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This ride takes you along drover routes that are over nine centuries old. These paths which the Spanish call “Canadas Reales” are still used by cattlemen who practise transhumance, spending summer in the mountains with their livestock and returning each winter to their pastures in the lowlands. The direction you follow depends on whether you join this trail in the Spring or Autumn. Please note that you will not be moving livestock during this trail.
The horses are good natured, willing and sure footed and you stay in simple guesthouses along the way.
There are some long riding hours on this trip, and these hours in the saddle combined with long lunchtime siestas, will result in arriving at your guesthouse quite late into the evenings most nights. Just in time to shower and then eat supper.
On the trail rides you could be riding for between four to seven hours a day and so it is important to be as riding fit as possible. The horses are an excellent mix of Hispano-Arab, Spanish, Andalucian PRE and Andalucian crosses ranging in height from 15 to 16.2 hands. They are good natured, confident and sure footed on the stony paths of the hills and willingly forward going on the flat and sandy glens in the valleys.
Roadwork is kept to a minimum and the pace is leisurely allowing you to enjoy your surroundings. There are opportunities for some trots and canters too. The first days riding will be mainly at walk, allowing you the chance to get to know your new horse. It is worth noting that this is not a fast paced ride, the majority of the riding will be at a walking pace.
The horses are all ridden in comfortable English GP saddles and bridles. Seat savers and saddle bags are also available. You should be competent at walk, trot and canter outdoors.
Getting involved is one of the key elements of these rides and for most people adds much to their experience. You will be responsible for feeding, grooming, and tacking up your own horse each day, both at the beginning of the day before breakfast, and also at the end of the day after you have finished riding. Help and guidance is on hand should you require it.
The accommodation along the trail is comfortable but simple rural guesthouses and hotels.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Transhumance South Ride||23 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021||8 nights 8 ngts||$2,476.86||Book|
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board (including wine with meals); transfers at a set time from Madrid airport.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT A single supplement is payable of $324.99. The single supplement is refunded if you are willing to share and we can find you a sharer for you. Single room requests are subject to availability and not guaranteed.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Entrance fees to Museums and Monuments; drinks/snacks in bars; alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; tips (c. €35- €50).
NEAREST AIRPORT Madrid.
TRANSFERS Shared transfers (set time only) are included from Madrid airport. If you cannot meet these shared transfer times taxis can be arranged at an additional cost (payable locally).
To join the shared transfers your flight should arrive into Madrid before 15:00 (ideally landing by 14:30 pm to allow for luggage collection). You will be met and collected at 15:00 and transferred to your first night's accommodation.
Departure flights should leave after 14:00 to allow for the transfer to the airport.
Extremadura lies to the west of Madrid. It's sparsely populated which makes it one of the best places for wildlife in Spain.
The climate in this region of Spain is continental with hot, dry summers and mild winters.
Extremely varied terrain from the wide expanses to the mountains at the altitude of 1324 meters.
A lot of the ride takes place at walk, but where the terrain allowed it, we rode many good canters. In total we covered about 190 km and approx. 38 hours in the saddle. Emilio and Mamen made a great effort to give the group a really good riding experience.
Erik ,Overall rating: 5/5
This is a chance to ride along the old trails between the higher summer pastures of the Gredos and lower winter grazing in the Extremadura Valleys.
Take this chance to relax and be at peace with the open countryside surrounding you. The quietness of this remote area provides a real opportunity to unwind whilst you amble along on horseback.