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Based riding holidays involve staying in one place and riding out from the riding centre or base each day, returning there again afterwards. The alternative is trail rides where you move from point to point, staying at different locations each night.

Based rides allow for great flexibility in your riding holiday as they may involve tuition in a variety of disciplines, hacks out or perhaps a combination. Many based riding holidays combine tuition and daily riding with a short trail ride of perhaps one or two nights across the week. This can be a great introduction to longer trail rides. A wide range of budgets are covered with based stays as guests may choose somewhere with basic but comfortable accommodation or choose to take their riding holiday somewhere more luxurious. There are based riding holidays which can offer just one hour of horse riding per day or destinations which can see you enjoy full days in the saddle with picnic lunches.

The other benefit of based riding holidays is that non-riding partners, family or friends can remain at the base whilst you are riding, either relaxing or entertaining themselves with other activities. Riders can also combine their horse riding holiday with other activities such as skiing, watersports, hiking or perhaps visits to local hotspots. A based ride is ideal for those who wish to combine a riding holiday with relaxation and free time for other pursuits, or perhaps those who are simply less accustomed to long hours in the saddle. Based stays can be arranged for any level of rider including those who have never sat on a horse before!

 

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A Taste of Sicily, Sicily


The A Taste of Sicily horse riding holiday, in Sicily
This is a small business run by a welcoming host who has a great knowledge and love of this beautiful island. This one week package caters for riders who wish to enjoy exploring the beautiful Sicilian hills on horseback, combining their stay with some sightseeing and wining and dining at local restaurants. Riders are expected to be able to walk, trot and canter although the ride will be very much tailor made to suit your experience.


 

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African Horseback Safaris (Macatoo), Botswana


The African Horseback Safaris (Macatoo) horse riding holiday, in Botswana
Macatoo Camp is situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. This area is a lure for a variety of magnificent wildlife who depend upon the delta's waters in order to survive and these include lions, hyenas, buffalo, wild dog, elephant, antelope, hippo, crocodiles, warthog, mongoose, genets, monkeys, bush babies and over 400 species of birds (resident and migrant). Guests are invited to join these magnificent safaris, cantering through the Okavango Delta, listening to the calls of the wildlife or riding with a herd of zebra or giraffe across the plains. One of the resident elephants may even join you in camp!


 

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Algarve Coast and Tuition, Portugal


The Algarve Coast and Tuition horse riding holiday, in Portugal
This equestrian centre, one of the Algarve’s most well-known and prestigious, is situated in an upmarket holiday area. It is an ideal location for enjoyable riding, with an abundance of sandy tracks, open landscape full of wildflowers and herbs as well as being close to golden beaches and a nature reserve. The prefect destination for single travellers, as there is no additional supplement for single room use, as well as families, as it offers the unique chance to meet and interact with other children.

The climate means riding is possible throughout the year as, even in winter, the sun is virtually always shining. Warm evenings provide the opportunity for enjoying wonderful sunsets from horseback and the unique experience of riding under a full moon.


 

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Almeria, Spain


The Almeria horse riding holiday, in Spain
This riding base near to Almeria can offer riding along the coast and beach. In this wonderful countryside we can offer you some first class horseriding. Programmes here can be tailor made so do not hesitate to ask if you would like something a little bit different to those listed here. Your host, Manolo is a skilled horseman whilst remaining a kind, caring and attentive host. His love of people, horses and nature is evident in his holidays and he describes horses as "our companions through life".


 

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Andalucia Trails, Spain


The Andalucia Trails horse riding holiday, in Spain
This unique trekking centre centre, based in the heart of Andalucia, offers 2-8 day treks and trail rides for families, friends and singles, and from the beginner to the experienced rider.

From this base you will explore a beautiful part of Spain, riding free from traffic and walkers, following secret trails in the wonderful countryside. Your hosts' knowledge of the local terrain means that they know all the best trails to suit all abilities or rider. You will ride in remote locations.


 

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Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill, South Africa


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These two unique bush homes, Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill, are located on their own private game reserve in the beautiful and diverse Waterberg region of South Africa. They offer some of the most exciting game viewing and horseback riding in Africa and situated at an altitude of 4500 feet above sea level, this wonderful region offers a temperate climate and can be visited all year round. Due to the varying topography and ecology across the reserve, the bush is teeming with an incredible variety of game species from rhino and buffalo to leggy giraffe, rare sable antelope, herds of eland, zebra, wildebeest, big spiral horned kudu to the fleet footed oryx just to mention but a few. There are 300 recorded bird species in the area to add to the exquisite variety of all forms of wildlife that the reserves support.


 

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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.

Current special offers:

€150 EUR per person early booking discount on the Jumping Programme for January to April 2019 - bookings must be made by 31st December 2018 to qualify.


