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"My boyfriends experience of riding rested on a single hair-raising hour with a pair of feisty Arabs (horses) on a windswept Moroccan beach. So I was stunned when he volunteered for a 90km, 3-day trek in France the annual transhumance from the mountains of the Mercantour National Park down to the coast. A transhumance is the movement of livestock such as sheep, cattle or horses from lower pastures to higher summer ones then back down again in the winter. This particular expedition is run by horseman Denis Longfellow who has lived in the Mercantour for most of his life and who is well practiced in the centuries-old tradition. His 16 horses make up one of the last ridden herds in Europe to live wild in this way."
Read more about Kate's transhumance holiday in France in this horse riding holiday article
"The Beaver Creek Ranch was established as a working cattle ranch and horse training facility. There were more horses than I could count, probably in the region of 50 and 400 head of cattle. The ranch was situated in some of the most beautiful countryside I had seen so far. I stayed with Brenda and Barry in their home, which is very luxurious and very much the traditional ranch house. After a days riding I would cool down in their swimming pool, which was exactly what I needed. Brenda and Barry went that extra mile for me after riding all day they would take me to Cowboy cutting competitions and visits to their neighbours ranch to have a drink and watch them all ride and rope cattle, I was also taken for a heavy horse cart ride in the surrounding countryside on the evening of my arrival which was completely unexpected and a wonderful experience. I helped with the mucking out in the morning and was kept busy and entertained over the full 4 days. All the horses were beautifully trained and a pleasure to ride. "
Find out more about Tricia's holiday in this horse riding holiday article
Here at responsibletravel.com we care about animals, especially those involved in tourism and we want to make sure that as travellers, we know what we can do to help working animals in tourism. So our friends at The Brooke have provided us with a code of conduct that ensures fair and humane treatment of horses in tourism and the travel industry. With tips and advice on horse riding and donkey rides at various locations, this advice will help you make sure you only ride happy horses! Read more about The Brookes Happy Horses Holiday Code in this happy horse article