comfortably trot for 7 – 10 minutes, whilst maintaining a good position in the saddle and a light contact on the reins. An experienced instructor should be able to suggest a suitable riding plan

    3) Exercise
    Vary your exercise regime with sessions in the gym, as well as additional cardio-work, such as hill-walking, cycling, swimming or running. Your aim is to increase both your overall stamina and flexibility. Pilates is fantastic for building and strengthening those core muscles, which are so integral to horse-riding.

    4) Anti-Inflammatories
    Even regular experienced riders can get sore muscles after spending 4 – 6 hours in the saddle daily. It is advisable to pack a suitable over-the counter pain-relief medication such as Ibuprofen, or perhaps a herbal supplement or muscle rub such as comfrey. Always seek medical advice if you are unsure of which medication to take.

  • Top Ten Riding Holiday Tips

    Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

    With so many riding holidays to choose from, a little bit of pre-planning and research will help you get the most from your riding holiday experience! Follow our Top Ten Riding Holiday tips for a perfect vacation on horseback.

    1) Be Honest – Never over-estimate your riding ability or fitness level. Be completely honest with yourself and your hosts and guides. Get as saddle fit as possible before your holiday.

    2) Aims – Before you book, decide what you want to get out of your holiday. Are you looking for a cultural extravaganza, an arduous trek or a relaxing retreat?

    3) Travel Insurance - Ensure you have adequate travel insurance prior to booking your holiday. This should cover all the sporting and non-sporting activities you intend to participate in, and repatriation in event of any accident or injury. Declare any pre-existing conditions and read the small print carefully, regarding wearing hats/body protectors.

    4) Health and Safety – No sport is without risk. Always make sure that the riding holiday establishment or organisers adhere to health and safety best practice and hold adequate insurance. Are the guides experienced? Are the instructors qualified? And are you satisfied with the welfare and conditions of the horses?

    5) Luggage – Check any guidelines regarding bag-size and weight limits to avoid hefty excess charges at the airport. Some rides in remote areas rely on small charter planes to transfer you to your final destination; you may need soft-sided luggage in this circumstance. It is always a good idea to pack riding clothes and any essential medication into your hand-luggage. If the worst does happen, and your checked bags are delayed, this will not impact on your riding holiday as you won’t lose any days in the saddle. Follow our Pack List for some great tips.

    6) Research – Read as much information as possible on your chosen riding holiday and country. Check out any reviews available online, and if anything is unclear ask the riding centre.

    7) Guides – Respect your riding guides. They should be familiar with the horses, routes and terrain and will have a wealth of information and facts about the local geography and culture of the area. If you have any queries, questions or problems on route; speak up.

    8) Diet – Always check with your hosts prior to booking if you require a specific diet. For example, some countries may struggle to provide you with a wide range of menu choices if you are on a gluten free diet, are a strict vegan or vegetarian, or have a severe nut allergy.

    2) Pain Relief – Always pack a good supply of your regular anti-inflammatory pain medication. Even if you are a fit, regular rider, expect some aching joints and muscles after spending long days in an unfamiliar saddle.

    10) Have Fun! – Each riding destination will offer a different experience. Relax, observe and enjoy your surroundings. This is not a competition, it’s a holiday.

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