 

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Arizona Hacienda Ranch, USA


The Arizona Hacienda Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
The 300 year old ranch is one of the last great haciendas in America. It was established as a guest ranch in 1924, and its history has been lovingly preserved in the beautiful buildings that rest comfortably in the rolling pastures of the high Sonoran Desert.

The ranch boasts more than 320 day of sunshine a year and is just one hour from Tucson, ideally situated at the base of the sacred Baboquivari mountains and bordering the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation. The ranch offers a range of activities, including beautiful trail rides for all abilities, cattle work, sport shooting or simply relaxing.


 

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Arizona Tombstone, USA


The Arizona Tombstone horse riding holiday, in USA
Take a step back in history and ride trails made famous by Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the outlaw Curly Bill Brocius. Stay in a replica 1880's main street with individually styled rooms representing the store fronts of Tombstone. There are slow walking rides and faster loping rides on offer through the desert landscapes in the heart of Cochise County.


 

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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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Azores - Faial Island Trails, Azores


The Azores - Faial Island Trails horse riding holiday, in Azores
This welcoming quinta is based on the island of Faial in the Azores and offers a choice of horseback trails as well as a programme for beginners. Guests are accommodated in comfortable guesthouses each night, sampling local Azorean cuisine and riding a beautiful Lusitano or crossbreed around the island.


 

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Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria


The Balkan Mountains horse riding holiday, in Bulgaria
Situated on the northern side of the Balkan Mountain Range in Bulgaria, on the outskirts of the mountain village of Apriltsi, lies this fantastic riding centre which offers a range of beautiful trail rides and based programmes. Here in the heart of Bulgaria the riding is sensational - far away from traffic, work and everyday life, you can ride right into the mountains to find the freshest air and the cleanest rivers. Nature is everything here and the wildlife adds to the sense of adventure with the smell of the roses and lavendulas, the taste of the cool, white wine made from the local grapes, the real yoghurt and the sun-ripened tomatoes.


 

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Bitterroot Ranch (Wyoming), USA


The Bitterroot Ranch (Wyoming) horse riding holiday, in USA
A Wyoming ranch with some of the best and most diverse horse riding in North America. Located in a remote valley, this ranch offers tuition with certified instructors, a cross country course, team sorting, herding cows, cattle drives, roundups, pack trips and trail rides. Excellent cuisine and outstanding fishing opportunities, along with their Arabian horse breeding programme, make this an exceptional ranch to visit.


 

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Borana, Kenya


The Borana horse riding holiday, in Kenya
Borana Lodge is a family-run and owned destination which plays a special part in the conservation of Kenyan wildlife. Borana Conservancy lies at the foot of Mt Kenya and is a haven for wildlife, considered to be Kenya’s newest and most successful rhino sanctuary - the private conservancy covers 32,000 acres and is home to more than 25 Black Rhino, a population which has grown since the species was introduced here in 2013. The conservancy is dedicated to the sustainable conservation of land and wildlife.


 

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Brecon Beacons and Beyond, Wales


The Brecon Beacons and Beyond horse riding holiday, in Wales
World class trail riding over the Brecon Beacons and beyond. These riding holidays are set in some of the most beautiful and undiscovered parts of Wales and fit, fine and sure-footed Welsh Cobs are the perfect mounts. Run by the Turner family with over 40 years experience, this is trail riding not to be forgotten.


 

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British Columbia Ranch, Canada


The British Columbia Ranch horse riding holiday, in Canada
This guest and cattle ranch offers guests the ultimate outdoor adventure holiday in the Canadian Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Guests are offered a complete range of horse back riding as well as hiking, river rafting, mountain biking and tennis. The ranch is family owned and operated and caters to the needs of the most discerning guests. Its world class riding programme makes this ranch outstanding with options available to suit every rider. No other location in the world offers such a superb combination of great horses, beautiful riding terrain and the seasoned experience of world class horsemen.


 

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Canada Cattle Ranch, Canada


The Canada Cattle Ranch horse riding holiday, in Canada
This authentic working guest ranch is nestled in the beautiful Saskatchewan river valley, along the shores of Lake Diefenbaker, in the heart of Canadian cattle ranching country. Guests can enjoy a taste of the cowboy way of life with a true ranching adventure, featuring lots of hours in the saddle each day, on the ranch's well-schooled Quarter horses. Become truly immersed in the culture and feel the slow pace of the land whilst riding across the seemingly endless rolling prairies.


 

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Carpathian Mountain Trails, Romania


The Carpathian Mountain Trails horse riding holiday, in Romania
This destination offers pack trips through the Eastern Carpathian Mountains of Romania exploring Székely Land, a historic area lying within Transylvania. The region offers beautiful, varied scenery ranging from high mountains to rolling hills, wild forests and open meadows. The land is primarily unfenced as shepherds still move their flocks through the countryside like in times gone by.


