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Budget Riding Holidays


Our budget riding holidays are aimed at those who are looking for the wonderful experience of a holiday on horseback without the added cost of premier accommodation and fancy food. These holidays often include a great group atmosphere where you can meet down-to-earth riders and new friends. Given the natural expense of horse riding and the costs incurred when visiting riding schools, budget riding holidays are an extremely good value way to get plenty of quality horse riding for your money whilst exploring somewhere new.

For many riders, the experience of being in the saddle is the primary aim of a riding holiday and budget holidays can bring you this without the hassle of having to dress for dinner afterwards! Often the less pricey holiday destinations bring more opportunities to care for and prepare your own horse, help out your hosts with meals and earn your place as one of the extended family. The warm welcome at budget riding destinations such as those in Bosnia and Croatia is something special to be treasured.

As budget riding destinations are often run by families or friends without much financial backing, visiting them helps to support small businesses, bring work to local people and to give the horses an important role in society. Budget holidays can be trail rides or based stays and can suit a range of riding abilities.

If you are looking for a more luxurious option or a holiday for a special occasion then our luxury rides may be more up your street. Alternatively, you can run a search.

 

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A Taste of Armagnac (Guided or Unguided), France


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


 

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A Taste of 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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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".

Current special offers:

Ride in the sun at this wonderful destination in southern Spain. Your guide, Manolo is one of the most experienced in the business and is a great host.

We are happy to offer the following discounts on the new Cabo de Gata 4-night Beach Trail between the 15th-19th of January 2020;

No single room supplement for all genuine single travellers

or

2 people booking together (and sharing a room) will each receive a discount of 60€ (EUR) per person on the trip price.




 

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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.

Current special offers:

Early Booking Discount - book your 2020 stay before the 31st of December 2019 and pay 2019 rates*.

* single supplement will be at 2020 price.


 

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Azerbaijan Adventure, Azerbaijan


The Azerbaijan Adventure horse riding holiday, in Azerbaijan
This adventurous ride has been developed by our guide in neighbouring Georgia, Audrey, who has a vast knowledge of the Caucasus mountains and their people. You will be accompanied throughout by local Lezgian people who know the incredible national park by heart and will escort you to the village of Lahic which has been settled by Tat people who originally came from southern neighbouring Iran.


 

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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.

Current special offers:

EARLY Booking Discount:

50€ (EUR) per person discount for all 2020 trail rides if you confirm with a deposit payment by the 31st December 2019.


 

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Bosko's Ranch and Croatian Culture, Croatia


The Bosko
This friendly Croatian ranch offers varied riding in the countryside and their famous Krka Trail. They have well trained, forward-going horses to take you out along the Cetina river and across the lovely landscapes and there is also the option of fascinating cultural excursions. The Krka Trail is a beautiful adventure through the Croatian countryside where you can enjoy long canters, mountain climbs and even swimming with your horse in the river.


 

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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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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.


 

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Essaouira, Morocco


The Essaouira horse riding holiday, in Morocco
Discover the hills, valleys and coastal villages around the fishing port of Essaouira on horseback. This camping trail allows you to ride through argan forests, sand dunes and along the glorious beaches on kind but tough Berber stallions.


 

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Finnhorse Adventures, Finland


The Finnhorse Adventures horse riding holiday, in Finland
Trail riding adventures on rare Finnhorses, the native horse of Finland. These calm, sturdy little horses have played an important part in their country's history and their numbers are now sadly in decline. Your hostess' dream was to breed them and use them for trail riding... and here they are!


 

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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:

New Year Discount:

To get the new year off to a great start, our partners are offering a - €100 (EUR) per person discount on the following programmes and dates;

Sea, Desert & Mountain Trail:
11th-18th January 2020

Ranch Based Stay:
between the 25th January - 8th February 2020
and 29th February - 14th March 2020



 

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Greek Island Escape, Greece


The Greek Island Escape horse riding holiday, in Greece
Riding out of a small, authentic, family run riding stables in the heart of the island town of Molyvos, on the Northern coast of the Island of Lesvos. You will be offered the unique opportunity to explore the surroundings of Molyvos, on horseback. You will ride on wide sandy beaches and discover breathtaking views, from the top of steep, rocky mountains. This island has so much to offer you and it is just waiting to be discovered.

