One of the great ways to see nature with less impact on the environment is to ride a horse. Whether in your home country or abroad, a vacation on horseback gives you unparalleled access to pristine landscapes with incredible views. Plus the benefits of fresh air and exercise. There is also the opportunity to connect with other horse enthusiasts and nature lovers. In some remote places, horses and other pack animals remain the only dependable form of transportation. They are vital to many cultures.
Why not consider a nature tour by horse for your next trip? There are plenty of tour providers ready to assist whether you are a skilled equestrian or an absolute beginner. Read on and discover these five sample riding tours tours from different countries that will have you saddled up and hitting the trail in no time!
The state of Utah has some of the most unique and spectacular landscapes to be found anywhere in the American West. Welcoming you to this land are the Crystals, a family who owns and operates Hell's Backbone Ranch and Trail. Their property is located in Boulder, Utah, between the famous Bryce Canyon National Park and the Capital Reef National Monument.
You have a choice of rides – two-hour, half-day, full-day, multi-day and customized. Based on your skills and experience, you will be paired with a suitable horse from their stable of Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, Paints, and mixed-breeds. All the horses are well cared for and are used to navigating the local terrain. You may spot a coyote, buzzards, or wild turkeys as your group travels within the Dixie National Forest or the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. If you are an experienced rider, you might even participate in a cattle drive!
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Equitours’ riding consultants have personally tested hundreds of rides throughout the world in more than 40 years of operation. Based in the USA, Equitours takes its clients to more than 30 select destinations across five continents.
Equestrians seeking the "cowboy" type experience should consider the St. Lawrence River Ride based in the Quebec province of Canada. You and your saddle mates will enjoy many picture-worthy scenes as you pass by maple forests, open fields, and charming historical villages. You can also try your hand at working cattle. The guides provide western saddles and pair you with the best horse for your skill level from a choice of Appaloosas and Quarterhorse Crosses. Overnights are spent at rustic bunkhouses and wood side cabins.
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Leave your high-rise office world behind as you head to Rancho Los Baños, a private family-owned property, located sixty miles southeast of the USA border (from the state of Arizona) at the foothills of Mexico's Sierra Madre mountain range. Here you will stay and select one or more journeys provided by Tierra Chamahua Eco Adventures. Excursions include hiking, fishing, mountain biking, jeep tours, and horse riding.
The Sonoran desert will enchant you with its cliffs, canyons, and beautiful views of an unspoiled vast wilderness. Expect a comfortable but rugged ride atop a well-mannered horse as you follow your guide – a genuine Mexican cowboy. You will enjoy authentic Northern Mexican cuisine in the communal dining room, views of star-filled skies, and overnights in one of the private casitas.
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This “ecoturismo” company has been going strong for more than 15 years and offers nature treks, bird-watching, and horse riding guided tours. The team at LARES is passionate about introducing visitors to their country's various habitats and culture.
LARES provides western-type saddles and a stable of Criollo horses. These are small yet strong horses; they were bred to navigate the rugged terrains of South America. They are easy for riders to handle. Depending on the specific tour, you may be riding along the beach coast, through wetlands, or into the back country. Meals are included, and overnight stays may be at a guest hotel or ranch.
If you are lucky you may spot a few native species in the forests – including certain types of deer, foxes, wild boar, armadillos, and birds. Around wetlands there are colorful flamingos and the capybara – the world's largest rodent.
Learn more about LARES tours, click HERE.
If you wish to blend horse riding with an African safari vacation, take a look at what Aardvark Safaris has to offer. With a home office in the UK, this specialty tour operator has served thousands of clients since its start nearly 20 years ago. Even today key staff members will travel to Africa every few months to visit partner properties. This is the way they make sure every horse riding vacation meets the highest standards and provides the best possible experience.
As you might imagine, a riding safari is one of the best ways to get close to Africa's amazing wild life. To witness wildebeest, giraffes, zebra, elephants, and other large animals wandering free and in their natural habitats is simply awe-inspiring. The safety of each rider is paramount; therefore, every rider is matched to a particular riding safari and camp location based on his or her riding abilities.
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