Whether you’re a rodeo superstar or a complete riding novice, jumping into the saddle whilst on holiday can be an absolute blast. What better way to explore new surroundings, than with a trusty steed ready to do all of the legwork for you? I’ve compiled some of my favourite experiences, with others that I would love to try out. From short beach rides to week-long treks, here’s a little bit of inspiration for all abilities…
A 40 minute drive from the Las Vegas strip, situated within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Bonnie Springs ranch offers riding trails, dining fit for a cowboy and an authentic 1880’s mining town, that encapsulates the spirit of The Wild West. A two hour hack took us through the stunning mountain ranges of the Nevada desert. There were no ‘yeehaa’ moments or galloping off into the sunset, instead we stuck to a leisurely, relaxed pace – which in 40 degree heat was a relief to me and my new four legged friend – and enjoyed the breath-taking views. God’s Country never looked so damn good.
$60 | Visit: Bonnie Springs
For the ultimate riding holiday, look no further than Peru’s Machu Picchu Inca Trail on horseback. This once in a lifetime experience has jumped its way straight to the top of my bucket list. Following a different route to the hoards of tourists on foot, this 9 day trip promises incredible views of the Andes Mountains, rock galloping, white-water river crossings,comfortable lodgings and a chance to explore one of the world’s greatest marvels.
From £4,350 | Visit: Red Savannah
As soon as I heard it was a possibility, I jumped at the chance to ride along the ancient Roman road Via Appia Antica (aka Appian Way). This was a surreal experience to say the least, (a) because it’s really not every day you get to ride along ancient monuments and ruins and (b) because although they were super friendly, our two guides knew very little English, making it at times rather comical for us all. If you’re after a detailed history lesson then this tour isn’t for you. I went along with a novice friend who wasn’t provided any instruction (luckily I could explain as we went along). I would suggest any beginners or first timers ensure they request a pre-ride tutorial/lesson as the guides don’t offer this as standard.
Visit: Riding Ancient Rome
The land of fire and ice offers a range of riding adventure trails between volcanoes and glaciers. Whether you want to explore the Golden Circle, ride through the dramatic landscapes of the countryside or… heard sheep from the mountains(?) your options really are limitless.