Based Rides

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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.

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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!

There are 161 itineraries in 98 rides in 38 countries.

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  • Photo from the African Horseback Safaris (Macatoo) ride

    African Horseback Safaris (Macatoo)
    Botswana

    1 matching itinerary
    Macatoo Camp is situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world.
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  • Photo from the Alentejo Coastal Trails ride

    Alentejo Coastal Trails
    Portugal

    1 matching itinerary
    Ride into the hills above Grandola, passing cork trees, eucalyptus and pine forests, before discovering the beaches, dunes and lagoons of the coast.
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  • Photo from the Almeria ride

    Almeria
    Spain

    2 matching itineraries
    This riding base near to Almeria can offer riding along the coast and beach.
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  • Photo from the Andalucia Trails ride

    Andalucia Trails
    Spain

    3 matching itineraries
    This unique trekking centre based in the heart of Andalucia, offers 2-8 day trail rides for families, friends and singles, and for all abilities.
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  • Photo from the Ant Africa Safaris ride

    Ant Africa Safaris
    South Africa

    1 matching itinerary
    These unique bush homes, Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill, are located on their own private game reserve in the beautiful Waterberg region of South Africa
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  • Photo from the Arizona Hacienda Ranch ride

    Arizona Hacienda Ranch
    USA

    1 matching itinerary
    This 300 yr old ranch is one of the last great haciendas in America and its history has been lovingly preserved within the high Sonoran Desert.
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  • Photo from the Arizona Tombstone ride

    Arizona Tombstone
    USA

    2 matching itineraries
    Take a step back in history and ride trails made famous by Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the outlaw Curly Bill Brocius.
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  • Photo from the A Taste of Sicily ride

    A Taste of Sicily
    Sicily

    1 matching itinerary
    A package for riders who want to explore beautiful Sicily on horseback, combining their stay with some sightseeing and visits to local restaurants.
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  • Photo from the Axarquia Mountain Hideaway ride

    Axarquia Mountain Hideaway
    Spain

    1 matching itinerary
    An all-inclusive, tailor made finca stay in the true wilderness of Andalucia, suitable for all levels of rider and their non-riding companions.
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  • Photo from the Benasque Valley ride

    Benasque Valley
    Spain

    1 matching itinerary
    Ride through the Benasque valley in the middle of the highest mountains of the Pyrenees in the region of Aragon which borders France.
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  • Photo from the Bitterroot Ranch (Wyoming) ride

    Bitterroot Ranch (Wyoming)
    USA

    3 matching itineraries
    A Wyoming ranch with some of the best and most diverse horse riding in North America.
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  • Photo from the Black Hills Ranch (Wyoming) ride

    Black Hills Ranch (Wyoming)
    USA

    1 matching itinerary
    This working cattle ranch with Black Angus cattle offers the chance to join in many of the activities helping out with the cattle including branding.
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  • Photo from the Borana ride

    Borana
    Kenya

    1 matching itinerary
    Borana offers superb safari riding opportunities for all levels, in addition to mountain biking, bush walks and bird watching for non-riders.
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  • Photo from the British Columbia Ranch ride

    British Columbia Ranch
    Canada

    1 matching itinerary
    This guest and cattle ranch offers guests the ultimate outdoor adventure holiday in the Canadian Rocky Mountains of British Columbia.
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  • Photo from the Cadiz on Horseback ride

    Cadiz on Horseback
    Spain

    1 matching itinerary
    Horse riding holiday with beach and forest riding.
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  • Photo from the Campo de Gibraltar ride

    Campo de Gibraltar
    Spain

    1 matching itinerary
    Horse riding short break holidays in Andalucia.
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  • Photo from the Cape Winelands ride

    Cape Winelands
    South Africa

    1 matching itinerary
    Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, in an area known for its fine wine and dining, you are offered riding holidays with a difference.
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  • Photo from the Castle Leslie ride

    Castle Leslie
    Ireland

    3 matching itineraries
    Castle Leslie and its world class Equestrian Centre offers expert tuition in flatwork, show jumping and cross country as well as beautiful hacking.
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  • Photo from the Ceiriog Valley ride

    Ceiriog Valley
    Wales

    3 matching itineraries
    This beautiful new ride is situated on the border between England and Wales with plenty of off-road riding on bridleways, moorlands and ancient tracks
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  • Photo from the Celtic Trails ride

    Celtic Trails
    Ireland

    2 matching itineraries
    Riding trails through the rolling hills of the Slieve Aughty Mountains with views down to the River Shannon, with visits to Irish castles and ruins.
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  • Photo from the Cha Cha Metsi with Ride Botswana ride

