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 on 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.
The Karst Plateau is a limestone plateau extending across the border of south-western Slovenia and north-eastern Italy. The plateau descends steeply towards the Adriatic sea and so doesn't get affected by the Mediterranean climate along the coast. The area is most famous for its caves including Vilenica, the oldest cave in Europe open to visitors, and Skocjanske Cave which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your stay, it is possible to visit the Lipizzaner stud farm at Lipica - one of the oldest stud farms in the world, dating back to 1580. Here you learn about the history of this world-famous breed in their museum or watch the masters at work training their stallions.
Your riding trail will be on either Quarter Horses, Warmbloods or Iceland Horses, and you ride primarily western-style as your host is an excellent western rider and horse trainer (their two Icelandic Horses wear English GP style saddles). Your hosts have been organising riding holidays for many years and pride themselves on matching you with the right horse to suit your size and character. Your guide has experience of trail riding, agility riding and western competition riding as well as being very knowledgeable about the local wildlife. His wife Tadeja also used to compete Icelandic Horses.
Holly from Far and Ride visited this destination in 2017 and can highly recommend these lovely rides. We can also tailor-make short packages or winter programmes to suit your needs.