Europe

Photo from the Mallorca Tuition & Trails (Mallorca) ride.

For many years wild horses roamed through most of Europe’s ecosystems, in high mountains, deep forests, steppes and savannahs. Sadly the last European wild horse died in around 1909. Though this original wild horse is extinct there are still millions of horses around in Europe, and some horse breeds to this day carry most of the gene material of the original wild horse. Today we cannot offer you a ride on a wild horse, but we can send you to ride on one of the many different breeds of horses we have in Europe.

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European horses, particularly the Lusitano in Portugal and the Andalusian in Spain, are world famous for their athleticism and beauty - we can offer expert tuition from top class dressage instructors on these fabulous horses. The Irish Hunter will give you confidence jumping whilst the iconic Icelandic horse will carry you safely around volcanos, hot springs and fjords.

However, Eastern Europe now has some exciting riding in countries such as Albania, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia where the tough local horses will carry you safely over outstanding and unspoilt countryside. The flower laden Kupres Plateau in Bosnia, Bulgaria and Romania also have some wonderful mountain horseback trails where the scenery is spectacular. If you wish for a more cultural experience then there are horseback trails in France where you are able to visit castles and chateaux, walled towns and cathedrals. Horseback rides in Italy, Sicily and Sardinia can offer history, culture, romance and the most delicious food and wine. Riding in Capadoccia in Turkey is just a breathtaking experience for the astonishing rock-hewn landscapes.

Relaxed western riding though Italy and Hungary is ideal for the easygoing holidaymaker, as is cantering through the poppies in Mallorca on a well schooled Andalusian, discovering the beauty of Menorca or enjoying the glorious beaches of Lesvos in Greece.

For the adventurous riding holiday enthusiast, we have some really remote trails through the Tusheti mountains of Georgia and Caucasian mountains of Russia where all your belongings are carried by pack horses. There are also incredible trails in Slovenia and Montenegro which allow you to explore more remote locations, and an epic journey across Wales to the coast culminating with a gallop down the beach.

There are so many options in Europe for horse riders, from fabulous beach rides to progressive trails through forests and over mountains, cross country instruction or dressage and jumping lessons, farmhouse stays or remote camping trails where you stay in beautiful locations every night. The scenery is varied and diverse and with the many different breeds of horses, you will be spoilt for choice. From the back of a horse you can experience all that the countries in Europe have to offer.

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  • Photo from the Alentejo Coastal Trails ride

    Alentejo Coastal Trails
    Portugal

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    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

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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

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    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 Antalya Mountains ride

    Antalya Mountains
    Turkey

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    Ride across the Taurus Mountains from the central Anatolian Plateau to the Mediterranean Coast, discovering ancient Roman ruins and rock formations.
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  • Photo from the A Taste of Armagnac (Unguided) ride

    A Taste of Armagnac (Unguided)
    France

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    These riding holidays are set in the beautiful French area of Armagnac.
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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 Azores - Faial Island Trails ride

    Azores - Faial Island Trails
    Azores

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    A quinta offering a choice of riding trails on the island of Faial in the Azores.
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  • Photo from the Benasque Valley ride

    Benasque Valley
    Spain

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    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 Bieszczady Trails ride

    Bieszczady Trails
    Poland

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    This small, family run ride is based in southern Poland amongst the wild mountains of Bieszczady.
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  • Photo from the Bordeaux Wines ride

    Bordeaux Wines
    France

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    A wonderful ride around the great Bordeaux wine region.
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  • Photo from the Bosko's Ranch and Croatian Culture ride

    Bosko's Ranch and Croatian Culture
    Croatia

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    This is a friendly Croatian ranch offering trails out into the beautiful countryside and the chance of cultural excursions.
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  • Photo from the Brecon Beacons and Beyond ride

    Brecon Beacons and Beyond
    Wales

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    World class trail riding over the Brecon Beacons and beyond.
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  • Photo from the Brittany and Normandy ride

    Brittany and Normandy
    France

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    Discover the history, culture and natural landscapes of northwest France on this sporty ride on endurance trained horses.
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  • Photo from the Burgundy Morvan ride

    Burgundy Morvan
    France

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    This fast, fun trail takes you through the heart of Burgundy - a landscape of rolling hills, forests, rivers, lakes and characteristic villages.
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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 Catalan Pyrenees ride

