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Beginner Horse Riding Program in France

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Centre Équestre le Marina's objective is to make this activity accessible to everybody to help people discover the close complicity that can be established between man and horse, as well as to instill a solid basis for making autonomy possible as quickly as possible. Finally, Centre Équestre le Marina wishes to show that with a few indispensable riding notions, it is easy to take advantage of fabulous means of locomotion, so as to enter an environment and discover a natural milieu in complete safety.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English Tack
  • Horse Breed: Anglo-Arabs


  • 6 horse riding sessions
  • Approximately riding time: 4 to 6 hours
  • 2 to 4 hours spent around the horse per day
  • Suitable for full beginners, novices, and riders who need to restore confidence
  • English-speaking instructors
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Half-board meal plan

Skill level

  • Beginner


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Russian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (US$ 49 per person)
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  • Golf course
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Bicycle rental
  • Conference room
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

Situated at 2 minutes by foot from the Equestrian center and 8 minutes by car from the beach, the accommodation options include:

  • 1 guest house with 4 “Chambre d’hôtes” in front of the swimming pool offering single, double, twin, or family suite with 2 bedrooms
  • 1 wooden cottage dormitory with 2 bathrooms for 6 people beside the swimming pool
  • 1 annexe with 3 “Chambres d’hôtes” for 1 to 4 people

Each bedroom has a private bathroom. There is also a sauna and massage room.

Another option is an independent house situated at the equestrian center with 3 bedrooms for 1 to 5 people, 1 bathroom, a huge kitchen + living room, a private terrace, and a closed garden! Dogs admitted!

In case there won't be enough rooms for all guests, there will be a 2-star hotel accommodation in Mimizan Plage.


As an equestrian school in a seaside resort, Centre Équestre le Marina's summer clientele meant that they have developed an accelerated learning method which means that a full beginner can enjoy the pleasure of riding out in complete security from the very first few riding sessions; this is also possible thanks to the adapted and well-trained horses.

You learn to catch horses in their paddocks, to clean, and tack them. You also learn psychology and the behavior of horses in different kinds of situations. Then, the goal of the courses is to learn them to make only arising trot, and arising canter and gallop, then to walk independently one from the others at all the paces, and to approach some jump on ditch or tree, by some exercises in the arena. You do not approach the sitting trot or sitting canter the first week!

Any full beginner with riding technique may finish the week with cantering alone on the beach with a good control of his balance and a quite good control of the horse. Then, they are ready to follow any kind of riding trails in the South of France if they want to come back riding with Centre Équestre le Marina.

You start the first lesson by riding in the arena and finishing outside in the forest. Then, the courses will be done by riding outside all week. The goal is to help beginners to be successful in front of all problems they may find with hacking out! To teach them to keep their horses under control at any pace, in individual evolution. To learn to be able to walk in front of the group, to control the pace and the speed with staying backside the other riders, to leave the group and come back to the group as they want.

During the one-week course, you will learn how to approach some jumps on a ditch or tree through some exercises in the arena.


Lessons are guaranteed by the director of the riding school (certified international instructor and show jumping / dressage specialist), a qualified / certified riding teacher, or an equestrian guide of tourism (French professional certification: B.E. ,A.T.E., CQP ASA, or BPJEPS Tourisme Équestre) having good regional knowledge willing to let you discover the beauty of this area. English speaking guides available.

Typical day

The duration of the activity is 6 hours per day, with spending around 4 hours on a horse.

  • 07:30 - 08:15 Free yoga session
  • 08:15 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Meeting at the riding center to learn how to take care and tack the horse, then to ride from 10 to 12 p.m.
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • Resting time in the afternoon / enjoy the swimming pool
  • 15:30 - 18:30 Meeting at the riding center to spend 2 hours on the horse
  • Free time for relaxation beside the swimming pool, sauna, yoga, and massage (optional extra)
  • 20:30 Dinner

On Saturday (the last day), there will be a meeting at 09:00 a.m. for a full-day trip! The lunch is provided on the way by the Equestrian Center!



This formula may be half-board or full board, to give clients the opportunity to visit Mimizan-beach and its surroundings, test some nice seafood restaurants and typical French meals, or to take lunch on the beach side while enjoying sunny weather.

Half board and full board meals are cooked and served at the guesthouse. The dinner on the arrival day is included.

When you are riding for a full day, the equitation center provides the lunch (French aperitif and appetizer, Bordeaux red wine, soup or salad according to the weather, chicken or meat and veggies, French cheeses, dessert, and coffee or tea).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

A free yoga session takes place every morning from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. with a group of a minimum of 3 people from the 11 of April to the end of September. Additional yoga sessions, sauna, and massage are available at an extra cost.

  • Yoga individual course: 50 EUR / 1 hour
  • Yoga collective course: 20 EUR per person / 1 hour
  • Sauna: 20 EUR / 20 minutes
  • Massage: 25 EUR / 20 minutes, 30 EUR / 30 minutes, 45 EUR / 45 minutes

What's included

  • 6 horse riding days
  • Beginner riding course
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Half board meal plan
  • English speaking instructor

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Full board meal plan (175 EUR)
  • Federal license (37 EUR)
  • Individual accident insurance (35 EUR)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD). Transfers are organized from and to this airport every Sunday for 2 to 14 riders. As people are arriving from various destinations in Europe, Centre Équestre le Marina picks up guests starting from 4 p.m. and the minibus leaves Bordeaux according to the timing of the last customer’s arrival.

Centre Équestre le Marina will drop people on Sunday morning, the departure day, according to the departure time of the first client. You are kindly asked to try to plan your arrival time in Bordeaux at 4 p.m. or before (as much as possible) and to plan the flight departure time from Bordeaux from 12:30 p.m. and later.

There are two hours of driving between Mimizan and Bordeaux; if the departure at Mimizan is at 8:30 a.m., it means that the arrival at the airport is at 11:30 a.m. for a flight at 1 p.m., if check-in is 1 hour and 30 minutes before. The cost of the transfer is 45 EUR each way per person or 90 EUR per person for a roundtrip; it also includes the transfers to Mimizan Beach on Monday and Saturday. Two mini-buses are provided for transfers of more than eight persons for the same price.

Arrival by train (From Bordeaux)

The Bordeaux-Morcenx train is always empty, if you are traveling alone, please wait for the last minute to buy this train ticket at the railway station to give Centre Équestre le Marina time to find the opportunity to pick you up at Bordeaux if it’s possible. Transfers are organized from and to this railway station every Sunday for 2 to 12 riders.

Arrival by train (From Morcenx)

A transfer can be organized from Morcenx railway station for one person at 20 EUR for one, two persons and more, 15 EUR per trip. Please note that for night transfers (from 9 p.m.), the price is doubled.

Arrival by shuttle

There is a shuttle from the Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD) to the railway station priced at 13 EUR (45 minutes). Then, find a train to Labouheyre, it's priced at 17 EUR (50 minutes). Take the RDTL Bus from Labouheyre to Mimizan 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. running all year priced at 5 EUR (40 minutes). The meeting time on the arrival day on Sunday is at 7 p.m. at the guest house.

Airport: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport Airport transfer available: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (US$ 49 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.

Value for money
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Quality of activity
8 days / 7 nights
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Pricing information

There is no single supplement for riders who are going alone and want to share a room if nobody else books to be paired with them. Full board and other supplements are priced as follows:

  • Full Board: 175 EUR
  • Supplement for Individual Courses: 200 EUR


Season information
Low Season
  • November - March
Mid Season
  • April - June
  • September - October
High Season
  • July - August

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