Horse riding holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

Gallop along with this great variety of horse riding holidays in Romania, China, Canada, the Andes and other amazing destinations, all run by specialist responsible operators.
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Work hands on with horses on the South African coast, from £1095 (14 days) ex flights
Riding holiday in Kyrgyzstan
Ride the Silk Road trail, exciting and adventurous, from £2675 (15 days) ex flights
Tuscany horse riding holiday in Italy
A weeklong riding holiday through famous Tuscan landscapes, from €1177 (8 days) ex flights
Horse riding holidays in Transylvania
Enjoy great riding in Transylvania's stunning scenery, from €1000 (6 days) ex flights
Catalan horse riding holiday in Spain
Horse riding in the beautiful Catalan countryside., from €685 - €1065 (8 days) ex flights
Short break riding holiday in Tuscany
A short riding holiday through the Tuscan countryside, from €700 (5 days) ex flights
Chianti castles horse riding holiday in Italy
A riding week in the glorious Chianti hills, from €1435 (8 days) ex flights
Horse riding holiday in France
Calm, beautifully behaved horses and idyllic surroundings, from £681 - £755 (7 days) ex flights
Ireland horse riding holiday
Horse riding in wild and unspoiled beauty, from €590 - €1575 (7 days) ex flights
Cuba tour and horse riding holiday
Ride though Cuba's land of fascinating contrasts, from £3095 (12 days) ex flights
Mexico horse riding holiday
Ride from Mexico's dynamic capital deep into its rural heart, from £2895 (11 days) ex flights
Rajasthan horse trek, India
Ride the Marwari horse through the Aravelli Hills, from £2095 (14 days) ex flights
Horse riding holiday in Argentina
Ride between Argentine estancias in the footsteps of gauchos, from £2850 (10 days) ex flights
Horse riding in Ecuador
Breathtaking horse riding holidays in Ecuador's Andes, from £1380 - £1920 (8 days) ex flights
Snowy river horse riding trip in Victoria, Australia
Pioneer horse riding experience in Australia's High Country, from AU $3000 (5 days) ex flights
Family horse riding holiday in South Africa
Family horse riding safari holiday in South Africa, from £1525 (9 days) ex flights
Yukon horse riding holiday, Canada
Yukon Wilderness Adventure on Horseback, from CA $1335 (5 days) ex flights
Horse riding holiday in Bhutan
Fabulous horse riding trek in Bhutan, from US $2650 - US $3180 (13 days) ex flights
Durmitor horse riding holiday in Montenegro
Discover the beauty of Montenegro´s mountains on horseback., from €790 (8 days) ex flights
Horse riding holiday in Saskatchewan, Canada
Life here follows the seasons and the rhythm of the herds., from CA $1365 (7 days) ex flights
Georgia horse trekking holiday
An adventure suitable for moderate to experienced riders, from £1525 (9 days) ex flights
Kenya horse trekking holiday
Exhilarating horse safari through the African bush, from £3550 (8 days) ex flights
Romania horse riding holiday
See Romania's spectacular landscapes and painted monasteries, from £1650 (8 days) ex flights
Mongolia horse riding tour, Tsambagarav NP
Ride high amongst glaciers where snow leopards roam, from NZ $4450 (17 days) ex flights
Petra and Wadi Rum horse riding holiday, Jordan
An unforgettable ride through Wadi Rum, from £1695 (10 days) ex flights
Mongolia horse riding holiday, Zavkhan Classic
Horse trekking in Mongolia's remote Zavkhan Province, from NZ $2550 - NZ $3800 (17 days) ex flights
Argentina Christmas holiday, Gaucho experience
Our unique Gaucho experience makes Christmas unforgettable., from £2975 (11 days) ex flights
Zavkhan multi activity holiday in Mongolia
Explore remotest Mongolia by horse, camel, and hiking, from NZ $4350 (21 days) ex flights
Silk Road holidays, Central Asia
Journey along the Old Silk Road, from £3295 (23 days) ex flights
Ranch horseback riding holiday in Canada
Activities of a western lifestyle, from CA $572 (1 day) ex flights