 

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Catalan Pyrenees, Spain


The Catalan Pyrenees horse riding holiday, in Spain
The riding centre here offers you trails in the Catalan Pyrenees and in the Natural Parks of Garraf which is 30 kms south west of Barcelona. The riding centre was established in 1992 by a farming family who still take care of livestock. The owner Xavier Pastoret has been a horse riding guide for 30 years and, together with his wife Montse, runs three equestrian centres in the area.

Current special offers:

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT

5% discount on all trail bookings for 2019, confirmed with a deposit payment before the 7th January.


 

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Celtic Trails, Ireland


The Celtic Trails horse riding holiday, in Ireland
A riding destination to bring you a touch of the true Irish spirit, taking you riding on Celtic trails through historic parts of the Irish countryside and beautiful nature. Guests can take part in fascinating trail rides or perhaps enjoy a more relaxed based stay at the 300 year old farmhouse, benefitting from beautiful hacking in the nearby woodlands and across farmland. More novice riders are welcome to some basic tuition and to explore the land on a trusty Irish horse.


 

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Cilento Farmhouse, Italy


The Cilento Farmhouse horse riding holiday, in Italy
This lovely Agriturismo is set in the heart of the Cilento National Park in South-western Italy. Each day you will ride out and explore the beautiful and protected landscape of the National park, as well as experiencing the stunning panoramic views across the Amalfi coastline. On some days you may climb high into the mountains to make the most of the views, or perhaps you will head down to the shore (please note that horse riding on the beach is only permitted during the winter months of September to May). On the way you will discover peaceful fruit orchards, quiet farm tracks, olive groves, meadows of wild herbs and ancient villages filled with impressive monuments.


 

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Colorado Creek Ranch, USA


The Colorado Creek Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
This 600-acre family guest ranch, nestled in its own private mountain valley, has been offering authentic western holidays for more than 70 years. With a herd of over 100 homebred and raised horses and a host of ranch facilities, all within walking distance from each other, this is the ideal ranch for a true western adventure. The ranch is designed to suit adults and children alike and is recognised as an unforgettable family hotspot where guests of any age and any ability can come for a dream ranch vacation.


 

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Colours of Mexico, Mexico


The Colours of Mexico horse riding holiday, in Mexico
This beautiful Mexican ranch is a haven for all levels of rider and non-riders alike, providing guests with a taste of Mexican vibrancy, fantastic cuisine, superb facilities and a stable of responsive trail horses. The majority of the staff are Mexican, including most of the wranglers, but the ranch itself is owned by an experienced Swiss lady who brings a warmth and enthusiasm which makes the destination a delight for guests from all over. The ranch is great for single travellers looking to make friends, couples wanting a romantic getaway, families or even large groups of friends or colleagues. Single lady travellers will also be made to feel welcome and secure here, just one of the reasons why many guests look to return.


 

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Costa Rica Ranch & Beach, Costa Rica


The Costa Rica Ranch & Beach horse riding holiday, in Costa Rica
With their own ranch and an exceptional getaway located just minutes from the famous white sand beaches of Guanacaste, your hosts are well known for their hospitality and fabulous riding. They have developed the finca into one of the finest horse ranches in the area, breeding and training their own horses using Natural Horsemanship.


 

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Costa de la Luz, Spain


The Costa de la Luz horse riding holiday, in Spain
Enjoy the experience of combining an exciting horse riding adventure with relaxation and socialisation, on the beautiful Spanish Coast. Your multi-talented owners, hosts and guides Steve and Caroline will do their very best to ensure you have a holiday to remember. The riding centre borders the Barbate nature reserve and offers direct access to fantastic off-road riding through unspoilt forests, as well as unforgettable days on the beach. Long wide firebreaks and twisty forest tracks ensure the park could not have been better designed for horse riding. Each day there are plenty of opportunities for long controlled canters, as well as faster gallops along the soft sandy tracks. Between canters the horses relax and walk at a leisurely pace, enabling you to take in the peaceful tranquillity of the forest.

Current special offers:

Early Booking Special:

Confirm your 2019 holiday (5 or 8 days) before the end of December 2018 and benefit from 2018 prices.

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All repeat customers will benefit from a GB£100 per person discount when booking the 8 day Beach and Forest ride for 2019. Again, this offer is only valid until the 31st of December 2018

February Specials - these apply only for bookings of two or more people:

For the 5 day holiday there is a discount of £50 per person for the dates 6 - 10 Feb, 13 - 17 Feb and 20 - 24 Feb.

For the 8 day holiday there is a discount of £100 per person for the dates 3 - 10 Feb, 10 - 17 Feb and 17 - 24 Feb.

February Specials - these apply only for bookings of two or more people:

For the 5 day holiday there is a discount of £50 per person for the dates 6 - 10 Feb, 13 - 17 Feb and 20 - 24 Feb.

