Horseback Riding Vacations

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3+ adventure travel stars

Horseback riding vacations

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Horseback riding vacations are one of the classic experiences of all time as you combine incredible destinations with mankind’s second best friend. It’s you and your horse exploring and discovering new trails with exotic sights and sounds from the plains of Africa to the shores of Australia.

Imagine riding beside zebras, giraffes and wildebeest while on a safari in Tanzania during the Great Migration. You won’t just be a spectator you’ll be in the middle of the action. Or how about a horseback riding vacation through the magical land of Patagonia with the majestic mountains and spectacular scenery as a backdrop?

You can find exciting horseback riding vacations on every continent, so whether you’re looking for a high-adrenaline expedition or a leisurely ride on a beautiful beach, you’re sure to find something that’s perfect for you just about anywhere in the world.

Risk Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

When it comes to the risks involved with adventure travel on horseback, the most common have to do with falling from the horse, being kicked and getting bitten. The most likely, by far, is falling.

If you do take a nasty spill the result may be a head injury or a fracture of a major appendage. And that will ruin your whole horseback riding vacation.

So, hold on, don’t walk behind a horse within its kicking distance and don’t turn your back on a horse, especially one you’re not familiar with when close to those big yellow teeth. Do these things, and you’ll cut the risk factor significantly.

Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

I put the skill and physical factor right in the middle on this one. The reason is because of the range of expertise necessary where horseback riding vacations are concerned. You can choose an easy ride or one that requires a good bit of skill.

I once went on a wagon train excursion through Kansas when I was a kid, and I had no experience at all. They put me on a gentle horse, I rode for miles alongside the wagons, and I had the time of my life.

Suffice it to say that the better your skills and physical condition, the more fun you can have on your horseback riding vacations. So, if your skills rate a five, chances are your horseback riding fun will follow suit.

If you’re new to this sport you’ll want to learn the basics like mounting and dismounting, guiding the horse and stopping. And a good sense of balance wouldn’t hurt.

It sounds pretty basic, but when you learn these things you’re really just scratching the surface. However, for short horseback riding vacations you’re probably not looking to be an expert equestrian. You just want to horse around and have a little fun.

Fun Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Horseback riding vacations allow you to get out in the great outdoors and interact with an amazing animal. That’s just good clean fun. And if you like exploring pristine wilderness, but you don’t care much for trekking (when you’re the one hoofing it) then let your four-legged friend do the work for you.

Picture yourself galloping across the wide open plains of the Argentine Pampas under a big blue sky or exploring the breathtaking scenery of Snowy River, Australia one gorgeous step at a time on the back of a magnificent stallion. Some only dream about adventure travel on horseback, but it’s an easy dream to make come true.

Happy trails to you.

12 popular places for horseback riding vacations

Following are some of the more popular destinations for you to consider when looking for horseback riding vacations. But this is just a beginning in your search because there are numerous places where you can find exciting horseback adventures.

  • Bahia North East, Brazil
  • Castille-Leon, Spain
  • Colorado high country, USA
  • Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Provence-Cote d’Azur, France
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Snowy River, Australia
  • Tanzania (safaris)
  • The Andes, Ecuador
  • The Matra Mountains, Hungary
  • The Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Torres del Paine, Chile
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