Beginner Rides

Photo from the British Columbia Ranch (Canada) ride.

If you are a total beginner when it comes to horse riding or you have a little experience and consider yourself a novice, it can often be quite daunting to find a horse riding holiday to suit your riding ability. There’s really no need to worry – there are many destinations which can offer tuition, hacking and even short trail rides for those who have spent little or no time in the saddle but who would like to take part. Although not many destinations will take a complete beginner on a lengthy trail ride, for reasons of safety and fairness to their horses, there are plenty of opportunities where you can get stuck in and even learn how to care for horses too. Several destinations even offer ‘beginner programmes’ where you can learn all the basics of riding in a short space of time, coming home with a sense of real accomplishment and some wonderful horseback memories.

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Beginner riders can often be nervous (understandably so!) but we work with many instructors who have the experience and patience to give you riding confidence. The main piece of advice we can give is to follow instruction and take note of the advice given to you. This will ensure that you have an enjoyable trip and improve your riding as much as possible. We are always delighted when beginners and novices book a riding holiday as it’s so satisfying to share our love of riding with others. When you have more experience then you can use your Far and Ride loyalty discount on another more adventurous riding experience!

There are 96 itineraries in 65 rides in 33 countries.

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  • Photo from the Almeria ride

    Almeria
    Spain

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    This riding base near to Almeria can offer riding along the coast and beach.
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  • Photo from the Amazon Delta ride

    Amazon Delta
    Brazil

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    The Amazon is a huge place, full of rich experiences - discover this unique environment on the back of the local Marajoara horses.
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  • Photo from the Andalucia Trails ride

    Andalucia Trails
    Spain

    4 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's Nest and Ant's Hill ride

    Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill
    South Africa

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 Bitterroot Ranch (Wyoming) ride

    Bitterroot Ranch (Wyoming)
    USA

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    A Wyoming ranch with some of the best and most diverse horse riding in North America.
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  • Photo from the Borana ride

    Borana
    Kenya

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    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

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    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 Canada Cattle Ranch ride

    Canada Cattle Ranch
    Canada

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    This authentic working guest cattle ranch in the heart of Saskatchewan country welcomes all riders to enjoy and share in their ranching culture.
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  • Photo from the Canadian Rockies ride

    Canadian Rockies
    Canada

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    Explore the Canadian back country in true western style, off-grid and immersed in nature.
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  • Photo from the Cappadocia Trails ride

    Cappadocia Trails
    Turkey

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    An incredible destination where guests can experience the unusual beauty of Turkey's Cappadocia region from the back of a fit and surefooted horse.
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  • Photo from the Carpathian Mountain Trails ride

    Carpathian Mountain Trails
    Romania

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    Pack trips through the Eastern Carpathian Mountains of Romania.
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  • Photo from the Castle Leslie ride

    Castle Leslie
    Ireland

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    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 Catalonia ride

    Catalonia
    Spain

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    Ride through beautiful Catalonia countryside and along the Mediterranean coast on a selection of different trails.
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  • Photo from the Ceiriog Valley ride

    Ceiriog Valley
    Wales

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    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

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    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 Coastal Beaches and Vineyards ride

    Coastal Beaches and Vineyards
    Uruguay

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    Horseback rides exploring around Punta del Este on the eastern coast of Uruguay - vibrant, fashionable La Barra, and tranquil, relaxed Jose Ignacio.
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  • Photo from the Coffee Highlands ride

    Coffee Highlands
    Brazil

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    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

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    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 Colours of Mexico ride

    Colours of Mexico
    Mexico

    1 matching itinerary
    This ranch is a haven for all visitors, providing a taste of Mexican vibrancy, fantastic cuisine, superb facilities and responsive trail horses.
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  • Photo from the Costa Rica Ranch & Beach ride

    Costa Rica Ranch & Beach
    Costa Rica

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    Costa Rica is a haven for wildlife and this ranch offers riding in search of monkeys and tropical birds as well as along the white sandy beaches
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  • Photo from the El Venado Polo School ride

    El Venado Polo School
    Argentina

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    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

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    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 Essaouira ride

    Essaouira
    Morocco

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    Discover the hills, valleys and coastal villages around the fishing port of Essaouira on horseback.
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  • Photo from the Estancia Don Joaquin ride

    Estancia Don Joaquin
    Argentina

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    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

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    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 Finnhorse Adventures ride