    Cha Cha Metsi with Ride Botswana
    Botswana

    1 matching itinerary
    A brand new Okavango Delta camp offering centre based horse safaris overseen by our well-known partner David Foot, who also runs our Delta Trail.
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  • Photo from the Chianti Hills ride

    Chianti Hills
    Italy

    2 matching itineraries
    Enjoy these glorious riding tours through the famous Chianti region, visiting the area's most fascinating sites and enjoying the best Tuscan cuisine.
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  • Photo from the Coffee Highlands ride

    Coffee Highlands
    Brazil

    1 matching itinerary
    Discover the coffee-growing regions of Sao Paulo, visiting historical plantation homes and riding through well-preserved natural landscapes.
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  • Photo from the Colorado Creek Ranch ride

    Colorado Creek Ranch
    USA

    1 matching itinerary
    This 600-acre family guest ranch, nestled in its own private mountain valley, has been offering authentic western holidays for more than 70 years.
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  • Photo from the Costa de la Luz ride

    Costa de la Luz
    Spain

    2 matching itineraries
    Enjoy the experience of combining an exciting horse riding adventure with relaxation and socialisation, on the beautiful Spanish Coast.
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  • Photo from the Cretan Adventures on Horseback ride

    Cretan Adventures on Horseback
    Greece

    3 matching itineraries
    Horse riding holidays in Crete.
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  • Photo from the Dalmatian Hinterland ride

    Dalmatian Hinterland
    Croatia

    1 matching itinerary
    A based/stationary riding holiday in the Dalmatian Hinterland of Croatia.
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  • Photo from the Danish Beach Trails ride

    Danish Beach Trails
    Denmark

    4 matching itineraries
    Beach riding holiday based on the Danish island of Romo
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  • Photo from the Delta Trail (Ride Botswana) ride

    Delta Trail (Ride Botswana)
    Botswana

    1 matching itinerary
    This unique trail ride in the Okavango Delta uses mobile camps so you can follow the herds of game as they migrate through this glorious wetland.
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  • Photo from the Dominican Beaches ride

    Dominican Beaches
    Dominican Republic

    1 matching itinerary
    Discover the crystal clear waterfalls, ancient forests, farmland and stunning beaches of the Dominican Republic on this fantastic centre based ride
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  • Photo from the El Venado Polo School ride

    El Venado Polo School
    Argentina

    1 matching itinerary
    This beautiful working estancia is just 2 hours from Buenos Aires and the perfect place to learn or perfect your polo skills with real professionals.
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  • Photo from the Epona Dressage and Trails ride

    Epona Dressage and Trails
    Spain

    4 matching itineraries
    This classical dressage centre nr Seville suits almost all riders, from those wanting to combine lessons with trails up to experienced dressage riders
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  • Photo from the Estancia Don Joaquin ride

    Estancia Don Joaquin
    Argentina

    1 matching itinerary
    This welcoming estancia in the Corrientes province of Argentina, famed for its wetlands and lagoons, is the perfect location to explore on horseback.
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  • Photo from the Estancia Los Potreros ride

    Estancia Los Potreros
    Argentina

    2 matching itineraries
    Estancia Los Potreros is a renowned riding holiday destination, set in the Cordoba hills in the middle of Argentina.
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  • Photo from the Faial Island Trails ride

    Faial Island Trails
    Azores

    1 matching itinerary
    A comfortable ecolodge offering horse riding holidays on Faial island.
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  • Photo from the Flowerhill Equestrian ride

    Flowerhill Equestrian
    Ireland

    4 matching itineraries
    Flowerhill is a haven for riders who love to jump - located on 250 acres of countryside, with a range of fences, and fantastic Irish horses.
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  • Photo from the Forests of Swedish Lapland ride

    Forests of Swedish Lapland
    Sweden

    1 matching itinerary
    A winter wonderland adventure combining riding Icelandic horses, dog sledging and outdoor survival skills in the Taiga forests of Swedish Lapland.
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  • Photo from the Friesian Dressage and Beach ride

    Friesian Dressage and Beach
    Spain

    1 matching itinerary
    Fulfil your dream of riding a powerful and beautiful Friesian stallion down the beach, with the waves crashing alongside you and his mane flying.
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  • Photo from the Galiny Palace ride

    Galiny Palace
    Poland

    4 matching itineraries
    A welcoming country estate offering riding lessons, hacking, carriage driving and a host of non-riding activities too!
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  • Photo from the Georgia Ranch ride

