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The fast pace of modern life can make it hard to find the time to really appreciate your loved ones. That’s why it is so important to get your family holiday just right. A family holiday is something that can be enjoyed by children, parents, grandparents and anyone else who wants to join in! We have lots of wonderful family friendly destinations across the world, some suiting a mix of riders and non-riders and others for groups of riders of all ages and abilities. The weather in South Africa makes it a great family location and we have super holidays at Ant’s Lodges, Horizon and on the Wild Coast. Ranch holidays are also ideal for families, mainly because Western riding is so accommodating of all abilities, so you could choose Arizona, Montana, Wyoming or Argentina. In Europe we have rides in Crete and Hungary or for instruction try Castle Leslie in Ireland; Galiny Palace in Poland or Berardenga in Italy.
Some places will take children of all ages, with the youngest on lead rein or in the arena; others have a minimum age of twelve to join the daily trail rides; in some cases it’s possible for children to ride in the arena while parents join more challenging rides; other places prefer the family to ride together as a group. So, it’s important to decide what your family would prefer to do on their holiday.
One of the best things about a riding holiday is that each day is planned out for you; all you have to do is turn up at the stables at the right time to ride. A family riding holiday is a time for you to be together and create memories of a lifetime.
USEFUL TIP: In our experience children like spending time around the stables before or after the ride making new friends. The most stunning scenery in the world doesn’t always excite a teenager.