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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Eastern Cape Explorer, South Africa


The Eastern Cape Explorer horse riding holiday, in South Africa
Ever thought that you would like to canter your horse along a beach or play in the waves? The sound of a horse's hooves splashing in the water beneath you is a memory not to be forgotten. What better way to experience South Africa than on the back of a horse, enjoying this new and exciting trail ride along the coast! You can canter these fit horses for miles along the firm sand of the unspoilt beaches, swimming in the sea and combing the beaches looking for hidden treasures or admiring shipwrecks.


 

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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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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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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.

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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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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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.

Current special offers:

Early booking discount: Receive 10% off your 2019 trail ride by confirming your place, with a deposit, before the 31st December 2018.


 

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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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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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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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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.


 

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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.