    Georgia Ranch
    USA

    1 matching itinerary
    A beautiful year-round guest ranch and horse farm conveniently nestled in Central Georgia's Historic Heartland.
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  • Photo from the Geres Wolf and Wild Horse Trails ride

    Geres Wolf and Wild Horse Trails
    Portugal

    2 matching itineraries
    Horseback riding through the territory of the Iberian Wolf and the wild Garrano horse.
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  • Photo from the Great South Ranch ride

    Great South Ranch
    Morocco

    2 matching itineraries
    A beautiful Moroccan ranch, set between the Anti-Atlas mountains and an 8km beach, offering riding trips on their fantastic Arab-Barbs.
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  • Photo from the Hacienda La Alegria ride

    Hacienda La Alegria
    Ecuador

    1 matching itinerary
    Hacienda La Alegria specialises in horseback riding in the beautiful surroundings of the Ecuadorian Andes.
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  • Photo from the Hacienda Zuleta ride

    Hacienda Zuleta
    Ecuador

    1 matching itinerary
    This exclusive hacienda in Ecuador is located only two hours north of Quito in the spectacular Andean mountain range.
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  • Photo from the Horizon Horseback Adventures ride

    Horizon Horseback Adventures
    South Africa

    1 matching itinerary
    Horizon Horseback offers a selection of fabulous based adventures and riding safaris in the Waterberg area of northern South Africa.
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  • Photo from the Icelandic Horse Round Ups ride

    Icelandic Horse Round Ups
    Iceland

    1 matching itinerary
    Join hundreds of free and spirited Icelandic horses cantering down from their highland summer pastures to be reclaimed by their owners
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  • Photo from the Icelandic Short Breaks ride

    Icelandic Short Breaks
    Iceland

    3 matching itineraries
    Horse riding short break holidays in Northern Iceland.
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  • Photo from the Icelandics in Brittany ride

    Icelandics in Brittany
    France

    1 matching itinerary
    Riding Icelandic horses in Brittany, France.
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  • Photo from the Icelandics in Carpathia ride

    Icelandics in Carpathia
    Romania

    1 matching itinerary
    The rolling hills of the Harghita Mountains with its fresh streams, rich wildlife and mountain villages are best explored on an Icelandic horse.
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  • Photo from the Idaho Western Pleasure Ranch ride

    Idaho Western Pleasure Ranch
    USA

    1 matching itinerary
    This Idaho ranch offers surprisingly beautiful landscapes, Red Angus cattle and a host of riding and non-riding activities for all ages and abilities.
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  • Photo from the Il Paretaio ride

    Il Paretaio
    Italy

    2 matching itineraries
    A Tuscan country house offering a high standard of riding tuition, especially classical dressage, and hacking in the beautiful surrounding countryside
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  • Photo from the Karst Plateau ride

    Karst Plateau
    Slovenia

    2 matching itineraries
    Ride across the Karst Plateau of south-western Slovenia, famous for its caves, including Vilenica (the oldest show cave in Europe) and Skocjanske Cave
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  • Photo from the Kay El Bar Ranch ride

    Kay El Bar Ranch
    USA

    1 matching itinerary
    This authentic, intimate and friendly ranch offers a genuine dude ranch experience located in the Sonoran Desert, just 1.5 hours from Phoenix airport
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  • Photo from the Kerewong State Forest, NSW ride

    Kerewong State Forest, NSW
    Australia

    1 matching itinerary
    Riding trails through a mixture of hilly eucalyptus forests, gently undulating farmland, rocky escarpments, creek crossings and pockets of rainforest.
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  • Photo from the Kupres Farm ride

    Kupres Farm
    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    2 matching itineraries
    A stunning destination set in the natural beauty of the Kupres Plateau.
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  • Photo from the Lagoa do Peixe National Park ride

    Lagoa do Peixe National Park
    Brazil

    2 matching itineraries
    Lagoa do Peixe national park; a wetland mix of salt marshes, lagoons, sand dunes and ocean. A haven for migrating birds, best explored on horseback,
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  • Photo from the Lesvos Island Escape ride

    Lesvos Island Escape
    Greece

    2 matching itineraries
    You will ride out of a small, authentic, family run riding stables in the heart of the island town of Molyvos.
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  • Photo from the Lofoten Islands ride

    Lofoten Islands
    Norway

    1 matching itinerary
    Ride Icelandic horses on the island of Gimsoy, on the far side of the Lofoten Islands, next to a white sandy beach with a view of the ocean.
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  • Photo from the Lot Valley ride

