Horse treks are a brilliant way to unobtrusively explore the world around you. Fantastic fun and good exercise, it is unsurprising that more and more people are growing to understand the horse culture. Whether you are an experienced rider or just beginning, you can find a trekking adventure to suit you. However, regardless of your riding level, it is essential to make sure you have adequate horse riding insurance. Horses are unpredictable at times and a bad accident could result in serious financial repercussions. Both our ‘pony trekking’ and ‘horse safari’ policies are ranked as group 2 sports and will protect you against medical costs, repatriation and more.
1. Andalucían coast, Spain
If horse riding on a beach is on your bucket list then southern Spain and its native Andalucían horses will not disappoint. The gentle waves and far stretching sand dunes make this stretch of coastline ideal for new rides especially. Expect to see a variety of wildlife including the endangered Spanish imperial Eagle.
2. Sligo, Ireland
The spectacular Irish countryside can be best explored on horseback and treks will take you to tranquil lakes, along dramatic beaches and through traditional settlements brimming with tradition.
3. The Black Mountains, Wales
This area is renowned for its rugged beauty, mountainous terrain and open moorland. A trusty Welsh cob will take you through the Brecon Beacons National Park where you can observe a variety of wildlife nestled in the hedgerows.
4. Sierra Chicas, Argentina
Here you can immerse yourself in the Argentinean way of life – play polo, heard cattle, or help with fence construction during your stay at an ‘estancia’. The vast estates offer thousands of acres of hacking and beyond that, ancient settlements and cascading waterfalls are easy to come across.
5. Dartmoor, England
With its dramatic scenery and challenging routes, Dartmoor is hard to beat for trekking on horseback. There is huge variety of terrain on offer from open moorland to woodland trails, and if you have your own horse there are accommodations that can house the both of you!
6. Botswana and South Africa
These regions are as much as pony trek as they are a safari as you can expect to see rhinos, lions, hippos, zebras and even crocodiles as you splash down winding canals. A horse safari is one of the best low impact ways to observe the incredible wildlife and long days in the saddle are rewarded with evening sunset dinners.
7. Nevada, US
This area of North America still remains the true home of the cowboy and a horse trekking holiday here is immersed in life on the ranch. Helping out will improve your understanding of their traditional Western heritage and rides will take you over grasslands and farmlands.
8. Tuscany, Italy
The beauty of the Tuscan countryside will take you away from the busy cities and provide an opportunity to relax explore vineyards in a new way. The rolling hills, varied woodland and exquisite cuisine will all be enhanced by the Tuscan climate.
9. Aveyron, France
Riding here can be interspersed with traditional gourmet picnics and regional wine tasting as well as opportunities to spot wild boar, buzzards and dear. Leisurely lunches allow time for you and your horse to recover after long canters across rolling plains.
10. Hovsgal Province, Mongolia
A trek in Mongolia offers a unique experience and the opportunity to immerse yourself in a culture where the legendary Mongolian horses are still integral to the nomad’s way of life, and the last remaining nomadic horses left on the planet.