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Our website allows you to refine your search by Type of Holiday. In fact, this list includes some things which might actually be called characteristics of the holiday. As with labelling of any kind, there is an element of subjectiveness, but it is a useful starting point. Some of the "types" are self explanatory; others might need a little more explanation and see below.
On this ride there will be at least one ride on the beach during the week. It may not be at the water's edge because that will depend on the tides and sand. The pace may be at a walk or may be an exciting canter in the water. Some rides have beach riding on every day.
These are journeys on horseback, which may entail a few hardships but reward you with an experience to remember and scenery which you might not otherwise have the opportunity to see. On these rides you have to take care to pack the appropriate clothing for the trip and to make sure you are fit enough for the journey. On many of the expeditions you camp in small two-man dome tents with sleeping bags on mats and limited washing/loo facilities but hopefully the views make up for that.
Many people consider a centre-based holiday to be more relaxing because you are able to unpack and settle into your room. The rides will have been designed to take you in a different direction each day and sometimes a centre based ride is known as a "petal" ride to illustrate this. If you are not sure about your riding ability or fitness then we recommend you choose a centre-based ride over a trail ride because it is possible for you to have a half day off during the week if you wish.
On this ride there will be the opportunity to have lessons either at a basic level or at a more advanced level of dressage.
These may be fast or challenging and sometimes both. A slow ride may be extremely challenging due to the terrain with steep inclines and descents. You should be a confident and experienced rider, in balance on your horse and able to look after yourself.
A guest ranch is mostly likely to be in the USA, but may also be in South America or South Africa. They may have been former working ranches, with cattle not now their main source of income. Some guest ranches have been purpose built for guest use only.
Riding in Africa is truly spectacular. It's surely impossible to beat the wonder of watching a large herd of towering giraffe, as your horse quietly grazes, or the heart beating excitement of being face to face with an elephant. Some horse safaris are in areas where there is no dangerous game, so novice riders are welcome. Others are only for experienced riders in areas where you might encounter elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard or rhino - the Big Five. Accommodation on a horse safari varies from luxury safari lodges and very comfortable spacious safari tents with their own private bathroom, to simple busy camps with long drop loos and bucket showers.
This holiday offers instruction. Some people might avail of this on their first day, for example to be introduced to Western riding; others might build instruction into their daily itinerary.
It's all relative, of course, but we think these holidays have particularly glorious accommodation. It might include a tented camp because frankly some of these are out of this world.
If Natural Horsemanship is important to you, then on these rides either the owners or guides are experienced horse people who are keen to share their knowledge and experience of natural horsemanship.
Fairly obvious - on this ride you will have the opportunity to play polo. Expectations can vary so if polo is important to you, please let us know your current experience and handicap and what you are looking for from the holiday.
Although many of our holidays are week long, a number of them are happy to accept guests for short breaks at least some of the year.
This is a quick way to get a shortlist of all the rides which will accept beginner riders. On these rides groups may be split according to ability or the pace of ride may not be fast.
These rides make specific provision to accept children under 12 years. However, that may not mean the children will be on small ponies. For example, in the USA, quarter horses may be around 14hh but are well trained and suitable to be ridden by small children.
Please do let us know your weight before you book because even rides which can accept riders over 14st/195 pounds/90kgs may have only a few suitable horses which may already be allocated.
We believe that these types of rides offer lots of other things to do such as walking, fishing, biking, swimming or sights to see. However, please note that non-riding activities are rarely organised ones. On some holidays we can offer a reduced rate for non-riders.
A trail ride is one where you will be riding from A to B to C during the week. Sometimes it's called a point to point ride. Normally you will also move accommodation each night but sometimes you move every other night. On occasions, the horses are left out on the trail and you return by vehicle to the same accommodation. Accommodation could be in hotels or farm houses.
Live the dream and take yourself to the world of John Wayne. On this type of ranch holiday you have the opportunity to be a cowboy and work cattle on horseback. However, the amount of cattle work to be done on a ranch depends on the time of year and many other factors, so if there is something you particularly want to do please check with us first before booking.
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