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Located on the Arabian Peninsular, discover a landscape of wind-swept desert sands, spectacular mountains, riverbed oases and endless stretches of pristine coastline - the perfect recipe for an adventurous riding holiday. Experienced riders will savour the challenge of riding spirited Arabian horses, deep into the heart of the Sultanate of Oman. Exhilarating gallops will lead you over the rugged desert terrain and shifting sands of Wahiba.

Overnight in desert camps and immerse yourself in the traditions and heritage of the Bedouin communities of Oman. This timeless land, until recently distanced itself from the demonstrations of wealth, exhibited by its cosmopolitan neighbours. Away from the scorching daytime desert temperatures, venture on trails into the cooler, date and banana fringed mountain oasis towns, where you can avoid the heat of the day, exploring the labyrinth of alleyways and passages and enjoy splendid hospitality and delicious local cuisine over long leisurely lunches.

For a less challenging break, Muscat, the capital city has several equestrian centres providing riding for all levels and abilities, from beach hacks along the shores of the popular Shati Al Qurm sands, to early morning treks through the pathways of nearby Qurm Park and Nature Reserve. From learning the basics of their prestigious equine sport of tent-pegging (retrieving pegs at full gallop!) to quality dressage and show-jumping tuition and cooler night riding along moonlit shores, Oman has a wealth of riding to offer visitors. This peaceful country has a rich and well-respected heritage of Arabian breeding and racing, combined with a magnificent interior, ancient culture and contrasting contemporary coastal fringe, it is certainly a great destination for a unique and adventurous riding holiday.

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“We had a lovely week here. The riding was great and it was good to be in a quiet rural area, away from the touristy areas.”
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