For the 8 day holiday there is a discount of £100 per person for the dates 3 - 10 Feb, 10 - 17 Feb and 17 - 24 Feb.


 

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Crossogue Equestrian, Ireland


The Crossogue Equestrian horse riding holiday, in Ireland
Crossogue House specialises in offering riding tuition in open countryside and allowing all standards of rider the opportunity to enjoy riding across the farm. This can be a gentle ride for those who want to relax and simply enjoy being on horseback and part of the natural surroundings, or for the more adventurous there are gallops and a diverse range of cross country obstacles all over the farm with lots of challenges for both horse and rider.


 

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Dalmatian Hinterland, Croatia


The Dalmatian Hinterland horse riding holiday, in Croatia
A based/stationary riding holiday in the Dalmatian Hinterland of Croatia. This ride is suitable for confident intermediate riders and above, happy to ride at all paces through varied scenery. This is a budget-friendly but welcoming destination for those looking for a rural adventure.

Current special offers:

10% discount on week stays booked for anytime between now and February 2019.


 

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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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El Venado Polo School, Argentina


The El Venado Polo School horse riding holiday, in Argentina
This beautiful working estancia is just two hours from the centre of Buenos Aires and is the perfect place to learn or perfect your polo skills with real professionals. You can experience authentic Argentina here, focusing your stay around polo but still taking time to enjoy some trail rides, meet the cattle and relax when not in the saddle. Polo lessons are provided in English and the estancia is home to around 200 polo ponies with mounts for all standard of player. No previous riding experience is needed, they welcome all levels.


 

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Estancia Huechahue, Argentina


The Estancia Huechahue horse riding holiday, in Argentina
Estancia Huechahue, situated in Argentine Patagonia, is an adventurous destination for the keen horse rider and nature enthusiast. This working cattle ranch is set in 15,000 acres of Patagonian Steppe and offers a rugged setting for a traditional Argentine riding holiday. Horses and cattle roam freely across the land and the gauchos work the animals in keeping with their long time customs. The estancia offers comfortable accommodation within the guest lodges and is also virtually self-sufficient in terms of food.


 

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Estancia La Rosita (Corrientes), Argentina


The Estancia La Rosita (Corrientes) horse riding holiday, in Argentina
This welcoming estancia is the ideal base for a horse riding holiday in Argentina. Your hosts are passionate about both their country and their horses and the overwhelming feeling from guests is that they are made to feel like part of the family. The Argentine countryside gives way to wonderful riding opportunities and you are welcome to explore the scenery on horseback, work the cattle, try your hand at polo and to live the life of these true countrymen.


 

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Estancia Los Potreros, Argentina


The Estancia Los Potreros horse riding holiday, in Argentina
Estancia Los Potreros is a renowned riding holiday destination, set in the Cordoba hills in the middle of Argentina. It lies off the beaten track in the heart of this beautiful region and dates from 1574 when it bred mules to be used in the silver mines of Peru. It has been owned by the same Anglo Argentine family for four generations and nowadays is an idyllic getaway for riders and those who enjoy being close to nature. This is a year round destination known for the spectacular riding opportunities that it offers, including based riding, polo and cattle work. The riding herd numbers over 80 so there is a fresh horse to match every rider, and they are kept fresh and willing by taking part in a variety of work and living in a natural herd environment.

Current special offers:

ESCORTED RIDE

Join Far & Ride's Cathy at Los Potreros 9-16 March 2019 and benefit from a 10% discount on normal rates.


 

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Forests and Beaches of Adazi, Latvia


The Forests and Beaches of Adazi horse riding holiday, in Latvia
A riding holiday offering a lovely getaway amidst the beautiful beaches and forests of Latvia. Guests can ride amongst hilly pine forests and across wild landscapes before moving on to white sand beaches of the Lilaste nature park. The nature reserve features protected plants and untouched areas.


 

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Galiny Palace, Poland


The Galiny Palace horse riding holiday, in Poland
This welcoming country estate features a stud farm offering riding lessons, hacking and carriage driving. There is a host of non-riding activities also available such as fishing, cycling, hiking and swimming, plus the estate features various sports courts. You can choose whether to stay in the Palace or in the Grange!


 

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Georgia Ranch, USA


The Georgia Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
A beautiful year-round guest ranch and horse farm conveniently nestled in Central Georgia's Historic Heartland. With more than 150 quality Paint and Quarter Horses, the ranch is best known for its exceptional horse riding programme, unguided riding opportunities and peaceful setting. The ranch offers an all-inclusive riding package during which you can experience the delightful accommodation, exceptional cuisine and southern hospitality.


