Now January is finally out of the way, it’s time to beat those post-Christmas blues and start planning your summer of horsey fun. It’s said that riding is the best way to explore foreign lands so whether you’re a complete beginner or have been riding for years, there is something for everyone. Here are a few of our favourites:
Dreaming of the Wild West? Fancy trying your hand at working on a cattle ranch in Montana or New Mexico? Become a Cowboy/Cowgirl this Summer on a week-long cattle drive in this age old tradition of moving cattle between their winter and summer pastures.
Or perhaps you want to experience Western riding whilst exploring the Grand Canyon, a feature carved out by the Colorado River in the jaw-dropping landscape of Arizona - an area known for being the ideal location for many movie sets.
More of a home bird? If you don’t want to stray too far away, why not take a trail ride atop of the famous Clydesdale horses over the Devonshire countryside. Experience a sense of freedom in Dartmoor National Park and its wide open spaces with these magnificent heavy horses. Or why not venture into the Scottish wilderness on a seven day coast-to-coast ride to see the fairy-tale landscape of rolling hills and countless Lochs.
If you’re a lover of geography, discover the wonders of Iceland on the back of an Icelandic pony. View the spectacular sights and diverse landscape including cold lava fields, epic glaciers and see Dettifoss, Europe’s largest waterfall. As well as the awesome scenery, experience the unique extra gait of the Icelandic Horse, the ‘Tölt’ along tracks across the mountainous terrain. After a day of riding through the mountains, unwind and relax in the natural hot springs or take some time to go whale watching in this stunning location!
How about swapping the 4x4 for a noble stead on a riding safari? Soak up the sun’s rays on the expansive African grassy plains whilst searching for the elusive ‘Big Five’ or taking a trek along the River Nile. From being led on expeditions by expert guides for up to eight hours in the day to sleeping under the stars at night (or in a lodge if you prefer a more luxurious setting), this is the holiday of a lifetime! With riding holidays available over eight African countries, there’s something for all adventurers.
So whether you’re a thrill seeker searching for adventure in faraway places or would prefer to explore the quaint English countryside, there’s everything to satisfy your horsey needs this summer!