    Finnhorse Adventures
    Finland

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    Trail riding adventures on rare Finnhorses, the native horse of Finland.
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  • Photo from the Galiny Palace ride

    Galiny Palace
    Poland

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 Greek Island Escape ride

    Greek Island Escape
    Greece

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    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 Hacienda La Alegria ride

    Hacienda La Alegria
    Ecuador

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    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

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    This exclusive stables 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 and Safaris ride

    Horizon Horseback Adventures and Safaris
    South Africa

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    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 Hualapai Ranch (Stagecoach Trails) ride

    Hualapai Ranch (Stagecoach Trails)
    USA

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    A comfortable dude ranch offering excellent hospitality, fantastic food and riding packages for all abilities, as well as for disabled riders.
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  • Photo from the Idaho Western Pleasure Ranch ride

    Idaho Western Pleasure Ranch
    USA

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    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

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    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 Kupres Farm ride

    Kupres Farm
    Bosnia and Herzegovina

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    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

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    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 Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch ride

    Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch
    Croatia

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    Linden Tree is a small eco-safari-style luxury resort located inside Velebit National Park and offering horse riding as well as many other activities.
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  • Photo from the Lot Valley ride

    Lot Valley
    France

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    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

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    Have lessons in classical dressage or working equitation on highly-schooled Lusitanos at this welcoming stables situated on 30-40 mins from Lisbon.
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  • Photo from the Lusitano Trails ride

    Lusitano Trails
    Portugal

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    Beautiful trail rides through the Ribatejo region of Portugal, riding on the native and noble Lusitano horse.
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  • Photo from the Mallorca Tuition & Trails ride

    Mallorca Tuition & Trails
    Mallorca

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    A beautiful farm dedicated to horses and situated in the Levante hills of Mallorca.
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  • Photo from the Montes de Oro Hacienda ride

    Montes de Oro Hacienda
    Costa Rica

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    Be enchanted by the golden beaches and tropical rainforests of Costa Rica from this new hacienda in the Punta Arenas area west of the capital San Jose
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  • Photo from the Monte Velho Equo Resort ride

    Monte Velho Equo Resort
    Portugal

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    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 Orkhon Valley Trails ride

    Orkhon Valley Trails
    Mongolia

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    Discover the beauty of Mongolia's Orkhon Valley from horseback, where the steppes stretch out in front of you with yurts and herds dotted all around.
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  • Photo from the Pieniny Farm Stay ride

    Pieniny Farm Stay
    Poland

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    A simple, homely riding holiday offering beautiful riding country, tasty Polish food and brave, sure-footed horses.
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  • Photo from the Portugal Equestrian ride

    Portugal Equestrian
    Portugal

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    Portugal Equestrian is a professional equestrian set-up offering top quality training in show jumping, dressage and working equitation.
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  • Photo from the Roop Niwas Kothi Hotel ride

    Roop Niwas Kothi Hotel
    India

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    This hotel is home to one of the biggest stud farms for Marwari horses in India.
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  • Photo from the Sea & Pine Forest ride

    Sea & Pine Forest
    Sardinia

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    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 Southern Comfort ride

    Southern Comfort
    Iceland

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    Gestur and family operate tours all over south Iceland, both in popular tourist places as well as in the most rural places in Iceland.
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  • Photo from the Thamalakane River Ride (Ride Botswana) ride

    Thamalakane River Ride (Ride Botswana)
    Botswana

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    A lodge based safari with exciting riding opportunities for all levels including children.
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  • Photo from the Tuscany Castle ride

    Tuscany Castle
    Italy

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    Just 1.5 hours from Rome, this splendid castle has restored facilities and an equestrian centre so you can enjoy this wonderful region on horseback
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  • Photo from the Vale de Ferreiros ride

    Vale de Ferreiros
    Portugal

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    This is a small family owned equestrian centre with horses and instructors of the highest class.
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  • Photo from the Western Adventures in Tuscany ride

    Western Adventures in Tuscany
    Italy

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    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

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    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

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    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 Wild Coast Trails ride

    Wild Coast Trails
    South Africa

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    This is not just a beach ride - it's an adventure. Rolling hills, cliff tops that plunge into the ocean, exhilarating beach gallops and stunning views
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  • Photo from the Wyoming Lodge and Working Guest Ranch ride

    Wyoming Lodge and Working Guest Ranch
    USA

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    This authentic working dude ranch combines a touch of luxury with fantastic horse riding, horsemanship and cattle working opportunities.
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