France

Photo from the Pays de la Loire (France) ride.

France is a diverse land making it the most wonderful destination for horse riding holidays. The layout of fields, the pattern of crops and woodlands, the grouping of the population in hamlets, villages and towns, the material and style of the buildings all contribute to the individual 'pays' which themselves contribute to the identity of the larger regions. All of these regions have different landscapes and each has its own natural charm and personality, most of which is unspoilt, so ideally suited for many different horse riding trails.

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Blessed by nature, France has oaks and olive trees, apple and orange trees and horseback riding becomes a real pleasure through this diverse landscape. In spring the temperatures are perfect for sight seeing anywhere in France by horseback and in May and June when the days are long, it is a great opportunity to ride a Cathar Trail and see the castles or experience the sights and smells of Provence. In summer when the days are hot you are still able to take your horse into the mountains where it is cooler or take an evening ride along the sands of the Atlantic Coast beaches. Lot Valley, Gers or the well loved Dordogne with its hills, deciduous trees and mellow stone buildings offer fabulous horseriding. After a long day in the saddle you will be able to experience French hospitality and cuisine - a glass of French wine will be most welcome.

The French are proud of their horses and whilst there are many different breeds in this country, any horse you ride will be in excellent condition and will enable you to have a fantastic holiday. Your guide has to be well qualified and in order to lead riding holidays will have passed many examinations and long courses.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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