Beginner Rides

Photo from the Santarém Jumping & Dressage (Portugal) 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 67 itineraries in 50 rides in 24 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 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 Africa Safaris ride

    Ant Africa Safaris
    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 Canadian Rockies ride

    Canadian Rockies
    Canada

    3 matching itineraries
    Explore the Canadian back country in true western style, off-grid and immersed in nature.
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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 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 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 Cretan Adventures on Horseback ride

    Cretan Adventures on Horseback
    Greece

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    Horse riding holidays in Crete.
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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

    2 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 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 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 Gobi and Grasslands Ride ride

    Gobi and Grasslands Ride
    Mongolia

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    Experience the desert of the Bayan Gobi and the lush grassland steppes of the Orkhon Valley on this horseback trail which combines both
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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 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 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

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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 Icelandics in Brittany ride

    Icelandics in Brittany
    France

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    Riding Icelandic horses in Brittany, France.
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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 Kay El Bar Ranch ride

    Kay El Bar Ranch
    USA

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    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 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

    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

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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 Montana Mountain Ranch ride

    Montana Mountain Ranch
    USA

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    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 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 Plitvice Ranch ride

    Plitvice Ranch
    Croatia

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    A family ranch stay which allows guests to explore the beauty of the Croatian landscape.
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  • Photo from the Quinta dos Pinheiros ride

    Quinta dos Pinheiros
    Portugal

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    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 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 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

    1 matching itinerary
    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 Swazi Culture & Scenery ride

    Swazi Culture & Scenery
    Eswatini

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    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 Utah Backcountry Trails ride

    Utah Backcountry Trails
    USA

    3 matching itineraries
    Discover the Colorado Plateau on these multi-day horseback trails through scenic southern Utah.
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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 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

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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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