Current special offers:

10% discount on stays in the period 1st May - 2nd June 2020.

In this period you will be accommodated at the beautiful beachfront Bella Vista 4* Hotel in Molyvos, on an all-inclusive basis.


 

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Hasmas Wilderness, Romania


The Hasmas Wilderness horse riding holiday, in Romania
The Hasmas mountains and national park are embraced by the Carpathian mountains and one of the hidden gems of Europe. These riding tours start from the 1,200m high Kovacspeter ridge where scattered summer shelters can be found and you ride local Hutzul horses across the varied and rocky terrain. These riding tours start from the 1,200m high Kovacspeter ridge where scattered summer shelters can be found. You ride local Carpathian horses which are small but incredibly hardy and very suitable for the rocky and varied mountain terrain.


 

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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.


 

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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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Karst Plateau, Slovenia


The Karst Plateau horse riding holiday, in Slovenia
These scenic riding programmes are an absolute dream for those who love nature and beautiful landscapes - the Karst region is incredibly green with varied terrain, hidden treasures and spectacular wildlife including deer, boar, bears, wolves and a range of birds. Your host, Borut, comes from a hunting background and is an expert tracker, able to tell you all about the different animals and their habits. His horses are well-trained and relaxed, ideal for riding with a long rein through this magical countryside. In addition to its natural wonders, such as some of the world's most famous caves, the area is also full of fascinating history with old castles to be discovered. Slovenia is a safe, welcoming, scenic country and as you ride between tall pines and old turrets you feel as if you are in a fairytale.


 

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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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Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch, Croatia


The Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch horse riding holiday, in Croatia
Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch is an award-winning, authentic guest ranch situated inside the UNESCO Velebit Mountain Biosphere Reserve in Croatia. This friendly ranch and "restorative retreat" is small and privately owned, open all year to guests from around the world and with a focus on unique horsemanship alongside a high level of comfort and service. They offer a range of daily activities to suit all the family and also have a special riding programme available once a year, the 'Ultimate Cowboy Adventure', for those who want to explore this beautiful region from the saddle in more depth. The ranch is run with a focus on sustainable development and in accordance with their own concept known as CIDER: Community, Integrity, Development, Evolution and Responsibility.


 

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Medieval Albanian Trails, Albania


The Medieval Albanian Trails horse riding holiday, in Albania
Discover the mountainous landscapes of southern Albania on hardy local horses, whilst staying with local families and learning about their traditions and cultures. Follow ancient caravan routes or trails followed by pre-Roman armies to uncover ancient artefacts and ruined castles. The challenging landscape holds a wealth of beauty and wildlife as you get well off the beaten track.


 

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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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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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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.

It is possible to book a three or four day trek when you leave your horse and return to the hotel each night.


 

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Swazi Culture & Scenery, Eswatini


The Swazi Culture & Scenery horse riding holiday, in Eswatini
The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) is a new and exciting destination for horse riders - with its diverse terrain, accommodation and Swazi culture, you'll be immersed in the real Africa. Explore three different parks on horseback and on foot/in vehicles to get a fantastic overview of the country. High up in the mountains of Mlilwane North you will get never-ending views across Eswatini, South Africa and Mozambique, putting the whole of life into perspective.


 

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Szekely Trails, Romania


The Szekely Trails horse riding holiday, in Romania
Horseback trails along the main ridge of the Carpathian mountains take travellers to untouched and pristine mountainous landscapes with old pine forests, pure creeks, dramatic limestone rocks, hidden farming villages, vast fields and lush meadows still cultivated traditionally by locals. On these trails you'll meet the Szekely - a Hungarian speaking ethnic group from eastern Transylvania that live in the valleys and hills of the eastern Carpathian mountains.

Current special offers:

Early Booking Discount:

Confirm your booking for 2020 before the 15th March and receive a discount of 30€ (EUR) per person

OR groups of 6 riders booking together will receive a 60€ (EUR) discount, per person, on above prices.

Please note that discounts cannot be used in conjunction with one another.


 

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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.