    Catalan Pyrenees
    Spain

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    From this riding centre you can enjoy wonderful trails in the Pyrenees.
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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 Cathar Trails (Guided or Unguided) ride

    Cathar Trails (Guided or Unguided)
    France

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    Horse riding holidays combining fantastic rides with the opportunity to explore the Cathar trail and sense the history that surrounds these castles.
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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 Chateaux de la Loire ride

    Chateaux de la Loire
    France

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    Trail rides exploring the castles of the Loire.
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  • Photo from the Cilento Farmhouse ride

    Cilento Farmhouse
    Italy

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    This lovely Agriturismo is set in the heart of the Cilento National Park in South-western Italy.
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  • Photo from the Costa de la Luz ride

    Costa de la Luz
    Spain

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    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 Dalmatian Hinterland ride

    Dalmatian Hinterland
    Croatia

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    A based/stationary riding holiday in the Dalmatian Hinterland of Croatia.
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  • Photo from the Dalyan Coast ride

    Dalyan Coast
    Turkey

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    A week long horseback trail from Koyceyiz to Gocek, passing by Dalyan, and following the spectacular Mediterranean coast and around Koycegiz lake.
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  • Photo from the Doñana Dressage & Trails ride

    Doñana Dressage & Trails
    Spain

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    In the glorious setting of Doñana, Jose Manuel offers dressage or trails at his new equestrian centre located on the outskirts of El Rocio
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  • Photo from the Dordogne-Perigord ride

    Dordogne-Perigord
    France

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    Discover the most visited area of the Dordogne on horseback and ride between picturesque villages and their castles.
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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 Extremadura Trails ride

    Extremadura Trails
    Spain

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    Extremedura is a region in western Spain which is a paradise for horse riders.
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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 Flowerhill Equestrian ride

    Flowerhill Equestrian
    Ireland

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    Flowerhill is a haven for riders who love to jump - located on 250 acres of countryside, with a range of fences, you'll jump to your heart's content!
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  • Photo from the Friesian Dressage and Beach ride

    Friesian Dressage and Beach
    Spain

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    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

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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 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 Gredos Mountains ride

    Gredos Mountains
    Spain

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    An opportunity for intermediate and experienced riders to explore the Northern and Southern valleys of the Gredos mountains.
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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 Historical Malbec ride

    Historical Malbec
    France

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    Ride through the vineyards of Cahors with its famous Malbec grape and then venture into the wild, isolated valleys of Cele.
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  • Photo from the Historic Transylvania (Kalnoky) ride

    Historic Transylvania (Kalnoky)
    Romania

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    Experience Transylvania's landscapes of rolling hills adorned with wild flower meadows, forests and tiny villages from horseback.
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  • Photo from the Icelandic Horse Round Up ride

    Icelandic Horse Round Up
    Iceland

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    Imagine hundreds of free and spirited horses cantering down from their highland summer pastures to be reclaimed by their owners
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  • Photo from the Icelandics in Carpathia ride

    Icelandics in Carpathia
    Romania

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    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 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 Irish West Coast ride

    Irish West Coast
    Ireland

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    Riding here encompasses some of the most fantastic scenery surrounding Clew Bay, from the steep slopes of Croagh Patrick to the wild Atlantic ocean
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  • Photo from the Kabardino Balkaria ride

    Kabardino Balkaria
    Russia

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    This exciting new ride for 2020 is offered to those with a pioneering spirit of adventure.
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  • Photo from the Karst Plateau ride

    Karst Plateau
    Slovenia

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    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 Kjolur ride

    Kjolur
    Iceland

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    Step back in time and ride along the ancient Kjolur Trail as Icelanders once did when travelling to the annual summer parliament at Thingvellir.
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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 Land of the Thracians ride

    Land of the Thracians
    Bulgaria

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    A beautiful ride offered by our partner Bogdan, a qualified vet and experienced riding guide.
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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-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 Magic of Istria ride

    Magic of Istria
    Croatia

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    The Istrian countryside provides a charming setting for riding with incredible landscapes and warm hospitality at a family run farm!
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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 Mas de Peyrelongue ride

    Mas de Peyrelongue
    France

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    A world of horses in southern France - a place to ride, relax and enjoy magical trails, medieval villages and the best of French cuisine.
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  • Photo from the Medieval Albanian Trails ride

    Medieval Albanian Trails
    Albania

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    Discover the mountainous landscapes of Albania on hardy local horses, staying with local families, learning about their daily lives.
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  • Photo from the Medieval Dordogne ride