    Lot Valley
    France

    1 matching itinerary
    This ride is the ideal opportunity to enjoy some exciting riding in the beautiful Averyonese countryside, whilst also relaxing when out of the saddle.
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  • Photo from the Lusitano Dressage ride

    Lusitano Dressage
    Portugal

    2 matching itineraries
    Have lessons in classical dressage or working equitation on highly-schooled Lusitanos at this welcoming stables situated only 45 mins from Lisbon.
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  • Photo from the Lusitano Trails ride

    Lusitano Trails
    Portugal

    2 matching itineraries
    Beautiful trail rides through the Ribatejo region of Portugal, riding on the native and noble Lusitano horse.
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  • Photo from the Menorca Rural Hotel ride

    Menorca Rural Hotel
    Menorca

    2 matching itineraries
    Ride around the unspoilt green countryside, along the rural tracks and the Cami de Cavalls, to enjoy the magnificent landscape and views of Menorca.
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  • Photo from the Molise ride

    Molise
    Italy

    1 matching itinerary
    Western riding trails through unspoilt Italian countryside, where guests are made to feel like family.
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  • Photo from the Montana Mountain Ranch ride

    Montana Mountain Ranch
    USA

    1 matching itinerary
    Traverse the wide open prairies, along and through the Judith River and explore the mountains of the National Forest on this ranch holiday in Montana.
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  • Photo from the Monte Velho Equo Resort ride

    Monte Velho Equo Resort
    Portugal

    5 matching itineraries
    A Lusitano stud farm offering luxurious accommodation and wonderful riding opportunities in the Alentejo region of Portugal.
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  • Photo from the Mozambique Horse Safaris ride

    Mozambique Horse Safaris
    Mozambique

    1 matching itinerary
    A phenomenal Mozambique beach riding destination offering a stunning African setting, loved horses and fabulous beach resort accommodation.
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  • Photo from the Northern Iceland ride

    Northern Iceland
    Iceland

    3 matching itineraries
    This family run farmhouse has been welcoming guests for extraordinary riding adventures since 1985.
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  • Photo from the North Portugal Dressage & Wine Estate ride

    North Portugal Dressage & Wine Estate
    Portugal

    2 matching itineraries
    Dressage tuition and cultural tours on a 40 year old Wine Estate bordering the Serra da Estrela National Park.
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  • Photo from the Okavango Horse Safaris ride

    Okavango Horse Safaris
    Botswana

    3 matching itineraries
    Explore the magical inland water meadows of the Okavango Delta on this semi-mobile safari which visits at least two camps during your stay.
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  • Photo from the Pays de la Loire ride

    Pays de la Loire
    France

    1 matching itinerary
    Ride on horseback through the stunning Loire Valley, stopping at chateaus for leisurely lunches and wine tastings.
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  • Photo from the Picos de Europa Mountains ride

    Picos de Europa Mountains
    Spain

    1 matching itinerary
    Discover the wonders of Northern Spain and the famous Picos de Europa - the peaks of Europe!
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  • Photo from the Plitvice Ranch ride

    Plitvice Ranch
    Croatia

    1 matching itinerary
    A family ranch stay which allows guests to explore the beauty of the Croatian landscape.
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  • Photo from the Portugal Equestrian ride

    Portugal Equestrian
    Portugal

    3 matching itineraries
    Portugal Equestrian is a professional equestrian set-up offering top-quality training in showjumping, dressage and working equitation.
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  • Photo from the Quinta dos Pinheiros ride

    Quinta dos Pinheiros
    Portugal

    1 matching itinerary
    Classical dressage and working equitation classes in rural Alentejo.
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  • Photo from the Rainforest Adventures ride

    Rainforest Adventures
    Costa Rica

    1 matching itinerary
    Discover Costa Rica's diverse and contrasting landscapes and wildlife on horseback, with options to suit all levels of rider.
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  • Photo from the Riding the Causeway Coast ride

    Riding the Causeway Coast
    Northern Ireland

    2 matching itineraries
    These spectacular riding tours combine the best of Ireland's north coast with its unspoilt beaches, lush green fields and fascinating history.
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  • Photo from the Santarém Jumping & Dressage ride

    Santarém Jumping & Dressage
    Portugal

    4 matching itineraries
    This is a small family owned equestrian centre with horses and instructors of the highest class.
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  • Photo from the Sarajevo Mountains ride

    Sarajevo Mountains
    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    1 matching itinerary
    The riding centre is located in an area of approximately 6 hectares of private woodland and pastures, roughly 25 kilometres away from Sarajevo.
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  • Photo from the Saskatchewan Ranch ride