 

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Geres Wolf and Wild Horse Trails, Portugal


The Geres Wolf and Wild Horse Trails horse riding holiday, in Portugal
Horseback riding through the territory of the Iberian Wolf and the wild Garrano horse. Your hosts guide you on rides into the Peneda-Geres National Park where you can explore the mountainous region and search for tracks of the wolves and wild horses that still live there. These holidays are a chance to combine being in a peaceful, natural environment with good horse riding and a fascinating insight into the lives of the wolves and Garranos.


 

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Great South Ranch, Morocco


The Great South Ranch horse riding holiday, in Morocco
This Moroccan ranch is owned by two French ladies, and is situated between the ocean and mountains. This destination offers trail riding and basic tuition on their beautiful Arab-Barbs and guests can enjoy riding on the beach and along mountain trails. The accommodation is bright and comfortable and stays here are accompanied by traditional Moroccan meals and music. Riding here is very good value.

Current special offers:

Come and enjoy Morocco in the spring!

Book to stay at the Great South Ranch between the 26th of February and 16th of March 2019 and we can offer you €100 EUR pp. discount on 7 night stationary programme with full riding days as well as the full 7-night trails and 7 night programme which includes a mini trail.


 

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Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador


The Hacienda Zuleta horse riding holiday, in Ecuador
Riding at this hacienda has been a family tradition for over one hundred years and today reflects this equestrian affinity by boasting one of the most exclusive stables in Ecuador. Dating from the late XVI century, the hacienda lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 9,600 feet (2,800 meters) above the sea level, and only two hours north of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. This is a colonial working farm of 4,000 acres (2,000 hectares) that is family owned. It was chosen as one of the world’s “Top Ten Finds” by Outside magazine.


 

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Horizon Horseback Adventures and Safaris, South Africa


The Horizon Horseback Adventures and Safaris horse riding holiday, in South Africa
Horizon Horseback offers a selection of fabulous based adventures and riding safaris in the Waterberg area of northern South Africa. Just three hours north of Johannesburg, this destination has a choice for everyone from honeymoon couples to adventurous families, single riders to groups of friends (non-riders also welcome). Guests can opt for a mobile safari or an adventure based out of the historic family property, set in a private game reserve alongside a beautiful lake with hippo and surrounding plains game. The choices of riding are almost endless and include outrides through the game reserve, cattle mustering, swimming with the horses in the lake, western games, jumping, cross country or even learning to play polocrosse.

Current special offers:

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF HORIZON!

Horizon Lodge:

25% off for children sharing in July and August 2019

Your stay must be booked with a deposit by 28th February 2019 in order to qualify for this discount.


 

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Hualapai Ranch (Stagecoach Trails), USA


The Hualapai Ranch (Stagecoach Trails) horse riding holiday, in USA
This is a comfortable ranch, set in tens of thousands of acres, which has a riding programme second to none. You are always offered a gentle slow walking ride or an exciting fast trotting/loping ride.

The novice rider can enjoy a slow scenic ride and the experienced rider is offered challenging mountain rides, and fast paced loping rides through sandy washes. Disabled riders are able to enjoy this wonderful ranch experience.


 

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Icelandics in Carpathia, Romania


The Icelandics in Carpathia horse riding holiday, in Romania
The rolling hills of the Harghita Mountains with its fresh streams, rich wildlife and dispersed mountain villages provide a great setting for getting to know the Icelandic breed or for those looking for a relaxing riding week in nature. The daily riding program is varied, beginning with a tölt lesson for novice Icelandic Horse riders and continuing with 25-40 km daily rides on forest roads, up to great viewpoints, through pastures, dense pine and beech woods and along river valleys. The pace is dictated by the terrain with certain opportunities to tölt, but it is also tailored to the group’s riding skills.


 

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Il Paretaio, Italy


The Il Paretaio horse riding holiday, in Italy
A Tuscan country house offering a high standard of riding tuition (especially classical dressage) and hacking in the beautiful surrounding countryside. The rooms are warm and inviting, decorated in a traditional Italian style, and guests enjoy four course Tuscan dinners accompanied by quality Chianti wine. Ride a few hours each day and then relax by the pool, admiring the panoramic views of the surrounding hills and fields. The perfect Italian escape!


 

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Kupres Farm, Bosnia and Herzegovina


The Kupres Farm horse riding holiday, in Bosnia and Herzegovina
This destination is set in the natural beauty of the Kupres Plateau and is a lovely way to see some untouched landscapes and a little known part of the world. There are fields, forests, lakes and rivers to be explored and you will receive a friendly welcome from the hosts. This riding destination is extremely good value and an insight into the rural life of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Most of the horses are quite forward-going (there are some steadier options available) and riding generally involves plenty of canters and gallops.


