A riding trip makes a wonderful family holiday and whether you are looking to ride all day or for a combination of action, variety and flexibility, we can arrange your perfect trip.
A one-base stay is often the answer for a mixed family group as riding hours can be tailored to suit and other activities organised for less keen, or less able, riders - but several of the ‘place to place’ rides we offer can also work extremely well.
Age limits There is no ‘across the board’ minimum age to join our riding trips. Age restrictions vary with destination and always depend on the individual and important factors such as size, stamina and riding ability, as well as group numbers. If you plan to join a standard ride on which there will be other guests, requirements may be stricter than they are on a ride that is private or tailor-made. To decide what will work best, think carefully how much riding your childen will really want to do. Will they be keen to ride long hours every day - or is it better to include an option not to ride and do other things, or perhaps to just ride for a short time, on some days? Do they love being with horses full stop - or does interest vary? Our own children (all boys) love short sharp bursts of speed with friends, watching game, monoeuvring obstacles on reliable, fun and easy horses, but are not so keen on long, slow hours, however stunning the scenery. Amazing views just don't hold their attention, or provide the escapism they do for adults. Once you've thought this through, let's have a conversation or send an email and we'll run through your 'wish list' and guide you with ideas.
Private rides Many of our set itineraries can be adjusted for groups and we’re always happy to custom-make family itineraries on request, perhaps cutting riding hours, tailoring travel, making special meal arrangements or providing babysitters or additional guides for children if necessary.
We can also organize itineraries to combine riding with other activities - fishing, kayaking, on the beach. Or why not add a little to the educational aspect with a short city visit or a few days sightseeing or add to the adventure travelling around under your own steam, before or after a riding holiday? All can make a marvellous addition.
There are lots of possibilities so take the plunge, link up with friends and book an action packed week of family fun. Or let us design the perfect trip to celebrate your special occasion and make memories that will last forever!
Top Family Holiday Ideas
Looking for inspiration for a family holiday? Here are some of our favourites:
Spain, Masos d'en Coll & the Catalan Coast:
Family riding at Masos d'en Coll, north-east Catalunia. A peaceful hamlet in the foothills of the Pyrenees, yet only a few miles from the glorious rocky bays and sandy beaches of the Costa Brava, Masos is relaxed, flexible and fun for all. A week long programme can include morning rides on 6 days with the rest of the day free for activities locally - kayaking, cycling, walking, swimming and more. Riders & non-riders very welcome. Minimum age to ride out, 8 yrs. 4 to 7 nights on request. Please get in touch for a sample itinerary.
Italy, Santa Cristina, Tuscany:
We love Santa Cristina for family groups. Dates can be organised to suit and its relaxed, friendly and informal. You can ride, swim, cycle, play tennis or golf, enjoy a burst of culture (or a spot of shopping) in Orvieto & Sorano, try water sports at Lake Bolsena, then wind down over pizza cooked in wood-fired ovens as only the Italians know how. Quality family time. With a choice of accommodation in individual cottages, apartments and en-suite rooms there's enough flexibility to dip in and out and keep your own space too. Perfect for multi generational family gatherings! 3 to 8 nights and tailored programmes on request. Riders & non-riders all welcome. Please get in touch for example itineraries.
How about Turkey for a memorable, unsual, family riding option with scenery that will make its mark on even the most teenage of teenagers? Not even they can fail to be impressed by Cappadocia's magical fairy towers, troglodyte houses and extraordinary views. For youngsters, there's a special 7 night Sunday to Sunday programme with riding on 5 days and a chance to enjoy farm animals, helping milk goats, make cheese and round up cattle, as well as riding through the famous valleys, exploring canyons, caves and ancient Greek mansions. Staying in two different guesthouses on a half board basis its also fantastic value (from 790 Euros per person including accommodation and riding). Please ask us for a sample itinerary.
South Africa, Horizon Adventures & The Ants Lodges:
The additional excitement of seeing game adds something extra special to a riding holiday and these 'bush home' lodges in South Africa are THE experts when it comes to families. Hidden on the Waterberg plateau, a UNESCO biosphere reserve often called South Africa’s ‘best kept secret’, they are an easy drive from Johannesburg (itself a direct, overnight flight from London) in an area that is malaria free and perfect for a stay of 3 to 10 nights or more. Riders & non-riders are welcome, there's a choice of activities, a choice of accommodation, a choice of horses, a choice of food and a choice of virtually everything else! Flexibility, fun and the art of bending over backwards are the key to their success. Definitely hard to beat. Ask us for example itineraries
Wyoming, USA, The Bitterroot Ranch:
A family ranch stay in the USA is high on many wish lists and for us The Bitterroot is a really good choice. Hidden at the head of a remote valley in the Absaroka Mountains, it adjoins miles of untouched National Forest. Flower scattered meadows under Wyoming's big sky; the gushing Wind River, snow capped peaks on every horizon. Learn to fish, sort cattle or head off to camp in the hills. Watch a hundred happy horses canter home at night, walk the llamas, square dance or visit the rodeo in town. Staying in cozy log cabins, its back-to-basics family fun away from the intrusion of screens and machines. 7 nights full board from $2915 US per adult / $2185 US per child (under 16)
And there are plenty holiday ideas to choose from. For a place-to-place riding adventure with an Italian family friendly welcome, ask about Sicily; Romania offers the easy freedom, open spaces and charm of a bygone age and our village-to-village rides in France's Lot & Gironde & Basque Pyrenees, as well as the Sierra Nevada in Spain, all make a super family adventure.
For long haul adrenalin-fuelled fun, we love Argentina's Estancia La Rosita and Estancia Los Potreros, which can both be privately booked for groups of just 8. Our 5* favourites for a holiday your family will not forget, are Botswana's top-of-the-range combination of riding, game & luxury tented camps and Kenya's 'bush and beach' - Sosian & Borana Lodges with perhaps a few days after on the coast.
Ideas are too numerous to list but if you'd like a holiday where you won't be left sitting around wondering where to go or what to do next, where you won't be juggling children's opposing ideas of the best way to spend the day but where you'll do something, see something, learn something but above all enjoy something together, we can certainly help
Do something together and make magical family memories!
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