    Saskatchewan Ranch
    Canada

    1 matching itinerary
    A super guest ranch in the heart of Saskatchewan country welcomes all riders to enjoy and share in their wonderful countryside and ranching culture.
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  • Photo from the Sea & Pine Forest ride

    Sea & Pine Forest
    Sardinia

    2 matching itineraries
    This is the leading riding centre in Sardinia with an indoor school and facilities for all the family including a Western village.
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  • Photo from the Sicily Explorer ride

    Sicily Explorer
    Sicily

    1 matching itinerary
    These adventurous riding holidays are the perfect way to explore Sicily.
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  • Photo from the Sierra Nevada Trails ride

    Sierra Nevada Trails
    Spain

    1 matching itinerary
    Fantastic trail rides in the Sierra Nevada National Park
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  • Photo from the Sligo Coastal Trails ride

    Sligo Coastal Trails
    Ireland

    1 matching itinerary
    A fabulous riding holiday exploring the rugged wilderness of County Sligo. Galloping along the sandy beaches.
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  • Photo from the Southern Sardinia ride

    Southern Sardinia
    Sardinia

    1 matching itinerary
    These horseback trails on the island of Sardinia are situated at its southern most point, close to the small islands of Sant'Antioco and Pietro.
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  • Photo from the Swazi Culture & Scenery ride

    Swazi Culture & Scenery
    Eswatini

    1 matching itinerary
    The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) is an exciting destination for horse riders, with diverse terrain, accommodation and Swazi culture.
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  • Photo from the Tarn Western Ranch ride

    Tarn Western Ranch
    France

    1 matching itinerary
    A relaxing ranch-based stay in the beautiful Tarn Valley.
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  • Photo from the Temples, Tombs and Beaches ride

    Temples, Tombs and Beaches
    Egypt

    4 matching itineraries
    Luxor, often referred to as the worlds greatest outdoor museum, is an amazing setting for a horse riding holiday.
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  • Photo from the Tölt and Dine ride

    Tölt and Dine
    Denmark

    1 matching itinerary
    Ride well-schooled Icelandic Horses along Denmark's coastline and enjoy gourmet meals along the way.
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  • Photo from the Transylvania Trails (Equus Silvania) ride

    Transylvania Trails (Equus Silvania)
    Romania

    1 matching itinerary
    At the foot of the Carpathian Mountains these rides include plenty of trots, canters and gallops, for competent riders with a spirit of adventure.
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  • Photo from the Utah Backcountry Trails ride

    Utah Backcountry Trails
    USA

    1 matching itinerary
    Discover the Colorado Plateau on these multi-day horseback trails through scenic southern Utah.
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  • Photo from the Vineyards of Alsace ride

    Vineyards of Alsace
    France

    1 matching itinerary
    Ride Icelandic Horses (or an e-bike!) on a gourmet adventure through the vineyards of Alsace! This tour is aimed at couples.
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  • Photo from the Wait A Little ride

    Wait A Little
    South Africa

    1 matching itinerary
    Pacy mobile rides within the 30,000 hectare Karongwe and Makalali game reserves, home to all of the Big Five.
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  • Photo from the Waterberg Big Five Safari ride

    Waterberg Big Five Safari
    South Africa

    1 matching itinerary
    Entabeni is a stunning reserve situated within the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere offering riding safaris on both the upper and lower escarpments
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  • Photo from the Western Adventures in Tuscany ride

    Western Adventures in Tuscany
    Italy

    3 matching itineraries
    This welcoming, friendly establishment specialises in western riding, offering relaxed riding holidays as well as tuition and exciting trails.
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  • Photo from the Western Ranch  (El Bronco) ride

    Western Ranch (El Bronco)
    Hungary

    1 matching itinerary
    A welcoming western style ranch situated in the south of Hungary.
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  • Photo from the White Stallion Ranch ride

    White Stallion Ranch
    USA

    2 matching itineraries
    This ranch, adjacent to the Saguaro National Park, has the timeless aura of a working western cattle ranch coupled with comfortable accommodation
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  • Photo from the Wyoming Lodge and Working Guest Ranch ride

    Wyoming Lodge and Working Guest Ranch
    USA

    2 matching itineraries
    This authentic working dude ranch combines a touch of luxury with fantastic horse riding, horsemanship and cattle working opportunities.
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  • Photo from the Zambian Horseback Safaris ride

    Zambian Horseback Safaris
    Zambia

    1 matching itinerary
    Zambian Horseback Safaris offer a new horseback adventure in Zambia on the Zambezi flats and within the new Simalaha Community Conservancy.
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