 

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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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Lusitano Dressage, Portugal


The Lusitano Dressage horse riding holiday, in Portugal
Our Lusitano Dressage Centre is a brand new training environment which has been built around the Lusitano horse. The beautiful farm is just 30-40 mins drive from Lisbon and is situated in an area where you can "get lost in time" and feel the rhythm of a typical old Portuguese village surrounded by vineyards, gorgeous landscapes and Montejunto mountain views. At our dressage centre you will ride Lusitano horses for both Dressage and Working Equitation as the horses have been well trained in both these disciplines.

Current special offers:

Winter is coming!

Escape the cold and enjoy the following discounts on any week-long or weekend break taken in December, January or February.

15% Discount for 6 night Programmes
10% Discount for 3 night Programmes


 

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Lusitano Trails, Portugal


The Lusitano Trails horse riding holiday, in Portugal
Beautiful trail rides exploring the Ribatejo region of Portugal. The horses are native Lusitanos, famed for being noble, willing and handsome, and these rides are only suitable for small groups to ensure that everyone has a top class experience on a quality horse. The countryside and culture of this area is wonderful with everything from open meadows, forests and rivers to a day trip at the beach!

Current special offers:

Confirm your booking for the Lusitano or Atlantic Coast trail in 2019 by 31st January 2019, with a deposit payment, and receive a 5% discount on the ride price!


 

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Luxury Finca (La Donaira), Spain


The Luxury Finca (La Donaira) horse riding holiday, in Spain
This luxurious and exclusive eco-farm, hidden in a conservation area about 25kms from the small town of Ronda, offers the combination of spectacular dressage lessons on their home-bred horses with extremely high levels of accommodation. The farm is 100% organic and features a spa and spring water pool as well as offering high standards of dressage.

Current special offers:

Winter Special rates 2018/19:

Book your intensive dressage or dressage and hacking stay between the 12th November 2018 and 15th January 2019 and receive the following discounts on your stay;

12th November until 3rd December 2018 - 20 %
4th December until 20th December 2018 - 30 %
20th December 2018 - 4th January 2019 - CLOSED
5th January 2019 - 14th January 2019 - 30%

This destination offers truly stunning hospitality, a peaceful location and superb dressage tuition on well schooled, pure-bred Lusitano horses. Your stay will also include a complimentary star-gazing session and introduction to grounded yoga on horseback.


 

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Mallorca Tuition & Trails, Mallorca


The Mallorca Tuition & Trails horse riding holiday, in Mallorca
This farm, situated in the idyllic Levante hills of Mallorca, is dedicated to riding and offers tuition and trail rides as well as breeding some impressive Spanish horses. Horse lovers can enjoy the peaceful Mallorcan countryside or can do some more advanced dressage with the stunning stallions bred here. There are traditional style bedrooms, a welcoming restaurant, a swimming pool and terrace for guests to enjoy after a fabulous day spent in the saddle.

Current special offers:

Early Booking Discount

Book to stay at our beautiful Mallorca Tuition and Trails destination before 31 December 2018 and we can offer you a discount of 10% on your 2019 holiday.




 

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Menorca Rural Hotel, Menorca


The Menorca Rural Hotel horse riding holiday, in Menorca
Menorca was designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1993 with the S'Albufera d'es Grau national park, a bird-filled wetland at its heart. Menorca can offer many unspoiled green areas to be discovered by visitors on horse back. Here you can ride along rural tracks like the Cami de Cavalls and enjoy the magnificent landscape and views offered by this island. You will be accompanied by professional horseman who will show you parts of the island only possible to reach by horse.


 

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Molise, Italy


The Molise horse riding holiday, in Italy
There are six trail riding options to enjoy here at our Molise ride, including one centre-based stay. Riders will explore rural and unspoilt parts of Italy, riding along old cattle tracks, through beautiful meadows and up and down the mountains. Carmine is an amazing host with responsive horses and his knowledge of this area is second to none. Both Sue and Holly have visited this destination (Sue has stayed at the farmhouse a few times and both have escorted a trail there). Either ladies are more than happy to answer your questions and to share their enthusiasm for this wonderful place. If you want to ride through unspoilt-countryside with magnificent views then this is an unmissable destination.


 

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Monte Velho Equo Resort, Portugal


The Monte Velho Equo Resort horse riding holiday, in Portugal
A Lusitano stud farm offering luxurious accommodation and wonderful riding opportunities in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Guests can enjoy top class dressage tuition or rides out into the countryside, enjoying the charming grounds of the farm, before relaxing by the pool or just enjoying the sunshine. Bikes and canoes are also available for those who like to explore!


 

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Mozambique Horse Safaris, Mozambique


The Mozambique Horse Safaris horse riding holiday, in Mozambique
This spectacular Mozambique riding destination offers what is arguably the best beach riding in the world. There are day trails and safaris along the beautiful Vilankulo coast and on Benguerra Island with beach resort accommodation. The horses here are well schooled, well loved and are the hosts' greatest and most treasured assets.


