Horseback Riding: An Simple Vacation Planner for Equestrians

Are you tired of riding your horse on the same trails day after day or going around in circles in an arena? Then it’s time to go on a horseback riding vacation where you can explore exciting, new destinations. Fortunately, there are now numerous ways you can enjoy an equine vacation.

BYOH – Bring Your Own Horse

If you can’t bear the thought of leaving your faithful mount at home, take him with you. There are a surprising number of ranches out there today that will allow you to bring your own horse. Not only is this a great escape for you and your horse, but it’s possible that the two of you might end up learning some new skills, such as working cattle or roping.

Equitrekking has a listing for several ranches and cabins that allow you to haul in your own horse. You can also check Top 50 Ranches for vacation spots that will welcome your equine buddy. If you do bring your own horse, you will want to make sure that your trailer is in good condition and that you use a vehicle that is powerful enough to handle hauling your horse across dirt roads and possibly rugged terrain. If you don’t currently have such a vehicle, you may need to consider purchasing one, such as a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Stationary or Non-Stationary Ride

If, on the other hand, you would prefer to leave your horse snoozing safely in his barn at home, then you’ll want to check out one of the many riding vacations that are available at various destinations around the world. Websites like Hidden Trails list horse-riding vacations that range from dude ranches in Canada to long safari rides in Africa.

When choosing a horseback riding vacation, one of the first things you will need to decide is whether you want to ride from a stationary site, such as a dude ranch, or if you’d prefer to, say, ride from one tent to another, or from one castle to another.

One of the pros of staying at a dude ranch is that you can switch mounts if you decide that the horse selected for you is not a good match.

Experienced Rider Versus Riding Fit

When deciding between a stationary or a non-stationary equine vacation, you will also need to decide whether you are “riding fit.” So what exactly does that mean? If you are riding fit, you will have no problem staying in the saddle for hours at a time and riding for relatively long distances at a canter. Riding fit is different than being an experienced rider.

You can be experienced, meaning you are a skilled horse rider, but still not be riding fit because you typically only ride once or twice a week. And if you aren’t riding fit, it’s possible you may not be able to keep up on a tent-to-tent or inn-to-inn ride where you may have to ride four or five or even more hours a day. If so, a stationary ride may be more suitable for you.

A Bonding Experience

Riding vacations are an awesome way to get out and enjoy nature and, if you bring your own mount, it can also be a great way to further the bond between you and your horse.

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Brian Cunningham is a travel planner who specializes in outdoor adventure. He shares his knowledge by writing for travel blogs in his spare time.



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