45 reviews for Horse riding holidays4 star overall rating

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Ireland horse riding holiday
Excellent. I had a wonderful time riding in the absolutely beautiful countryside... was very warmly welcomed - I have never dreamt of spending such a wonderful Christmas holiday. (more)Jo Iwasaki
Great. I learned a lot, enjoyed myself, and met very nice people. The most memorable and exciting part of my vacation was learning about grooming the horse and communicating with it, not simply getting on the horse and riding. (more)Ed Sommers
Riding at speed up and down the mountains of Tipperary on fabulous sure footed horses! Also enjoying the beautiful scenery and experiencing a traditional Irish music night at one of the local pubs! (more)Sue Tetlow
From €590 - €1575 excluding flights
Catalan horse riding holiday in Spain
Memorable parts? Communal meals with so many colourful and friendly people! The wonderful family who ran the hotel who couldn't do enough for you, but didn't crowd you. The beautiful landscape in the middle of nowhere ,only 10mins from the nearest town. Every sporting facility provided, pool, gym, cycling and running and horse riding locally. Even in you're not up to treading the boards, the terrace and poolside are wonderful places to chill out. Tips? Preferably have a car, though... (more)Caroline O
From €685 - €1065 excluding flights
Ranch horseback riding holiday in Canada
Memorable parts? The horse sides up to the bluffs were great, with excellent views of the surrounding countryside, and the atmosphere in the ranch was very friendly, making you feel as though you fit in almost straight away. Tips? Book for longer than the 4 day trip, at the end I regretted not going for longer. And bring your camera. Local benefits? Yeah, all of their facilities are close together, so apart from the drive there, you don't use cars or anything. They use horses... (more)John Grogan
From CA $572 excluding flights
Chianti castles horse riding holiday in Italy
Memorable parts? Beautiful countryside and a rustic, authentic venue. The horses were well trained and well cared for. Tips? It is good for singles as there are other people around and you are not on your own. There is limited time to do your own thing. Local benefits? The local village seems involved in the centre and employs locals. Overall rating? Great riding holiday, stress free in a beautiful setting. (more)Andrea Tubb
From €1435 excluding flights
Silk Road holidays, Central Asia
Most memorable? It has to be Kyrgyzstan. The landscape, the people, sleeping in yurts - even the food. All fantastic. (more)Sue Noble
Seeing the breathtaking mountain views in Kyrgyzstan was the most memorable part of this holiday. (more)Jayne Hanlin
The most memroabel part of the holiday was the yurt stay in Son Kul and Tash Rabat and Samarkand. (more)Karen O'Driscoll
From £3295 including domestic flights only
Horse riding holidays in Transylvania
Memorable parts? The beautiful countryside. Tips? Bring some fly spray for the horses. Local benefits? Yes to both. Overall rating? Excellent - amazing scenery, very good horses, lovely people and very good value for money. (more)Kate Wilkins
From €1000 excluding flights
Horse riding & trekking in Argentina
It was a great adventure trek over the mountains (5000 m at one point!) - absolutely fantastic. (more)Richard Katesmark
We enjoyed it all but mainly the sensation of peace and space in the mountains. (more)Christine Dautheribes
Just seeing the kind of terrain that our horses could cover was one of the most memorable parts of this holiday. The scenery was incredible, as was the attention that we received from one of our guides. (more)Stuart Whitby
From €890 - €1195 excluding flights
Horse riding holiday in the Mercantour
Every minute was memorable and exciting! The horses, the views, the people, the food - all lovely. (more)Jane Fox
I loved every moment of it. It felt really special and actually quite an achievement to be part of something like a transhumance, which is steeped in so much tradition. (more)Kate Moore
Most memorable was perhaps climbing to what seems like the top of the world on horseback, arriving at a mountain refuge in a cloud and then realizing the stupendous view in the morning. (more)Hester Wilcox
From £625 excluding flights
Rajasthan horse trek, India
I would rate it "best ever"! We had the chance to ride beautiful and reliable Marwari horses, the Indian guides travelling with us were amazing, we were served delicious Indian food and slept in stunning locations. (more)Giulia Lazzarini
It was a fantastic 2 weeks with amazing interesting people, I made friends for life and saw a part of rural India I would never have had access to without the trail devised by Jonny and his friends. (more)Anthea Harvey
Firstly the service from the tour company! Big, big Thanks :-) Secondly, the horses, especially the horse ride to the lake camp. (more)Katharina Duske
From £2095 excluding flights
Horse trekking holiday in Mongolia
Memorable parts? On the day that we rode to the reindeer people, we went up, and down, a mountain covered with the most delicate pine trees, and the forest floor was carpeted with flowers. The silence was absolute, the ground muddy and boggy, with tree roots and loose stones everywhere. The horses didn't put a foot wrong, and the wonderful pack horses amazingly wound their way between the trees without once bumping their enormous packs. It was like being in Fairyland. Tips? Take... (more)Sally Frohlich
From £2545 including domestic flights only
Horse riding holiday in Romania
I enjoyed my holiday. I travelled on my own and was part of a very friendly group. The horses were lovely, the food excellent and the setting fantastically beautiful and unspoilt. (more)Lorna Newbrook
Galloping full tilt over the open grasslands of Transylvania was most memorable...Excellent - with a real sense of achievement for having stood the distance! (more)Jane Henderson
Excellent... Riding in the snow, skiiing, visit to Bran castle were most memorable. (more)Anna Faure
From £700 excluding flights
Horse riding holiday in France
Excellent. This is a fine place to stay! With lovely people and surroundings. The best parts were riding in unknown rural France with horses up country tracks and beneath trees in occasional woodland. Meeting other riders and brushing up my French whilst the instructor brushed up my riding skills! (more)Liz Beaven
Tips for other travellers? Stay an extra week!...Ten out of ten. (more)Sue Evans
From £681 - £755 excluding flights
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with experienced people who are always willing to help and teach you Tips? To bring many working pieces of clothes and leave at home fashion dresses Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Great and fulfilling experience (more)Giorgia Trevisan
From £1095 excluding flights
Horse riding holiday in Saskatchewan, Canada
Overall my holiday exceeded all of my expectations and I did expect it to be amazing. Travel, accommodation, riding requirements were organised to perfection, no detail was overlooked. (more)Patricia Bowerbank
The horses were great and the riding was just amazing and Larry & Corrina are just very nice down to earth people. I learnt an awful lot about farming, horses, wildlife etc. and came away feeling part of the family. I certainly fell in love with the place and people and really didn't want to come back to England. (more)Gesa Paulfeierborn
From CA $1365 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

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"My boyfriend’s 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.

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