 

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New Mexico (Geronimo Trails) Ranch, USA


The New Mexico (Geronimo Trails) Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
This destination is a small family run ranch with a relaxed and personal atmosphere in the magnificent Gila National Forest in south west New Mexico. Horseback riding here takes you through open meadows, tall Ponderosa forests, up to the heights where the views go on forever, and down into deep canyons with sheer cliff walls and crystal clear streams. Whether on horseback or hiking you will enjoy some of the most beautiful, untouched country in America. Ride the outlaw trails of Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and visit Native ruins where the Mimbres people of 750-1150 AD, and later Geronimo and the Apaches once roamed.


 

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Northern Iceland, Iceland


The Northern Iceland horse riding holiday, in Iceland
This family run farmhouse has been welcoming guests for extraordinary riding adventures since 1985. The incredible landscapes of Iceland are a wonder to behold and feature remote valleys, winding rivers and a myriad of colours from white ice and snow in winter to beautiful greens in the summer months. There is a choice of rides choose from and they bring chances to explore Iceland's treasures - the Northern Lights, the coastline of the North Sea, impressive volcanoes (including the world's most volcanic region!), remote fishing villages, whale-watching, magical woodlands and Viking history. It is a land of mystery and legend!


 

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Ol Donyo Lodge Safari, Kenya


The Ol Donyo Lodge Safari horse riding holiday, in Kenya
This is a spectacular holiday offering luxurious accommodation alongside riding in the breathtaking Chyulu Hills of Kenya. The landscape is varied and includes high-altitude mist forest, lava fields, woodland and savannah - it's a paradise of discovery. One of only two Relais & Chateaux properties in Kenya, the lodge offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro and good quality wildlife viewing on horseback.


 

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Old Mulberry Country Estate, Croatia


The Old Mulberry Country Estate horse riding holiday, in Croatia
A stay on this traditional farm will allow you to explore this lovely Croatian countryside from the back of a horse. The countryside around the estate has an abundance of wildlife and is breathtaking with unspoilt mystical woodlands, hills, fields and crystal clear springs. The undulating terrain allows for riding at all paces. Here you can experience traditional farm life as it was many years ago and enjoy all the farm has to offer. You will love the peace and tranquility of the beautiful surroundings and get to know all the farm animals and spot deer and other wildlife. There are programmes to suit both experienced riders and beginners.

Current special offers:

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: 10% discount on ride programme prices if you book before 1st January, 5% discount on ride programme prices if you book before 1st March.


 

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Portugal Showjumping & Dressage, Portugal


The Portugal Showjumping & Dressage horse riding holiday, in Portugal
This is a small family owned equestrian centre with horses and instructors of the highest class. Having been a venue for national and international competition for the last few years, It has now opened its doors to riders from all over the world. Offering lessons in both dressage and showjumping (or a combination of both), with well-schooled horses and knowledgeable instructors, as we all as more relaxed trail rides for those who wish to enjoy the countryside. The picturesque town of Golega is located just 45 minutes drive from the centre and is the site for the annual Lusitano horse fair - a true celebration of the breed Portugal has become so famous for.

Current special offers:

Begin the new year as you mean to go on!

Dedicate some time to work on your dressage, jumping or combined training skills with 15% off all of our Training Programmes when you stay before the 1st of March 2019.


 

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Rajasthan Hotel, India


The Rajasthan Hotel horse riding holiday, in India
This hotel is home to one of the biggest stud farms for Marwari horses in India. It has been in the family for decades and offers regular stationary rides, riding lessons and longer safaris (see our 'Tours of the Raj' ride page). The tranquility and peace of the lavish hotel grounds are a delight for guests who wish to experience nature, relaxation and some excellent horse riding on these beautiful Indian horses with their curly touching ears.


 

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Ride and Walk Safaris (Motswiri), Botswana


The Ride and Walk Safaris (Motswiri) horse riding holiday, in Botswana
Exclusive, personalised riding and walking safaris based in the remote and beautiful Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana. These camp based safaris show you the spectacular landscapes of the reserve, which features both floodplains and perfectly dry areas and is ideal for a horseback adventure or for exploring on foot. Guests can experience close up encounters with resident and migratory wildlife whilst enjoying the comfort of this remote and relaxing camp.

Current special offers:

Stay for 3 nights and pay for only 2, or double up and stay for 6 nights and pay for only 4! Offer is valid for all bookings with travel dates between 1st November 2018 and 31st October 2019


 

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Safaris Unlimited, Kenya


The Safaris Unlimited horse riding holiday, in Kenya
Exciting horseback safaris across the untouched wilderness of Kenya. Organised by Gordie Church, an experienced and passionate guide, these safaris are the riding trips of a lifetime for the adventurous rider with a love of wildlife. Experience the wilderness, learn about its people and ride your way across one of Africa's highlights.