    Medieval Dordogne
    France

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    Ride through this varied and beautiful region of the Dordogne and discover the history, chateau and bastides the area is known for.
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  • Photo from the Menorca Rural Hotel ride

    Menorca Rural Hotel
    Menorca

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    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 Menorca Trails ride

    Menorca Trails
    Menorca

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    Explore from horseback the restored "Cami de Cavalls" bridlepath, which runs around the edge of the island of Menorca for c. 180km.
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  • Photo from the Molise ride

    Molise
    Italy

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    Western riding trails through unspoilt Italian countryside, where guests are made to feel like family.
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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 Northern Iceland ride

    Northern Iceland
    Iceland

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    This family run farmhouse has been welcoming guests for extraordinary riding adventures since 1985.
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  • Photo from the Pays de la Loire ride

    Pays de la Loire
    France

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    Ride on horseback through the stunning Loire Valley, stopping at chateaus for leisurely lunches and wine tastings.
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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 Rhodope Mountain Trails ride

    Rhodope Mountain Trails
    Bulgaria

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    A family-run stables located in the Rhodope Mountain range, offering adventurous English-style riding.
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  • Photo from the Sarajevo Mountains ride

    Sarajevo Mountains
    Bosnia and Herzegovina

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    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 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 Sheep Round-Ups ride

    Sheep Round-Ups
    Iceland

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    Join local farmers in rounding up sheep and bringing them down from the mountains to be sorted before the winter.
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  • Photo from the Sicily Explorer ride

    Sicily Explorer
    Sicily

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    These adventurous riding holidays are the perfect way to explore Sicily.
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  • Photo from the Sierra de Gredos ride

    Sierra de Gredos
    Spain

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    Discover the beautiful Sierra de Gredos of central Spain on horseback, with it's numerous river valleys and medieval villages.
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  • Photo from the Sierra Nevada Trails ride

    Sierra Nevada Trails
    Spain

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    Fantastic trail rides led by Manolo from our Almeria horse riding destination on the southern coast of Spain.
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  • Photo from the Snaefellsnes Peninsular ride

    Snaefellsnes Peninsular
    Iceland

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    This horseback riding tour is definitely the best way of experiencing the astonishing nature of the Snaefellsnes peninsula on Iceland's western coast.
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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 South Rhodes Trails ride

    South Rhodes Trails
    Greece

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    Explore beautiful Rhodes island on horseback with its panoramic hills, quaint Greek villages and long beaches.
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  • Photo from the Szekely Trails ride

    Szekely Trails
    Romania

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    Horseback trails along the main ridge of the Carpathian mountains take travellers to untouched and pristine mountainous landscapes.
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  • Photo from the The Heart of Western Serbia ride

    The Heart of Western Serbia
    Serbia

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    These rustic, authentic trail rides lead you into Serbia's Šumadija region or on to the beauty of the Tara National Park.
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  • Photo from the The Mountains of Montenegro ride

    The Mountains of Montenegro
    Montenegro

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    These trails in Montenegro explore the wild and varied landscapes of mountains and alpine meadows, where horses still play an important role.
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  • Photo from the Transylvania Trails (Equus Silvania) ride

    Transylvania Trails (Equus Silvania)
    Romania

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    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 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 Tusheti Mountain Trails ride

    Tusheti Mountain Trails
    Georgia

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    These adventurous treks on horseback take you through the heart of Tusheti national park in the Caucasus mountains, riding over passes of 3,000m high
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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 Vatnsdalur Valley ride

    Vatnsdalur Valley
    Iceland

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    Vatnsdalur (Lake Valley) is a valley in north-western Iceland offering either a centre based circular trail or an adventurous linear trail.
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  • Photo from the Vineyards of Champagne ride

    Vineyards of Champagne
    France

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    Explore the world-famous Champagne region on horseback.
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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 Wines and Beaches of Bordeaux ride

    Wines and Beaches of Bordeaux
    France

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    Explore the vineyards and beaches of the Gironde region whilst stopping for wine tastings and delighting in gastronomic meals.
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  • Photo from the Winter Riding and Northern Lights ride

    Winter Riding and Northern Lights
    Iceland

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    Enjoy visiting the best-known sights in Iceland, riding an Icelandic horse and viewing a dazzling display of the Northern Lights in the Arctic sky.
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