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5 Day French Academic Dressage from Initiation to Perfecting in Saint-Clement, Auvergne

équin'ox, Saint-Clement, Allier, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Horse Riding Holiday in Auvergne

Discover the French dressage (baroque / academic) in lightness and bitless bridle! From initiation to perfecting, choose your program according to your preferences. In addition to learning French dressage, you will also enjoy riding in forest or mountain area to experience what this part of France has to offer. You can also bring your own horse to teach him with a bitless bridle. Come and enjoy your horse riding holiday in France like never before!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 14 to 15 hands
  • Tack type: English and Portuguese saddle also called selle à piquer
  • Horse Breeds: Auvergne or Vercors de Barraquant: two local mountain horse breeds


  • Bitless riding
  • Ethology / groundwork
  • French dressage lesson
  • Trick training for equestrian show
  • Work in hand / longing / long reining / work at the shoulder
  • Forest and mountain rides
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Meals included

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in French
The organizer also speaks: English
Group size: Maximum of 2 participants
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équin'Ox's cute little steps rooms in their equestrian farm are ideal for nature lovers! The building is a former summer camp, the rooms are on two floors, a common kitchen - dining room is at your disposal. The three bathrooms (2 showers and a bath) are common. You can enjoy a large terrace overlooking the Bourbonnais mountain that some have battled "little Switzerland".

A nice park is at your disposal and a swimming pool in summer. At the foot of the building, there are meadows of horses and ponies, educational farm, hiking trails and the GR (great hiking trail) a few hundred meters from here.


Discover the French dressage (baroque / academic) in lightness and bitless. From initiation to perfecting, choose your program according to your preferences: working on horses trained to two-track exercises, piaffe, Spanish walk, prancing, work in hand (at the shoulder) or to long reins.

Also try the experience of dressage specific to the show. Work in freedom,school jumps as in show or at Saumur (levade, croupade, cabriole), trick training, and training in music and more. You are free on the afternoon to visit the country, go hiking, take more riding lesson or make a riding trail in the forest.

The half-day course includes one hour of theory and two hours of course. Theories materials are offered. You have the possibility to come with your horse at no extra cost.


  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Theory
  • 10:00 Grooming / harnessing
  • 10:30 Equestrian practice on horseback or on foot
  • 12.30 Return to the stables
  • 12:45 Meal
  • Afternoon: Free for touristic visits, rest or activity at the farm with other members (swimming pool, hiking, and more)


This horse riding holiday will take place at équin'Ox in Allier, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, France. It is in Bourbonnais mountain area. Bourbonnais mountain is a privileged place because nature is still wild. It is a real mountain landscape but the climate is quite mild. The forest dominates the place and there are centuries-old beeches alongside the pine and fir tree crops. There is no shortage of entertainment: village festivals in summer, museum, winter snow activities (cross-country skiing, skijoering, snowshoeing, downhill skiing) and many other activities!


Full board and half board meals options are available depending on your chosen package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Whole food
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)

  • Biking (ATV)
  • Canoe
  • Climbing
  • Equestrian shows each week on July and August
  • Hiking
  • Kayak
  • Ponies dor children
  • Skiing (when snowing)
  • Swimming (in summer)
  • Touristic activities

What's included

  • 2-hour horse riding lessons per day
  • 1-hour theory lessons per day
  • 4 nights' accommodation (a room for 2 persons: you can come with your partner or child)
  • Half / full board meals for one person
  • Horse rental and harness
  • Horse keeping if you come with yours
  • Pick you up at the Vichy train station

What's not included

  • Activities in the afternoon (free time)

How to get there

You can come to Aéroport de Lyon Saint exupery, then take a train to Vichy (the line is Lyon -Paris). Equin'Oxcan pick you up to Vichy. They can also pick you up to Lyon for additional cost of 100 €.

You can rent a car on Lyon and come directly (Equin'Oxare is two hours 30 min from Lyon by car). Please send inquiry for more information.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Reservations are made at the latest fifteen days in advance but for more security we advise you to check our availability at least one month in advance, especially for the high season.

Re-booking is possible if the person has a medical problem.

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