Hey...Thought I would check COTH for suggestions for a riding vacation for a friend of mine and I. We are thinking a girls trip, something horsey....maybe one of those ranches you do the cattle drives on. She is an eventer and I am a hunter, so we both can sit on a horse decently, her more so than I.
Anyone have any ideas? Of course Ireland would be amazing, but pricing. We are thinking something in the states!
Thanks in advance!
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I have personally gone on this ride, 3 years ago. Fabulous scenery, great horses, wonderful people, awesome food. I will get back there some day!! It is cheaper than the Bitterroot, and it looks like it covers roughly the same areas.
I'm going this summer on an all-girls ride out of Jackson, WY. Triangle X ranch. I've never been, but it sounds like fun. My friend put it together, with six women. We'll be riding for five days, then we'll get cleaned up and do a couple of days in Jackson. Great shopping and food.
I have been thinking about doing a Mongolia, Kryz. or other Central Asia riding trip for years. I was going to try to work it into my sabbatical someday.
If anyone goes or has gone, pls report back!
I went on a trek in Mongolia a few years ago and it was A-MAZING. The culture, the huge tracts of unspoiled land, the awesome horses... I cannot say enough good things about it.
I used the tour company Boojum, and they were wonderful to work with. I did the "Classic Mongolia with Nadaam" trip. We spent a day in Ulaan Baatar, visited the ancient capital, got to see a herd of wild Przewalski's horses, saw the Gobi desert, and did some really cool horseback trekking from ger camp to ger camp.
I would love to show you photos from the trip, but it has just come to my attention that Webshots no longer exists and all my old photos are gone. AARRGG. This is upsetting. If I can recover them off an old hard drive, I'll share them later.
I've done quite a few riding holidays in Europe and in the States. Several companies offer them
Equitour is one I used several times. Hidden Trails, and Cross Country International - do searches for their websites
My first one was in Ireland which was magical with Willie Leahy, Connemara Coastal Ride. Loved it - make sure you are in shape for lots of trotting/posting, cold wet weather, great horses, wonderful food, gorgeous scenery
Also did a ride in Portugal, Hungary, Canada
In the US - Wyoming is full of great rides (the Cattle drive was my least favorite though). Cattle poop and pee alot and they don't like to move them faster than a slow walk as it takes the pounds off which is money. I did 8 rides here as I got to know the owners and worked several of them.
A good friend is the owner operator of Renegade Rides - Belinda Dougherty
Also did rides in Arizona, Utah, Missouri all were great
Read through the listings and figure out which appeals to you the most for timing, weather, terrain, costs, etc
I also did the Connemara Trail, although our guide was William Leahy (Willy's son). Great ponies, great scenery, great food, and great people. There is A LOT of riding involved, so it's best to be riding regularly. If not, then it's best if you're at an intermediate level (can hop on something and make it walk/trot/canter).
The two biggest issues that I had with the trail ride: one, the adorable Connemara pony that I rode didn't fit in my carry-on and two, my seat and leg came back so much so I had to continue riding once I got back to the States.
In any case, I spent my 25th birthday popping a cute Irish hunter over cross-country fences at Dartfield. Life could be worse.