Trail riding – holiday enjoyment on horseback
Is there anything nicer than roaming through forests and fields with your four-legged partner, traveling through valleys and exploring new landscapes in the saddle every day?
Waking up, having breakfast and spending the whole day with your horse is the dream of many riders. It doesn't matter whether your own horse accompanies you or you decide on organized riding trips or riding holidays on a horse farm - the joy of being together, the love of nature and the proximity to the animals are a guarantee for an unforgettable holiday.
Trail riding on vacation - it's all in the preparation
A trail ride obviously requires thorough planning and preparation. Put the saddle on and you can't go! After all, we want to see and feel the hours of riding as a reward for the stress of everyday life. But we're not the only ones wishing for a good time. Our horse should also have fun and approach the matter fit and motivated.
In order to prepare for the riding holidays, you can train your sweetheart at your horse farm. You must not forget: Only an appropriately trained and healthy horse can carry you across the prairie for hours on end. Therefore, you must always monitor his health in advance (fitness, digestion, back, muscles, hooves.). Great importance should also be placed on equipment when hiking. The saddle, bridle and saddle luggage must fit the horse perfectly.
Whether trail riding or endurance riding (an equestrian sport in which the aim is to reach a certain distance in a given time. Exclusively overtaxing the animal!) - nothing works without proper preparation.
There are a few questions that need to be answered here:
Are I and my horse sufficiently trained (ground work, composure training and routine terrain are important)?
- How many kilometers do we think we can travel?
- Do I want to leave home or go to another area?
- Do I need accommodation or would I like to camp (always book in advance and ask the property owner if you want to camp!)? Do we use a support vehicle?
- Which legal regulations (e.g. b Riding badge) for riding across forests and fields must be observed?
- Do I know how to read maps or is there a knowledgeable horseback riding guide present?
- How is the feeding and watering of the horses regulated?
Does it all sound pretty complicated? Maybe, but if you make a detailed checklist and take the time to do it in advance, it won't be a problem.
The most important thing is training and a positive state of fitness. While there are veterinarians there to check for endurance riding, for trail riding there is only you, your horse and your companions. The trail ride is also much more relaxed in terms of time. In many places there are beautiful trail riding stations that guarantee accommodation and care for people and animals.
Riding holidays without your own horse
Whether it's a horse farm with robust Haflinger horses in the Allgäu or a riding station in Andalusia with free-roaming Spanish horses - the selection of offers is huge and you can find the right thing for every personal preference. A big advantage is that these animals know their tasks and routes well. You usually find a reliable, animal friend that you would like to take home with you at the end. Equipment is already available for trail riding and you don't have to worry much about organization.
At the beginning of your holiday destination search, it makes sense to find out more about the stable. Nobody wants unpleasant surprises during their recovery time. Maybe you can find out something from friends about their riding trips. That's a big help.
Trail riding without stress
No matter which option you choose - always get started early. Putting things off will only put you under unnecessary time pressure. Good preparation simply takes time, but you will see that it is worth it.
Have a nice holiday!