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  1. #1
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    Default Horseback Riding Vacation Ideas

    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 am a dressage rider technically, though I have MANY miles and hours on the trails and in the mountains. My fiance has less trail miles, but is a good rider.
    We are are in love with the two following trips and will choose one:
    Canada:
    http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/can...orer_ride.aspx
    Mongolia:
    http://stonehorsemongolia.com/expeditions/gorkhi/
    I also did the following trip in 2007, when it was through CCI and I loved it.
    http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/ca_...t_getaway.aspx
    It was absolutely gorgeous, fun, and they kept offering me a job!
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    Check out www.equitrekking.com it is a a great source of information for planning a horsey vacation!
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    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 found a lot of good info on this site:

    http://www.thelongridersguild.com/

    Their links have some places to check out riding trips. I strongly recommend Eastern Europe. Awesome & affordable.



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    It is not in the States, but my friend's company runs riding trips to Iceland: horsesnorth.com.


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    Since you are wanting something in the states, I can highly recommend Bitterroot Ranch in Wyoming. It's a serious rider's place, not a family dude ranch.

    www.bitterrootranch.com

    The people are wonderful. You will move cattle around. You'll also do a half day of team sorting. Beautiful country. You'll get to see one of Butch Cassidy's hideouts. GREAT food. Top notch staff.
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    Same area as the Ranch Sonesta listed, gorgeous country!!

    http://www.bearbasinadventures.com/index.php

    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.
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    I did a trail ride in the Canadian Rockies lat fall and loved it. I only had a day to spend, so just did a 4 hour ride, but several outfitters do multi-day trips.

    I went with these folks: http://www.timberlinetours.ca/index.htm but also heard some good things about this one: http://www.brewsteradventures.com/



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    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.



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    I agree with LoriO -- Equitrekking.com has a lot of great information! U.S. and international trips are covered. The site also has a page of special deals (http://www.equitrekking.com/ranch-va...-travel-deals/) and plenty of info on each destination at www.equitrekkingtravel.com. I hope you have a great vacation!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Hippolyta View Post
    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.

    Edit:
    Found a few on Facebook
    My horse and I
    A little Mongolian girl and her baby sheep
    Storm rolling in over the ancient capital
    Me riding a yak
    Last edited by Lazy Palomino Hunter; Feb. 6, 2013 at 09:29 AM. Reason: adding photos



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    My boyfriend and I did a trip to Ireland years ago where they give you a horse and a map and you ride all day (and I mean ALL DAY) from B&B to B&B for five days, totally unguided.

    It was amazing.

    This is a similar tour, but I don't see the exact one we did:
    http://www.ridingtours.com/horseback...nd-beaches.cfm


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    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



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    Cross Country International is out of business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMF11 View Post
    It is not in the States, but my friend's company runs riding trips to Iceland: horsesnorth.com.
    I did a trip with Horsesnorth. It was a wonderful vacation and would use them again.



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    Check the pricing for Ireland. We went there cheaper than we could have gone out west and had a blast!



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    Search for Horse Holiday Farm in Grange, County Sligo, Ireland.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DinkDunk View Post
    My boyfriend and I did a trip to Ireland years ago where they give you a horse and a map and you ride all day (and I mean ALL DAY) from B&B to B&B for five days, totally unguided.

    It was amazing.

    This is a similar tour, but I don't see the exact one we did:
    http://www.ridingtours.com/horseback...nd-beaches.cfm

    Thank you DinkDunk! That trip really appeals to me, and my riding buddies going to have to put that on my Bucket list!
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    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.

    Here's a link to the website: http://www.connemaratrail.com/



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