 

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Sea & Pine Forest, Sardinia


The Sea & Pine Forest horse riding holiday, in Sardinia
A fantastic and diverse resort with something to offer everyone. Imagine riding in an immense pinewood, on the dunes that border the beach and the sea and looking up to admire the flight of rose flamingo. Horse riding can be tailored for your needs. There are lessons for beginners and more advanced tuition if required. You can enjoy gallops along the beach and explore the pine forests on horseback.


 

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Sicily Explorer, Sicily


The Sicily Explorer horse riding holiday, in Sicily
These adventurous riding holidays are the perfect way to explore Sicily. You will be riding with one of Sicily's most knowledgeable riding guides, spending full days in the saddle on one of many beautiful routes on the island. These are adventurous rides exploring varied terrain but also offering comfortable accommodations and delicious food and wine.


 

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Slitere National Park, Latvia


The Slitere National Park horse riding holiday, in Latvia
A centre based riding holiday situated near to the empty white beaches of the Baltic Sea. The accommodation lies just 800m away from the beach in an old fishing village within Slitere National Park. This is a great riding destination for wildlife enthusiasts!


 

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Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia


The Sunshine Coast, Queensland horse riding holiday, in Australia
The horses, accommodation, scenery and fun loving guides combine to make this trip beyond expectations... a 'rip snorter'in Aussie lingo. You will canter along the beach, ride through tropical rainforest trails and ride into the wonderful Australian Bush to muster cattle. You will be amazed at the scenery and wildlife - kangaroos, koalas and hundreds of native Australian birds.


 

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Tuscany Castle, Italy


The Tuscany Castle horse riding holiday, in Italy
Located one and a half hours from Rome, this splendid 17th-century castle has been the property of the noble Caterini family for generations. The family has breathed new life into it by restoring the cottages and farmhouse once used by the farmers. Those keen on horse riding will be delighted with the certified equestrian centre as the quality of the horses, the trails and the English speaking staff will ensure that your stay here is memorable.


 

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Wadi Rum Explorer, Jordan


The Wadi Rum Explorer horse riding holiday, in Jordan
Follow in the footsteps of T.E Lawrence on a voyage of discovery through the shifting sands of the famous Wadi Rum desert in Southern Jordan. Riding on beautiful, fit and forward going Arabian horses, who are perfectly adapted to the harsh and demanding climate of the Wadi, you will be able to discover the wonderful history, unique culture and amazing landscapes of the desert.


 

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Western Adventures in Tuscany, Italy


The Western Adventures in Tuscany horse riding holiday, in Italy
This is a welcoming, friendly destination which specialises in western riding in a beautiful Tuscan setting. There are riding programmes here to suit all levels of rider and even children, with a wide range of horses to ensure that everyone can feel safe but have fun at the same time. Based holidays, point to point trails and tuition courses are all available and guests are given a warm welcome with comfortable accommodation and delicious local cuisine.


 

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Western Ranch (El Bronco), Hungary


The Western Ranch  (El Bronco) horse riding holiday, in Hungary
This welcoming ranch is situated in the south of Hungary, approximately 80km from Budapest, and offers western riding tuition and trail rides. The ranch breed their own Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and local Hungarian breeds which are successful in the western shows and the instructors are experienced horsemen who look forward to sharing their unique knowledge with the guests. The ranch is situated in Kiskunsagi National Park where the sandy ground is ideal for long gallops and relaxing trail rides, whilst carriage driving tours and lessons are also a superb option.


 

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White Stallion Ranch, USA


The White Stallion Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
The ranch, adjacent to the Saguaro National Park, Arizona, is set in nearly five square miles of lush desert. Longhorn cattle come in for water every day but with the timeless aura of a working western cattle ranch, you also have the benefits and comforts associated with a top quality destination.

Whether horseback riding is new to you or you are an experienced rider, the varied riding programme will fit your needs. There are slow scenic rides through the Saguaro cactus, to brisk fast rides and exciting trail rides over the mountains. There is something for everyone here.


 

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Wyoming Lodge and Working Guest Ranch, USA


The Wyoming Lodge and Working Guest Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
This authentic working dude ranch combines a touch of luxury with fantastic horse riding, horsemanship and cattle working opportunities. Situated in Shell Valley, Wyoming, the ranch focuses primarily on horse riding and provides excellent horses for all levels of rider - those just starting out are treated with patience and given the help of professional trainers, whilst the seasoned rider will be matched to a responsive mount and can enjoy the company of experienced guides and talented cowboys. Approximately 250,000 acres provide spectacular scenery for trail rides whilst the 1200 head of Black Angus cattle mean that there is plenty of cattle work and drives to be done. This is genuine cattle work required to keep the ranch in operation!


 

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