This adventure vacations travel guide is not just for those who are merely seeking an adrenaline hit on vacation, but also for those simply seeking some fun. Be it on the water, climbing mountains, close to home or on the other side of the world. Adventure is for everyone – whether you want to climb mountains, sail the seven seas or cycle every European byway and highway.
Horse riding vacations travel guide
Horse riding vacations vary hugely. You can choose to ride across the endless Mongolian steppe for nine hours a day, dining with nomads and sleeping under huge skies; or head to Spain, saddling up for a couple of hours before kicking back in the Jacuzzi of a comfortable, country hotel. Trot through the African bush with the Big Five for company, or travel back in time with a trek in traditional Transylvania.
A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape and glorious freedom.
However, there are always a few essentials. You need to love horse riding and experience helps; there are a few trips for beginners, but the essence of a horse riding vacation is adventure, and no novice rider will canter from one side of a mountain to another. It helps to be sociable too – you’ll be indulging in a shared love with like-minded people, so their company should be a pleasure, not a pain. Lastly, the horses come first. No matter how tired you are at the end of a long ride, their comfort, food and water take priority; once they’re happy and rested, so will you be too. Read on in our horse riding vacations travel guide.
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Best time to go horse riding
It’s pretty amazing sitting round a campfire under dark blue skies in the middle of nowhere after a full day’s riding and knowing you’ve achieved something.
The best time to go on a horse riding vacation is affected largely by the climate. In Mongolia, winters are bitingly cold – the lowest recorded temperature was -57°C! – so spring and summer are much better times to trot under the country’s enormous blue skies. South Africa is a great call for winter riding vacations (June-September) because temperatures hover in the 20s with chilly nights - optimum game viewing starts from April/May onwards. Europe is a pretty consistent bet all year round, although you’ll make the most of natural landscapes during spring and autumn.
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