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Horse Riding Holidays, France


France is a diverse land making it the most wonderful destination for horse riding holidays. The layout of fields, the pattern of crops and woodlands, the grouping of the population in hamlets, villages and towns, the material and style of the buildings all contribute to the individual 'pays' which themselves contribute to the identity of the larger regions. All of these regions have different landscapes and each has its own natural charm and personality, most of which is unspoilt, so ideally suited for many different horse riding trails.

Blessed by nature, France has oaks and olive trees, apple and orange trees and horseback riding becomes a real pleasure through this diverse landscape. In spring the temperatures are perfect for sight seeing anywhere in France by horseback and in May and June when the days are long, it is a great opportunity to ride a Cathar Trail and see the castles or experience the sights and smells of Provence. In summer when the days are hot you are still able to take your horse into the mountains where it is cooler or take an evening ride along the sands of the Atlantic Coast beaches. Lot Valley, Gers or the well loved Dordogne with its hills, deciduous trees and mellow stone buildings offer fabulous horseriding. After a long day in the saddle you will be able to experience French hospitality and cuisine - a glass of French wine will be most welcome.

The French are proud of their horses and whilst there are many different breeds in this country, any horse you ride will be in excellent condition and will enable you to have a fantastic holiday. Your guide has to be well qualified and in order to lead riding holidays will have passed many examinations and long courses.


See our horse riding holidays in France below.
 

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A Taste of Armagnac (Guided or Unguided), France


The A Taste of Armagnac (Guided or Unguided) horse riding holiday, in France
These riding holidays are set in the beautiful French area of Armagnac. Your host, Evelien, is a trained horse riding guide who speaks fluent Dutch, French and excellent English. Her stables of well-trained horses offer the ideal means by which to explore the stunning countryside - whether you wish to ride with Evelien or without a guide, you are sure to love this peaceful setting.


 

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A Taste of Provence, France


The A Taste of Provence horse riding holiday, in France
Ride through the wetlands of Camargue on its own native horses before venturing into the Provencal Gard and ending in the foothills of the Ceyennes. Experience the thrill of riding with " Les Gardians" of the Camargue and their herds of free-roaming cattle; then discover the heady scents of Provence with its many herbs and flowers. Lovers of fine wine will enjoy tasting the Pic Saint-Loup wines of the area too.


 

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Aquitaine Adventures, France


The Aquitaine Adventures horse riding holiday, in France
Set in the stunning Landes Forest, this ride offers some dreamy beach riding as well as wonderful paths through the forests and across various terrain. The different programmes offer adventures into the Pays Basques, experiencing wild valleys, trips along the Atlantic Coast with vast beaches of foamy waves, perfect for a summertime dip on your horse, and even based stays at the organised and certified riding centre in the pretty resort town of Mimizan-Plage.


 

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Armagnac Chateau, France


The Armagnac Chateau horse riding holiday, in France
These riding holidays are set in the beautiful French area of Armagnac. Your host, Evelien, is a trained horse riding guide who speaks fluent Dutch, French and excellent English. Her stables of well-trained horses offer the ideal means by which to explore the stunning countryside. You are based at this stunning Chateau.


 

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Black Perigord, France


The Black Perigord horse riding holiday, in France
Discover the most visited area of the Dordogne on horseback and ride between picturesque villages and their castles. Experience the culinary delights of the region whilst staying in homely B&B's or small hotels. There is a free afternoon included so you can explore the beautiful medieval village of Sarlat.


 

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Cathar Trails (Guided or Unguided), France


The Cathar Trails (Guided or Unguided) horse riding holiday, in France
These rides along the Cathar Trail offer a wonderful opportunity to experience the unblemished countryside of this Southern part of France. Here you will be close to the Spanish border, riding into the Pyrennean mountains and enjoying the red earth and sights of the region. There are both guided and unguided tours so depending on your wishes and level of experience, a trip can be made to suit you.


 

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Dordogne Wine & Dine, France


The Dordogne Wine & Dine horse riding holiday, in France
Referred to as 'The Galloping Gourmet' by Horse and Hound Magazine, this exclusive destination is set in and around the spectacular Dordogne countryside in South-Western France. Guests ride through thousands of hectares of beautiful private estates, exploring thick forests, valleys, vineyards and meadows, on well schooled and loved horses. Picnic lunches and luxurious dinners, accompanied by fine local wines, add the finishing touches to this high end holiday destination.


 

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Great Bordeaux Wines, France


The Great Bordeaux Wines horse riding holiday, in France
A wonderful ride around the great Bordeaux wine region. The organisers of this ride are responsible for several fascinating trails across France and keep a small herd of experienced horses for their guests to enjoy. This particular ride is the perfect choice for those who love good riding and wine tasting!


 

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Historical Malbec, France


The Historical Malbec horse riding holiday, in France
Ride through the vineyards of Cahors with its famous Malbec grape and then venture into the wild, isolated valleys of Cele. Discover the famous prehistoric caves of Pech-Merle with it's cave paintings, and pass troglodyte houses carved into the cliffs. Sample local Malbec wines and specialities including the "Black Diamond" truffle!


 

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In the Footsteps of Louis XIV, France


The In the Footsteps of Louis XIV horse riding holiday, in France
A ride following the footsteps of Louis XIV, also known as 'Louis the Great'. His French reign of more than 72 years is one of the longest recorded in European history and he is still known today for his opulent lifestyle. From the Vaux le Vicomte castle to Versailles, you will explore beautiful landscapes, vast forests, magnificent castles and their gardens.


 

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Loire Castles, France


The Loire Castles horse riding holiday, in France
Trail rides exploring the castles of the Loire. You will visit a variety of beautiful buildings and enjoy some great riding opportunities in this wonderful part of France. Picnic lunches, wine tasting, magical surroundings and the company of a good horse! There are three routes to choose from - one runs regularly whereas the other two each run on just one date a year.


 

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Lot Valley, France


The Lot Valley horse riding holiday, in France
This destination is the ideal opportunity to enjoy some exciting riding in the beautiful Averyonese countryside, whilst also relaxing when out of the saddle. The charming surroundings offer both excellent riding terrain and an all round beautiful setting which different levels of rider can explore. The countryside here allows for trekking through enchanting French villages and unspoilt woodlands with an abundance of fascinating wildlife such as deer, wild boar, red squirrel, hares, buzzards and kites. There are rivers and gorges leading down to open valleys where riders can canter over the rolling landscapes or try their hand over the valley’s cross country course of eleven jumps.


 

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Medieval Dordogne, France


The Medieval Dordogne horse riding holiday, in France
Ride through this varied and beautiful region of the Dordogne and discover the history, chateau and bastides the area is known for. Instead of tumbling out of a hot car, you can ride up to the sites and feel at one with the area and its people.


 

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Wines and Beaches of Bordeaux, France


The Wines and Beaches of Bordeaux horse riding holiday, in France
Explore the vineyards and beaches of the Gironde region whilst stopping for wine tastings and delighting in gastronomic meals. These trails are for lovers of fine food and fine wine as well as riding.


 

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